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Monday, January 7, 2013

When Animals ATTACK!

This story is interesting for several reasons...

Massachusetts man attacked by bobcat in his garage
BROOKFIELD, Mass. — A man in Massachusetts says all he heard was a hiss before a bobcat pounced on him in his own garage, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back.
Roger Mundell Jr. went into the garage in Brookfield on Sunday morning to fetch some tie-down straps for a friend when the animal attacked.
Okay, getting attacked in your garage by a damn bobcat is pretty interesting. But that's not the most interesting part of this article. No, this is:
Mundell and his wife pinned the cat to the ground and shot it dead.
In MASSACHUSETTS! See, we're not  all helpless discouragers of self-help here in Mass. Some of us grok the concept that when seconds count - i.e. when a goblin is kicking in a door or a bobcat is chewing your face off - the police are only minutes away... Pretty much north, south, and west of Boston, the state is pretty darn conservative - it's just that the descendants of our Founding Fathers are drowned out by the liberal "elite".

I strongly doubt that Mr. Mundell will be prosecuted for violating the "no discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling" ordnance...

That is all.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

He probably just move there from Kentucky especially if he gets the cat mounted.

If he was Texas he would have just strangled it. They don't use guns on anything smaller than a mountain lion.

Gerry

Soap Box One said...

"Ordnance"?

Jay G said...

Heh. Good catch. You can see where my mind is at...

Anonymous said...

"I strongly doubt that Mr. Mundell will be prosecuted for violating the "no discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling" ordnance..."

Well, not until after the animal's been tested for rabies. Indicting a man who is being treated for rabies (an intensely painful and stressful process) may be a bit too much "insult to injury" for even Massachusetts.

Afterwards, though, I hope he's got a good lawyer.

Ed said...

I can see it now - an announcement from the DA's office or a police spokesperson: "He should have just called the police and waited. That's what they are trained and equipped to handle. He chose not to follow the law, so he must be prosecuted. A child may have been injured by a stray shot,"

Old NFO said...

Nah, I'm betting he gets charged...

Stretch said...

Charged.
Guns confiscated.
Offered plea bargain.
Luck if gets off with parole.

Ya, I've a low opinion of Mass. legal system.

Anti Money Laundering said...

Poor man, he got no choice but to shoot that bobcat and i guess he will be prosecuted for violating "no discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling" ordnance..." better he gets a good lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Jayg, but he'll get bit, for:

1: Hunting out of season

2: Hunting with an unapproved gun

3: Hunting without a proper license and not taking the mandatory hunter safety course.

4: Killing a protected species.

5: Anything else the state ^^^ COMMONwEALTH can come up with.


C-90

Rifleman762 said...

Actually, if this guy has a hunting license and his house is far enough away from his neighbors and the road, AND Brookfield has no town law against discharging firearms, this guy just needs to check the bobcat at the nearest checkstation. They're in season and can be hunted with damn near anything during the day.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

FYI, they've confirmed the bobcat was rabid. If he hadn't killed it, it would have gone on to attack someone else.

Ed said...

More confirmation on the rabies:

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/01/bobcat_attacked_brookfield_man_confirmed_rabid

Note the snarky comments to the article. Are Tam's readers now reading the Boston Herald?