As I was doing my morning news crawl, I came across this news article from the Daily Mail about a young lady, age 11, in Washington state who bagged an apparently sick cougar that was stalking her 13 year old brother. To me, the article is so full of win (except from the cougar's perspective perhaps) on so many levels.
This girl was taught proper firearms handling and shooting from an early age, she is an avid hunter at the tender age of 11, and she was able to defend her family without hesitation when the need arose. Her dad, who asked her to take the shot since she was the only one with a hunting license with a cougar tag on it, had absolute confidence in her to get the job done.
Now, pardon me while I go look for a deal on a Savage Rascal for my little girl.
I dislike seeing mountain lions go down - but it sure looks like this is a necessity in their area. How marvelous that the family believes in teaching the younger members to be so confident. We need education of firearms and their use, not fear. This type of family is what truly built the West.
BC, I makes me sad to see a big cat to down too. They are beautiful creatures. But, if it's a choice between the cat and my family, I wouldn't hesitate either.
Survival of the fittest and the best trained. I hate to see the cats get killed, but if they are sick or attacking humans, we have to do what we have to do. That story was a wake up call, actually. Very cool story.
Momma Fargo, agreed on all points.
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