A Florida man demonstrated humans’ occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of people. The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and had just killed the last one only feet away from the man and his children . . .
|Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens|
“Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood and feathers right in our face,” said Nail. “No fear of man whatsoever.”
I had a similar, but more benign situation occur at my place in Arizona. A kit fox wandered just feet from my children and me as we sat in the hot tub. I have no chickens there, but I wonder if a hot tub might be a good “blind” to hunt from… All you need is a source of power, water, cleaning supplies, mild weather… In my case, the kit fox was more fun to watch, and represented no threat.
A bobcat this big could well be a threat to small children, not to mention the 30 chickens. People got to the top of the food chain through hard work. It’s bad policy to allow other species to think they can get there. Bad for them and bad for the people with whom they interact.
Ronnie Nail picked an excellent tool for the job he had to do:
A Benelli 12 gauge is an excellent choice to stop a marauding bobcat. While no loads are mentioned, anything from number 2 shot up would be a good choice.
In the comments at the article, one person who hasn’t thought the situation through wishes death for Ronnie Nail. We all die; men, bobcats, and chickens. If the homicidal poster thinks it’s wrong for Ronnie to kill the bobcat, why wasn’t it wrong for the bobcat to kill the chickens, or for the chickens to kill the bugs and ticks they eat while free-ranging on Ronnie’s farm? It’s as natural for men to kill bobcats and chickens as it is for chickens to kill ticks.
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