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11 year old girl (WA) shoots cougar to protect brother

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Blitzkrieg, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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  2. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As a I saw this, my first thought was "unlikely" as Cougars are rarely seen. But, since we are not hunting as much their numbers have increased.
    And an undersized animal this time of year is likely desperate. "In a phone interview with MailOnline Wednesday night, Shelby’s grandfather, William White, revealed that it was a fourth cougar killed on his property in the past several weeks. "

    "When Thomas White spotted a cougar approaching his teenage son outside their home in rural Washington state last week, there was only one thing to do - hand a gun to his 11-year-old daughter. The girl’s father, Thomas White, was home at the time, but Shelby was the only one in the family with a tag - a permit to legally kill a cougar.

    I praise the man for using this as a teaching opportunity for his daughter.





    The Seattle Times account varies from the Mail Online account - see the paragraphs on the son. The Mail Online says he was unaware, the Seattle Times says he was.
    Hunting stories - next week it will have been 200 lbs.

    "The animal appeared to be moving in the direction of Shelby’s 13-year-old brother, who was unaware of the danger as he made his way toward the basement door with a bag of animal
    feed in his hands. "

    " The next day, his son went out to feed the dogs and was returning to a basement door when he saw the cougar following him, Treser said.

    “His dad was in there and said, ‘Close the door!’ and there was the cougar, right behind him,”
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  3. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Someone should invite her to join our board. It's good to have people who have experience who can give advice to others.
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Seems the cat may have been attracted by movement and then possibly smelled the pet food.. it was starving and therefore desperate. They normally are pretty reclusive and in all the years I've spent in forests I've never seen one although I've seen bears and coyotes
  5. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good girl! Shelby rocks!
    Poor cat, the little gal did it a big favor!
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty odd/lame thinking.. tags don't have anything to do with anything if you are "protecting your brother" or somebody.
  7. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    They do if the ODFW confiscates your rifle and fines you for shooting one without a tag. Even though you have a good chance of beating the case in court it is still a burden on you to have to miss work and hire an attorney. If a tag is available, use it and avoid all the hassle.
  8. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm...who wants to head to Twisp and see if we can't pop a cat?
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  9. DeanfromOregon

    DeanfromOregon Wilsonville Amateur Ascended Master Platinum Supporter

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    What cougar?
  10. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    If the boy was genuinely in trouble, Dad would not have handed the rifle off to the girl. That just isnt gonna happen. Reality would have been bang, flop. I think he was pissed about losing cattle, had the girl shoot the cat legally with tag, and the rest of this is just media contrived for some goal or another. Looks like it was a sick cat, underweight and such. In my limited experience they dont just walk up to the back door and wait for someone to decide to shoot them. I have shot 2 of them in my life and they are amazing creatures. Id like to bag another before I go.
  11. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    While I have no problem with Ranchers shooting cougar, wolves, or dogs, to protect livestock, the accounting of it in this story, seems a little suspect.
  12. slingshot1943

    slingshot1943 salem or Well-Known Member

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    S S S
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  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Saw the title of this thread and thought another school teacher had gone "Mary Kay Leturnaue" on another "lucky" teenaged boy, and got shot by his sister.
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  14. 40calruler

    40calruler Lake Oswego Well-Known Member

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    I grew up on 10 acres right along the gates of camp bonneville and I saw a few growing up walking through our field or the brush in the woods. Never up close but in the house they could not tell they had someone watching them. It was rare to see but the mountain lions as we called them caused damage often enough that many of the farmers claimed they had lost dozens of chickens, small live stock and other animals. The camp was at the edge of our property and after it was shut down I would go over as an adult to ride my old dirt bike and sometimes see a black bear on the other side of the fence since it had no people anywhere on that huge property for many years I guess they felt safe. As a kid I enjoyed the sound of the shooting range and sometimes louder guns or grenades..never knew what the loud ones where. It was a fun place to grow up and get to know all the animals and not fear them as much as some do.
  15. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    If this were to happen in Oregon cant you legally shoot one if it poses an iminent threat to humans or livestock and pay for the tag afterwards? Thought I read that somewhere. I know you are required to turn the canines and reproductive organs in to OFW.