Carry A Gun In Case Those Critters Are Around

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 7 months ago

Reader 41mag sends these pictures, with the warning “we had 3 bobcats come into our backyard over New Years. They’re about the size of large breed dog, bigger than our German Short Haired Pointer.”  This is from Arizona, and one of the pictures is from a neighbor’s roof.

More News from Arizona.

SUN CITY, ARIZ. (AP) — A southern Arizona man is recovering after authorities say a coyote bit him in the leg.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the Sun City, Arizona, man was attacked Thursday while he was working on a bike or motorcycle in his garage.

Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Hart says the department is looking for a coyote with a hairless tail, likely caused by mange.

Hart says the victim is in the Oro Valley Hospital being treated for rabies as a precaution.

No further information was available.

This is the third coyote-related episode in the Tucson area since February 13.

On Feb. 13, a coyote bit a 77-year-old man on his backyard porch. Later that day, a coyote leaped on an older woman protecting her dog at Arroyo Chico Park in midtown Tucson.

Risks: Health and welfare of your children, health and welfare of you, and health and welfare of your pets.  So what’s the issue?  Carry.  You don’t drive without auto insurance, do you?

@Fred, no, you can’t pet them.  They won’t purr at you.  They aren’t your friend.


  1. On March 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm, Sarthurk said:

    I don’t see no coyotes . . . .?

  2. On March 29, 2020 at 11:10 pm, S said:

    Two bobcats killed three of our adult domestic turkeys in our side yard at night two months ago. They took them right off the chicken coop roof inside an electrified fence as they slept. I was able to shoot one when they came back one evening to retrieve one of the carcasses they cached in the bushes, and I trapped the other one several nights later. They’re neat animals, but can be hell on small livestock. I carry around our property for protecting me and mine from both four-legged and two-legged varmints.

  3. On March 30, 2020 at 1:11 am, 41mag said:

    Thanks Herschel for posting!

    The bobcat did look “cute” from a distance. It was by the grace of God that I didn’t let my GSP our for a pee break while he and I were watching the classic, “Patton”.

    More…I saw a coyote trotting along the sidewalk in the mountainous community we live in outside the Phoenix valley…running along with a care in the world. Folks bring their little ones and pets out on those same sidewalks.

    Very few that I’ve met have a firearm nor a desire to protect themselves.

    “Oh that won’t happen here.”


    I got attacked by a dog 3 weeks ago, while weeding my front.

  4. On March 30, 2020 at 7:58 am, Fred said:

    @S, haven’t seen you around in a while. Back when you asked me about the Kingdom of God I had the faithful of my church praying for you. I hope you are well.

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

    I pray the Lord finds you praying and reading your Bible daily. Amen.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6, John 5:39, 2 Timothy 2:15

    All believers must be ready to give an answer always as to what it is, that is the Foundation of your faith. Upon what basis is your great hope? 1 Peter 3:15-16

    I have been born again into the Kingdom of God by the blood of Christ Jesus on cross. My faith rests solely upon Him, my eternal destination is set, being sealed unto the day of redemption by Holy God. Amen. John 3:3, Romans 5:9, 1 John 1:7, Hebrews 10:10, Revelation 12:11, Ephesians 4:30.

  5. On March 30, 2020 at 8:11 am, Sanders said:

    I drilled several water wells in that area, near Sun City, back in the early 90’s. It was during Desert Storm, in fact, and I was still in the IRR. I was staying in a tent, out in the desert at the drill site, which was several miles from any civilization, as I didn’t want to drive into Phoenix to stay at a fleabag motel the company would have paid for.

    I bet there isn’t any desert left there, anymore. When you take away their habitat, the critters adapt to the new habitat given them.

    I did learn one thing back then – that coyotes will not eat Limburger cheese that is so stinky that people won’t eat it.

  6. On March 30, 2020 at 8:52 am, penses said:

    Hunters and conservationists know that animals are not given near the credit due them when it comes to intelligence. Avoiding tainted food is a good example.

    They learn fast when they have nothing to fear from a human. And when you quit hunting predators they start hunting you. The libtards in Cali banned the hunting of the Puma. One of the first victims was a bleeding heart leftist female running, in of all places, a wooded area known to be within a Puma’s territory. The MSM does not come close to doing their job of reporting this. Their furry friends freedom is more important than a human life.

    There is an interesting video on PBS about people in the country of India living side by side with lions. A lion killed a man. The lion in question was captured and after an investigation it was decided the human was at fault. The lion was released “on its own recognizance.” Pun intended.

  7. On March 30, 2020 at 9:24 am, Okanogan Offgrid said:

    Personally, I have so much problem with chipmunks and other rodents eating my vegetable garden that I welcome Bobcats around my place. I seldom see more than one.

  8. On March 30, 2020 at 9:32 am, Herschel Smith said:


    Squirrels, ground hogs and chipmunks will do that. Deer will also do that, and if you plant flowers of any sort, they see that as candy. You won’t have those flowers for long.

    But be careful for your dogs if we welcome those big cats.

  9. On March 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm, Ed said:

    There are further reports (subject to confirmation by observation) that, in the enforced “stay inside” maneuvers currently underway, wildlife is feeling more free to re-visit empty landscape.

  10. On March 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm, Paul Bonneau said:

    When I lived in Cody, Wyoming, there was a time when a mountain lion was seen around in town. Caused a bit of a stir…

    Also had a lion, and bobcats too, and every other predator around our last house we owned near the coast range of Oregon, out somewhat in the boonies. Hard to keep our chickens alive, but they never made a dent in the chipmunks raiding our garden. Only my air rifle had any effect.

  11. On March 30, 2020 at 2:31 pm, The Other George said:

    “Bobcat”? I am no expert on the big cats, and maybe out West you guys call ’em by a different name, but judging by what appears to be a tuft of black hair on the tip of their ears (hard to tell for sure from the distant shot of the photos), those critters look like “Lynx” to me.

  12. On March 30, 2020 at 2:49 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    You know, you could be right.

    A Lynx is a “supped-up Bobcat.” Remember the bit by Jerry Clower? Ha! I’ll have to embed that one, had forgotten about it until just now.

  13. On March 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm, Okanogan Offgrid said:

    Herschel, We have Lynx and Cougars in my area in addition to Bobcats. I’ve never heard of anyone having a problem with them. The Chief of our local Fire District has lived here all his life and he told me that he hasn’t heard of anyone having problems with the big cats either. I think the population density is so low here that there is just no pressure on the local wildlife.

    One interesting story I heard was about an elderly lady who lived up the road from me who had to chase away a couple of young Cougars who decided to take up residence under her porch.

    Someone did once tell my wife that we “get the Bobcat” at our place because other people in the area have dogs.

    Other than the rodents helping themselves to my garden, the only problem I’ve had was one year when a bear kept getting into my garbage.

  14. On March 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm, Okanogan Offgrid said:

    I should add that I’m much more concerned about feral dogs that the local predators, and yes, I carry, always.

  15. On March 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm, Fred said:

    I’m going to say, with certainty that the bottom guy on the roof is a Bob. That I saw straight off. The top two appear to be Lynx as they don’t have spots but are more greyish overall with longer tufts on the ears. This is based upon descriptions and pics by the San Diego Zoo. Good catch @Other George

    I still want to pet them. Smile.

  16. On March 30, 2020 at 6:22 pm, Ned said:

    A few years ago, a rabid bobcat walked into a bar in Cottonwood AZ and started attacking people. Right here in Payson Az a few years ago another rabid bobcat attacked some old guy for quite some time as he was out walking. We’ve seen coyotes bobcats and lions around here and frequently in town and up in Pine in town. Always amazed at how few people CCW.

  17. On March 31, 2020 at 9:04 am, S said:

    Amen! Thank your for your prayers! The blood of Jesus is my only hope and plea too. I’m trying to cut through all the noise and distraction of the currnet times and focus on Him and what He wants me to do rather than buy into the hysteria. I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been lurking. This place is one of my daily stops for sound commentary on current events. I truly appreciate all who contribute here, and I wish I had more in-person friends who thought like you all.

  18. On March 31, 2020 at 1:07 pm, Fred said:

    “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

  19. On April 1, 2020 at 12:28 am, TheAlaskan said:

    Lynx don’t range into AZ.

  20. On April 1, 2020 at 1:20 pm, 41mag said:

    Not a Lynx, their paws are ungodly larger… almost out of proportion really.

    All three were together before I could snap a pic. All looked the same.

    Now I carry doing outside chores.

  21. On April 1, 2020 at 4:28 pm, TheAlaskan said:

    Watched a lynx trotting down my dirt road last summer. I first thought it was a large german shepherd rottweiler mix. I thought it was someone’s lost dog because I know everyone’s dog around here. As it got closer I realized it was a lynx…just trotting down a road like a dog would. Very unusual for a lynx.

    We have abundant lynx here but you never see them. Last summer was a drought. Maybe game was skinny…few hares.

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