Archive for the 'Animals' Category


BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

I had never heard of this animal before. It’s loose in Colorado, probably a former pet. Video at the link.

The Patagonian mara has been spotted roaming around Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, Colo. Reg Cox via Storyful

Um, what? It’s difficult to tell how big these crabs are with no backdrop for compare and contrast, but they look huge. When you are in the ocean, you’re at the bottom of the food chain.

These are strange friends.

If you’re chased by a feral boar, just run. Or better yet, shoot it with a large bore handgun.

I love eagles, but this child narrowly escaped being taken by one. If you have small children or small dogs, it’s best to keep positive control over them while they’re not in the home. They can be taken by eagles, hawks or owls. I was in the back yard at another home years ago with Heidi, my 90 pound Doberman, and an Owl swooped in within feet of her at dusk. A very, very large bird indeed. I think it finally gained perspective on just how large Heidi was and did a 180 in mid air, within feet of me. I felt the air off the wings of that bird. Of course, Heidi was standing on her hind legs jumping at it. That night, the owl was lucky to escape with its life. It had made a very bad decision.

Dean Weingarten: 45 ACP Versus Bears

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

At Ammoland.

We have found 9 cases where .45 acp pistols were used to defend against bears. 6 against black bears, 3 against brown bears. All were successful.

I’d call that an overall good success rate. I’d still say carry 450 SMC with a 22# spring.

Ohio Does The Worst Possible Thing To Stop The Feral Hog Invasion

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago


Ohio’s House of Representatives has unanimously passed House Bill 503, a critical piece of legislation aimed at controlling the population and movement of feral swine within the state. The bill, strongly supported by the Ohio Pork Council (OPC) and other agricultural groups, targets the importation, hunting, and feeding practices of these wild pigs to protect the state’s livestock industry.

House Bill 503 addresses key issues related to the management of feral swine, including prohibiting their importation and hunting, and outlawing the feeding of pigs with garbage.

That’s right. The best way to stop the invasion is to prohibit the hunting of feral hogs. They didn’t ban hunting over feeders or raising feral hogs in preserves, they outright banned hunting them.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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In Connecticut, pigs are going hog wild and lawmakers are hoping to come up with solutions

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago


Wayward pigs are causing issues in some parts of Connecticut – and it’s become enough of an issue that state lawmakers are looking into how to deal with it.

The legislature’s environmental committee on Friday heard testimony on how much trouble roaming swine can cause. The committee is considering a bill to form a task force focused on roaming livestock.

“The last thing that we want in Connecticut is a population of feral pigs,” State Rep. Doug Dubitsky said. “They’re incredibly destructive, they’re very dangerous, they can run 30 miles an hour, they can be 6 or 700 pounds. They can kill you and they will eat you. It’s pretty nasty.”

State Sen. Heather Somers says bands of pigs are roaming her eastern Connecticut district, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages to crops and lawns. She says the pigs are biting and chasing farmers.

Congratulations, Connecticuters!  Whacha gonna do about it?

Oh, that’s right. Y’all don’t like guns and aren’t used to killing feral hogs. Right?

A committee.  That’s the ticket. Another public works project.  Talk to the experts about what to do. Run from them when you see them.

Actually, when you hunt them enough they become runners. If they’re chasing farmers and the farmers don’t carry firearms, you’ll never evolve them into runners. They’ll just come after you.


Or how about hiring professional snipers to kill them? They won’t make a dent in the population, but it will make the committee feel better that they aren’t being mean to the hogs, or at least, someone else is doing the dirty work for them.

Unfortunately for you, there probably aren’t enough of them yet to advertise hog hunting in Connecticut as a sport.

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Dean Weingarten on the Use of 9mm for Bear Defense

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

At Ammoland.

Ignore all other “authorities” on handguns and bear defense (at least regarding statistics and history). Dean rules.

With that said, I think I’d rather have a larger bore handgun for bear defense. If 9mm works, I presume it’s because of shot placement or number of rounds.

Sturgeon, Missouri Cop Kills Small Blind and Deaf Dog

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

The Civil Rights Lawyer is covering this. It’s on Twitter (X) too (h/t Wisco). Here is the full video below.

Who called the police?

Who … called … the … police?

After holding the cop accountable for animal cruelty, the person who called the police should be run out of town.

When will Americans return to the notion of self-policing again?  You know, family, church, community. When you turn to the state for policing, the state knows nothing except the use of force. That’s the only tool in its tool belt.

On top of that, most police are less than average intelligence, less than average motivation, and are not usually regarded as thinking men.

In this case, the cop was lazy, having run out of patience for catching the dog. I didn’t get to see a side profile of the cop, but my guess is that he’s overweight and got tired of walking around. Someone prove me wrong.

Additionally, he lied both to his superiors and to the man who questioned him. The dog wasn’t a threat at all. It was a 10-pound lap dog who was deaf and blind. That was my immediate reaction when I saw the video and would have guessed that without having been told. Because I am a thinking man. Either that, or the dog was elderly and suffering from age-related issues. Either way, that doesn’t warrant a death sentence.

So the cop was [probably] fat, very lazy, had no emotional sympathy for the owner of the dog (and so he is likely a sociopath), is a liar, and is below average intelligence and motivation.

I would have walked over and picked the dog up. Because I am a thinking man and know that the dog wasn’t suffering from rabies. If the dog had been injured, the cop wasn’t in a legal position to know or do anything about it. Only a veterinarian is legally allowed to put dogs down.

Folks, this describes most cops in America today. America didn’t see it before the age of body-cams, but people see it today. God bless body-cams. The camera doesn’t lie.

Do not ever involve the police. You and your beasts are never in more danger than when the police are around. There is no situation so bad that it cannot be made worse by the presence of the police.

Stay away from the police. Do not get near them. Your life is in danger if you do. They are usually trigger-happy fools. Get away from them as quickly as you can.

Do not involve the police in your life. Ever.

B.C. Black Bear Hunter Hospitalized After Killing a Grizzly in Self Defense

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago


In a press release, the RCMP explained that the father and son “had been tracking a bear with dogs” when the adult grizzly suddenly attacked the son. The two men were hunting on a steep mountainside south of Elkford, which lies in the Canadian Rockies just west of the Alberta border. Both men were locals, according to the RCMP, and the son lives in nearby Sparwood. “The man suffered serious injuries,” the RCMP said, “including broken bones and lacerations to his body during the attack.”

At some point during the attack, the son was able to shoot the bear with the firearm he was carrying. Neither the RCMP nor the BCCOS have shared any details about the firearm used, but it was likely the same rifle or shotgun he would have been using to hunt black bears; Canada has strict laws prohibiting hunters from carrying handguns unless they have a special license or explicit permission from the government.

Presumably he used a long gun to dispatch the bear. I would rather have a long gun than a handgun, but the advantage of the handgun is rapid deploy-ability.

Assuming you have the long gun in low ready, I would have to surmise that this is just a failure to respond to get off a shot before his father was wounded by the bear.

It would be interesting to know the style and make of the long gun.

Hogs in the North

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Told you so.

That’s Wyoming, Montana, ND, SD …

Sight your rifles in, boys. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Lazy Dummy

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

A dog is a reflection of its owner. She didn’t spend time to train the dog.

Simple problems allow for simple solutions.

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Bear Advice With A Master Alaskan Guide

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is certainly an interesting interview by Ron Spomer.

I found it insightful that Phil says that the sound of the spray leaving the nozzle is what scares a bear when using bear spray. But he also says that if a charge is legitimate and not a bluff charge, he’s shooting.

I’m not sure how it became conventional wisdom that one has to decide to use either bear spray or firearms, rather setting the context as a both-and query.

I’ve never carried bear spray and I’m not sure that I ever would. If a bear is charging me, I will assume that it’s not a bluff charge. This is especially true given that a hiker is interested in shaving grams of weight off of his load (not just ounces or pounds or kilograms).

But then, I’m not a professional bear hunting guide who gets charged multiple times every season and has a license to maintain either.

I’d be interested in your thoughts on his experience using 9mm against the brown bear. As to his advice to carry what you’re comfortable shooting, I am comfortable shooting .45 ACP and 450 SMC, so I’d rather have either of those two rounds than 9mm.

If you do a search on Phil Shoemaker, they don’t even advertise their rates. I’m sure it’s rather expensive to go on a hunting trip with Phil. I’d like to, but I know I can’t afford it.

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