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    In a pers defense situation a short-barrel pistol with as much caliber as possible. Practice drawing and shooting with both hands. You might have to shoot it one handed while it chews on the other. Or carry a big Bowie knife. Seriously.

    After two sightings in six days within a few miles of our house we carry all the time. In the garden, mowing lawn, any time when we might be preoccupied and/or when it is dark.

    You're still more likely to win the lottery but with my luck it would be more likely I get attacked by a wild animal than become rich.


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    One guy I used to work with in Wyoming used nothing but a .22 Mag - - of course, he hunts with dogs, and the "lion's share" of his shots are on treed cats within 50 yards. Another guy I work with drew a tag and was lucky enough to get on a cat (I say lucky, because we cannot use bait or dogs here in SD). His son spotted it first and winged it with a poor shot from a .22-250, and the Father was lucky enough to get a shot with a .270, which put an end to things. That .22-250 would have been sufficient, had the shot been placed properly.

    Locally, there have been four long tails shot within the last three weeks - - two within our city limits, one within the city limits of a nearby town, and one just on the edge of another nearby town. One of the cats shot here in town was killed by a RCPD LEO with a .40 - - but given the way our local LEO's shoot, I reckon there was more than one round fired to dispatch that cat. Haven't heard the details of the other three cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFPGW View Post
    Or carry a big Bowie knife. Seriously.
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    Mt.lions are thined skined a 223 will do the job or a 44 mag 30 30 or aq 22lr in the right spot.

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    If they really are thin-skinned, a good insult or two should turn them away.

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    I've heard that a dish of anti-freeze will kill a house cat. Maybe a bigger dish of the stuff will take care of the big cats. just kidding.....AC

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunscrewguy View Post
    I've heard that a dish of anti-freeze will kill a house cat....
    They must have to drink it, because I've soaked a couple of the neighbor's cats in it and all it did was turn them a funny neon-green color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barenjager View Post
    They must have to drink it, because I've soaked a couple of the neighbor's cats in it and all it did was turn them a funny neon-green color.

    Roe
    I don't know this for a fact from first hand experience or anything like that, but a neighbor of a friend of a cousin said that ethylene glycol does wonders for unruly cats if you mix it in some tuna. Especially if you hide the can between the marigolds and iris'... Produces a diabetic reaction coupled with heart attacks.

    Or so I've been told anyhow.

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    Anti freeze ingested causes kidney failure. It's a bad way to go.
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