Sometimes hunting has little to do with sport. Sometimes it’s about defending yourself and those around you.
It’s usually not as dramatic as the hunting stories pieced together by the famous Jim Corbett, who despite trying hard to preserve big cats, took down man-eating tigers and leopards in India in the early 1900s. They are tales of protection nonetheless, and defensive hunting most certainly still exists today.
Take Stewart Loew for example, a man on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz., who recently relied on the help of a mountain lion hunter to save his farm animals (what was left of them, anyway) and the farm’s visitors, not to mention his 12-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.
From the Arizona Daily Star:
_A depredation permit–permission to kill an animal that has been eating or mauling people’s livestock– was acquired from Arizona Game and Fish and the male lion was taken down.
This case wasn’t a rarity. Last year 42 mountain lions were killed to save livestock, according to Arizona Game and Fish statistics. One of them was a rabid cat that attacked a 10-year-old boy on his birthday.
Have you ever had to hunt out of defense?