2-legged prowler!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Tala, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My chickens live at my in-laws property a few miles from me. I frequently feed them at night. The neighborhood isn't exactly the safest, as some of you probably remember my live trap was stolen from there not very long ago! I always take the dogs and I have a permit to carry a gun though. Generally we're talkin small theft type crime, not aggressive stuff. I feel safe enough with my Chow dog on guard.

    Well tonight while I was getting eggs the dogs started growling. They usually don't growl when they find a stray cat or somethin, so I thought that was bad. I was kinda expecting an aggressive raccoon or skunk or somethin. I drew my 9mm and was thinking, man I wish I'd brought the .22 coz this thing is gonna be loud if I have to shoot somethin......turns out I brought the right gun though! There was a strange guy crouched down behind some junk out there not far from my chicken pen!!!!!!! I bright lighted him with my LED maglight and asked him what he was doin and he said he was takin a dump -- which wasn't true because he was wearing overalls. I went back out to the street where I could see all around me, and called 911. While I was on the phone, the guy took off through the woods, and I could hear neighboring dogs barking at him.
    Two cops came, one searched on foot and one drove around using some kind of night vision thingy. They didn't catch him though.
    The cop on foot was the same one who responded to my neighbor's complaints about my roosters and he recognized me. Good memory, coz that was back in July! He was nice and I thanked him for coming.
    Gonna take a bit for my nerves to settle though!!!
     
  2. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. That is scary. Glad it turned out ok, be extra careful and make sure to keep those dogs with you! Good job to them for letting you know something wasn't right!
     
  3. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    good thing you had your gun with you, if he wasnt taking a dump when you saw him, i think he might of taken one for real after he saw you with the gun
     
  4. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep the 9mm on you whenever you check that coop. Take the dogs as well. Hopefully you scared the heck out of him, but you never know. But please keep the weapon on you. When seconds matter the cops are only minutes away...not that they didn't help tonight, but it sounds like the 9mm and the dogs were the only thing standing between you and a VERY bad situation.
     
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  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    OMG that's CREEPY...he was probably scoping you out to kidnap or rape...or maybe he is one of those um...fiddlin' types...you know?? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Either way....be careful and keep the gun on you....
     
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  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Wow, what a scare. I'm glad you're safe!
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Oh I will. Dusti has saved my butt once before when I was out there. I put a lot of faith in her for scaring people off, though she's not prone to biting she just MIGHT if someone *didn't* decide to leave when she started growling. She can put on a pretty good show and nobody has ever dared push her.

    He was probably just lookin for tools to steal. Like my trap or whatever he could find. I doubt he was lookin for a fight or he wouldn't have been hiding, but ya just never know about people. Might be someone worse next time.
    The other person Dusti scared off actually approached us, well, until Dusti let loose with growling, he decided it wasn't worth it, got back in his truck and drove off.
     
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  8. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    My neighbor taught me the Texas rules for trespasser handling.

    1. Mark your property according to Texas law -- fence, purple stripe, POSTED NO TRESPASSING
    2. When you encounter a trespasser (entire body inside your marked property), yell at them they are trespassing and order them to stop
    3. Shoot them in the butt as they turn to run
    4. Notify the Sheriff's Department and file a complaint
    5. When the perp gets treated at hospital the complaint will get matched to the admission report
    6. **** MOST IMPORTANT **** Press charges

    Caveats: YMMV. I am not a lawyer. Native Texans consider me a [email protected] Yankee.
     
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  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Chicken.Lytle :

    My neighbor taught me the Texas rules for trespasser handling.

    1. Mark your property according to Texas law -- fence, purple stripe, POSTED NO TRESPASSING
    2. When you encounter a trespasser (entire body inside your marked property), yell at them they are trespassing and order them to stop
    3. Shoot them in the butt as they turn to run
    4. Notify the Sheriff's Department and file a complaint
    5. When the perp gets treated at hospital the complaint will get matched to the admission report
    6. **** MOST IMPORTANT **** Press charges

    Caveats: YMMV. I am not a lawyer. Native Texans consider me a [email protected] Yankee.

    Unfortunately, in Arkansas you can't shoot someone for simply trespassing - or I wouldn't have that pesky problem neighbor living behind me anymore. Besides, there's a lot of legal mumbo jumbo after you shoot someone. I was armed and ready, but he didn't pose a threat to me in the way that he acted, so I believe I did what was best.​
     
  10. trailgurl

    trailgurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know in some states, at least in most of the southern ones, If you're property is marked and has no tresspassing signs, you can shoot them-but not to kill. You can shoot them from about mid thigh down, but only you've ordered them off of your property and they didn't do it immediately or is a repeat tresspasser on your property.
     

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