You know the numb-nuts at PETA would have rather the girl be maimed or killed instead of the cat. 1000pts for the quick thinking girl and her father who trained her.
When Joshua Caldwell heard the gun shot, his first thought was that his daughter had bagged the bull elk they had seen earlier. As it turned out, 12-year-old Alyssa Caldwell had actually shot a mountain lion instead, at a mere five yards away, from where it could have pounced on the young hunter.
“I already had a feeling that something was watching me or something, but I didn’t see the cat until it was close,” Alyssa told CBS 7.
Alyssa and her father were building a makeshift blind in the New Mexico wilderness just south of Colorado, where they thought was a good vantage spot to see elk. The trip was an exciting one for the 12-year-old, who has been hunting since she was nine. She had previously taken deer and small game, but an elk would be her biggest challenge yet, and that required a new gun. For the New Mexico trip, Alyssa toted a .30-06 rifle, a respectable choice for elk hunting. Turns out it is lethal against cougars as well. Alyssa recalled that the big cat dropped instantly from a single shot, but she kept the rifle trained on the mountain lion nonetheless.
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