Texas governor shoots coyote during jog

Texas governor shoots coyote during jog

POSTED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:58am

AUSTIN, Texas – Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.

Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.

When one came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever, Perry charged.

"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said Tuesday.

Perry, a Republican running for a third full term against Democrat Bill White, is living in a private house in a hilly area southwest of downtown Austin while the Governor's Mansion is being repaired after a 2008 fire. A concealed handgun permit holder, Perry carries the pistol in a belt.

"I knew there were a lot of predators out there. You'll hear a pack of coyotes. People are losing small cats and dogs all the time out there in that community," Perry said.

"They're very wily creatures."

On this particular morning, Perry said, he was jogging without his security detail shortly after sunrise.

"I'm enjoying the run when something catches my eye and it's this coyote. I know he knows I'm there. He never looks at me, he is laser-locked on that dog," Perry said.

"I holler and the coyote stopped. I holler again. By this time I had taken my weapon out and charged it. It is now staring dead at me. Either me or the dog are in imminent danger. I did the appropriate thing and sent it to where coyotes go," he said.

Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill.

"It was not in a lot of pain," he said. "It pretty much went down at that particular juncture."

Texas state law allows people to shoot coyotes that are threatening livestock or domestic animals. The dog was unharmed, Perry said.

Perry's security detail was not required to file a report about the governor discharging a weapon, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange.

"People shoot coyotes all the time, snakes all the time," Mange said. "We don't write reports."

The governor left the coyote where it fell.

"He became mulch," Perry said.

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Speaking from experience, he did the right thing to protect his dog and himself. A coyote will take a dog or cat down in a minute, and a human if they get in the way. It is next to impossible to "scare" them away. If they are hungry, they will get food. It's their nature and it can't be "scared" out of them. We have invaded their areas and they are too used to humans now.

Very nice shot Sir !!!!!!!!!!

Governor Perry,
It is nice having a dog, isn’t it? My four daughters have a yellow Lab. It was stolen and put in the pound by Nacogdoches County Sheriff Kerss, President of the Sheriff’s Association of TX. This corrupt sheriff also stole all of my Family’s personal property. We have contacted you many times with no response. Our Lab is going cage crazy. Help us Governor. We are currently in the Washington, DC area. Google: Sophia goes to Congress, www.worstbankintown.com Anthony Culler

Well, the governor knows zip about wildlife, which is typical. I do not believe the coyote was about to attack his dog, and carrying a gun to "shoot snakes" is not only illegal, but also any reputable doctor will tell you that going out of one's way to harass a snake (which by the way do not "attack") is a prime cause of snakebite. Forget PETA, governor; you just flunked wildlife 101.

Governor Perry, you worry about the salvinia plant taking over Texas lakes, then you shoot the coyote, but when they ask you about Arizona and if you will support doing the same thing in Texas, you're suddenly mute. Are you just changing the subject? You cannot avoid the elephant in the room for long. November is still six months away. Going to be very interesting how you handle the issue. This will be a touchstone of conservative principles.

A .380 auto?? Why so small? At least get a 9mm or a .357 Sig. :)

Watch out Governor, PETA will be coming after you!

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