You definitely don’t want to get in this grandmother’s way.
Martha Smith, an 80-year-old woman, heard Bo, her Border collie, barking loudly outside. She looked outside and saw Bo facing off with a mountain lion.
Smith grabbed her .22-caliber rifle, ran outside and fired a shot at the lion. She missed the lion, and then she went inside to call 911 while Bo was keeping the lion away from himself and the house. The dispatcher said they were having a difficult time trying to find someone from Game, Fish and Parks to take care of the lion.
Smith decided she had to take matters into her own hands. She grabbed her rifle again and walked to within about 20 to 25 feet of the lion and fired. She shot him right in the chest.
The mountain lion jumped up, ran for a short distance, and then dropped to the ground.
When an official from Game, Fish and Parks came, it was confirmed that the mountain lion was dead. Authorities said the six-month-old mountain lion was about 30 to 40 pounds.
Smith said she was nervous during the whole ordeal because she couldn’t see well enough to figure out if the mountain lion was big or small.
She added, “Thank God he was little, because I don’t think my .22 would have killed a big one.”
Smith said that she isn’t a hunter and hasn’t done a lot of shooting, but she said that she was taught how to shoot when she was young and that a person never forgets how to shoot.
A Game, Fish, and Parks spokesperson said that Smith was justified in shooting the mountain lion because she was protecting her dog and her property.
Source: Rapid City Journal