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New Mexico: blonde preteen shoots lion point blank

Postby Emily » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:36 pm

This is an awful like a Montana story a couple years ago that proved staged...

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Saturday, December 06, 2014
NM: Girl Shoots Mountain Lion in Self Defense (details)

Photographs supplied by Valerie Caldwell.

Alyssa Caldwell and her father had been hunting all day. The weather had been nasty; cloudy skies with snow and rain alternating. They had seen a few elk, much too far away to take a shot. They left their makeshift blind to see if they could spot another elk before the end of the day. It was the middle of the afternoon.

At 12, Alyssa was already an experienced huntress. She had started shooting at 5, and had a new rifle, a stainless Howa 1500, as her elk gun. They had only gone a few hundred yards when her father remembered that he had left the shooting sticks back at the blind. He told Alyssa to wait while he went back to retrieve them. It sounds like the start of a horror movie. A young blond girl, left alone in the wilderness by circumstance, the weather cloudy and rainy and cold, darkness only a couple of hours away.

Less than a minute later, she saw it. A cat. A big cat, stalking her, only a car length away. The cat crouched, ready to spring. Alyssa shouldered the rifle and fired point blank. It was too close to use the scope. She worked the bolt, ready to fire again. One shot from the 30-06 had been enough. The 165 grain Accubond Nosler projectile had skinned the cheek, hitting the lion facing her at the junction of neck and shoulder, traveling the length of its body, killing it instantly. From Alyssa:

"I saw him first," Alyssa said. "I didn't hear him or see him until he was really close. I didn't know exactly what it was but I knew it wasn't a bobcat. I raised my gun when he crouched down.

Mountain lion attacks have been on the rise in recent decades, as lion populations have grown and hunting has been curtailed. There is only one documented case of a 12 year-old girl shooting a lion in self defense, and that is Alyssa. It happened on October 19th of this year, 2014.

The lion appears to have been in classic predatory mode, stalking the smaller prey in the opportune moment that the larger animal had left the young unprotected. The big cat did not know how deadly an armed human girl could be.

Joshua Caldwell returned to Alyssa at the shot, thinking his daughter had downed an elk. The mountain lion demanded immediate action, so they returned to their family to report it. The shooting sticks remained behind.

It took a day for the New Mexico officials to reach the remote hunting spot on San Antonio Mountain. It is a rugged area north of Albuquerque near the Colorado border. Once there, the officials investigated and ruled the shooting a case of self defense. They took the cat and left the family to continue their hunt.

24 hours were enough for Alyssa to recover from her close call with the lion and continue her elk hunt. Two days later, Alyssa shot a trophy bull elk at 375 yards, using the bipod on her rifle to steady her aim.

The whole Caldwell family, Alyssa, her mother Valerie, her father Joshua, and her younger brother Padon were all on the hunt with her. It took all of them another 24 hours to pack out the elk to the closest point that could be reached with their jeep. Valerie shot her own elk a couple of years ago on her anniversary, but Alyssa is the first to take a trophy bull.

A number of young hunters have shot elk, even trophy bulls. But only one is known to have had to shoot a mountain lion on the way to harvesting their elk. Alyssa has earned her place in hunting history.

Valerie Caldwell said that she has learned from the incident. Before this, they would explore the mountain in the summer, unarmed, looking for antlers. Now she will pack her personal defensive sidearm with her, a Springfield XD compact .45.

Since the elk hunt, Alyssa has used her rifle to harvest a whitetail buck. I suspect that this will be a rifle that she will keep. Even older rifles with ordinary steel and wooden stocks have lasted a hundred and fifty years. Stainless steel and composite stocks will last even longer.

Alyssa's rifle. The bipod is a Caldwell, no relation. The scope is a Nikon Monarch.

Alyssa's story should give pause to the disarmists who say that no one should be allowed to own a gun before they are 18. Foreign enemies of the United States will note that in America, 12-year-old girls have the skills and equipment to kill lions at 5 meters and elk at nearly 400 with equal aplomb.

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Re: New Mexico: blonde preteen shoots lion point blank

Postby pegleg » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:38 pm

the right to bear arms is important to me as anyone. and while i support the effort to educate the ignorant, i believe we should be factual and realistic. let the anti's lie and blow things out of proportion. while it is a good campfire story it does indeed seem to be at the least embellished throughout. i might be off base here but as a father i expect my girls to do those things they want and to try what interest them. i don't believe in absolute equality of the sexes my girls have hunted quite a bit but my ten year old doesn't carry a 30-06 much less a .45 compact. i don't like the .45 compacts so why in the hell would i think my 70 lb daughter should carry one ? if you want your kids to enjoy these things do what you can to make it pleasant. most of the females in my family have shot about everything but they also tend to prefer the same types of firearms/calibers. the two above aren't very high on the list. they take alot of game with 6mm .25, 270 rifles and they work just fine. fact is the 243 gets used a awful lot. to me it makes sense and i don't harass anyone about their choice so long as its legal and isn't unrealistic. our twenty gauges get used alot but i think it might have more to do with them being the smaller youth models not so much caliber because they don't show a marked aversion to the twelve gauges shooting upland loads. they haven't done much turkey or goose hunting and that might turn them off the 12. but anyway my point is if firearms ownership numbers and more hunters in the field/ voting booth are what your after and your targeting women and children , don't set unreasonable rules or expectations . i'm not saying some women don't have different preferences. but this whole story seems like it's not real helpful. hell my girls get plenty excited seeing a regular old lion in a tree. and at that age one charging them might just convince them their interest is elsewhere. just me rambling

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