Thursday, March 10, 2005

bang bang (my baby his kitty shot me him down)

From the rich tapestry that is life (especially up here in the frozen wastelands):
"Cat Shoots Owner"
BATES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A man cooking in his kitchen was shot after one of his cats knocked his 9mm handgun onto the floor, discharging the weapon, Michigan State Police said.

Joseph Stanton, 29, of Bates Township in Iron County, was shot in his lower torso around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the state police post in Iron River reported. He was transported to Iron County Community Hospital.

What is truly ironic about this is that Wisconsin is currently debating a proposal to allow the hunting of feral (wild) cats. From NBC15 (Madison, WI):
UW Wildlife Ecology Professor Stanley Temple says his 1995 study conservatively estimates there are 1.4 million feral cats in Wisconsin. And those cats kill and eat a lot of other animals.
"So 1.4 million cats times 28 kills a year and 20% of those kills being birds adds up to at least, and I'll emphasize at least 7.8 million birds that are killed by free ranging cats a year. That's an alarming number," says Temple.

Those numbers are why this April the Conservation Congress will be voting on a proposal to identify feral cats as an unprotected species in Wisconsin–basically meaning they could be hunted.

Apparently the cats in Michigan are already prepared if a hunting season rolls around. I just hope the pistol-packing cat is named Lafcadio.