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Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:03 am

Sure am glad it wasnt a child in those bushes. Sheesh.  irked 


http://www.record-eagle.com/local/local_story_326091555.html


Published: November 22, 2007 09:15 am

Family howls for justice over cow's death

Man says he mistook bovine for coyote

By VICTOR SKINNER
vskinner@record-eagle.com


THOMPSONVILLE, MICHIGAN -- Benzie County authorities find Richard Buckner's story udderly preposterous.

Colfax Township resident Buckner, 42, contends he shot and killed a pregnant, 1,400-pound breeding cow because he mistook it for a coyote.

The cow's owners are howling over the coyote tale, and sheriff's officials say they plan to mooooove ahead with criminal charges.

DeAnn Mosher owned the cream-and-white cow, Hannah, that wandered away from her hobby farm and allegedly into Buckner's sights near his house on Wooden Bridge Road early Nov. 17.

"Apparently, he said he saw some movement through the brush ... and thought it was a coyote," Mosher said. "My husband thought that he should go through some therapy looking at repeated pictures of cows and coyotes because they look nothing alike."

Buckner, authorities said, shot the cow but didn't kill it with the initial shot. He allegedly shot it twice more and chained the bovine to his vehicle.

"I don't know how he hit a several-thousand-pound cow mistaking it for a coyote," said Rory Heckman, Benzie County's undersheriff. "It's hard for him to explain away shooting it two more times and trying to drag it away with his vehicle."

Mosher's father, Tom Besey, said he was searching for Hannah when he heard a shot near Buckner's property. He then saw Buckner dragging the prized cow, valued at $2,000, with his truck.

That's when Besey confronted Buckner and the suspect began to milk the coyote story, Besey said.

"He said he didn't mean to, he thought it was a coyote. He said it was laying down and saw the ear twitching so he shot it," Besey said. "Once he shot it and saw it was a cow, why didn't he call the authorities and say he shot a cow by mistake?

"I believe if he got it to his garage it would have been the last time I seen the cow."

Authorities are seeking several charges against Buckner, including attempted larceny, reckless discharge of a firearm, property damage, attempting to take a game animal during closed season and hunting without a proper small game license.

Hunting coyotes is illegal during the firearm deer season, which runs from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30.

Buckner turned Hannah over to Besey, who moved the animal to his King Road farm and reported the shooting to sheriff's officials. The cow since was butchered, Besey said.

Hannah was pregnant with a bull calf when she died, Mosher said.

"The fact that we lost a pet and she was the only cow we had bothers me," she said. "At least we were able to use the meat from her; she didn't go to waste."
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:16 am

What a weird story, perhaps Mr. Buckner could use a good eye exam  dopey ..
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:22 am

At least the family got the cow back. Although I cant imagine eating my pet. I suppose it would be different if my pet was a cow and not a cat.  Smile
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:42 am

As a hunter, the number one thing that scares me is not getting lost, running into a bear, or anything like that. The biggest fear I have is idiots like this who shoot without being sure of what they're shooting at.

You never, ever take a shot unless you are 100% sure of your target.

This moron should never be allowed to be near a firearm ever again.
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:50 am

I know I will get flamed for saying this. But here I go anyway.

There is no reason for anyone to own a gun! Period! And don't give me any 2nd amendment crap either. I can't have Life, Liberty and a Pursuit of Happiness if gun toting idiots like this are on the loose.

Especially morons who do not verify their target. This idiot should rot in jail for the rest of his life. What if it was a kid behind the bushes?


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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:53 am

Ok, why won't my pictures show up?

I can't be that stupid.  Big grin
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:56 am



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 4):

Wow, it only took 4 replies.

Might as well lock it up.
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:01 am

Quoting Gunships (Reply 3):
As a hunter, the number one thing that scares me is not getting lost, running into a bear, or anything like that. The biggest fear I have is idiots like this who shoot without being sure of what they're shooting at.

You never, ever take a shot unless you are 100% sure of your target.

This moron should never be allowed to be near a firearm ever again.

Cannot agree more. He should be heavily fined as well. I was never a big hunter but used to go out with my dad regularly growing up. There was a really good hunting area we used to go regularly but it got way to crowded with other hunters and then there were a couple of "accidental" shootings so my dad just didnt bother with it anymore. Its unfortunate, I always looked forward to going out with him on opening day.

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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:10 am



Quoting Gunships (Reply 3):
This moron should never be allowed to be near a firearm ever again.

 checkmark  Time for him to pick a hobby in which he causes less of a threat to innocent life.

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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:21 am

That is one BIG mistake thinking a cow of all things looks like a coyote.
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:23 am



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 4):
And don't give me any 2nd amendment crap either. I can't have Life, Liberty and a Pursuit of Happiness if gun toting idiots like this are on the loose.

But yet you've probably never had your life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness even remotely bothered by someone with a gun let alone taken from you. Lock the thread Mods....he's solved it all.

Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 4):
This idiot should rot in jail for the rest of his life.

Ah yes, for breaking no laws that would call for such a punishment. I'm so glad you and your type are not in charge of things. He might be stupid and he needs to be punished for his stupidity but you anti-gun folks just crack me up sometimes.

Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 4):
What if it was a kid behind the bushes?

And it wasn't so thanks for playing with your hypotheticals and what-ifs.  sarcastic 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:32 am



Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
And it wasn't so thanks for playing with your hypotheticals and what-ifs.

Point taken. But isn't it just for those hypotheticals and what-ifs that we have the rules we have.

Quoting Gunships (Reply 3):
You never, ever take a shot unless you are 100% sure of your target.

This being one of them.
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:59 am

I've seen Cows while hunting but never in my life have I ever mistaken one for a coyote. This guy would have been in trouble anyways even if it was a coyote since season is closed durin' rifle/shotgun deer season.
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:34 am

Poor Cow, I hope the owner was compensated.

I've never been hunting before, but some Hunters reiterate that some people just shouldnt be hunting...., why exactly do some of these hunters have these problems?
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:45 am



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 4):
if gun toting idiots like this are on the loose.

So you are, like the rest of us, advocating that the idiot not be allowed to have a gun.  highfive 

Glad you're not saying that I shouldn't be allowed to take my 30-06 out to the range to practice safe shooting.  Smile
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:32 pm



Quoting Dw9115 (Reply 9):
That is one BIG mistake thinking a cow of all things looks like a coyote.

Quite so. I saw the words "coyote" and "mistake" in the title and thought someone had done what I did and mistaken a coyote ( in my garden in Kansas) for a German Shepherd. When I noticed Mrs Coyote as well, I realised that it was a rather odd German Shep. But they definitely did not look at all like a cow, or a squirrel come to that.

Was there not a guy near Denver who painted the letters COW along the flanks of his cows to try to stop them getting shot? It seems once you see something in the sights of a rifle, species identification becomes more difficult.
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:22 pm

Once upon a time, many many moons ago (actually last summer) I was hunting pigs on my property. We've found that the best way to get the big ones is to stalk the creek beds mid morning when they come to the water holes to start wallowing. Well, there I was, creeping along at the speed of a glacier with my eyes and ears pealed for any sign of the smell grunting brutes when I spied some very dark fur in a thicket on top the oposing bank about fifty yards down the creek. Through massive effort of the part of my not so wonderous knees I managed to stop my massive forward motion (all of 1/2mph) and take a knee. I watched that dark spot of fur intently. It must be a pig, deer are light colored, and we've sold off all the cattle. But no, this didn't feel right. So I watched it, and I watched it, then I got out my binos and watched it some more. Sure enough, it was dark coarse hair, and it moved occasionally. It must be a pig. But this still didn't feel right, so I watched it some more. Half an hour I watched that patch of dark coarse hair. Half an hour it sat in that bush doing nothing... and then.. Our donkey stood up.

Don't know how he got out of the high fence that keeps him on the other pasture, but there he was. I had been looking at a dark patch on our donkey the whole time. Mind you, I never once pointed my rifle at him.

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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:26 pm



Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 13):
Poor Cow, I hope the owner was compensated.

Do you even read before you post? No, they have not been compensated but they would like (and deserve) something.

From the article you couldn't be bothered to read before throwing in your opinion...'Authorities are seeking several charges against Buckner, including attempted larceny, reckless discharge of a firearm, property damage, attempting to take a game animal during closed season and hunting without a proper small game license.'
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:14 pm

You know, I could understand somebody who's never been in the suburbs mistaking a dog for a coyote as they are both canids. But how the hell do you mistake a giant cow for a 35 or 40 pound Coyote?

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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:24 pm



Quoting Gunships (Reply 3):
This moron should never be allowed to be near a firearm ever again.

Neither should 98% of Americans.
Just my opinion.
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:35 pm

Having had an oparated a cattle ranch, as a serious business for many years, I simply cannot see how, a cow can be mistaken by a coyote. It's simply impossible. The guy must have been very trigger happy, mentally handicapped, severely intoxicated or wanted to intentionally hit the cow. Believe me, its like mistaking a 737 for a 747 just to illustrate my point. . This is one of the weirdest, unbelievable stories I have ever heard in my entire life.

I mean, mistake a ranch dog for a coyote, even a wild boar for a coyote, I can understand. But a cow? Come on, it borders near the impossible.
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:47 am



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 19):
Neither should 98% of Americans.

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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:10 am



Quoting Blackbird (Reply 18):
But how the hell do you mistake a giant cow for a 35 or 40 pound Coyote?

Beats me too Andrea! Wonder how long before Kirkie's head adorns some trophy room.  thumbsup 
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:20 am

Well, if Dick Cheney can mistake a friend of his for a bird, then this guy has the leeway to mistake a cow for a coyote, I guess.  Big grin
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:23 am



Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 23):
Well, if Dick Cheney can mistake a friend of his for a bird, then this guy has the leeway to mistake a cow for a coyote, I guess. Big grin

Yes, fair point, but he was a lawyer so he may have been under open season rules? Not many cows have law degrees over here, but the US could well be different,
 
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RE: Man Mistakes Cow For Coyote, Shoots And Kills It.

Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:12 am



Quoting Baroque (Reply 24):
Not many cows have law degrees over here, but the US could well be different,

Most lawyers I have ever dealt with here have more in common with a bull than a cow.

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