When Animals Attack: Concealed Carry Edition

The world of concealed carry tends to revolve around defense against bad guys who are intent on doing harm.  But human beings aren’t the only danger out there.

In perhaps the strangest story of the week, a crazed Japanese snow monkey was shot and killed by an HVAC repair man in North Carolina.  According to the Charlotte Oserver:

A snow monkey escaped its backyard cage Friday and attacked a neighbor before an HVAC repairman shot and killed it, police in the coastal NC community of Shallotte told The Charlotte Observer Friday evening.

The monkey, also known as a Japanese macaque, “just went bananas,” immediately attacking the next-door neighbor as she talked outside with an HVAC repairman Friday afternoon, Shallotte Detective Sgt. John Holman told the Observer in a phone interview.

The monkey bit the woman and scratched her arms and legs, drawing blood, police said.

The monkey then ran across the street and banged on a neighbor’s glass door, Shallotte Officer Jordan King told the Observer in a separate phone interview. As the repairman approached, the monkey turned and ran at the man, Holman said. The repairman shot and killed it with one shot from his small Glock handgun, according to Holman.

The man had a concealed carry permit, and police said they plan no charges against him.

“He was protecting the citizen and the neighborhood,” Holman said.

Holman said the monkey’s owner told police the monkey was an “aggressive” one.

In a scenario that you’re more likely to face, a Wisconsin man was forced to shoot a dog last week after it attacked two children near his home.  The children had been walking to their school bus stop when the animal ran up and began biting them both.  Hearing the commotion, the local resident ran out to chase the dog off.  The children got away, but the dog quickly turned on the good Samaritan, who was forced to fire his handgun.  The shot grazed the dog, which was later captured by animal control.  The children were hospitalized for injuries, but it is unclear exactly how bad they were.

Pet dogs account for about 10,000 hospitalizations and 25 deaths each year.