Originally posted by tracehd1
reply to post by EyesWideShut
Sooo a tranq gun is just far to slower then a bullet? The guy that killed it worked for forestry service...didn't he?
They could have kept an eye on the cougar until a tranq gun got there...if it looked like the cougar was going to eat dick and Jane...then they could
If I were a cougar and got lost in disturbia....I would pray they wouldn't kill me...but have mercy and point me in the right direction. If something
gets in our way...mow it down or kill it. So 15 th Century
I'll answer your question in two parts because I'm not sure if you mean "Projectile Speed" or "Time it takes to stop the threat"
A tranq dart moves roughly 300 feet per second or 200 miles per hour or a little more than 1/3 the speed of sound
A 55gr .223 round out of a patrol carbine moves a little over 2900 feet per second or 1980 miles per hour close to 4 times the speed of sound.
In a nutshell the bullet moves at about 10x's the speed of the dart.
When the tranq dart hit's the cougar he/she will go "WTF is that!?!" jump out of the tree and it will need to be tracked until it's sedated
(Roughly 15-20) minutes. That is if the Animal Control officer hits it in a large muscle group and correctly estimates the weight of the cougar to
properly gauge the amount of sedative needed.
When the bullet hits the cougar (provided it's a cns shot for an ethical kill) The cougar will literally be dead before he/she heard the gunshot
because the bullet moves at 4x's the speed of sound.
dart = 15-20 minutes where the cougar remains a threat
bullet = DRT (Dead Right There)
If there was a time to shoot it, it would be while it's up in the tree. If "while they're keeping an eye on it" it decides it wants to leave, you
now have a man with a rifle trying to shoot a small target that can run 45mph in a residential neighborhood.
That's bad juju...
I can see you want to identify with the cougar (they're cool animals, I like them too), but a cougar doesn't pray nor does it hope. It operates off
of instinct, simple reasoning (can I eat this or not, can this eat me or not)
I promise you if you were walking in the woods and a cougar came upon you, it most certainly wouldn't "point you in the right direction" or have
mercy on you, It would try to eat you.
Personification of wild animals can be a very dangerous thing, it can be fatal when it's done with apex predators.