"[A Wisconsin man] found out it's not OK to shoot raccoons and gerbils in
the village after a neighbor called police July 1 to report someone was
discharging a .22 caliber rifle in a back yard... He told police that he and
his neighbors frequently shoot at nuisance animals. Police told him not to
do it any more."
Now before you raise your eyebrows, gerbils CAN be a nuisance animal if
there are a lot of them.
Except, in some states*, burglars, home invaders, or drunk teen-agers who've
* My state allows deadly force against anybody, including gerbils, engaged
in "criminal mischief during the nighttime."
re: " * My state allows deadly force against anybody, including
gerbils, engaged in "criminal mischief during the nighttime." "
My (limited) research has shown that "criminal mischief" law typically
says something like:
Sec. 2. (a) A ***person*** who:
(1) recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally damages or defaces
property of another person without the other person's consent; or...
Note the words "A person who".
Unless the laws in your state specifically mention something to the
effect of "small furry, four legged creatures", I'm not sure you could
use "criminal mischief" as the reason for shooting gerbils. I'm not
saying you can't shoot them, I'm just saying I'd be surprised if
gerbils were included under the "criminal mischief" statute.
I used to be a cop. Believe me, I've arrested a number of *people* who were
designated as squints, unibrows, scrots, snitches, filth, pustules,
hooligans, miscreants, do-bads, humps, perps, skels, anglers, gomers, and
so on. Animals arrested include:
* hoot owls
I once had to take into custody about 100 freakin' white mice that some
prankster let loose in a bookstore. Maybe they were albino gerbils?
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