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Eighty-Year-Old Mountain Lion Shooter

“Mountain Lion in Crestline. See Breaking News.”

Rimoftheworld carries San Bernardino mountain news, and because we maintain our home in Crestline, I often read some of its material. Last week I saw where a mountain lion or two has been sighted prowling around our mountains. This morning I’m reading about an 80 year old lady from South Dakota, whose territory was also invaded by a mountain lion. Well, she did what she had to do. Shot and killed the critter.

And he was a spittin’ and a growlin’,” said Smith. “All I saw was flashing eyes and teeth. And I knew I was gonna have to kill him if I could.”

Smith, who lives alone, said she’d like to have the lion mounted, but doubts the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks will return the carcass to her.

Hmm…Think I should go by Lake Havasu WalMart and pick up a gun before heading into the mountains today?

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

12 replies on “Eighty-Year-Old Mountain Lion Shooter”

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Beloved Friends and Kingdom Partners,
Grace and peace to you, your family and Ministries.
We are very thankful to God who has kept and sustained us his family in Kenya at a difficult and challenging moment like this. Us you know the political violence which came up as result of the disputed presidential results, the church is the worst hit and we need more of your financial support, prayers and any humanitarian help.
Many souls are spiritually torn down having lost their beloved family, friends and relatives, Property and relationship destroyed, Churches burned, no food, cloths, they are sleeping in the open grounds without anything to cover and the situation like in Mt. Elgon, where our ministries are is horrible like Eldoret, Kisumu and Molo.
Please share our needs with other God loving Saints: For any support please email us at
shalomm2007@yahoo.compst john makongo

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Hello everybody–

I wrote a comment last night after we arrived in Crestline, but I see it is not here today. Sorry to tell you I got so busy I didn’t swing by Wal-Mart to pick up my gun. Rats!

Beautiful snow here in Crestline. I’ll definitely be watching for kitty tracks…and if I hear a loud meow during the night, I’ll pull the covers over my head and snuggle closer to Jerry. Surely my man can protect me!

KAREN–You are full of faith–however, I hate to tell you that I believe it is misplaced. I am the least mechanical person in the world–can hardly empty the vacuum and get the parts to fit back together properly. I suspect I would be a poor shot…anyway, in real life I’m scared of guns…Maybe when I’m 80, I’ll take on the Sharpshooter Shirley tag. 🙂

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Dear brethren, I hope that you are fine in the Lord, I need your prayers urgenty, I don’t know what to do, because our orphans that we feed does not have food and for sure we are in a bad setuation, the guy who was giving food for these orphans has refused to give us as from sunday until we pay the debt that we have of wednesday to sunday, so as from monday the children will not have something to eat, please I’m asking you all for help, please help us pay the food for these kids, I will really appreaciate, please email me shalomm2007@yahoo.com , we need your help urgently.
help can be send through western union
address john makongo, p.o box 2592, nakuru 20100, kenya or call +254 722 942 147.
God bless you.

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Quite a lady! I might have froze!I agree, have that lion preserved for the next generation. But taxidermy is very expensive.
What if guns were outlawed? Nothing wrong with firearms per say – it’s who they belong to.
In Switzerland, men have their whole gear at home because they go back for training regularly until they are retired from the military.
Can you imagine this here?

Sis Buxton, you get loaded up! But I’m not sure you can get that at Wal Mart – better check.

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Eighty year old lady bags a lion.
GREAT!!
The real problem is that we, mankind, has let the population of the lions grow. Now they, the lions, have lost the fear of man so they will attack a human. Should there be an open season for lions? The answer to that question belongs to someone smarter than me. From my experience in the open woods, I always carry something, not a sling shot, just by chance a lion and I come face to face. I want ME to be the winner.

Oh by the way. I was under the impression that Wal Mart carried nothing more than B-B or pelt guns.

Just think Sis. Buxton, how nice a lion rug would be in front of your fire place.

Mervi

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Killing a mountain lion is quite a feat for an 80 year old woman. I think the Dept. of Game should let her have it mounted. It would be a great visual to have when passing down the story to future generations of her family. Yes, Sister Buxton, I would run over to Wal-Mart and get that gun. You just might be the next Annie Oakley! 🙂

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