Perry's coyote hunt may have violated city and state laws
Gov. Rick Perry's use of a handgun to kill a coyote that he says was threatening a labrador puppy may have violated both city of Austin ordinances and state law.
Defending the governor's coyote killing, Perry spokesman Mark Miner cited a section of the Health and Safety Code that says a coyote that is about to attack domestic animals may be killed by a person witnessing the attack.
He also cited a section of the penal code on "justification excluding criminal responsibility" that says conduct is justified if "immediately necessary to avoid imminent harm."
And Miner cited the defense to prosecution noted above, that the person who discharged the firearm "had a reasonable fear of bodily injury to the person or to another by a dangerous wild animal as defined by Section 822.101, Health and Safety Code" -- even though Perry told the AP he only feared for the pup.
"If he had to do it again, he would," Miner said.
I guess I don't see the big deal... Rick was out in the middle of nowhere, and he shot a dangerous wild animal that wanted to harm his dog... big deal...