Saturday, January 07, 2006

Florida deputy Tasers a bear

Just because I'm interested in this sort of thing:
Deputy Ray Dykes thought he was looking for a prowler.

'When I pulled up, I saw the reflection of an animal's eyes. It looked like a little bear cub,' he said. 'I got to about 40 feet and it stood up, and that's when I knew it was fully grown.'
Fortunately for the deputy, when the contacts broke free, the bear immediately fled instead of attacking. According to the Taser company, it takes 2 seconds to reload--and that's probably under ideal conditions by someone who has practiced a lot. How much ground can an angry bear cover in 2 seconds?