WA: Man shoots self while hunting opossum
Washington chicken owner recovering after accidentally shooting self
while stalking opossum
August 25, 2009
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A northwest Washington man is recovering after
accidentally shooting himself in the leg while hunting an opossum that had
been snatching his chickens.
Larry Tenbrink of Mount Vernon was watching TV when he heard his chickens
"carrying on" late Sunday. He figured the problem was the opossum that had
already killed more than a dozen of his chickens over the past few months.
Tenbrink grabbed his .22 caliber pistol, headed outside and spotted an
opossum the size of a large cat wandering his property. But he accidentally
pulled the trigger too early, sending a bullet through his lower right
The 61-year-old handyman told the Skagit Valley Herald on Monday that
he's back home after a trip to the hospital. And though the opossum is free
for now, he'll be hunting it again. But next time, he says he'll use a trap.
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