Protecting property: The right to spray

As I am entering the “you kids get off my lawn” stage of my life, this story from Willmar resonates:

A 50-year-old man told authorities he was fed up with teens toilet-papering his house during homecoming week. This year, he decided to defend his property — with a squirt gun filled with fox urine.

Now, Scott Wagar is in trouble with the law. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to misdemeanor assault and other charges. He was released on personal recognizance.

I’m not much of an outdoors guy but where does someone get fox urine? At the Fox Urine ‘R Us store?

The excellent West Central Tribune has the answer:

Fox urine, it turns out, is readily available online and in stores that sell hunting supplies, pesticides and critter repellents. A visit to Google yielded 192,000 references to the stuff.

The story is causing some reaction, as you might expect. Kentucky checked in on the comments section of the newspaper story:

I am form Kentucky. This is the dumbest stuff i have ever read about. i cant beleive the police are that dumb. I am only 30,,but back when i was a teenager,,,we would get rocksalt or bird shot from a 12 guage in our backside. if you know what i mean. i cant believe this even made the news…… dumb!!!!!!

Fox urine, as it turns out, is regularly used by Christmas tree farms to discourage theft.

Still unanswered, however, is how the Willmar man attacked his attackers. How do you spray fox urine? Do you just keep it in a bucket by the door?

  • Some of the higher power squirt guns allow for a “spray action”.

    My guess is this is what he used.

    Me, I think it was a clever way to discourage the vandalism. It sounds like he’s been tp-ed and egged for years, and now decided to fight fire with fire.

    If he is going to be charged with anything, shouldn’t the teenagers be as well?

  • Bob Collins

    OK, then, here’s another question. How does a “fox urine” company GET it? Are there fox farms somewhere?

  • Elizabeth T

    A mere 20 years or so ago (if it’s ‘mere’, I guess I’m definitely getting old!) … I imagine the police would have said, “Oh, well, tough luck, you shouldn’t have been doing that.” At least where I was living in West Virginia, they would have. Although, like the fellow from Kentucky, I think quite a few people would have used more … emphatic deterrent. Of course, in West-by-god-Virginia they would also have known who would do so and voided him/her.

    Are the kids being charged with vandalism, trespassing, and – had they been in Hennepin County violating the county curfew?

  • Lily

    Sounds to me like the kids got more than they bargained for–and so did he? Fox urine? I am going to google it.