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How effective are Air (1) Pistols and (2) Rifles, bought in Canadian retailers, against dangerous animals?

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My family lacks any firearms license or training whatsoever. To what degree can store-bought (Canadian Tire, Home Hardware)

  1. Air Pistols

  2. Air Rifles

fend off wild dangerous animals? Particularly coyotes, wolves, bears and snakes? Please answer separately for both air pistols and rifles. Are pistols less effective than rifles?

Whilst leaf peeping in Nova Scotia this past month, my family stumbled up on multiple cougars to our horror! Fortunately, we never hike on our own. Our power in numbers and air horn scared these coywolfs away!

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Generally you shouldn't shoot wild animals with air guns since they might cause permanent harm. The non-lethal methods listed in your link are likely to be both more efficient and less harmful for the animal. You should use whatever is recommended by the local authorities.

Air rifles will cause serious wounds/wounds that might get infected. Meaning there will likely be legal consequences for you in case you use air guns on wild animals. Particularly while visiting national parks and similar.

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