Only In Montana? Man Arrested for Making Homemade Bombs ‘to Kill Coyotes’


Coyotes in Montana can be a menace. Especially during calving season, coyotes can bring havoc upon a ranch after being attracted to young prey and afterbirth from the calving process. But most people don’t think about making homemade explosives to bomb the predators to bits.

But, that’s exactly what Charles Gibson Bailey (33) claims he was doing during his trial for making bombs near West Yellowstone. He told Judge Dana Christensen that he was merely trying to control the predator population. But in Montana, the slogan is ‘shoot, shovel, and shut up,’ and not ‘shoot, shovel, blow-up.”

Bailey told Judge Christensen, “There’s a coyote problem in West Yellowstone.They’re eating people’s dogs, eating people’s cats. … I didn’t mean to scare anybody.”

The judge wasn’t buying it.

According to the Missoulian, “Charging documents filed against Bailey in March 2019 state law enforcement first came into contact with Bailey that month after noticing several firearms in his vehicle. Bailey was under an order of protection filed by his ex-girlfriend that prohibited him from possessing any firearms. The same day law enforcement seized his pickup, security cameras at Bailey’s ex-girlfriend’s house captured him spraying some sort of liquid, later determined to be sulfuric acid, on her doorknob and deadbolt, according to court records.”

When his vehicle was searched by police they found the homemade explosive devices. They also found “a police scanner in his truck, notebooks that indicated he had been tracking the movements of law enforcement and the victim of the protection order, and a large Halloween mask propped in the front seat at the same height as an adult passenger.”

He was sentenced 40 months in prison and three years afterward of supervised release.


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  1. Homemade bombs are illegal here in Montana? Huh! It seems like everything that’s fun is against the law anymore. (Sarcasm)


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