Re: Shoot it down?
This debacle seems to highlight something. The fact they couldn't shoot it down.
They could, but the risk of collateral damage is way too great. For range, a shotgun style weapon wouldn't be effective - you would need to use some sort of rifled firearm. Now, if you could guarantee that you'd get a completely clean shot at it and down it first time then that'd be OK. However that's very unlikely given size and speed of the target. Those bullets which miss the target need to go somewhere...and the range of a rifle means that there's a lot of potential for hitting something valuable and/or killing someone