Bearcat versus BearCat: Wild creature against armored vehicle, who wins?
The Concord Police Department submitted a federal grant application for a BearCat armored law enforcement vehicle, like this one being used in Nashville, Tenn.
A bearcat in the wild.
Formal name: Binturong
Size: 2-3 feet long; 30-60 pounds.
Home: South and Southeast Asia; zoos
Distribution: Rare; population in decline by over 30 percent in 30 years
Body: Long and heavy, low on the legs. Thick fur of strong black hair. Prehensile tale. Face like a cat, body like a bear, shaggy black hair, stiff white whiskers.
Habitat: tall forests.
Mobility: They climb trees, slowly and steadily.
Sounds: Growls, grunts, hissing
Diet: Small mammals, birds, fish, worms, insects, fruits.
Formal name: Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck.
Size: 16,500-17,550 pounds; 20 feet long; 10 feet wide; 8-12 feet high.
Home: Manufactured by Massachusetts-based Lenco Industries.
Distribution: More than 5,000 BearCats in use in more than 40 countries.
Body: armored vehicle, emergency lights/sirens, rotating roof hatch, optional powered turrets
Habitat: Police, military units, perhaps including Concord
Mobility: 75-90 mph
Diet: diesel fuel
Threat: hostage incidents, armed offenders.