Dramatic True Stories From the Great West - The Fierce Panther

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The FIERCE PANTHER by Oren Arnold Two horses grazed late one evening near a frontier home. Along a rocky ledge above them crept a tawny form--silently, stealthily, ever-so-gracefully moving nearer, until all at once-- "NEE-E-E-E-A-A-A-a-a-a!" One horse screamed in terror, while the other snorted and fled. The silent form had leaped! Crushing its victim's spine between great jaws was a full 250 pounds of panther, a mountain lion, a puma, a cougar, all names from this same largest of our wilderness cats. The horse died in a matter of seconds. Many thousands of horses, cattle, deer, antelope and other valuable animals are thus slain each year by this great predator. He does not attack man unless cornered, and he can usually be trailed down with dogs. Hunting him is a favorite sport of cowboys, who sometimes add zest and danger by lassoing the wild fellow to bring him in alive. Paid government hunters are employed to hunt these panthers, and many ranchers pay a bounty for their hides. Most common in the Rocky Mountain region, no wild American is more beautiful than this great tawny-haired cat. DRAMATIC TRUE STORIES FROM THE Great West

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