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WO WONDER POOR "MAMIE" WAS MADDEST
MOUNTAIN LION IN ALL COLORADO
Colona, May 15. "Mamie" is the every claw came away with a mouth-
maddest mountain lion in Colorado, iul of tender horse flesh.
And when you've lt was cruel pernaps, Dut it was tne ..
) read this story you" Jaw of the mountains. And the tame
oeaauj leaicu ucx aiiu uic xucii
sought vengeance. ' ,i
A little while ago when the snow'.
stUl Jay deep on the slopes, Mamie
floundered through the drifts of
Black Hfll with the gnawing hunger.,
of a two days' fast. A storm had
driven the cattle to the shelteredL
gulches. She climbed a plnyon
tree and clung, shivering.
Then came the bark of dogs, and
a pack of hounds lunged up through a
the drifts. Behind them came three -n
men on horseback. They -carried 0
shooting irons, and she thought of
her dead mate and waited for the big-Q-noise.
But these were odd men. They lefttf
the shooting irons with the horses
and came up with only a piece of
wire. It was like the wire on fences a
where ca.ttle grdze, but it was yellow, &
She did not understand. vj
Then one of the men climbed the
tree with the wire. She snarled and
bit off thick limbs in her rage, but he
came nearer and made a noose in the
wire and tried to throw it over her
head. She snapped at it and bit the
wire In two, but he made another
noose and tried again.
AH at once, as she snapped, he
drew the noose taut through her
mouth and around her neck, and the
two men below pulled, and the man
In the tree seized her lashing tail and
twisted it and reached forward and
pushed her from the tree.
She fell among the yelping dogs.
She could not bite, but she struck one
hound and knocked him 30 feet with
a broken chest, and tore the flank
from another. Then the two men
jumped upon her and wound the wire
around her paws and bound them
tight together while she-Bcreamed
won't blame her.
YOU'D be mad, too,
if you had the free
dom of a mountain
range for years and
years and then a cou
ple of men came
along and yanked
you out of a tree and
hog-tied you and
gagged you and toted
you off to town In a
Mamie was queen
of the Sawtooth
range, where the big
Rockies slope west
toward Utah. Her
reign was undis-
tiunters puted, for she was
Hotchkiss and the biggest, oldest
Humphrey. nd flefcest Hon in
" her realm.
Once she had a mate 'bigger and
fiercer than she, but a Man had come
with dogs and shooting Iron, and a
loud noise had knocked him out of
a pine tree, and she had fled'; and
ever since she had feared 'and hated
men, dogs and shooting Irons.
She roamed the hills and canyons
and slept in a cliff cave, and took her
meals where she pleased. Sometimes
she dined on a wild mountain sheep;
sometimes she pounced on a fleeing
deer and struck it down with one
blow of her huge paw. But oftener
she ranged the hm Bides and valleys
for horse, cattle and tender calves.
She would lurk In a tree and drop
like a thunderbolt on the back of
a grazing steer and snap through the
spinal chord where the neck joins the
shouldersj and eat her fill. Once
when she leaped upon a horse, on the.
Hotchkiss ranch, he plunged under
he trees -and brushed ier-oflV but