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WIAYS OF THE PANTHER.
It Was Onoe the Terror of the Children in Northern New York. Some Stories of Its Ferocity and of Its Mongtrous Leaps. Whos Cougar Rarely Attacks Men but Is not wassly lrlghtened When He Is Confronted, A recent article in Forest and Stream de scribes the habits of the onugar or panther as seen In the forests of northern New York, and 1 venture to add something fur ther as to the peueliarities of this animaL From 1824 to 1849 my home was in one of the sparsely settled valleys of that region, and I had frequent reminders of this beast, not only from hearsay, but from my own observation and that of an immediate neighbor. The oougar (fells conoolor) was there eailed panther, or painter, and also oats moant. Panther was the terror of the children of that region. The legendary "blaok beast" of the nursery, the bear, though pleantiful enough with aus, excited no eush terror in our minds as did a sugges tion that the painter might catoh na. To seream like a painter was understood to be the most terrillo of all screams. In that comparison the pillars of Hercules were reached. But the boys of that country all became hunters as soon as they could carry agun, and soon outgrew their fears. The stories of the ferocity and monstrous leaps of our panther suffered serious diminution under an actual and frequent observation of the beast. Some of my earliest ideas about this ani mal came from being shown the earoase of a sheep lying in the crotch of a birth tree, and about forty feet from the ground. There was snow on the ground, and it was plain to see that some animal had brought it from a well fenced yard just across the road from our house. In the yard one lamb lying a few yards away from the other sheep had had the top of Its head knocked off by a blow from an animal which had leaped a long distance to strike the lamb, and had done it no farther vio lence. Several sheep lay dead in the yard and partly eaten. Wolves and congara had agreed in hunting together; but when it came to the repast the cat-like instinct of the cougar inclined him to take his share into the tree beyond the chance of inter ference. Two cougars came one night into the pas ture of a farmer living a mile south of ns, and killed five sheep, carrying the bodies a few rode into the woods, and after eating a part, buried the remainder very carefully with a cover of dry leaves and dirt. The farmer's boys set a bear trap and caught the male cougar the first night. My hunt ing dog had a habit, if I was not going to hunt, of going to this neighbor's to see if he could get his boys to go, and was there that morning in time to go with them to their trap. The dog finding the animal in the trap ran up to it and got such a blow from its paw as sent him some yards away, and the panther snatched a piec of flesh from the dog's shoulder blade, leaving bare a piece of the bone as large as a half dollar; and in that plight he returned to me. That evening at dusk I was in the road half a mile from our house, where I had been to drive the sows to pasture, when the female mate of the captured sougar, start ing apparently from the side of the moun tain opposite to me a quarter of a mile away, walked slowly along toward the place where her mate has been killed, and all the way, at short intervals, giving such terrific screams as I had never heard before, and as most decidedly hurried my pace toward the house, where I found the family stand ing in the front yard to hear the same alarming screams which had startled me. Part of her notes seemed those of anger some of intense grief. For half an hour she continued her wailings and then was no more heard from. Cougars rarely attack men, but are not easily frightened when confronted. Two of my father's log choppers had felled a pine tbee at evening, and next morning ap 1 roached it from the top, intending to cut it into logs. On the butt of the tree they saw a large cougar lying, apparently asleep. The meon agreed to give it a big scare and see how far it could leap. They ran along the trunk of the tree and gave a joint scream; the animal simply pot up and faced them. They retreated, when the beast quietly got off the log and waded of through the snow. A son of mine, traveling in Arizona, camped one night under some tiees. After getting his coffee he lay down on his blan ket by the fire. Then a cougar jumped down from the tree beside him and made off before the man could use his gun. A Leader. Since its first introduction. 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