PANTHER KILLS A BIG BEAR.
Paul Hepgood. of Susquehanna, had a lively experience near Coudersport the other day (says an American exchange). One day, with a farmer named Saunders, they were looking for a strange cow, and presently they sat down on a log to rest, a.t the .mouth of a dark glen. While seated they heard a bear growling up the slen, and as the sound came nearer Hepgood's companion cocked his rine, which he generally carries when in the woods. In a moment a panther came trotting through the bushes with a squealing bear oub in its mouth. It carried the cub as a car does a mouse, and it was in a hurry.
Close at the panther's heels lumbered the> walling mother bear; and when the panther, which knew the bear was afraid of him, put the cub on the ground, as i£ *n get a better hold, the bear gained courage, plunged at the panther, and caught It around the body just in front of the hind legs. Quick as thought, the panther threw the cub into the*air, tore himself loose, and pitched into the bear. At the first stroke the bear knocked the panther to one side, and a second stroke Rent him flying into the bushes.
But at this stage of the fight the cub squealed once more, and the mother bear, forgetting everything except her young, rushed to thfi rescue. She had not taken three steps when the panther sprang at her and settled his claws in her shoulder and his teeth in her neck. The bear etraggfled hard to shake off the great cat, but she couldnt do it.
Just as she gave her last kick and the panther rose in triumph, Saunders took a hand in the fight, and with two bullets killed the panther. The cub also lay dead, the panther's teeth having, crushed the tender bones in its neck; and farther up the glen the men found the bear's den, with a live cub in it, which they carried home.
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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 158, 5 July 1902
PANTHER KILLS A BIG BEAR. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 158, 5 July 1902
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