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HUNTING A PANTHER
AUDUBON was traveling in the woods in
Mississippi. He found the
little cabin of a settler. He staid there for the night. The settler
told him that there was a panther in the swamp near his house. A
panther is a very large and fierce animal. It is large enough to kill
a man. This was a very bad panther. It had killed some of the
Audubon said, "Let us hunt this panther, and kill it."
So the settler sent out for his neigh-bors to come
 and help kill the
panther. Five men came. Audubon and the settler made seven. They were
all on horseback.
When they came to the edge of the swamp, each man went a
different way. They each took their dogs with them to find the track of the wild
beast. All of the hunters carried horns.
Whoever should find the
track first was to blow his horn to let the others know.
In about two hours after they had started, they heard the sound of a
horn. It told them that the track had been found. Every man now went
toward the sound of the horn. Soon all the yelping dogs were
fol-low-ing the track of the fierce panther. The panther was running
into the swamp farther and farther.
I suppose that the panther thought that there were too many dogs and
men for him to fight. All the hunters came after the dogs. They held
their guns ready to shoot if the panther should make up his mind to
After a while the sound of the dogs' voices changed. The hunters knew
from this that the panther had stopped running, and gone up into
At last the men came to the place where the dogs were. They were all
barking round a tree. Far
 up in the tree was the dangerous beast.
The hunters came up carefully. One of them fired. The bullet hit the
panther, but did not kill him.
The panther sprang to the ground, and ran off again. The dogs ran
after. The men got on their horses, and rode after.
But the horses were tired, and the men had to get down, and follow the
dogs on foot.
The hunters now had to wade through little ponds of water. Sometimes
they had to climb over fallen trees. Their clothes were badly torn by
the bushes. After two hours more, they came to a place where the
panther had again gone up into a tree.
This time three of the hunters shot at him. The fierce panther came
tumbling to the ground. But he was still able to fight. The men fought
the savage beast on all sides. At last they killed him. Then they gave
his skin to the settler. They wanted him to know that his en-e-my