The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

The following brief account relates to the finding of the remnants of a deer that had been slain by a panther, the story of which was told me by Henry Sanders. "One day," said he, "while a thin layer of snow covered the ground I was hunting on the left hand prong of Possom Walk Creek which is on the west side of the main creek. I was afoot and carried my gun but had no dog with me. As I was passing across a swag in the ground I noticed where the snow and surface of the ground had been badly disturbed which proved to be that a panther had leaped on a deer and killed It. The snow and ground was stained with blood. The dead deer nor the panther was in sight, but on looking about I found where the panther had picked up the deer and carried it off. I followed the trail and found where the beast had stopped and devoured half of its prey, then covered the remainder up with snow and leaves. After I had given the remnants of the dead deer all the examination I desired, I followed the trail of the panther to where it had gone into a cave ¾ of a mile from where it had killed the deer. I was not over anxious to meet the panther especially in a cave and I went on."

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