Hunting Black Bear and Mountain Lions in the Davis Mountains in the 1940s Page: 4
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Otis and me, and took stand on the highest points ahead.
Otis and Jim had 4 or 5 dogs, and I had 3; so it was always
Otis and I that had to put the dogs on the trail.
The dogs took the trail, and it wasn't more than five
minutes till they had this bear running. He ran right by
where Henry was waiting; so Henry killed him with one shot.
The only mountain lion my three dogs ever ran was in
Madera Canyon on the U Up and Down Ranch. Henry Bean and I
had gone to the top of Mt. Livermore that morning; and on
our way back, a lion crossed Madera Canyon from west to
east where that old Richmond Place is. The dogs took the
trail and the lion went up the rugged mountain between
Bridge Gap and Road Canyon. But the dogs caught up to him
within about a quarter of a mile, and put him up a big
Ponderosa Pine. We got to within about 30 yards of him,
and Henry shot him. It sure was odd that this 17 year old
boy from El Paso came down to visit for two or three weeks,
and killed both a bear and a mountain lion.
In 1942 Old Spot died with a brain tumor. So I began
looking for another dog. Wilbur Kelley had part of the
Sproul Ranch leased, and the bear were killing his sheep.
So Wilbur ordered a bred bloodhound from the Louisiana
State Penitentiary. She delivered six pups, and I got the
pick of the litter, as Wilbur had used my dogs a few times.
I named this pup Rocky.
January, 1944, I went to work for Clay Espy at the old
Combs Ranch (Beau McCutcheon Ranch). Clay had about 5,000
goats and 3,000 sheep; and the bear were getting their
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Grubb, George E., Sr. Hunting Black Bear and Mountain Lions in the Davis Mountains in the 1940s, text, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87839/m1/4/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Marfa Public Library.