Mammals of the Boundary

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6 페이지 - After dark his mournful note is heard resounding through the solitudes of the deserts. The note, listened to once attentively, is apt to make a deep, lasting impression. The different native names, as pronounced in Spanish, sound very appropriately to the note, and it is likely that the cry of the animal forms the base of its names. The note itself is often several times repeated, with intervals of from two to four minutes. As night advances the cry is heard but rarely.
6 페이지 - A puma was killed on the Rio Bravo, between Fort Duncan and Laredo. During his struggle with the hunters and dogs he raised a terrible cry, twice or thrice, to express his rage, and perhaps also to give his family the notice of danger.
40 페이지 - Western prairies; and on approach to one of their settlements, after long and dreary marches, is always hailed with delight as a pleasant change from the monotony of lifeless scenes to one of cheerful activity and motion. Such occasions never fail to excite a certain degree of pleasure in every one as he watches the motions of these curious creatures as they at first assemble in numbers as if in grave consultation in regard to the intrusion of strangers upon their quiet domain, and, upon the too...
29 페이지 - ... lands to be turned up and searched as if it had been done by a bad plough. I could not learn what kind of roots they had been looking for. After taking off the thick skin of these root-diggers, we found them all in a very poor condition, and this may account for the want of that resistance which they failed to offer. The ungrizzly-like behavior of these poor brutes induced the majority of our party to doubt their being grizzlies at all. They evidently had descended from the surrounding mountains,...
29 페이지 - Near the highest crest of the Sierra Madre, called "San Luis mountains," I had an opportunity to witness a rare butchery, by which, in less than one hour, a whole family of grizzlies was killed, without one offering the slightest resistance. It was about noon on the llth of October, 1855, when our long trains, coming from Guadaloupe Pass, in the Sierra Madre, towards the San Luis springs, met on the plains these unexpected mountaineers.
29 페이지 - In the same region, a very large female grizzly defended her young with great desperation, and only fled after the cubs were entirely beyond the reach of the hunters, when she made her escape, covered with wounds. " The food of these animals, in this country, consists of acorns, walnuts, pinones, (the fruit of the Pinus edulis,) manzanillas, the fruit of an ericaceous shrub, and such animals as they are able to capture.
7 페이지 - On April 10, 1825, a lay brother, after having made confession and concluded his prayers, entered the sacristy. There he was terror-stricken on opening the door and seeing himself almost face to face with a jaguar (tigre) of very extraordinary size. In a moment the poor man was in the clutches of the beast, which dragged its victim into a back corner to finish the bloody work. The guardian of the convent, on hearing the exclamations in the sacristy, hurried to enter the fatal room, and had scarcely...
29 페이지 - While, on one occasion, a very old male rushed unexpectedly from the bushes and made a fierce and unprovoked attack upon a gentleman of the Boundary Commission, who, probably, only saved his life by a fortunate escape into a neighboring tree, we observed, on a subsequent occasion, in the same vicinity, a female entirely forsake her cubs by a rapid retreat, and without being wounded...
29 페이지 - The position in which they performed this work naturally caused long narrow strips of grass lands to be turned up and searched as if it had been done by a bad plough. I could not learn what kind of roots they had been looking for. After taking off the thick skin of these root-diggers, we found them all in a very poor condition, and this may account for the want of that resistance which they failed to offer. The ungrizzly-like behavior of these poor brutes induced the majority of our party to doubt...
4 페이지 - BAIRD, Pr. AN Sc. 1858. The ears of this species are very large, scantily haired, ovate and rounded at the tip. Their outer edge extends forward to a little behind and below the eye ; the inner anterior edge is partially free ; the two ears are connected by a membrane, which takes its rise about onetwentieth of an inch behind the anterior free edge of the ear, and is united to the corresponding strip of membrane of the opposite side, so as to form a kind of roof over the middle of the head, the entrance...

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