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Spooked Mason Jaguar – 1856

This is another account from the fascinating book by Del Weniger, The Explorers’ Texas (p.82). It concerns how elusive and fearful of humans jaguars generally were, which may explain the rare first-hand evidence of their existence across most of Texas.

This is a journal entry from Eliza Johnson in Mason, Texas, from January 1856:

“14th Marched into Fort Mason and camped near the Fort… 15th Jan Went into quarters during the morning as Sid was shooting his arrows in camp a Tiger Cat sprang from the chaparral at his side, as he thought at him, but I suppose the creature did not see him until it made the leap, as it ran through the camp after seemingly frightened out of its wits.”

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