J.A. Partee shoots seven foot Cougar

This month’s “Clearwater Tribune’s A Look into the Past” article originally ran in the Oct. 20, 1949 issue.

J. A. Partee on Sunday had the rare experience of going out for a deer and coming back with a cougar.

The cougar, a huge, beautiful animal and Partee met head-on in a turn of an old logging road, the huge cat did not see the hunter until he raised his rifle. Four slugs went through the tom cougar before the last sign of life left him.

Partee was hunting 1 1/2 miles southeast of the Johnson sawmill between here and Grangemont when he met the animal about 6:30 a.m. The cougar measured 7 feet from his nose to the tip of his tail and weighed 121 pounds after being disemboweled. He was fat and had a large head and immense paws.

Hundreds of local residents saw the dead animal Sunday and again Tuesday when Partee displayed his kill in the downtown area. He plans to save the hide and hopes to collect a $50 state bounty.

Grangemont residents several times reported seeing a cougar in the Johnson Mill area the past few months.

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