News: Neillsville, WI Bear Hunting (1871)

 

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Surnames: McClatohie, Stumm

 

----Source: RIDGWAY, PA., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1871

 

The Bear Crop in Wisconsin The Wisconsin papers teem with accounts of the doings of and contests with bears, which are unusually numerous in that region. The Neillsville Republican says they are so plenty in the woods that hunters are killing them every day, and that a young man living about a mile east of the town recently caught three in a trap in less than a week. In the town of Loyal, two boys, while hunting for cows, came across an old she bear and two or three cubs. Bruin showed fight, and the boys were obliged to climb a tree for safety. The cries of the children brought assistance, and the bears scampered off. The Eau Claire Free Press says Jake Stumm had quite a fight with a bear, and finally managed to kill him. Bruin weighed 350 pounds. The Hudson, Star states that a Norwegian, same not learned, was killed a few days ago by a bear out in the big woods. He had shot the bear and then got into a struggle with him, and was torn to pieces. Kilbourn City Mirror, reports that Mr. Burke, of Plainville, a renowned bear-shoot killed a bear on the premises of Mr. James McClatohie, about a mile and a half east of that place. It was three years old and weighed 800 pounds. Several other bears have been seen in that vicinity within ft few days. Hardly a day passes without one or more bears being shot.

 

 


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