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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition delays to finish drying the items made wet when the white pirogue capsized. They leave in the late afternoon, and travel seven miles up the Missouri. They name their camp, which has several old Indian lodges, Panther Camp.

From the journals...

in the early part of the day two of our men fired on a panther, a little below our encampment, and wounded it; they informed us that it was very large, had just killed a deer partly devoured it, and in the act of concealing the ballance as they discovered him.

Meriwether Lewis

Mountain lion, or cougar, Felis concolor

Large tan cat like animal, the cougar

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