Terrible Fight with Mountain Lion, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-12


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TERRIBLE FIGHT WITH MOUNTAIN LION LOS ANGELES, Cal., November 11. Billy Papke, one-time middleweight champion of the world, and Spike Robinson, the old British fighter, recently returned from a hunting trip in the big Santa Ana Canyon and had a terrible experience- up there witii a mountain lion which measured five feet three inches and weighed 160 pounds. This huge and hungry cat leaped at the two fellows as they were passing along a dark, narrow trail. The lion landed on Billy Papkes shoulder and knocked him to the ground. It tore his right arm and shoulder terribly. Robinson ran to a large rock and: with Iiis Winchester took a chance and caught the lion with a bullet in the side. This only made the lion all the more angry. Billy Papke rolled a few feet, but the crazed cat came tearing after him, but before he could get at Billy again a well directed shot caught him in the brain and he dropped dead. The lion was almost at Billys head when killed. Papke was very weak, and wine hunters coming along, hearing the shots, gave him first aid. They carried him to one of the lodges near by- and fixed up the terrible wounds. Papke and Robinson came in today with the dead lion and it is on exhibition in the windew of the Dyas Sporting Goods House here on Seventh street. It is attracting big crowds. Papke intends having it mounted and keeping it as a souvenir. The mountains are well stocked with lions, coyotes and bobcats, and they are dangerous at night. They come out not only at night but in the daylight . as well if they are hungry. Papke and Robinson say the next tlmc ther go out hunting they will each have a suit of armor and have many dogs on the job.

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