MOUNT RAINIER NATURE NOTES
||August - 1933
(With apologies to Blake's brilliant "Tiger")
Tiger, tiger, burning bright;
In our woods would be a sight;
But we've one cast of high degree
Who's something of a rarity.
This sinewy, sleek and tawny tabby
Never lets her limbs grow flabby.
The reason is not far to seek;
She averages one deer per week.
Through our glass museum-case
You may see her face to face,
But when encountered in the wild
She flees in terror from a child.
Folks who see our stuffed one here
Often ask us (pale with fear),
Whould they meet one, what to do.
Say "Scat!" and she'll run from you.
The above verse was "inspired" by the many remarks directed at the
cougar which is enclosed in a glass case in the middle of the floor of
the Park Museum at Longmire.