Documenting Lewis and Clark – 1805, The Westward Passage
29: First Encounter With A "White Bear"
Joseph Whitehouse: Captain Lewis, and one of the hunters, went out a hunting for a short time, and killed a Bear which they brought to the Pettyaugers This Bear was of a Yellow brownish colour, and had prodigious large Claws, and is what is called the White Bear by the Natives.(Moulton, Vol. 11, p. 141)
Meriwether Lewis: Set out this morning at the usual hour; the wind was moderate; I walked on shore with one man. about 8 A.M. we fell in with two brown or [white] bear; both of which we wounded; one of them made his escape, the other after my firing on him pursued me seventy or eighty yards, but fortunately had been so badly wounded that he was unable to pursue so closely as to prevent my charging my gun; we again repeated our fir and killed him.(Moulton, Vol. 4, p. 84)
William Clark: The wolves distroy great numbers of the antilopes by decoying those animals Singularly out I the plains and prosueing them alternetly, those antelopes are Curious and will approach any thing which appears in motion near them &c.(Moulton, Vol. 4, p. 87)
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