Posted by Dana S. on December 03, 1999 at 11:12:35:
In Reply to: Re: The Infamous DVD posted by MMMMarcia on December 03, 1999 at 08:08:06:
: : : Dana writes:
: : : The two 'tests' for me were that little cat that Cora sees
: : My grandmother (1895-1986) used to tell "lion" stories all the time. My favorite was the time when she was 12 and was trapped in the outhouse all night by the mountain lion sitting out side waiting for her. According to her, it wasn't until the Depression when CCC came in to build camps and start the BRP that the big cats became wary. This area was full of stories of people traveling by horseback and wagon, being stalked by the big cats all the way, in the hopes of picking off live stock or (in the folk wife vein) young children. I once asked her if she actually knew of anyone who lost a child to one of the cats, and she said no, but her cousins best friend did. Some things never change. But the scene of Cora and the cat has always been perfect to me. It's her first glimps of the danger that hides in every shadow.
: : NightSky
: Hi, NightSky! Yes, I loved that glimpse of the cat & it's "hissing" at Cora, too. But stalking a person on horseback & stalking an entire regiment (was that what it was?) of soldiers are two different things. I really think that even back then, that many people and that much noise would have driven the cougar away. Perhaps not. But, regardless, it's a nice spot in the film, isn't it? BTW, I'm one of the very few who has actually seen the Florida panther in the wild. It's a subspecies of the western cougar and nearly extinct. Now THEY are wary, secretive and uncommon animals. And there are no verified reports of them ever killing a person, though I've heard that California has some real problems with THEIR cats, now.
Hi, MMMMarcia and NightSky,
Thanks for sharing your stories about the mountain lions and cougars. I enjoyed them. What a nice treat!
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