Mongrel Dog Dies To Save Coontown Lad From Mountain Lion [Article in Kane Republican: Special Edition]


This article is a reprint of the February 15, 1946 story that one of Dr. E. H. McCleery's three mountain lions escaped from the park. The lion encountered a local six-year-old boy, Claude Mollander Jr., and his pet dog who were playing in their yard. The dog attacked the lion and died in the struggle, giving the boy enough time to get safely inside the house. Shortly afterwards, the lion was shot by Sergeant C. E. Stacy. It measured about five feet in length and weight 146 pounds. Dr. McCleery gave the lion to Sergeant Stacy, who gave it to State Game Proctor W. E. Carpenter.

Dr. McCleery had added four mountain lions to his park a few years previous as an added attraction. The two males had died in a fight with each other, and Dr. McCleery had obtained more. Following this incident he had two lions left in addition to his 23 wolves.

This reprint includes an editor's note which states that this story appeared several times throughout the years in magazines, newspapers, and a "Classic" comic book. Two photos accompany the article; one is of Dr. McCleery in his wolf-skin coat with Sergeant C. E. Stacy and the dead mountain lion. The second photo is of Dr. McCleery looking up at one of the mountain lions. The caption (which I presume was written in 1962 at the time of the reprint) reports that one mountain lion remains at the park and presumably killed a coyote (kept in an adjoining pen) which dug its way into the lion's pen.

An excerpt from the article (the photo caption written at the time of this reprint) is quoted below.


February 20, 1962

Page Numbers

Supplement: Special "Dr. McCleery-Wolves" Edition, Page 3


This supplemental special edition is not available on microfilm. A copy is currently owned by the Kane Depot and is available for viewing there.

Partial Text

At the McCleery Wolf Park today, one mountain lion is located in a pen about 100 feet from the wolf area. A pair of coyotes were kept in an adjoining pen but one dug its way under the wire into the cat's area and nothing was found but tufts of hair.