Salida Record, June 14, 1904: Some boys playing
in an up-town alley found a dead centipede a few days ago. It was not
generally supposed that any of these deadly creatures existed in this
climate and if one was ever seen alive and at large here no report was
ever made of it. it is possible that the dead one found was thrown out
of a specimen jar.
Salida Record, Sept. 23, 1904: The hearts of the hunters
about town were caused to beat faster than usual by the sight of a black
bear being hauled into town by John Jay.
The bear and her two half grown cubs were seen near Maysville
Sunday by W. W. Champ, Clay Cromwell and Earl Wilkins. Several shots were
fired before the old bear was hit. After the old bear was killed the party
made an effort to capture the two cubs alive but one of them escaped and
the other was killed. The carcass of the old bear was brought into town
and sold to Hutchinson's market and a part of it served to the Gold Bug
party of investors at the St. Clair hotel.
Salida Mail, April 4, 1928: Mrs. Byrd Fuqua
has returned from the Glenwood Lion Hunt and reports a wonderful time,
despite the warm weather that spoiled the hunt.
Believing that she could get the lion at Mr. Harvard that has had free
reign for over a year in the deer and mountain sheep herds and has been
terrorizing the ranchers of north Cottonwood, she took a sportsman's chance
and brought her Glenwood guide and dogs back with her. They have been
scouring the territory and have found evidence of big game.
They intend to stick to the hunt until the lion has been bagged.They plan
to take the lion alive and ship it to the St. Louis Zoo.The hunters who
are staying at the foot of the mountains are Miss Anna Donley, Melvin
Bay, Lee Dillon and a Paramount movie camera man.
Salida Mail, April 29, 1929: One and a quarter
million of rainbow trout will be hatched at the Frantzhurst Trout Farm
this year to supply the market in 1930. Figuring the average loss of young
fish it is expected that these eggs will produce 600,000 pounds of fish
in a year which will be worth a half million dollars. This is an idea
of magnitude of a business that has sprung up in Salida.
Salida Daily Mail-Record, May 25, 1954: Sixteen
of Salida's best salesmen are dead, Charles Thomson, Chamber of Commerce
manager, reported Thursday morning. The "salesmen" are the fish
in the pool on the Chamber grounds at Third and F streets. Thomson relates
that the fish put in the pond last summer died at the end of the season
from undetermined causes.
C.E. McMath, fish culture expert who is managing Frantzhurst
Fish Farm, maintains the fish died from the chlorine in the water, and
cites the low death rate of fish at the farm and also in the Costello
tourists court ponds. C. L. Glenn, city water commissioner, said there
isn't any more chlorine than in years past and the fish hadn't died before.
Insufficient oxygen was blamed for the loss last fall so this spring fewer
and smaller fish were put into the pond--and they died. Thomson said 16
fish were put in the pond tuesday, with 4 dying Wednesday and the other
12 floating top-side down this morning. Thomson says the fish were a terrific
The Mountain Mail, April 8, 1979: A mountain
lion escaped from his cage in Poncha Springs but was recaptured a short
time later on its owner's property. Wildlife Conservation Officer Ken
Wagner said he received a call around 5:30 p.m. yesterday from Walter
Banner, who works for John Norris, owner of the mountain lions. Banner
told him a lion had escaped the cage, and he had turned dogs loose to
tree the big cat, and asked Wagner to get a tranquilizer gun so that they
could get the lion down. "Turning the dogs loose was a good idea,"
Wagner said, "that was the best say he could have kept the cat from
going anywhere." While the cat was treed, Wagner attemped to run
down a tranquilizer gun, and called Norris, who was in Chicago, to see
"It's pretty hard to run down a gun on short notice,
" the WCO said, "so I decided to go out there and check the
situation out." When he arrived at 7 p.m. at Norris's place, "the
guy ran out to me and said 'You're not going to believe this, but we got
the cat out of the tree.'"
Wagner said Banner had apparently run a rope with a loop
on the end through a piece of pipe, to make it rigid, and has snared the
cat while the dogs kept the feline in the tree. Norris has a license from
the Colorado Division of Wildlire to keep mountain lions. He is still
facing litigation following an incident last year where a lion was loose
in the Colorado Springs airport.
The Mountain Mail, July 9, 1979: Betty Worden
was not seeing things on July 5 when she was driving in the location of
Co. Rd. 140 and U.S. 285. She reported she saw a mountain lion lying in
a barrow ditch located betweeen the Padoven and Norris residences in that
vicinity. When contacted, John Norris, owner of the animal, said his female
cougar had gotten loose. He said she had gotten loose a number of times
in the past, but always returned home. Wildlife Conservation officer Willie
Travnicek contact Norris and gave him 10 days to secure the cats or have