Chapter 19 Summary

After winning the hunting competition, Billy and his hounds fall back into their normal routine. At night, they hunt in the woods near his home. A few weeks after the competition, Billy is hunting with his hounds when they begin to stalk an unusual animal. Based on the animal’s activity, Billy soon realizes they are not stalking a raccoon. He assumes they are chasing a bobcat, but he is terrified to discover that the animal is a mountain lion.

Old Dan is staunchly determined to keep the powerful animal treed, and the mountain lion is irritated by the chase. Billy cautiously approaches the tree, hoping to seize Old Dan’s collar and lead him away from the deadly cat. Before he can reach him, the cat attacks. Old Dan...

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