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Locality Name:
Jefferson River
Jefferson County , Montana

Species Encountered:
icon-1 Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
Pinyon Jay
August 1, 1805

Lewis spotted some blue birds along the Jefferson River that were unfamiliar to him.  His attempt to collect one failed, so we are left with the ...  more>>

icon-4 Betula papyrifera Marsh.
paper birch
August 3, 1805
icon-3 Puma concolor
Puma, Cougar, Panther, Mountain Lion, Catamount (archaic)
August 3, 1805
Collected on Pipestone Creek (Lewis' Panther Creek), near Whitehall, MT.

Along with grizzly bear and wolves, and possibly the wolverine, the puma is one of the largest predatory animals the men encountered.  Pumas never ...  more>>

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