96 Old Bob a limp old hunt horse. A fine specimen weighing 225 without the viscera. The mule deer is quite ab [abundant] here but is seldom seen in company with the blacktailed species on the western slope of the Sierras. This species is much larger & [shaggier] rougher stronger built than the Blackt. [blacktail] This specimen weighed with -- see notes Next day all the rifles were again carried up the wild mtn [mountain] [amoung the sheep]. But only one sheep was killed by Jerome. It was a [bonnie] [yearling] lamb whose horns were only small spikes It was a shame to kill it
97 After being wounded it still ran nimbly through brush & over lava blocks, followed by our one dog Guy who according to Jerome treed it on a rock where it was killed by a second shot Brown & Hep were more than ever impressed with the excellence of Mt Van B as a [sheep] castle & [with] the nobleness of the sheep several of wh [which] they saw leaping with noble gestures over jagged [lava] block with horns thrown back. So much hard hunting for so little mutton was rather trying & when brought to face the mountains a third time both Brown & Hep [shyed]. It was determined to
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