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Hunting America's Little Leopard

This might not be Africa, but the excitement of hunting North America's spotted felines is through the roof.

The deer was not just dead, but freshly killed—and it wasn’t deer hunting season. Quite the contrary, it was opening week of spring turkey season at Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. A logging crew had been using the forest road for a salvage harvest of pine trees felled like jackstraws during a freezing rain the previous winter. The white-tailed doe was in...