I’ve been fascinated with the panther— aka puma aka cougar aka mountain lion— since 1949. That was when my dad, who worked in predator control for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries introduced me to one that was hanging around the Red Dirt National Wildlife Refuge in Natchitoches Parish.
There was plenty of good news coming out of Louisiana Tech University last week — news that has the school poised for a bright future despite having to navigate the troubled waters surrounding higher education in the state.
It was announced last week for the third consecutive year, Tech has achieved a Tier One ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges list released.
The season has fallen upon us, and with it comes something that is precious and valuable to the people of North Louisiana — hunting. During this time of year, the brisk, bright mornings mean the sound of guns shooting and dogs barking — deer steak for breakfast and chili on the table at dinner.