414 WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
aiming at the head. The bullet narrowly missed hitting A on the leg, as after passing through the beara s head it entered the ground alongside Aa s thigh.
The river Lemro for a distance of quite two miles is thickly wooded on either bank with Jack fruit trees, and bears, sambur, and pigs are often to be found feeding during the early hours of the morning and in the evening; the whole atmosphere is sometimes impregnated with the sickly odour of Jack fruit, and during the night the sounds of the over-ripe fruit falling to the ground may be heard for a considerable distance. Bears are also found in hilly rocky places in deep ravines, and in tree forest where there is a certain amount of undergrowth. The sportsman should always look up those localities where wild ipangoes and other fruit trees are plentiful, as bears are particularly partial to fruit. I will now relate the circumstances under which I got another bear in the hills between the village of Chaukmaw and Pinkan, in the Momeik State of the Ruby Mines district.
While riding along the road from Pinkan to Chaukmaw, accompanied by Moung Kyun Thet, one of my hunters, and two of his companions, we came on the tracks of a bear. The animal had apparently been regaling itself during the early hours of the morning on wild mangoes, which were plentifully strewed about on either side of the road. After dismounting and sending my pony on to Chaukmaw we took on the tracks of the bear, which led up a steep ridge. I had with me an 8-bore rifle and 12-bore shot-gun; the latter burned a maximum charge of 4J drams of powder and carried a spherical ball. The track took us up and down hill over some very rough and steep ground, and, as the sun was extremely warm, walking was, to say the least of it, hard work. The bear having covered a considerable amount of ground, we eventually gave up in disgust, as I saw that if we went much further we should not be able to return to Chaukmaw that night. We accordingly turned our faces homeward and took our way down a very steep rocky incline. Being a fast walker, and having made my gun over to one of my men, I pushed on ahead, intending to take a drink at the stream whose waters could be heard roaring at the bottom of the