Perfectly black leopards, which in certain lights show the characteristic markings on the fur, are not uncommon, and are examples of melanism, occurring as individual variations, sometimes in one cub out of a litter of which the rest are normally coloured, and therefore not indicating a distinct race, much less a species.
So far as the hounds are concerned, the object of cub hunting is to teach them their duty; it is a dress rehearsal of the November business.
Cub hunting carried out on a proper principle is one of the secrets of a successful season.
As soon as the young entry have recovered from the operation of "rounding," arrangements for cub hunting begin.
When cubbing begins, a start is made at 4 or 5 A.M., and then the system is adopted of tracking the cub by his drag.
A certain amount of blood is of course indispensable for hounds, but it should never be forgotten that a fox cub of seven or eight months old, though tolerably cunning, is not so very strong; the huntsman should not therefore, be over-eager in bringing to hand every cub he can find.
The young hound begins cub-hunting when he is some eighteen months old, and as a rule is found to improve until his third or fourth season, though some last longer than this.
The modern history of Yucatan begins with the expedition of Francis Hernandez de Cordova, a Spanish adventurer settled in Cub, who discovered the E.