A rendering of the Splinter Cat by Richard Svensson

The Splinter Cat is a fearsome critter from various places in North America. It is found from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, and eastward to the Atlantic Ocean, but it has been reported in the Rocky Mountains from only a few localities. Apparently the splinter cat inhabits that part of the country in which wild bees and raccoons abound, because they eat raccoons or honey during dark and stormy nights. Strangely, they have a hard head to charge and break every tree in sight knocking them down to the floor until a hollow one containing food is found. Then they leave this place broken and shattered.

Maybe this story inspired by a forest destroyed after a windstorm. "Splintercat Creek", found in the northern Cascade Range of Oregon is named after this legendary animal.

Further reading

"The Splinter Cat" from Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910) by William T. Cox

"The Splinter Cat" from Fearsome Critters (1939) by Henry H. Tryon

"The Splinter Cat" from Yarns of the Big Woods (1922-1295) by Art Childs


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