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I read it in the early 80's and it might not have been new then. I think it was a Del Rey published paperback but not sure.

  • It was mostly one man with a mountain lion or wolf or similar apex predator as a companion.
  • It was set long after whatever happened to destroy modern society.
  • He knew someone (maybe old gods) had been there long ago but were gone now.
  • Vaguely similar to the beginning of Battlefield Earth, but is older than that.
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  • What popped into my head was "Wolf and Iron", by Gordon Dickson. The publication date is later than the specified early 80's, though (1990, according to Wikipedia).
    – user888379
    Jun 21, 2018 at 0:09
  • There are many stories in this genre. The first I ever read was Hiero's Journey. Hiero had a sentient bear companion. Jun 21, 2018 at 16:30
  • Sentient bear? I remember he had a moose/horse (literally called "morse" in the book), but don't recall the bear. Jun 22, 2018 at 18:59
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    Klootz was the morse. Gorm was a sentient, telepathic black bear. Jun 23, 2018 at 3:46
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/83093/…
    – Otis
    Aug 25, 2018 at 1:32

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Andre Norton's Star Man's Son, (sometimes called Daybreak 2250 A.D.)

It's post-apocalyptic, and the lone hero has a large cat companion. I read it first in the early 80s, so it immediately popped into my mind when I saw your question. It was published in 1980.

Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind's hopes.

But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.

Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a silver-haired mutant sets out on a dangerous search for a lost city of the ruined civilization.

Star Man's Son front cover: man holding a sword in one hand, and a sabertooth tiger/big cat of sorts on a leash in the other; has a bow and arrows strapped to his back

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