The second collection of stories and eyewitness accounts of mountain lions, panthers, bobcats, and other animals is coming along nicely. Stories continue to come in at a steady rate. I hope to have this book in print in time for Christmas. Anyone who has a story to share is welcome to contact me on my Facebook page: Judith Victoria Hensley, Author
I have personally seen black panther in Appalachia beyond any doubt in my mind. I have perhaps seen the tawny colored mountain lion one two occasions, but am not as sure because of the distance. I’ve also seen bobcats.
I’m sure there are many more people who have seen big cats in the Appalachian Region who have not come forward because of the scoffing they may have experienced in the past. I’m a story gatherer. I want to provide a safe place for people to share their experiences and realize there are hundreds of others who have had similar encounters.
Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales was publicly released at the first annual Harlan Crypto Con (in Harlan County, Kentucky). The event was quite a success. The book is available on Amazon.com and Kindle.
I am a story gatherer. I personally have not encountered Bigfoot. However, with so many credible individuals reporting personal eyewitness accounts, I do believe there are things around us that have not been classified or explained conclusively. If someone tells me sincerely a story about their own life experience, I will not challenge or belittle their account. I believe if people were not afraid of the ridicule that goes along with acknowledging a Bigfoot sighting, many more would come forward to share their stories.
This book project split out of another book project. Originally the stories were part of the new book, Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters, but so many stories came in, it became necessary to divide the book under the two main categories, Bigfoot and Black Panthers.
Of all the cryptids in the world, Bigfoot is perhaps the best known. This creature has been reported by eye witnesses in every continent on the globe and in every state of the United States except Hawaii. For many who are familiar with Bigfoot sightings and research, there was still a surprise in the number of encounters reported in Appalachia, and more locally in southeastern Kentucky where I live.
Important personal eyewitness accounts from local citizens are present in the book as well as interviews with some well-known Bigfoot researchers including Youtube personality, talk show host, and author Ed Brown along with others from the Bigfoot community such as Thomas Marcum author and leader of the Crypto Crew, Michael Cook who is the head of Cook Cryptid Research, Jimmy Blanton whose podcast is Ninja of the Woods, and Tony Felosi who is a historian, documenter, movie producer, and also an important member of the Crypto Crew are included in the book.
I will be featuring more about those in the Bigfoot research community whom I’ve met in person or who are included in the book as well as more eyewitness accounts.