Of the many stories told by eyewitnesses in this book, there were a few things that surprised me. Most of all, it was surprising that so many have seen black panther near settled neighborhoods, or even on their private property. Since this creature is known to be an elusive one, it seems like most sightings would be found in wilderness areas. This did not seem to be the case.
Another surprise was how often the person reporting the encounter noted that the big cats were peaceful, meant them no harm, or were even curious about the human activity going on. Long regarded as a scary, ominous creature from folklore, I had not imagined that they are curious enough to watch US.
Stories have already begun to come in for Panther Tales II. I wonder if there will be more surprises in the next batch of stories.
The people who were interviewed for this book have one thing in common. They all had an encounter with Bigfoot. Even when they weren’t looking for him, and weren’t expecting anything at all, there were those who saw the creature clearly and have little doubt about what they saw.
I have not seen this elusive creature. However, that in no way diminishes the possibility of its existence in my mind. There are too many people around the world who have made the same reports. To me, the most startling sightings are those which take place in someone’s back yard or very near their dwelling place. In our region with so many living near the woods or wilderness areas, it probably should not be such a surprise when someone has an encounter.
I wonder how many people have seen Bigfoot on their own property? How many have Bigfoot living in their back yard?
A cryptid is an animal or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Cryptids often appear in folklore and mythology, leading to stories and unfounded belief about their existence. – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptid
The book Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters was publicly launched at the first annual Harlan Crypto Con in Harlan, Kentucky on April 21, 2018. It is the result of a journey that began over forty years ago when I listened to tales from my Grandfather Enos Hensley in Martin’s Fork, Kentucky on his back porch or around the fireplace. The telltale scream “like a woman being murdered” sometimes echoed from one ridge to the next just after dark and sent shivers through us as we listened.
This book project came about because of the many years I have spent personally being told that I have not seen a black panther by biologists and wildlife officials. No amount of skepticism can convince me that I have not seen black panther on separate occasions and years apart in a variety of locations. I have been blessed. I am not alone.
Stories in this book include sightings of black panther, cougar, mountain lions, and bobcats. So many stories came in about Bigfoot sightings that there was not room for both subjects in one book. Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales is also available on Amazon.com and Kindle.
I am a story gatherer. This book contains around 200 personal encounters from a wide variety of people in the USA, primarily in Appalachia. After reading these detailed accounts, the reader can formulate their own opinion about whether this creature truly exists.
More eyewitness accounts have begun to come in for the next book in the series.
Cryptozoology is the search for or the study of animals/creatures that do not have enough evidence for the scientific community to acknowledge their existence. Examples include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and Black Panther in North America. Eye witness accounts are often numerous, but without a carcass, DNA sample, video, photographs, skeleton, or other hard evidence as required by they simply do not acknowledge the existence of such a creature.
“In cryptozoology and sometimes in cryptobotany, both pseudoscience, a cryptid is an animal or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Cryptids often appear in folklore and mythology, leading to stories and unfounded belief about their existence.” – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptid