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.
I would like to thank Thomas Marcum for the interview and story that is part of my new book, Bigfoot and Woolybooger Tales and Panther Tales and Woodland Encounters. Tony Felosi, another researcher and documenter for the Crypto Crew is also featured in these books.
I am especially appreciative for a recent interview which Thomas has featured today on his website listed below. Thomas heads up the Crypto Crew. There are many interesting aspects of his website. If you are interested in cryptozoology, and other points of interest, please check out the website below.
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.