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.
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.