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Friday, February 17, 2012

TEXAS WOLVES

Cop a load of this pawprint. According to the website of Houston-based radio station KILT, it was photographed by a man called 'Cowboy Dave' who was walking on his property with his dog called 'Woody' and his pet duck 'Sparkles'. No, I am not making any of this stuff up.

On top of this the coyotes and other wild animals on the ranch have disappeared. Although KILT suggested (tongue in cheek, we believe) that it was a chupacabras, a local wildlife professional identified it as being a wolf print.

As regular readers will know, back in 2010 we visited Texas and spent three weeks investigating the stories of blue dogs in the Lone Star State. We heard lots of accounts of wolves in Texas, which is pretty cool as - according to accepted wisdom - all three sub-species of grey wolf that once lived there, are extinct in the State..

Here is another slice of Mom's home-made evidence pie, suggesting that they are nothing of the sort.

http://kilt.radio.com/2012/02/16/cowboy-dave-has-a-chupacabra/

"Chupacabra and Montauk Monster Mix – The San Diego Demonoid"



"Nowadays, it’s getting a lot easier to prove the existence of monsters and mythical creatures. And if you thought that the Chupacabra and the Montauk monster were just fairy tales, you should know that a mix between the two has been found on the shores of a San Diego beach, and it looks devilish".

Yet another dead carnivore washed up on a beach. Personally I think it is a dead dog. What do You think?



http://www.vyperlook.com/odd-strange/chupacabra-and-montauk-monster-mix-the-san-diego-demonoid

PALAENTOLOGICAL SUGGESTIONS FROM OUR LATEST MEMBER OF STAFF

The CFZ welcome their latest member of staff: Ms Jessica Taylor, who spent friday afternoon refurbishing the museum, and scanning in loads of stuff from the pre digital CFZ picture library (which is actually a large cardboard box on the floor of my study).

She expressed a keen interest in palaentology and whilst not familiar with the sterling work of Doctor Naish (although she once made him a cuppa) suggested that we should have a gander at this remarkable encounter with a surviving member of the dinosauridae, thought to have become extinct aeons ago...






BIG CAT NEWS: The Coventry Panther and Rothschild Terror Weapons

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Coventry Panther returns: Big cat spotted in Ryton Pools
Coventry Telegraph
The latest sighting was on Tuesday last week when a woman said a big cat strolled across her path before heading into Ryton Wood. The 83-acre ancient woodland is home to a flourishing deer population – meaning the illusive feline would have had no...



A "big black enormous thing" in the Midlands. Goodness me! This sighting has been given a cautious endorsement by the authorities.

Hybrid British Big Cats. A Rothschild Terror Weapon?, page 1the beast of bodmin moor has been around since the late 70's early 80's. basically up until a certain point in time in the 70's it was legal to own big cats as pets ...

"The reasonably harmless wild population of cats great and small has been topped up with hybrid Rothschild terror weapons. These will be activated as the bankers run for their escape pods. How are we going to run after the bankers with one of these creatures attached? It's a fiendish plan." This has to be a joke. Right? Reassure me someone.


Big Cat Found in London

The big cats even got their own nicknames much like prolific serial killers (well I suppose they are if you look at it from the sheep and cows point of view), one of ...

This is actually nothing of the sort. It is a random blog posting under the title "Don’t Pet This Kitteh" and containing a link to one of the recent Gloucestershire stories. And finally, another media outing for the recent Gloucestershire sightings..

'Big cat' filmed in Gloucestershire
Shooting times
Video footage released of 'slim, black leopard' near site of deer killings.

BIGFOOT NEWS

OCCULT VIEW » » Why Bigfoot is a Troll
If the North American Bigfoot were seen a hundred years ago in Scandinavia, what would they call it? A troll. These beings (trolls/ogres/giants) are written about ..

Just the Facts?: 'Hitting Bigfoot' -- Egg-Laying Rooster -- Half Human ...Last year, around October 22 / 23, BFRO investigator Tyler Bounds from Washington reported that he had hit a Bigfoot while driving near High Knob, VA at ...



Bigfoot Lunch Club: Bigfoot Field Researchers Do Not Collect ...
Collect data, any data. Record what you observe. These are tenets, we believe, are missing in Bigfoot field research. Fiona, in the picture above is a great ...


Bigfoot Trackers Involved In I-4 RV Fire
WESH Orlando
The driver told the fire department that he and his family were on a 36-state tour looking for Bigfoot. Fire officials said the RV was a total loss, but the SUV had only minor heat damage as it was separated immediately from the flaming vehicle.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

The Wild Frontier is strangely quiet at the moment. Word came through from Nick Redfern that he's been Under the Weather recently (let's hope he gets better soon!) but apart from that there's no news at all from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere.

If we haven't heard anything by Monday, we may have to send out a search party...

TWO RECENT BIGFOOT REPORTS...

Bigfoot News February 13, 2012 Robert Lindsay

The tape shows them finding and collecting the sample and there is closeup footage of the Bigfoot steak itself. This videotape will apparently be released at an ...

The Beast of Gumhill – Virginia Bigfoot Sighting and Video ...

Here is a video break down of the Virginia Bigfoot sighting called Beast of Gum Hill. This Bigfoot video was taken by Erik Maximus back in 2009 in the Gum.

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 26.7.63.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/
On this day in 1979 snow fell in the Sahara Desert for the only time in recorded history.

And now the news:

Tiny insect discovered in wilds of Belize
Rare sandhill cranes winter on a pond in Baldwin C...
'Killer whale' sighted off Norfolk coast at Sherin...
SXSW Announces Features Lineup For 2012 Film Festi...
Flight Record: Songbirds Trek 9,000 Miles to Afric...
SURVEY OF SNOW LEOPARD PREY REVEALS ‘NOAH'S ARK' O...
Campaign to protect rare beetle starts
'Extinct' birds rediscovered on Ogasawara Islands
Alleged thylacine sightings
Cuttlefish Use Humanlike Vision to Choose Camoufla...

Simon’s Cat in the snow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuf61OjvoPQ

DALE DRINNON: Mines of Lake Superior, Cedar and Willow


New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2012/02/lake-superior-mines-old-copper-culture.html

And at Cedar and Willow, the delayed Samantha Fox eisode (includes videpclip and vidcaps):
http://cedar-and-willow.blogspot.com/2012/02/sammy-is-singer-and-good-one-too.html

KARL SHUKER: Predator deathmatch

Over the years, I have penned a number of forewords to other writers' books, the vast majority of which have been, to varying extents, of a cryptozoological nature. However, in recent times there has been one very notable exception to this trend – Nick Molloy's superb book Predator Deathmatch. I soon discovered that not only was it unlike any book that I'd contributed a foreword to before, but it was unlike any book that I'd ever read before – and it thoroughly captivated me.

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2012/02/predator-deathmatch-meet-nick-molloy.html

BIG CAT NEWS: It's all about Gloucestershire

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

'Big cat' mystery of huge paw prints in the snow at Marston Green
Birmingham Mail

By Mike Lockley
A BIG CAT mystery sparked by giant prints on a snow-covered car park has been solved by the Birmingham Mail. And our investigation proved there's nothing quite as bunny as nature. For the 'paw marks', spotted by Kieron McArdle...




This is probably the stupidest non-story in Big cat News this week. "The cleaning company director believed the marks – as big as a human footprint – may have been left by a big cat". This is just another sign of how our increasingly urbanised and sedentry society is becoming increasingly (yes, I know I have now used the word 'increasingly' three times in the same paragraph, which is probably not the best grammar) divorced from any interaction with the natural world. Its a rabbit as any fule should kno.

Its all happening in Gloucestershire, which seems to have been the veritable hub of British Big Cat news in the last few weeks. No some 'academics' have launched a study:

Academics to study big cat sightings

This is Gloucestershire

They cite Scotland's Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman as examples. Rhiannon Fisher, a lecturer at the Royal Agricultural College and a part-time PhD student in the CCRI, added, "We are not saying that there is or is not a wild cat in the ...

And yet another Gloucestershire sighting:

Another 'bit cat' spotted in Gloucestershire
This is Gloucestershire

Helen Stratford, of Teddington Gardens, Upton St Leonards, said she spotted a large cat in fields by her house on Saturday evening around 5.40pm. She said she was "shocked" by the sighting, which happened as she walked her dog.

It doesn't actually give a description so it is not really that useful. But here's another - you've guessed it - from Gloucestershire. Except that it's not. It is a round up of sightings from the last seven years, which presents a useful overview, but for a moment I was getting excited. A lion? pride comes before a fall.

Forget Gloucestershire big cats – 'lion' spotted near M5 – This is ...
By admin
Forget Gloucestershire big cats - 'lion' spotted near M5, CONCERNED callers alerted county police to more than 60 suspected big cat sightings in seven years – including a lion next to the M5 motorway. Gloucestershire Constabulary figures show they received 61 calls about what people believed were big cats in …

Big Cats In The UK ?I had recently read in the newspaper about this topic and found it to be quite strange and most likely fake but i had googled it and found video's and.http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.alien-ufos.com/cryptozoology-botany-animal-kingdom/47873-big-cats-uk.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQAhgBIAEoBDAmOANA1ebz-QRIAVgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=0oU5hjAaz8E&usg=AFQjCNHvmSj7CF0uarXFG6fD6l9zROjAVQ

This is a link to a forum comment by some bloke called 'Space Marine' linking to a Daily Mail article about Rick Minter's new book. Well, I have a lot of respect for Rick and look forward to reading it. And, yes. I believe that Rick Minter does live in Gloucestershire or somewhere in that neck of the woods.

Finally for today, a radio interview about the Beast of Stroud. Now guess which country Stroud is in..


Audioboo / The Big Cat of StroudThe wide eyed, tin hat wearing solo brigade that is Richard Firth is brimming with excitement at the prospect of heading up to Stroud to meet big cat aficionado ...