Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Sussex and 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

Couple spot 'the Panther of Patcham'
The Argus
A spokeswoman for Big Cats in Britain said she was not surprised there had been a sighting in that area, having had reports of big cats near the A23 and ...
We start off with a nice sighting from Sussex and follow it up with one from Gloucestershire. Neither have pics...

Second big cat sighting for man "knocked off his motorbike" by ...
This is Gloucestershire

"IT was not a dog, a wild boar or a sheep, it was a slimline panther."Those were the words of Chris Roberts, 59, who spotted a big cat sauntering across ...

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 7.7.67.


And it is Thursday here at the Gonzo Daily. It doesn't seem that we left here a whole week ago for our journey to Lancashire. There is something massively weird about that. Despite today being Midsummer's Day, it is cold and grey outside with drizzle and cloud. So, I am quite happy to stay inside doing Gonzostuff.

Our first post today is a real exclusive; the first part of an in-depth interview with the lovely Helen McCookerybook. We were supposed to be talking about her new CD with Martin Stephenson, and ended up talking about Vi Subversa of 'The Posion Girls'. C'est la vie:

Next: Why is our beloved leader looking like he is part of some horrific biological experiment? Has he been kidnapped by aliens? No, its worse than that...

There is some exciting news for fans of original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. Some new music is on its way including a sequel to his legendary first solo album from over thirty years ago. You want to know what happens next in the story of Olias of Sunhillow? Well, you are about to find out...

Michael Des Barres is one of our favourite artists here at Gonzo Daily, and we are all awaiting his new album 'Carnaby Street', with great relish...

Chris Thompson was the singer with the legendary Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Now he is a solo artist, but blimey the man can sing...

Mimi Page is a clever and literate artiste. She is also somewhat of a polymath as this remarkable remix of one of the tracks on her new Gonzo CD, shows:

Martin Stephenson came to prominence as head honcho of The Daintees about thirty years ago. The latest album is magnificent and it seems that it is not just us who think so:

And that's it for today. Back on friday. Ta-ra..........

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2008 Kermit Love died. Love was the co-creator of Big Bird and the creator of Mr Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street. Snuffleupagus originally started off in Sesame Street as a character unseen by adults and presumed imaginary friend of Big Bird but after 2000 or so episodes he was reviled in the flesh to adults because of concerns about paedophilia. Honestly I'm not joking, you can check the wikipedia page if you don't believe me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Snuffleupagus

And now the news:

A singing woolly mammoth wants to be a cloud (hmmm) :


CRYPTO CULTURE: A new song about the chupacabras



Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from North America where pumas are rapidly recolonising their old haunts in the midwest:

Mountain lions recolonize the Midwest
Lincoln Journal Star
The mountain lion, or cougar, population declined dramatically after 1900 due to hunting and lack of prey, leaving the remaining big cats isolated to the ...

Cougars: Wild cat again spreading across Midwest, study finds
Indianapolis Star

Cougars: Wild cat again spreading across Midwest, study finds ... significant because no government agency tracks the number of large cats across the country.

Cougars move to reclaim the Midwest
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The big cats, long a rare sight in Minnesota, are moving in rising numbers from the Rockies and the Black Hills into the Midwestern states where they were once ...

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest
... no government agency tracks the number of large cats across the country. ... where populations of the big, long-tailed cats have been so abundant that the ...

Cougars mount comeback across Midwest
Pioneer Press
LaRue is skeptical that the large cat can establish a breeding population anytime soon, even in Minnesota's northern forests, where the predators would do well ...

Mountain lion killed in Santa Monica is linked to big cats that live...
Los Angeles Daily News
A mountain lion that was shot to death by Santa Monica police after it wandered into a courtyard near the Third Street Promenade was not an exotic pet but was ...

Neb. No. 1 in mountain lion sightingsOmaha World-HeraldThe big cats are re-populating their historical range, according to a new study. ... The survey of Midwestern big cats excluded the largest population base of the ...

Cougars returning to the Midwest where they were once common
The big cats are moving in rising numbers from the Rockies and the Black Hills into the Midwestern states where they were once common, according to wildlife ...

US scientists celebrate return of the cougar to the American midwest
The Guardian
The population of big cats, also known as American mountain lions, has rocketed in these states, from less than a hundred in 1990 to about 30000 today.

Cougars Are Taking Back AmericaJezebelBut did you know that cougars of the big cat variety very nearly went extinct during the last century? Well, they did, but today researchers reported that they've ...

Mountain lions make a comeback in US
The Independent
Mountain lions, or cougars, are making a big comeback in the US after a century of decline, say conservationists. The big cats are moving far outside their ...

Cougars Are Returning to the US Midwest after More Than 100 Years
Scientific American (blog)
But people living in the Midwest may soon have a new name for these big cats: neighbor. Cougars (Puma concolor) have not lived in Oklahoma, Missouri and ...

Cougars coming back into region
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
Among the recent sightings was a big cat seen in northern Lincoln County during the summer of 2010. About six different cougars, all males, are confirmed to ...

Local wildlife spottings on the rise
Vernon Morning Star
A Vernon family was startled by the large wild cat during a walk through ... children with you hold them and make yourself look as big as possible,” said Wilson.

DNA Results on Santa Monica Mountain Lion Link it to Local - Patch
The mountain lion that wandered into the Third Street Promenade and was subsequently shot and killed has been linked to the big cats that roam the Santa Monica Mountains.

Santa Monica Police Killed Offspring of Rare PumaLAist... lion shot and killed by Santa Monica police conclude that the animal was linked to a population of big cats generally found north of the Ventura (101) Freeway.

Study confirms MOUNTAIN LIONS are making a comeback ~ WEST ...
By Jerry Genesio
Nielsen said the findings also raise new questions about how humans might live in closer proximity to the big cats. Cougars were driven from much of the Midwest by around 1900, and their absence left a hole in the ecosystem, Nielsen said.

Was it a cougar? Rock Spring walker claims big cat sightingAlton TelegraphALTON - Retiree Ron Young usually only sees birds and deer on his regular walks through Rock Spring Park, but Friday morning he was alarmed to see what ...

Seems everybody's seeing mountain lions ...
Evansville Courier & PressLet me put it this way: something's out there and it might just be a big cat because the response was nothing short of amazing. In a business where a combined ...

Pair get rare sighting of bobcat swimming in Cape Romain
Charleston Post Courier
A big cat. The two men out for a nature tour had the rare luck to spot a bobcat swimming in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Nobody knows how many ...

Cougars spread east out of Hills
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Mountain lions from the Black Hills are helping the big cats recolonize what was their traditional habitat in the Midwest before white settlers pushed them out.

New Footage: Bigfoot Seen In Algonquin Park?



The last thing that I expected to see when visiting the West Midlands Safari Park last summer was a unicorn – but that is exactly what I did see there...well, sort of...

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