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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Saturday, September 12, 2015


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 by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

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  • SCUM!

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard Freeman sent me this news item which beggars belief. If anyone is going to take exception to me describing these people as scum, and tell me that I am bringing the CFZ into disrepute by doing so, then you are not the sort of people with whom I wish to have any dealings whatsoever.

    Delighted Reed Sutley laughed after taking the shot and then his pals giggled at the grisly birthday party as they chatted about the killingReed Sutley shouted “yeah” after firing the fatal shot.

    The delighted lad and four pals then giggled at the grisly birthday party as they chatted about the killing.
    Reed boasted: “We saw eight bears – one down and seven more to go.”
    The boys were taken on the trip by Reed’s dad, Greg, who filmed the killing and posted the footage online.
    "Reed took his first bear with a perfect shot"
    Grisly: Reed took his first bear with a perfect shot
    The video – which has emerged as part of a Mirror investigation – shows Reed and his school friends perched in a lair high above the ground.
    Whispering and waiting on the wooden platform in a tree, they watched the bearsthat were lured to the area with bait provided by Mr Sutley.
    An adult then took the gun from a collection of weapons and passed it to Reed.
    The boy can hardly contain his glee as he prepared to kill.
    Reed took aim as two bears gorged on the food.
    Images from a youtube video of a 9 year old boy shooting a bear at a childs birthday party
    His dad gave encouragement and told the lad to shoot the animal that was lying on the floor while it ate.
    A single bullet is fired and the animal collapses as Reed celebrates the slaying and the other bear runs away.
    After filming the birthday party in Alberta, Canada, hunter Mr Sutley posted the harrowing three-minute video – called “9 Year Old Shoots First Bear at Birthday Party” – on YouTube.
    The proud dad bragged on his YouTube page: “Reed took his first bear with a perfect shot!”
    Youtube video of a 9 year old boy shooting a bear at a childs birthday party
    Taking aim: The youngsters getting ready to take a shot
    His footage has attracted outrage, with one YouTube user saying: "Words cannot describe how disgusting this is.