For generations residents from coast to coast have reported encounters with large, black, long-tailed cats. These black panthers have left a trail of dead livestock and confused witnesses in their wake. These are animals that are not supposed to exist; animals that are not recognized by science. Despite the reluctance of wildlife officials to accept the reality of these cryptid cats, anomalous tracks continue to appear, pets and farm animals continue to disappear, and sightings continue to be reported.
In this full-color book with dozens of illustrations, author Michael Mayes examines historical sightings, interviews contemporary witnesses and big cat experts, sorts through a host of intriguing photographs, and takes a close look at the potential suspects in one of America’s most enduring unsolved mysteries. What are the shadow cats that haunt the woods, bottomlands, and waterways of our country? What are the black panthers of North America?
"Mayes brings a refreshingly scientific and analytical perspective to the gathering of extensive data and the assessment of large black cat sightings... this book will be of interest to academic zoologists as well as their cousins in cryptozoology.” — Angelo Capparella, Ph.D., Illinois State University
MICHAEL MAYES has investigated, for the past 15 years, sightings of both out-of-place known animals and those that may, or may not, exist. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio programs, and on The Lowe Files on the A&E network. Michael blogs at the Texas Cryptid Hunter and is author of the illustrated children’s book, Patty: A Sasquatch Story.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Angelo Capparella
Chapter 1 – A Matter of Semantics
Chapter 2 – Historical Accounts and Folklore
Chapter 3 – Contemporary Black Panther Accounts
Chapter 4 – Is There Enough Suitable Habitat?
Chapter 5 – Zeroing In
Chapter 6 – The Suspects: Jaguar
Chapter 7 – The Suspects: Cougar
Chapter 8 – The Suspects: Jaguarundi
Chapter 9 – The Suspects: Giant Feral Cats
Chapter 10 – The Suspects: Escaped Exotics
Chapter 11 – The Science Behind Melanism
Chapter 12 – Photographic Evidence
Chapter 13 – The Texas Hair Samples
Chapter 14 – The Experts Weigh in
Chapter 15 – What to Make of it All
References and Citations
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The stereotypical cryptozoology book comes across as fantastic and outlandish to many people. That should NOT be the case with "Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America." Author Michael Mayes has invested time and effort into creating an objective, even-handed examination of the 'black panther' phenomenon, and it shows. Mayes traces the culturally iconic black panthers back through documented history, demonstrating that southerners have historically seemed to take the existence of black panthers for granted. He then brings us many accounts of modern-day sightings, and examines any known animals that might be generating such reports, as well as evidence for any unknown animal. There are plenty of photos and graphs, as well. The book is written in a low-key, investigative style that is approachable and informative. It’s evident that Mayes has thought a lot about this topic, researched it well, and produced an interesting and eye-opening book. Ultimately, Mayes presents his findings and leaves the the reader to draw her own conclusions about black panther sightings. “Shadow Cats” is well-done, and a captivating read.