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Shadow Cats
The Black Panthers of North America

by Michael Mayes

Trade Paperback, 240 Pages, 50 Illustrations

$19.95, ISBN: 978-1-938398-90-2

Genre(s): Cryptozoology

SOMETHING IS OUT THERE…

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 animal 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, 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?

About the Author:

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.



Foreword by Dr. Angelo Capparella
Author’s Note
Preface
Introduction
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
Acknowledgements
Sightings Appendix
References and Citations
Index
About the Author

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What they're saying:

“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

"This is one of the best studies of the ... phenomenon in the United States that I have read...You too can learn a great deal from Mayes’ investigative techniques, his approach to the witnesses, and his careful analyses of the photographic evidence. Shadow Cats is a very good, solid study undertaken by a man with a deep enthusiasm for his subject-matter." — Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe

 

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