Yet another new cryptozoology book! This one is by Michael Mayes who runs the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog and is on sightings of "black panthers." It's title is Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America. It was published within the last week by Anomalist Books, which almost guarantees it will be very good.
Below is the book description from Amazon:
"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, 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 pdocasts 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."