At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.
WERE-PANTHER: A FLORIDA LEGEND
Just how old this tradition may be, bearing in mind it involves motorized vehicular traffic, I am not sure.
The roadway called Alligator Alley crosses the Florida peninsula. The Were-Panther (as it is called - but there seems to be no reason to think it has changed from man into panther) is said to make its depredations here. It will only attack moving vehicles such as trucks. The creature's paws seem to bear some resemblance to hands. Its eyes are red.
If there is any truth behind this story, author John Henry Fleming suggests it might be an animal with peculiarities developed from inbreeding among a small population of cougars. He also offers other explanations. Whatever it is, it is a thing of mystery.
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