Friday, March 23, 2018

How To Contact Me

Just a reminder on how to contact me if you have a question or report and would like me to respond. Please email me at for such queries. 

Many people of late have asked questions in the comments section of a post. Many have done so and remained anonymous on their comment. Please note that I cannot answer you directly after you leave a comment unless it includes your name, email, and/or phone number. I understand why someone would not want to leave contact information in a comment that anyone can see so the email is a better choice.

Monday, March 12, 2018

New Study Area in Hunt County, Texas

After months of working on and finishing up my book, then arranging various types of publicity to support the release (radio and podcast interviews, speaking engagements, etc.), I was thrilled to actually get out in the field yesterday.

A while back, a reader of the blog and Facebook page contacted me with a black panther sighting report. The family owns approximately 300 acres of hardwood bottomland along the Sabine River in Hunt County northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The area is rich in food and water resources. Not only does the property sit along the river, it features a large tributary creek that winds through the land before emptying into the larger Sabine. Feral hogs, white-tail deer, foxes, coyotes and various other possible prey species are present in abundance. The property provided an absolutely perfect habitat where a large cat could remain virtually undetected. The property was so large that it presented a problem for me. I have only two game cameras available at this time and the entire area looked so promising it was difficult to pick spots for them. I finally chose a spot where wildlife was clearly crossing the creek and passing through a break in the brush into a more open area on the other side. It was a natural funnel and I expect to get a lot of photos from the camera posted at this spot. Hopefully, one will be of the cat I seek. The second camera was placed on a tree that stood at the intersection of three different game trails. The trails formed a “Y” and the tree that I posted the camera on was in the middle of the v-shape at the top of the “Y.” The trails obviously are heavily traveled – mostly by hogs, no doubt – and this camera should provide a lot of photos.

The landowner and her family could not have been more hospitable. They are good folks who love and know their wildlife. They told me that they have seen two mountain lions on the property in the last 5-6 years and that what was seen a few months ago was very different. It was very large, had a very long tail, and was solid black. The family member who saw the cat initially spotted it about 10-feet up in a tree. Upon being seen the cat leapt down and ran toward the Sabine. The family member got a good look at it and is sure it was no cougar. The family feels a real sense of relief that the cat chose to run away and that no confrontation took place. They just want to know what prowls their property and I hope to be able to provide some answers.

I will be refreshing the cameras – and hopefully adding more – in 5-6 weeks. Keep your fingers crossed.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern of Mysterious Universe has posted his review of my new book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America. Check it out by clicking here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Jeff Stewart

The first of the reviews for my new book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America are beginning to appear. Here is the first one. It comes from Jeff Stewart who, among many other things, writes for the Texas Fish & Game magazine.

"Recieved my copy of Shadow Cats by my good friend Michael Mayes. I am very pleased and honored to have been a far larger part of this publication than I knew.

Any of my fans and friends who want a great read this is it..Not only will you get insights from people whom In my opinion are second to none you will get a most enjoyable read. Such respected contributors as Chester Moore and Lisa Werner not to mention Michal Mayes himself and of course

This book is available from Amazon for a modest price and this books value far exceeds that..."

For those interested, the book is available at both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.  

Radio Interview

A few days ago I was interviewed on live radio by Colin Schneider, aka the Crypto-Kid. The show was about an hour in length and we split the time between discussing the wood ape/bigfoot phenomenon and  the black panther enigma (as well as my new book on the topic). It was a real pleasure to visit with Colin. He is a logical and scientific thinker; something we could always use more of in the field of cryptozoology.

You can listen to the interview here.

Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America is available at multiple outlets but you can access the Amazon link here or if you prefer, the Barnes and Noble link here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New Book Released

I am pleased to announce that my new book on the black panther phenomenon has been released and is now available for purchase. The book is titled Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America and is published by Anomalist Books. It is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites where books are sold.

For those interested here is a link to the book on Amazon:

Here is a look at the cover...

If you are so inclined, I would appreciate your picking up a copy. 

Many thanks.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Central Texas Speaking Engagement

I will be speaking at the Friends of the Lena Armstrong Public Library Book and Author Luncheon on February 24 in Belton, Texas. I will be talking about "Patty" and my soon to be released non-fiction title "Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America." If you are in Central Texas that Saturday consider dropping by. I'd love to visit with you. 
- Michael Mayes