Mountain Monsters is a show on Destination America about cryptids in West Virginia, and only in West Virginia. They are all backwoods hillbillies that have been life long hunters, trappers, fishers, and general outdoorsmen. It’s a really funny show. There is one guy that seems to be educated enough to understand scientific terms, though the others look at him like he’s grown an extra head when he uses them. Their leader, Trapper, actually pulled out his tooth with a pair of pliers on the show after drinking moonshine. Some of them where overalls and most of them where silly hats. They are quite entertaining. Then there are the animals. I have seen a few episodes now, and they have gone after a werewolf, the Wampus monster (a huge panther-like black cat), Sheepsquatch, the yahoo (a sasquatch), the fire dragon, and hell hound (a giant black wolf). Apparently this is season two of this series, I regret not being able to watch the first season. Had I known about it, I would have been watching. They always build traps to catch the cryptid they are after, but they always underestimate the animal and it breaks through. Well, sheepsquatch was just too cunning. It attacked their little vehicle and caused them to wreck.
They always have eyewitnesses that have either gotten photos or video of the animal they are hunting. In the case of the Wampus monster, one of their team members was having his pigs taken by the animal. Honestly, it seemed to be toying with him, while they were hunting this cat, it went to his farm and took three baby pigs. It didn’t eat them, just tore them up.
I have seen people say the show is fake because within ten minutes the creature shows up. You have to remember that you’re only seeing fragments of their hunt, the tape would have to be edited, otherwise the show would take days to watch one episode. Whether you think it’s fake or not, it’s a very entertaining show. I think it’s hilarious. I also didn’t know that there were so many cryptid sightings in West Virginia, which isn’t all that far from where I live.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Lion The Wampus monster would seem to be either the American Lion or some descendant of it. It was larger than the African Lion, which is similar to what the eye witness video showed. The dire wolf was actually much smaller than the hell hound they were chasing, which doesn’t mean it can’t exist. There is a similar creature seen in England. They call it the hell hound too. Come to think of it, they also have something similar to the Wampus monster. The Appalachian mountains are not densely populated areas, and I’m not sure how much scientific research has been done there. I would assume that not much has been done there. We tend to assume that we know pretty much everything or close to everything there is to know, about animals at least, and that is just not the case. New species are discovered all the time. I don’t understand the mentality that people have about cryptids. People automatically assume that someone who saw something unusual is either lying or mistaken. People are ridiculed for things they see if they are out of the ordinary. Why? There would be no discoveries if everyone were that closed minded.
New episodes are on Fridays at 10 pm on Destination America.
*I just turned on the Discovery Channel, and there was a Mountain Monsters marathon. I guess they’re on Discovery too.