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DOUG FORD: In search of cryptids

I’ve become a fan of the television show, “Mountain Monsters,” where a group of six country boys turned explorers research and track a number of cryptids, including the Mountaineer State’s version of Sasquatch, it’s very own Ohio Grassman, and hometown beasts such as Kentucky Wolfman, Wampus Beast and Mothman.

Just those names are enough to raise the hackles on anyone’s neck, but the show is popular for other reasons, mainly for the team that obviously takes themselves very seriously.

Armed with the latest gadgets such as infrared cameras and GPS, they hunt and try to trap legendary beasts in different pockets of West Virginia.

The dialogue between them is one of the highlights of each episode, as are their nicknames and personalities.

John “Trapper” Tice, Jake “Buck” Lowe, Joe “Huckleberry” Lott and “Wild” Bill Neff are among the team of investigators who roam far and wide in search of elusive mythical creatures found in West Virginia and neighboring states, using ingenious manmade traps to ensnare the beasts.

So far, they have eluded capture.

What unknown beasts does this area have to offer?

We have our share of coyotes, ground hogs and perhaps wild pigs, and mountain lions have allegedly been spotted and photographed.

I have yet to see anything lurking outside my window at home except the occasional deer or stray cat or dog.

I don’t hear any weird howls at night, nor have I discovered strange footprints or as yet unidentified hair clumped to bushes.

I lead a somewhat happy, ho-hum life, and I’m gainfully employed, but I don’t have time to pursue yet undiscovered creatures, only the occasional squirrel on Thanksgiving. 

Perhaps that’s a good thing.  I have my own little critter to deal with, the calico cat known as Whiskers, but how did West Virginia get so lucky?