The Wampus Beast…

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The Wampus Beast sounds almost made-up; if memory serves, there was even an early video game called, “Hunt the Wampus.”  The Wampus Beast in question, however, is a massive feline about five to six feet long that weighs in at five to six hundred pounds. The big cat is muscular, has eyes that are fiery in appearance, and has excellent night vision.  The pursuit of said beast became personal for the Mountain Monsters crew because their trap builder, Willy, had suffered the loss of pigs to the creature in Pleasants County, West Virginia.  Willy had also reportedly seen the Wampus Cat at the age of nine, the memory lingering with him since. 

On their first night’s hunt, the AIMS crew found scratch marks and urine high on a tree.  Team member Willy left the hunt convinced that his pigs were in danger, and sure enough three young pigs were taken and later found slaughtered.  In kind of a neighborhood interview, Nettie, a bus driver, described having a huge black beast jump in front of her vehicle on the road.  Fred, a handyman, described feeling a sensation of being watched.  A dark video supposedly showing the big cat was submitted by a cattle farmer, Nolan, who had reportedly lost cattle to the creature.

It then became “Hunt the Wampus” time! 

On their final hunt, the team found skeletal carcasses and clawed trees.  They used an animal distress call in an effort to lure the beast, and heard a growl in response.  Cows on Nolan’s farm were spooked.  A snare trap had earlier been constructed, and returning to it the team found that it had been sprung and shredded.  Large tracks were found in the immediate area.  Team leader Trapper, his group again defeated, commented of the Wampus that “I underestimated his strength.”  I guess it’s hard to keep a good big cat down…so until all this is sorted out, keep your pigs safe, hold them close, and tell them what they mean to you! Tomorrow, it may be too late…

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3 Comments on “The Wampus Beast…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Not to be confused with the “whirling whimpus” which (according to some lumberjack folklore) can twirl around at such high speeds, its hand-like front paws can tickle a man to death-from-laughter!

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Hmmm…could you possibly be making that up?! Perhaps you could sell the idea of the whimpus to the show’s executive producer!

  2. carycomic Says:

    Nope! I did not make it up. I remember reading about it, as a school kid, in THE ARROW BOOK OF TALL TALES. In between stories about such mythical occupational heroes as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill, it also had short summaries about “fearsome critters” like the goofus bird (which always flies backwards…so it can see where its been).


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