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What is the evidence against the Ozark Howler?
There really isn't any, except for some folks saying that the ozark howler couldn't possibly exist. These same people will claim that there are undiscovered apes running around in Florida, but they can't incorporate the idea of a large dark colored cat-like predator living in the neglected area around the Ozarks.
What is the evidence for the Ozark Howler?
Well, there's photographs for one thing. We've had several sent in, including this one from a Mr. Kitchner near Heavener, Oklahoma, who regularly goes out deer hunting in the fall and brings his camera to document his kills. He took the following at the edge of a woods close to an old farm equipment dump outside of town, at about a half hour before dusk.
Second, there's the consistency between sightings. No one says that the howler is too big or too small, just in the range between 3 and 4 feet at the shoulder. They almost all say it has dark colorings, and take note of the appearance of horn-like structures and long hair along the jawline. The vocalizations of the ozark howler are also described consistently as a unique kind of wail. If the stories were false, wouldn't some wise guy say it roared like a lion?
Third, there's the longevity of the reported sightings. Ranchers' reports go back at least to the 1940s, with many sightings documented in local newspapers. It's all there waiting in the archives, if you just take the energy to go look. Of course, these are small town papers not near any big city or some place as culturally-connected as California, so the story of the ozark howler stayed local for a much longer time than did tales about encounters with the Sasquatch.
Fourth, there's the identity of the people who report sightings and other evidence. These aren't people who sell their stories to the tabloids or hawk their photographs for money. In fact, all those supermarket tabloids have never run one of their phoney stories on the ozark howler. That's because they're not interested in making a big fuss. Almost all the people who have reported seeing the ozark howler are farmers or hunters, not city people who ride out into the country and get scared by a skinny bear or something. These are folks who know the local wildlife and don't panic easily. They're not seeking fame, just calling attention to a misunderstood animal in a neglected area of the United States.
Take, for example, the following testimonial of a local hunter. No jazz, no sensationalism, just a regular guy with no axe to grind.