Information has been received here that the people in the country around Buena Vista, a village in Garrard County, are much excited over the reports that a wild man has high haunts in the Kentucky River hills near that place. A party is being organized to explore a cave where the creature is believed to have his lair and attempt to capture him.
First thought that occurred to me, reading this article, was why the event in question, an alleged sighting of a mysterious, shaggy humanoid, was reported not in a local newspaper in Garrard County, Kentucky, where the incident supposedly took place, but in a newspaper out of Reno, Nevada. This in itself doesn’t disprove the incident, but I find it suspicious. Claims of a fantastical nature must needs have even more stringent criteria for credible evidence or documentation, and I’m afraid this one has failed right out the gate. If the article itself is in question, and it’s not possible to travel back in time and interview any of the witnesses firsthand, we are left with no more than a flimsy foundation at best, and must dismiss the account out of hand.
Why, then, am I mentioning it here, now? It stands out for one reason alone. This would have been a standard Bigfoot sighting, save for the physical description of the “creature.” According to the article, supposedly quoting the eyewitness, the creature wore crude clothing, a loincloth fashioned from a raccoon skin, and it had CLAWS. Bigfoot doesn’t have claws, so this sounds like a monster of a different stripe altogether. If it existed. (And that’s a pretty big IF.) But IF the article is factual—sounds a lot like a werewolf, dunnit?