Panther Hoax

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For decades an argument has never stopped about the existence of large black Panthers living in the woods of Kennison Mountain in West Virginia. The official story is that these big cats haven't existed there since the 1800's. That hasn't stopped reports of Panther sightings that continue to this day. It happens often enough to make you think twice about what the truth really is. There's a story that's been passed around the state for almost 60 years -- about the time an entire town West Virginia town saw a black panther, but it was all a lie.

Story by Jessie-Wright Mendoza.
Heard in the story:
Maxine Corbett-Richwood, reporter for the Nicholas Chronicle and former employee of Jim Comstock,
Allan Barker, Richwood resident
Jay Comstock, Richwood resident, son of Jim Comstock
Narration by Miles Stroth

Cal Price, editor at The Pocahontas Times
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A photo of the panther from The Pocahontas Times
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Bob Carlson


Bob Carlson