Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 18th, 2011
“LOCAL MATTERS.”; Fitchburg (MA) Fitchburg Daily Sentinel, October 22, 1895
It is reported that a gorilla has been seen in the woods by Greenville, New Ipswich and Ashby hunters. Last Saturday, boys were out shooting squirrels in the Greenfield woods. After firing, the boys were startled to see a great beast jump from the brush and disappear Into the woods. That evening, a young man who lives a short distance not of town, when near the Pleasant street cemetery, heard growling, followed by a noise in the brush. He saw something, and started for home as fast as his legs could carry him. On his arrival there he fell prostrate on the floor from fright and exhaustion.
Credit: Chuck Flood.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.