Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 19th, 2009
Beginning last Tuesday, December 15, 2009, several folks around Oyster Creek, Texas, (population 1200) began reporting they were seeing specifically a mystery cat with black and orange striping patterns, crossing near the Buc-ee’s Truck Stop at FM 523 and Highway 332. One sighting on Friday, December 18, 2009, was by a fisherman who said he saw a tiger on the shore of the stream actually named Oyster Creek.
The town in Brazoria County is about fifty miles south of Houston, just north of Freeport, and very close to the Gulf of Mexico, in Texas.
Oyster Creek Police Sgt. Rick Hempel told the Associated Press on December 18, 2009, that police have received “several recent but unconfirmed reports of a tiger sighted.” He noted that most eyewitnesses “described the animal simply as a large cat.”
Media reports have been coming in from the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, KHOU, MyFox Houston, and other Texas sources.
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.