Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Ozark Howler: Truth Or Fiction?

Photo: John Meyers

In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains there are stories of a creature called the Ozark Howler, named so for it's strange vocalization. Some believe it is a myth, but others who have seen it first hand disagree. An article on takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the creature.

We get a lot of tips in the newsroom, but this has to be one of the best I've seen in a while.

"I believe two things in this world to be true, that Jesus Christ is my savior and that the Ozark Howler is real and living in the Arkansas mountains."

As the Outdoors reporter, I am of course fascinated with all the critters and creepy-crawlies we encounter in Missouri and Arkansas. And a quick Internet search reveals that the legendary Ozark Howler apparently is a thing folks have talked about for years.

The Ozark Howler tip came through the newspaper's email address,, where we get all kinds of feedback and story ideas. This one was a doozy. And like they say, if there's no photo, it didn't happen.

Yep. There's a photo. Make that photos.

For the full article and photos, click here.