Lived there from appx 1984 to 1996. Then from 2000 to 2003 or something.
I saw what appeared to be a small black panther or other type of cat before 1995.
It was in the top of a young oak tree, very visible. It didn't enjoy being seen and quickly disappeared away from the path I was using. If I had to
estimate, it was no larger than a mere 3' from nose to butt, probably much smaller.
Between 2001 and 2003, I saw a small bobcat run up from a creek, cross a road, and run across a small field and up the nearby hill. I knew it wasn't
another critter because of the telltale loping stride and long legs typical of the KY wildcat, lol.
Not exactly cryptozoology, but there are some big cats in KY.
There are also coyotes quiet enough to come close to houses without alerting the people.
I saw a coyote around 2005. I was on my way to a deer hunting location and saw the coyote literally sitting in the center of the road. It was the
fastest dog I've ever seen, closing the distance of the nearby field within a few seconds whereas a human would have taken more than ten. I've never
seen an animal move as fast as that coyote. It was like a living shadow.
Around 1994 I saw a dead wild boar in the creek after a flood. The water was no longer high enough to carry the animal far. I had no idea we had any
type of wild pig in that region during that time. I wondered if for some reason it had strayed from a farm or from another state... who knows? It was
very dark, maybe brown, and had a very long furry snout and tusks. However the body was very swollen from being in the creek and I couldn't see any
features aside from those mentioned. It was actually very gross.
There are some very strange reptiles in the woods of KY as well. Some of them are very shy, to the point where maybe not all of them are in the books
yet. There are things that live in the logs and such near some of the smaller creeks, and I am not sure if they are snakes or lizards or something
else entirely. I had such an animal show itself to a visitor and not to the native, and to me that is a pretty lucky chance.
I've seen chipmunks in KY that know how to live inside dog food bags inside trash cans, inside a CELLAR no less. They know how to get into plastic
and they know about potatoes. The fat little bastards will ruin your dog food with plastic shreds and potato rinds if you don't drive them out of the
cellar. They are one of the most ingenuitive animals alive.
Another amazing animal recently re-introduced to KY is the wild turkey. Winter in that region is crippling to them. They like to use fields where
cattle are fed corn during really bad winters, and they will attempt to eat anything that survives the snow or the cattle. Wild turkeys are extremely
intelligent and shy, but excellent and aggressive foragers who leave no blanket of leaves unturned and are in fact fierce enough to tree foxes and
coyotes. They are a bit too fat and myopic to understand the smaller birds' tactic of dive bombing enemies, but they will actually jump and snap with
their beaks like turtles, and kick if able with dangerous spurs.
Turkeys are intelligent enough to seek water when wounded and they are able to convey emotion through their vocalizations. They understand the concept
of being hunted and are capable of expressing fear.
There are turtles in the hills of KY, unless the stuff in the air has killed them, that have dates carved into their shells from before the Civil War.
Turtles are intelligent enough to be addicted to food, like a rat. They will show preference for sugar, and a box turtle will actually eat a donut as
quickly as it will eat an apple. Unlike the slow and behemoth Galapagos tortoise, it is quite comfortable eating the KY welfare diet. This is not a
joke... it's based on animal experimentation LOL.
Another feature of Eastern KY is the variety of owl species. The very shy whipporwill can be heard calling there, along with screech owls and many
types of what would be considered "great" or larger owl species. There are also many types of hawks which vary wildly in size. The crows tend to be
very shy and wary of farmers' guns, unlike the cities where they are pretty much big roof dwelling town turkeys. Not too many eagles away from the
There is a great variety of snakes, ranging from green and garter and ring necked snakes to copperheads, milk snakes, rat snakes, king snakes, and
rattlers. The turkeys and the cars are unfortunately reducing the snake species rapidly. If something is not done in KY and Texas about snake deaths,
many species will reach extinction within your lifetimes if indeed they still exist.
There are many native edible species of nuts in KY including hazelnuts, butternuts, hickory, acorn, beech, and more. There are many raspberries and
blackberries. Ginseng, yellowroot, and bloodroot grow in abundance.
There are many unusual insects and seasonal plant species. EX: Lady slipper, trillium, walking stick, praying mantis.