Jonathan McGowan

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Born in Bournemouth during the nineteen sixties and brought up in many areas of Dorset, I have gotten to know my county like the back of my hand. Being passionately interested in all things natural history, I was introduced to the subject of large non-native cats living in the UK while still a teenager, not by design but by circumstance or accident, as I watched badgers during the night… I got more than I bargained for! This set a president that led me to encounter more unusual goings-on in our countryside and suburban areas, I had more encounters and learned a lot about the subject as I indulged in my basic wildlife hobbies, leading to the realization that this subject must be delved into, the people educated, and all manner of investigations.

Since 1983, I have been at work, with escalating success in not just investigating this phenomenon but having multiple sightings, finding an inexhaustible supply of field evidence and data, which in turn led me to be well known within the subject. I have given lectures nationwide and been involved from many angles. I have been involved in wildlife conservation for the whole of my life and have worked both professionally and voluntary within these fields, including a 22-year membership with the Bournemouth natural science society and have been the chair of the zoology section for two decades, as well as helping out with curatorship of our museum specimens, president and trustee, lecturing and leading field meetings. I am a taxidermist, teacher and lecturer, philosopher, ufologist, artist, photographer, musician, and have many hobbies and interests.

I decided to write a series of books on wild living large cats in the UK, as I had so much data and believed that knowledge should be available to all, especially something as controversial as this subject. I decided that there was no field guide to identifying field evidence or guidelines from which people could work, enhancing that knowledge.

Also, realising that so many people were in the dark regarding such knowledge, and with so many skeptical minds that refused to acknowledge it, I needed to prove a few points.

In this book, I relate my observations and experiences and relay my findings regarding the numbers, behavior, and species of the animals involved, with many photographs of field evidence. One has to limit the number of photos for publication, and with my thousands of photos, I had to shortlist the whole lot, perhaps picking the best. The images in this series are only a fraction of the overall amount of field evidence I have come across. My Studies have been mainly concentrated in my home county of Dorset, but overlap Hampshire and Wiltshire, and I have investigated other areas of the UK.

Book 1

The British Big Cat Phenomenon

Differing Theories, Eye Witness Reports, and the Predators Diet

By Jonathan McGowan

A fascinating book by Jonathan McGowan that explores the many sightings of big cats in Britain.

In the book, Jonathan details his sightings, from the Badger Stalker to the Longham Puma, and delves into the various theories about these animals. He also examines reports from other witnesses, including those who have seen these creatures up close and personal, that are particularly compelling.

Written in an accessible and engaging writing style, this book brings those stories to life. Moreover, the book also looks at the predator's diet and how they could survive in the wild.

With so many sightings of big cats across Britain, this is a fascinating and insightful book that will leave you wondering whether these creatures really do exist.

Book 2

The British Big Cat Phenomenon

Sightings, Field Signs, and Bones

By Jonathan McGowan

With so many reports of big cat sightings around Britain, it's clear that these animals are out there. But why are they here? And what are their origins? In this fascinating book, Jonathan McGowan investigates the phenomenon and shares what he's learned from years of research.

The book closely examines dozens of sightings of big cats from all around Britain, providing detailed descriptions and analyses of each sighting. He also describes his experiences and encounters with big cats, including the London Leopard, the Dartmoor Cats, the Cotswold Puma, and many more.

In addition, the book includes information on how to identify field signs left by big cats and how to find and identify bones left behind by these enigmatic creatures. Whether you're a casual observer or a serious researcher, this book will surely provide plenty of food for thought.

Book 3

The British Big Cat Phenomenon

Searching for Evidence and Territorial Marks

By Jonathan McGowan

Deep in the British countryside, there is a phenomenon that has been baffling experts for years.

Reports of large cats roaming the land have been coming in from all over, but no one has been able to provide any concrete evidence of their existence – until now.

In his new book, Jonathan McGowan takes us on a fascinating journey as he sets out to find the truth about these elusive creatures. Starting with an exploration of the various territorial marks these animals have left behind, Jonathan quickly delves into the deep end as he searches for scientific proof of their existence.

He analyses footprints, fur samples, and vocalizations to find a match with any known species of big cats. But as Jonathan soon discovers, this is no easy task. The world of big cat research is full of controversy and conflicting opinions, making it hard to separate fact from fiction. With expertise obtained from decades of research, Jonathan finally begins to get to the bottom of this mystery. But what he finds may not be what everyone is expecting…

Book 4

The British Big Cat Phenomenon

Environmental Impact, Politics, Cover Ups, and Revelations

By Jonathan McGowan

A fascinating book by Jonathan McGowan explores the impact of large cats on the environment and the politics and cover-ups surrounding their existence.

The book starts with a look at the environmental impact of these animals, specifically their scat. McGowan describes how big cat scats impact the ecology of an area.

He then investigates other scats, including those of dogs, badgers, otters, martens, birds, and fur balls. This leads to a discussion of the concerns around conservation and the risk to humans posed by these animals.

The book then turns to the politics of big cats, looking at the various cover-ups and conspiracies surrounding their existence.

Finally, McGowan looks at the potential future of big cats in the UK and how we can learn to live with them. The British Big Cat Phenomenon is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating animals and the issues surrounding them.

Tobe Johnson: Paranormal Podcaster and Expert

Host of Strange Brau Radio. Strange Brau is a premier paranormal pub podcast. SBR seeks to give voices to those that might not otherwise have them, and what better place then a historic pub. For it's in the "pub" or the Public House where secret stories have always been pint at time.

I have been a Bigfoot researcher in the state of Minnesota for over 30 years, dedicated to the pursuit of a giant hairy upright walking manlike or apelike creature that keeps being encountered by scores of people year after year but has even more people scoffing and insisting that it can not and does not exist.

Mike Quast

Mike Quast: Bigfoot Researcher

Born in 1967, Michael John Quast is a lifelong resident of Minnesota who grew up on a dairy farm, achieved a degree in Commercial Art, and is employed in a maintenance position for a school system. He makes his home in the city of Moorhead, across the Red River from Fargo, North Dakota.

Since childhood, he has had a deep interest in the paranormal, especially cryptozoology, which was bolstered by his own sighting of a Bigfoot in 1976. Since graduating high school, he has traveled extensively throughout Minnesota, seeking out and investigating Bigfoot reports and exploring wilderness areas in a physical search for the creatures.

He is the author of five previous books on the subject as well as the editor of the former newsletter “Sasquatch Report.”

Kenney W. Irish: Cryptopunkologist and Children's Author

Kenney W. Irish AKA "The Cryptopunkologist," is an author, hardcore/punk musician and sales/marketing professional. Originally from the northern parts of Vermont, he has recently re-located to the beautiful Adirondacks area of upstate New York. He has a lifelong love of folklore, legends, monsters, and U.F.O stories. He has regularly attended and spoke at writers groups, and various other platforms across the country.

He has a passion for writing young readers chapter books, and released two publications to date. The most recent with DMP, generating high volume sales and distribution. In late 2020, he signed with BEYOND THE FRAY PUBLISHING, and in March of 2021 released AMERICAN CRYPTIDS In Pursuit of the Elusive Creatures. This publication became a #1 bestseller on Amazon, and has out performed all other material in it's genre.

He's also an explorer for the New York Bigfoot Society. The Cryptopunk has appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts such as, Coast to Coast AM, Midnight FM, the Jim Harold Show, and The Leak Project Network. He has recently filmed, and appears in the national TV show, HAUNTED HOSPITALS for The Travel Channel. You can also catch him as co-host for the NYBS radio show along side Gary Robusto.

Ronald C Meyer: Science Fiction Author

Ronald C Meyer was born in Appleton, Wisconsin where, at the age of 10, he had a powerful oneness with nature experience. Shortly thereafter he began collecting fossils, which became a lifelong passion. In the process he made a number of world-class discoveries. Eventually the study of biological evolution activated a force that has driven his life ever since. In the early 80s he began practicing Aikido and became a fifth degree black belt

Career wise, Ron pioneered early biofeedback studies in human sensory systems and early childhood development at the University of Wisconsin's cybernetic lab. He then made a career switch, forming a film production company that produced programs for public television. In the mid-80s he moved to Boulder Colorado and acquired a video distribution company, Centre Communications.

Ron has produced and/or directed four feature films and numerous award-winning educational programs and documentary series that have sold over a million copies.

He is also the co-author of two bestselling books on Aikido: Aikido in America and Center: The Power of Aikido. His written two thrillers incorporating the evolutionary perspective..

Ron lives in Boulder Colorado with his wife of 25 years, Diane Evans. He has two wonderful children, Joel and Anna.

Mark Reeder: Science Fiction Author

Mark Reeder lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a writer and associate producer for the video production company Centre Communications. His educational programs – Hispanic Achievement in America and Women’s Achievement in America – have appeared on PBS national television.

He’s kicked around the universe long enough to have more than a few bumps and bruises.

Roughed up and battered like his hat, he’s still looking for the exit.

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