|Sub grouping||Local Legend|
|Other name(s)||Ozark Black Howler|
The Ozark Howler is a Cryptid that is purported to live in remote areas in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Ozark Howler is typically described as being bear sized, with a thick body, stocky legs, black shaggy hair, and as sometimes having horns. Its cry is often described as being a combination of a wolf's howl and an elk's bugle.
Anthropologists have speculated that the creature might be a misidentified or unrecognized big cat. Cryptozoologists have speculated that the creature might be a branching-off of the dark dogs of death found in British folklore.
However, according to legend, the "Ozark Howler" was originally the nickname of a prostitute. James Whitworth Argyle, a failed miner turned reporter and ardent admirer of the “Ozark Howler,” interviewed many locals about the monster. He found the stories so credible that he named the monster in her honor.
Chad Arment asserts in his book Cryptozoology that the Ozark Howler myth is a hoax. According to Arment, he and many other cryptozoologists received email messages that made wild claims about Ozark Howler evidence. These messages were tracked down to a university student who had made a bet that he could fool the cryptozoological research community.
- "'Ozark Howler' sighting at Devils Den? Game & Fish say photos are a 'hoax'". 40/29 News. December 15, 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
- Strait, James; Moran, Mark; Sceurman, Mark (2008). Weird Missouri: Your Travel Guide to Missouri's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 83. ISBN 1402745559.
- Arment, Chad: "Cryptozoology", page 14. Coachwhip Publications, 2004