Mountain Men of W.V. Seek Mysterious Beasts of the Appalachian Wild in Destination America's New Series 'Mountain Monsters'

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June 6th, 2013

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(Silver Spring, MD) – Wolfman, Devil Dog, Grassman, Wampus Beast, Mothman, Lizard Demon – for generations, these mysterious Appalachian monsters have spawned countless sightings in the 1500-mile long mountain chain. With a distinctive landscape of dense woods, murky lakes, and hidden valleys stretching the length of the eastern U.S., the region is a hotbed for creatures both legendary and unidentified. Now in Destination America’s new series MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, a band of hardcore hunters and trappers native to West Virginia and known as The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) is at the ready to identify and snare these shadowy figures in the hope of helping local mountain communities rest more easily when night falls and nature comes out to play. Having spent a lifetime with the mountain wilderness as their home, hobby, and hunting ground, the AIMS and its founder John “Trapper” Tice expertly tap into their backwoods ingenuity using both traditional techniques and modern technology to capture the supernatural beast. The six-episode first season of MOUNTAIN MONSTERS premieres Saturday, June 22 at 10 PM E/P.


“When folklore bites back, it leaves a trail of proof only detectable by the expert mountain men of AIMS,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "As native sons of West Virginia who have spent their entire lives hunting and trapping in the Appalachian wilderness, no one is better prepared to navigate the woods or track these quintessential American monsters than Trapper and his team."


The first three episodes are:


The Kentucky Wolfman premieres Saturday, June 22 at 10 PM E/P

Following eyewitness leads and a trail of fresh physical evidence, the West Virginia-based AIMS team embarks on a quest to capture the elusive Kentucky Wolfman. This 500-lb, 7-foot-tall wolf monster has been terrifying residents in Wolfe County and locals are demanding answers. Their mission is to interview witnesses, investigate scenes of the encounter, collect solid evidence of the Wolfman’s existence, and hopefully walk away with the beast itself. AIMS goes in hot pursuit of the Wolfman and puts their backwoods knowledge to use as they build a customized trap large enough and strong enough to finally capture this beast before it depletes its food source and flees to terrorize a new area.


The Ohio Grassman premieres Saturday, June 29 at 10 PM E/P

Discovering an eyewitness video of the Ohio Grassman, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) travel to Southeastern Ohio to hunt down this 1,000 pound, 8-foot tall cousin of the legendary Sasquatch. Dubbed the Grassman because its fur resembles the color and texture of grass, this creature’s size and aggressive nature makes it a threat to any human it encounters. The AIMS crew investigates footprints and nests that appear to be Grassman evidence, then build a camouflaged pit trap to capture this enormous beast. The mountain investigators’ goal is to make sure the Grassman does not terrorize Ohio locals and prove the legendary creature’s existence.


Devil Dog premieres Saturday, July 6 at 10 PM E/P

There is a new apex predator in Logan County, West Virginia, wreaking havoc on the coyote population, the former top of the food chain. While local trappers are perplexed, AIMS has its own theory and suspects the legendary Devil Dog is to blame, sucking the blood and life from the coyotes. From eyewitness videos and pictures, the danger becomes even more apparent when they realize there is not one, but a pack of Devil Dogs on the loose and looking for blood. Something must stop this predatory pack before humans become their next target.


Other monsters featured include Wampus Beast, Mothman, and Lizard Demon.

  • julie

    its not funny when something chases you and your father out of the woods and not one person believes you I heard a loud primate grunt and chuff the rangers and park police said bear except one thing is wrong. THEY DO NOT THROW ROCKS AT YOU.

  • Sazerac7

    This is suppose to be a show about bagging monsters. But at the first sign of anything paranormal, the mountain boys ran like city slickers.

  • A

    I watched the first episode….it was funny. Obviously faked from start to finish but funny, the “video evidence” that they discovered looked to me like CGI too. The fact that they found a cave with a bone yard in it and didn’t set up a camera by the entrance alone was proof they put those bones in that cave.

    Also…they need to be careful with those guns before someone accidentally shoots someone

  • carleen

    Why does everyone want to kill whatever they do not understand. When can’t you capture it. Killing for food or protection is one thing. But this is rediculous. How are y ou going to learn about them if you go off wanting to shoot it the minute you see it. You guys on the show are idiots.

  • A

    Carleen…I’d like to think that these guns are unloaded.

    Considering the show is a complete fake I believe they can’t be loaded.

    The fat guy treats his gun like a toy…it is actually disturbing to watch

  • RP

    Well, put five unshaven, beer bellied, ignorant rednecks together, set them lose in the backwoods of the Appalachian mountains, and better yet, put a rifle in each one’s hands. What do you have? A brand new television show destined to exploit otherwise peaceful, unarmed creatures who shy away from “man the killer” in order to survive living upon their much encroached natural habitat. Unlike the laid back and unproductive BFRO show where they passively trail Bigfoot – who is never to be seen yet barely heard, these yahoos go tearing through the forest, out of shape and wobbling, barely able to walk because they are so overweight, yet tear off running with rifles filled with live ammo, trying to catch up to and slaughter a more intelligent, but endangered crypto logical creature. At best, with the conglomerate IQ of 100 between them, in their frenzy they will wind up shooting each other. One can only hope.

    This show is a disgrace to our own species, at best an exploitative view of the main stream American A-hole doing what it loves to do best – kill. Frankly, they would be better off taking a few more trips to Weight Watchers rather than stomping through the woods acting like a pack of starving dough boys storming the tables at a free buffet. Congratulations Destination America, I am certain this disgusting, overindulgent display of traumatizing and killing of extinct animals will produce adequate, idiotic bliss and inspire insensitive serial killers with yet another reason to slaughter bigger game. Undoubtedly, this vulgar exhibition of blood lust, greed for ratings, and fiscal rewards will be a big hit for you.

  • Greg

    I watched this program and it’s 100% FAKE.These guy are terrible actors why would you knowingly try to fool the public.What motivate a person to do this.

  • Dave

    I know Wild Bill personally and there is nothing fake about him. He is a veteran and avid champion hunter and trapper.


    This show is definately fake. Unfortunately my husband knows this John Tice character who lives in Pleasants Co., WV. Most of the show or at least the one that was supposed to be shot in Perry Co., Ohio are actually locations close to or on the Tice family property in WV. Some people will do anything for money I guess.

  • Jojo

    Oh hell Dave, this show couldn’t be any fake. You would have to be a complete moron to believe these guys.

  • Jojo

    Any more fake that is

  • Bryan

    I don’t think there’s any danger in them ever actually killing any Cryptos. What are the odds that they are able to find one every week? And from what I’ve seen, they talk real big and run like chickens at every noise they hear. And that fat ass Buck can’t stay vertical long enough to ever get a clean shot. They’re likely to end up shooting each other before an animal anyway. And if you wonder what drives someone to put on such a show? It’s money, plain and simple.

  • Bryan

    100 percent fake. Just like the stupid mermaid show on the same crappy network. Hope those idiots are getting paid to lose their dignity.

  • Mike

    Why don’t these guys ever finish what they’ve started???
    I mean they found the Grassmans lair, but they never went back to get some real hard eveidence…

  • jay

    I’ve watched all the shows to date. I find them entertaing, but mostly fake. In the grassman episode, when the found the nest, then the “creature” started beating on,the house. If the was a creature there, he was long go.e by the time they got there sin e it would of heard and probably smelled them a mile away and would stick around to try to frighten them away. Then the devil dogs episode, man where do I start. Yes, the actually caught something, they’re called wolves! Wolves were reintroduced to the Appalachians back in the 1990’s and solve will kill coyotes on sight. I’ve seen it happen. And no, in an animal kill, there isn’t always a blood bath. They can actually be rather blood less.The wampus creature, or as we grew up calling it, the Wampus cat is a cougar. People’s imaginations run away with them. They expect us to believe thus predatory animal jumped into the pig pen, carried of 3 piglets, but left 2 behind? No. That would not happen. Lastly, all these tracks they find are obvious fakes. Anyone else notice how clean they are (nit to mention shallow and flat)?

  • Ken

    A you said they need to be careful with them guns be for they get shot. I am pretty shore they are props or not loaded. This is one of the dumbest shows I have seen. They never catch jack. All the do is run around in the woods an look like a bunch of idiots. I’d like to know where in the hell they find those morons at. Hell I can make a better reality show with paranormal creatures an I am not even a paranormal investigator

  • Katie

    I agree, the show is faked. I knew it as soon as I saw ‘evidence’. The tracks for one are way too perfect. They look like some one pressed plaster castings into the ground. The video ‘evidence’ looks like poor CGI and the Grass man was clearly a guy in a ghillie suit. The Wampus cat is clearly a black panther, they have been spotted in that area for a while now. I still watch the show because it is entertaining and eats up an hour.

  • Ryan

    This show is a joke. I’m sorry but you can tell these guys are full of crap. Why would you even want to pretend this is real. This may be one of the worst shows on tv.
    Sorry guys I wanna believe that these shows have something real about them but you have made it a joke.
    Let me come on a show

  • Dave

    Jojo. Never said the show isn’t fake. But Wild Bill is A real outdoorsman, Trapper, tracker and Hunter. There’s nothing fake about his knowledge in the woods.

  • Omeezy

    If this was real they wouldn’t catch a deer much less a mythical creature, I’ve never seen “hunters and trappers” so fuggin loud in the woods in my life, yelling and screaming and running around like a pack of idiots, FAKE.

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