Michael Mayes

Chairman of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy, Author, Researcher, and Blogger


Welcome to my official website. It is a site that I resisted creating for some time. After all, who was I that anyone would want to visit a website detailing my activities and writing? It just seemed to be the height of arrogance to think anything I might say, do, or write would be worthy of such a thing. 

Time has shown me, however, that not only was such thinking self-defeating, it was flat out wrong. I found the information I was trying to disseminate was being spread across too many platforms; I needed a central location where articles, news, blog posts, book information, etc. could all be found. Thus, I finally broke down and created this website. 

I have done the work on the site myself and am actually very pleased with the result. It is, however, a work in progress. I will be adding features and pages in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you come across any glitches or feel something should be added as I value your opinions. In the meantime, know I have done my very best to put an attractive and robust website together for your enjoyment.

However you found your way here, I hope you will stay a while and explore; moreover, I hope you will check back often for updates on news items, personal appearances, and book information. Regardless of how long you stay, I am glad you dropped by. Until next time...

Michael C. Mayes

News and Schedule of Events (2022-23) 

Listen to my latest interview with Tim and Dana of "The Bigfoot Influencers" podcast. You can listen and watch here.

New on the blog, a sasquatch story unlike any other: "The Kindly Phantom of Wilson Creek." Click here to read.

My latest blog post tells the story of The Ghost Horse of the Llano Estacado. Does a phantom mustang haunt the Texas Panhandle and the American Southwest? Click here to find out.

I recently spoke at the Ice House Museum in Silsbee, TX. The event was covered by several reporters. Read the stories written about the night's activities at the Beaumont Enterprise and Houston Chronicle.

Check out my latest blog post: "The Last Grizzly" at the Texas Cryptid Hunter site. I would be grateful.

Listen to my latest interview with Gene Steinberg and Tim Swartz of "The Paracast." In a wide-ranging discussion, we talk about black panthers, bigfoot, cryptids in pop culture, and much more. Check it out here.

My latest blog post details one of the strangest accounts in Texas history: the tale of the lobo girl of the Devil's River. Could wolves have really adopted and raised an orphaned girl in west Texas in the early 1800s? Click here to find out.

Check out my latest interview with the great Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay on "Bigfoot and Beyond"  here.

A recent interview I did with the MHS Network is now available on YouTube. We discuss my new book Valley of the Apes: The Search for Sasquatch in Area X. Check it out here.

My new book, Valley of the Apes: The Search for Sasquatch in Area X, is now available. Get your copy here or wherever online books are sold. For personalized signed copies, contact me directly.

Check out the new YouTube feature by Candy Michlosky. She narrates a piece I wrote titled "Murder and Mayhem in Portlock, Alaska." I think it came out great!