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Re: On Eyewitness Testimony

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 23:31:18 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 17:32:44 -0500
Subject: Re: On Eyewitness Testimony

>Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 12:11:18 -0800
>From: Ed Stewart <ufoindex@jps.net>
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: On Eyewitness Testimony

>Is there a lesson here to be learned by ufologists?

>This article appeared on the Boston Globe, 02/01/99


>You'll never believe what I saw!

>By Sy Montgomery, Globe Staff, 02/01/99

>Maureen Clark was carving a ham on the morning before Christmas
>when her 16-year-old nephew, Rory Grant, glanced out the kitchen
>window and saw something really big moving in her back yard in
>Lincoln, N.H. "What IS that?" he asked.

>Some pretty impressive wildlife wanders through Clark's yard -
>coyotes, bears, and the week before last, a big bull moose.

>But she'd never seen anything like this: Grant estimated it was
>24 inches high, 80 to 100 pounds, tawny with a long tail. It was
>about 35 feet away, partly obscured by a big rock.

>"We were mesmerized by it," said Clark, who is a photographer.
>"I was just thinking, Wow, there is a BIG cat out in my back
>yard!" She rushed to get her video camera, but by the time she
>got to the window, the animal had moved away into beech saplings
>and brush.

>For many hours over the course of several days, eight New
>Hampshire Fish and Game wildlife biologists viewed the three
>seconds of Clark's videotape showing the animal. Was it a
>mountain lion - an animal supposedly extinct in New Hampshire
>since the turn of the century? In some frames the tail looked
>striped, like a that of a house cat. In others, the ears seemed
>too pointy for a cat - more like those of a coyote.

>The verdict: "We can confidently say," states Fish and Game
>spokesman Eric Aldrich, "that it's inconclusive."

<many examples of mistaken sightings snipped>

And then there's the dramatic case that unfolded last week in
New Jersey. Someone thought they'd seen a tiger wandering
through their town. Turns out it _was_ a tiger, and after
attempts to tranquilize it failed, the animal had to be killed.
Residents, meanwhile, stayed behind locked doors, waiting for
the all-clear.

Turned out further that there was a private tiger preserve
nearby, with a hole in its fence. The owners of the preserve
claimed that all their tigers were accounted for, but couldn't
substantiate that because their records were in terrible shape.

So some sightings of unusual animals are in fact accurate. What
lesson can ufology learn from _that_?

Greg Sandow

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