As I mentioned, the tales are from the southern mountains. The Carolinas and Georgia mainly, not West Virginia. But when I was in WV I kept finding abandoned and rusted out double-wide mobile homes in out of the way places. Once I found a whole hillside with over a dozen of them arranged haphazardly with no trace of a road or signs that they had ever been inhabited. I was told that it was just a junk yard of sorts and that the rusting hulks had been dumped there. But... I remembered the stories of the gardenels and decided that the "abandoned" trailers must have really been modern gardenels. They had grown there, thus the lack of a plan in their placement and the lack of any roads. Clearly the plants have evolved from resembling shacks to resembling abandoned mobile homes. I sure would not want to try and spend the night in one.
Once I made the gardenel/trailer connection I set to wondering if any other traditional critters and plants had adapted to modern life. I saw a few gravel lots in the middle of nowhere that might have been flats (a creature that resembles a grassy spot until it rises up and envelopes you). And try as I might I could not find any behinders, but then they are hard to see since they are always behind you. I think that the painters (panthers) and bammoths (smaller hill cousins of the mammoths) are extinct. However I did manage to convince a few of my fellow Ohio workers to beware of hoopsnakes, rattlers and cottonmouths. And, after meeting a few of the locals, the Buckeyes were very receptive to stories of WV Sasquatch. (My 16 year old son has just gotten new shoes, size 11 EEEEEE. Bigfoot is a family member.)
I did, on a path in the woods, find some bones, mainly vertibrae, that were rather large. I decided that they were from a deer. Only a deer, bear, or human would have had ones that were large and I did not poke around lest I find anything to disprove my deer theory. Yep, that roundish brown rock I could see half buried in the leaf mould was a rock and I was not going to risk finding out it wasn't. I just went back to my van and did some paperwork. With the doors locked and the windows up and watching the woods constantly until I was ready to move on.