‘Mountain Monsters’ Star John Tice Forced To Step Away Due To Health

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Mountain Monsters first aired in 2013 and brought us a band of trappers and outdoorsmen searching for legendary monsters that roam the Appalachian Mountains. Lead by U.S. Air Force Veteran John “Trapper” Tice, the show explores long told mysteries and legends of what hides in the woods.

Mountain Monsters

“For generations the Appalachian Mountains have had more sightings of mysterious creatures than anywhere else in the United States. Now a team of hardcore hunters and trappers are out to identify these unexplained creatures. From the Kentucky Wolfman and the Lizard Demon to the legendary Mothman, these beasts are on the run as the skilled outdoorsmen follow the fresh physical evidence gathered by eyewitnesses from the region. When folklore bites back and leaves a trail of proof, this band of native West Virginian sons seeks the truth.”

Originally airing on Destination America before finding a new home on Travel Channel, AIMS (Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings) held steady for five seasons of Mountain Monsters before all but disappearing nearly 18 months ago.  However, Mountain Monsters is back for Season 6 with Episode 1 having aired on August 21st. Everyone is excited this show is back again.

Sad News

Fans of Mountain Monsters recently learned the news that “Trapper” has experienced recent medical issues that have kept him off of the show. The 72-year-old hunter recently announced,

“I’m facing up to dying. I got to. That’s what’s happening to me. I’m dying.”

“Trapper” has developed a serious blood clot in his leg. When “Trapper” was asked if there was any hope of recovery, he gave some heartbreaking news.

“I think it’s a downhill ride from here,” he shared. “The last blood work I got, my kidneys were about 25 percent. I about croaked the last time I was in the hospital. It’s just one thing after another.”

However, “Trapper” seems to be staying positive and is at peace with his current situation.

 “I’m one of those people that never worried about dying too much. It’s one of those things in life that you gotta face up to… Going through this has taught me you’re only here so long.”

He has even had a sense of humor about the situation adding,

“Even if I have to go on dialysis, I’ll still be around. I just have to go for an oil change two or three times a week.”

Even though “Trapper” isn’t optimistic about his diagnosis, his family and friends are doing the opposite. Mountain Monsters co-star and long-time friend, Huckleberry, is remaining confident that his friend will pull through saying,

“Trapper’s been through a lot the last couple years, but I’m telling you what, he’s one tough, old son-of-a-b—h and he’ll make it through”

Hopefully, “Trapper” will overcome these recent issues and come out on the other side. Be sure to watch Mountain Monsters on Travel Channel. This is a season you do not want to miss.

Mandy Robinson


  1. This has got to be the fakest show ever. For hilbillies they really put on a show(?) It’s not nice to fool mother nature.

  2. Sorry, but this show is REAL. I live in West Virginia and if you spend any amount of time in the woods you will see some strange things.

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