Saturday Maine Mutant Roundup

It’s hairy, it stinks, it’s dead. It’s in Maine. What is it?

The general consensus believes it to be a feral dog

But who knows? According to The Portland Press Herald, it’s just another Monster Story For Maine

Genetic tests may show that the mystery beast of Androscoggin County was actually a dog, but don’t expect its legend to die with it.

People all over the world have become fascinated by the carcass found in Turner, and by news stories describing it as evil-looking and the possible culprit in a spate of pet killings. Perhaps enhancing the story is its connection to Maine, the sparsely populated, heavily wooded land of the author Stephen King.

Tales of creepy things lurking in the New England woods have kept many a plate of beans on many a local author’s table. H.P. Lovecraft based a career on it. But is there really anything out there?

Could be. The Hairy Beast has lived about two hours away from Turner Maine, on the New Hampshire border, all his life and he has heard plenty of odd things screaming and screeching and howling in the night. On many a hike through the woods he has experienced that odd feeling of being watched from between the trees, and he has seen creepy claw prints in the yard the morning after a fresh snowfall.

But that’s living in the country for you.

As to this particular creature, The Press-Herald says:

The Lewiston Sun Journal has obtained part of the animal’s leg and has shipped samples to University of Maine professor Irv Kornfield and to HealthGene in Toronto for genetic tests to determine the type of animal, said Judith Meyer, managing editor.

So we may know soon enough.

What do you think? have you seen anything odd in the woods lately? Leave your comment or story below.



  1. dragonlady474
    Posted August 19, 2006 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Seeing a full body shot of it sheds a whole new light on the situation. It’s a friggin’ dog. lolol They were afraid of a dog?? I mean it’s ugly but what the hell?

  2. Posted August 19, 2006 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Yes I think it was a feral Akita. That would explain the black gums and blue eyes.

  3. dragonlady474
    Posted August 19, 2006 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Or a chow mix maybe?? People get freaked out over the stupidest things. I should let them come stay at my house for a week and deal with the shadowy apparation thing that hangs out here.

  4. Posted August 19, 2006 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    “shadowy apparation thing”? Cool. If you ever feel like writing about it you can guest blog on this site. The kinds of readers we appear to be getting would undoubtedly enjoy that.

    The Hairy Beast would too.

  5. Posted August 19, 2006 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    A chow mix is exactly what I was thinking it looked like.

  6. dragonlady474
    Posted August 20, 2006 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve written about the shadowy thing before. I think it’s under the paranormal category on my site. It’s really getting interesting because I had this theory that’s really starting to sound plausible.

  7. Posted August 20, 2006 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    What theory is that?

  8. dragonlady474
    Posted August 20, 2006 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Well, all the houses in this little block used to be a pasture owned by a certain man. He had a house built on it and sold the rest as parecels for other houses to be built. My theory was that since we only see the shadowy thing sporadically, if it’s the guy who owned the land (he died in the bathtub at the house 3 doors down)he would still view it ALL as his land and therefore roam around multiple houses and yards.
    Well, the other day my daughters babysat for the neighbor and their little girl talked about seeing a ghost at their house…and later the little boy talked about it too. So that pretty much goes along with my theory.

  9. Posted August 20, 2006 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    sounds plausible. The farmer makes his rounds in death as in life.

  10. Posted August 21, 2006 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    If it was an akita, then its tail would be curled. I wonder if it was an akita/chow mix.

  11. Sheila from Kentucky
    Posted August 25, 2006 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Yeah the poor thing was obviously a mixed-breed chow dog … but wouldn’t it be cool if the REAL beast is still out there? It would be even better if the real beast has internet access & is sitting back in its lair reading all this and laughing at the puny humans who think they have solved the mystery … BWAH HAH HAH …

    “just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me”

  12. dragonlady474
    Posted August 25, 2006 at 2:17 pm | Permalink


  13. MooseHound
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Well, I thought the muzzle was a little strange too, but the back, it has like a rampish body..and it kind of reminds me of the animal over in Africa, the laughing one…but if it were, i mean, wow, how could something like this down right ugly beast up against straight up cute be related to something like that…I watched the MonsterQuest one of these, and I was like, maybe this thing wants to kill man’s best friend and wants to become the New Man’s Best Friend, and I was like, wow, NO. And I’m from Michigan, so when I am older, i want to ivestigate this out…..

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