Saturday, August 19, 2006

'Hybrid Mutant' Found Dead In Maine


Turner, Maine - Residents are wondering if an animal found dead
over the weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled
dogs, frightened residents and been the subject of local legend
for half a generation.

The animal was found near power lines along Route 4 on Saturday,
apparently struck by a car while chasing a cat. The carcass was
photographed and inspected by several people who live in the
area, but nobody is sure exactly what it is.

For the past 15 years, residents across Androscoggin County have reported seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night. The animal has been blamed for attacking and killing a Doberman pinscher and a Rottweiler the past couple of years.

Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said it's unlikely that the animal was anybody's pet.

After reviewing photos of the carcass, Coleman said he was bothered by the animal's ears and snout. It reminded him of a case years ago in northern Maine in which an animal shot by a hunter could not be identified. In the end, wildlife officials got a DNA analysis that showed the animal was a rare wolf-dog hybrid, he said.

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