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Update: Yardley Yeti Sightings Rolling In

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 21st, 2006

Although the moniker of the Yardley Yeti seems to be an unfortunate choice of words, I can’t decide if this is better or worse than the usually affixed choice: Chupacabra.

An article from today’s Bucks County Courier Times relates quite a few of the sightings that they have received after the previous article was published.

After Tuesday’s column regarding persistent reports of a strange creature wandering through the Yardley/Lower Makefield area, I have been overwhelmed with reports from people throughout Lower Bucks County who claim to have seen the thing.

Not since I wrote about a guy who insisted Bigfoot was tromping through Levittown’s greenbelts have I received such reader reaction.

In each case, readers describe a strange doggy/foxy/wolfy/hyena-y thing, which is nothing like they’ve ever seen. Some feel spooked.

Two readers provided photographs they had taken, which they suggest is the Yardley Yeti.

I had our photo chief enlarge one, and it appears to be two animals spliced together — fox up front, hairless dog behind.

Greg Smart of Middletown showed me a brief digital video of a creature he spotted in his yard last Saturday. To me it looks like a red fox, although an unusually large one.

I passed along one of the still photos to Jerry Feaser, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and asked his opinion.

“That’s a red fox with a severe case of mange,” he said.

The Game Commission regularly receives reports of strange creatures like the Yardley Yeti. (And, at least once a year, a Bigfoot sighting, too.) It’s not unusual to mistaken wildlife for something odd.

“A lot of people are unaware that coyotes are found in all 67 of our counties, including Philadelphia. So for a fox to show up in Bucks County, even Lower Bucks County, is not a stretch.

“Most of these animals avoid human contact, but they also thrive on new sources of food that are inadvertently provided by humans,” he said.

Foxes and coyotes, for instance, will snatch pets, like cats. They will also prey on moles, mice and rabbits, he said.

“When people are not accustomed to seeing these types of animals [and] suddenly see one, it is a shock to the system. But it’s wildlife. Some species are very adaptable. We don’t say ‘clever as a fox’ for no reason. They are clever. Very clever.”

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.

3 Responses to “Update: Yardley Yeti Sightings Rolling In”

  1. crypto_randz responds:

    Its a wild dog of some kind there has to be a logical explanation for this animal.

  2. the-411 responds:

    I just watched a news story about that ‘thing’ and got crazy goosebumps because I saw it about 10 years ago in Langhorne PA. It was 6am and it was crouched down eating roadkill. It wouldn’t move when I beeped my horn. It just stood up on it’s back legs and made a weird hissing noise. So I backed my car up as fast as I could and went the other way. I know what I saw wasn’t a dog or cat and I never seen any animal ever that looked like that ‘thing’.

  3. buckspa responds:

    I live in Yardley. I have seen more fox near/at my home this summer than I ever have ever seen before-including an odd colored blondish haired fox that has been eating all the ducks along the canal. The population is quite literally booming. We have had quite a few floods here recently, the one this past June, definitely displaced many ground dwelling animals. I have a theory that predatory animals (fox) are thriving right now from the feast these floods have produced. Hence all the sightings.

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