Maine Mutant Invades Massachusetts?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 16th, 2006

Maine Mystery Beast

Mystery animal found roaming

WILMINGTON — The town appears to be home to a mystery creature, much like the dog-like animal that haunted Maine residents for months before being hit by a car last month. A Lloyd Road resident called police yesterday morning to report that his son “was almost attacked by what he believes to be a mountain lion” the previous night, according to police logs. The man described the beast as being “large” and “grey/white in color,” the logs note. The Animal Control Officer was notified of the incident, the logs say.

September 13, 2006
The Lowell Sun
Lowell, Massachusetts

Unfortunately, what is immediately obvious is that the years-long reports of a cryptid in Central Maine have forever been tied to the “Maine Mutant” roadkill – a dog- even though no direct link was ever made.

The Maine roadkill was of an unidentified animal, later through DNA tests, confirmed as a dog, as opposed to a cryptid in the woods and certainly not the same as the felid crypid mentioned here from Massachusetts.

Art by Mike Lemos. Used by permission.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Maine Mutant Invades Massachusetts?”

  1. kittenz responds:

    Grey-white in color? Doesn’t sound like a mountain lion.

  2. brineblank responds:

    Remember the stink that was raised about the roadkill? It was obvious it was a dog from the get-go and many on the sidelines tried to turn it into something sensational. Now we some of the ramifications. We went to a seminar in WV on wolves and hybrids and there were several women that claimed there were wolves running around their area and that their livestock was being harmed/killed. When the guy that kept wolves asked for a description they gave obvious details that pointed out they were not wolves. The gentleman explained the physical differences and the women CHANGED their descriptions to match that of wolves and became almost hostile that they were being called ‘liars’ (even though that wasn’t the case at all). Turns out their wolves were later hit by a car and ended up being mutts.

    Just goes to show that sometimes we take the obvious and so much desire the exotic we refuse to see the truth (WV mystery pix anyone?). And as cryptid fans we can hurt our own cause for credibility.

  3. LaFlamme responds:

    I hope the Turner mystery beast didn’t hurt your cause. It was educational in ways for a lot of people, a downright pain in the butt for others. I’m thinking about getting a bumper sticker stating: “It was a dog” just so people will stop asking me.

  4. Sky King responds:

    The press has NO memory. The press is an IDIOT. The press has done more disservice to the public than ten zillion hoaxers.

    Before I get flamed for defending hoaxers, I’m NOT.

    There. I feel better now.

  5. Toirtis responds:

    ….so Mass has feral dogs too?….LOL

  6. Brindle responds:

    I agree with brineblank – the Maine Mutant was very obviously a dog from first inspection of the pictures and did not need DNA testing to prove it so.

    I do understand the testing made it impossible for silly people to say otherwise, which, in my opinion, was its main value.

  7. kittenz responds:

    I miss the Maine Mutant. He was fun!

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