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Early Maned Mystery Cat Case?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 14th, 2011

Syracuse Daily Journal
Syracuse, New York
Thursday August 21, 1919

Lion-Headed Animal
Terror to Farmers
Raising Armed Force to
Hunt Strange Beast.
Auburn. Aug. 21.

Farmers living near Union Springs have become alarmed over an animal which roves about their farms. It has been seen by people living In the vicinity of Big Gulf, south of Union Springs, and is said to have a head like a lion. A cow owned by John Redman had its tail half bitten off one night recently, and It is thought to be the work of the strange beast. Farmers are getting their shotguns and pistols in working condition and expect to go out on hunting expeditions.

Credit for passing this news item along to Albert Rosales.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.


5 Responses to “Early Maned Mystery Cat Case?”

  1. h0w31rd responds:

    I’m from Syracuse and I’ve never heard of these places before. I can only assume that the names, Big Gulf and Union Springs, have changed with time. Does anyone have any further information?

  2. Cryptoz responds:

    Its clearly a Manticore.

  3. aastra responds:

    Union Springs shows up in Google maps. It’s on the east shore of Cayuga Lake.

  4. Redrose999 responds:

    Well, we had mountain lions in NY, and it’s not impossible prehistoric lions wondered cross country to NY, though they are not in NY’s fossil record. But, since fossils only form, for the most part, if a body is in silt, we only have 4 percent of the fossil record.

    Now, with that, it’s possible we could have maned lions in this state. But it’s more likely the sighting was about a lion that was owned or set free by someone living near by. In the turn of the century, it was in fashion for people to own exotic and exotic animals from far away lands.

  5. Bob K. responds:

    One of my favorite cryptids. It’s the romantic in me I’m sure, but I like the idea of a few small pockets of cave lions roaming the more remote areas of North America.
    Of course, given the number of African lions imported into the US over the last century or so, these may simply be descendents of a few of these cats that managed to established a small breeding population.
    Here’s another intriguing possibility; the cats being seen are actually a hybrid population of released African AND native cave lions, with possibly some cougar and jaguar mixed in here and there. Hybrid sterility is a factor here, of course, but I’m sure stranger things have happened.



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