Again, Bear Lake

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 11th, 2006

I enjoy reading stories about new sightings of Lake Monsters as much as the next guy, but what is up with retreading stories from the 1800s, so often? There’s been another local Utah article written about the Bear Lake Monsters. It revisits the same old stories that you perhaps have read before. What I find surprising is they hardly ever talk about the Utah Lake Monster sightings that are known from the 21st century, as documented elsewhere and mentioned by, for example, Karl Rose.

There is no disputing that evidence for the Bear Lake Monsters was established by early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 19th century. It is compelling and interesting. Likewise, it is obvious the newspapers there seem to love repeating these stories, over and over again.

The Utah incidents have been recycled so many times, I’ve written several blogs about this media phenomena, even one asking the obvious question:

Why Bear Lake Again?
April 30, 2006

Here are two others I’ve written this year:

Meandrous Monster Migrates to Utah Lake
May 7, 2006


Great Bear Lake Monster
January 30, 2006.

If you don’t know about the case, certainly, read up on it. At least once. 🙂

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.

5 Responses to “Again, Bear Lake”

  1. BugMO responds:

    Maybe they’re just bored and they can’t find anything else to write an article about or maybe they think that a story about a lake monster will be popular. You would think that people would find it a little more interesting to read about a lake monster sighting that was more recent.

  2. crgintx responds:

    Could this be some unknown aquatic mega-sloth remnant? Reports of similar creatures come out of South America.

  3. alanborky responds:


    I think you’ve probably answered this one yourself, Loren, in your actual piece: in that part of the world, the fact the Bear Lake Monster was witnessed by the original Mormon settlers augments the Monster’s own already innate ‘supernatural glamour’ and ‘ethnological aura’ with a sort of ‘Founding/Pilgrim Fathers charisma’, as well as bestowing upon it something of the nature of ‘Holy Writ’.

    On a non-cynical level, it’s probably not disimilar to my City’s ‘Liverpool Echo’ not missing an opportunity to get in a reference to The Beatles, no matter the story – on a cynical level, it’s probably meant to go down well with local Mormon business people as sources of actual or potential advertising revenue.

  4. Grant responds:

    I agree about the repetition, when it comes to almost ANY subject, including Fortean ones. I practically cringe at the name Roswell, but for reasons having NOTHING to do with DISBELIEF – I just can’t stand hearing it that much. But I can’t help being prejudiced about Bear Lake, Utah, because I first knew of it from a favorite lake monster book, one of several “alien animal” ones I first read that year (including “Alien Animals” itself).

  5. Mnynames responds:

    True, but aren’t local Mormons still seeing this thing? And to answer the sloth question, it’s more likely to be a Giant Beaver, a Pleistocene animal whose Ice Age range would have included the region. They have been seen in other areas, even a man-made lake, nearby, which isn’t surprising, given their ability to walk about on land.

    On a separate note, I find it interesting how many sightings speak about the aggressive nature of this beast, a feature consistent with Native American legends about Giant Beavers as well.

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