Maine Mutant Revisited

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 13th, 2008

Back from travels this year to give talks or be filmed on locations that have taken me to New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Alberta, Florida, Colorado, and just last week, California, it is time for something a little closer to home.

I will be giving today’s (5:00 pm Sat. Dec. 13th’s) free talk in the Randall Student Center (Room 138) at the University of Maine at Augusta (the public is invited), in the middle of “Maine Mutant” country. Therefore, of course, I will revisit the topic of that cryptid canid (among other creatures, cryptozoologists, and cryptids), during my illustrated presentation.

Directions to Our Augusta Campus

From the North: Take Interstate 95 south to exit 112, turn left off exit ramp. Go about .75 miles and turn right at the UMA entrance sign.

From the South: Take Interstate 95 north to Exit 112 A, turn right off exit ramp. Go about .75 miles and turn right at the UMA entrance sign.

See you there!

Maine Mystery Beast

Photo: Michelle O’Donnell, Turner, Maine, August 2006.

Maine Mystery Beast

An illustration from graphic designer Mike Lemos, who turned it into a tee-shirt celebrating the phenomenon.

Beast Meat

The above Route 4 photograph was contributed by reporter Mark LaFlamme, author of The Pink Room, the man who kicked off the media madness.

Maine Mutant

Goofy as the Maine Mutant by Peter Loh, captured the essence of the story.

I will have Bigfoot, Yeti, and Orang Pendek track casts, among other items, to share.


Considering the State of Maine is still bearing up under the ice storm, there was a very good turnout, the room was filled, wall to wall, with about 100 people. Only a handful were students, and most folks were involved cryptozoology fans and followers. Reporter Mark Laflamme also kindly showed up, despite his having an early evening dinner commitment. Several young people had intriguing questions and many individuals took the time to speak to me before and after the talk about their own personal view of the field. I enjoyed the event for what I learned, as much as for how much passion about the field I was able to share. Thank you all for coming.

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.

2 Responses to “Maine Mutant Revisited”

  1. Richard888 responds:

    I am surprised to see this story again. I thought the case had been closed because the “Maine Mutant” had been identified as a dog after an examination of its DNA.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    “Revisiting” is not the same as “re-opening.”

    Discussions of past cases, ongoing pursuits, and cautionary tales, needless to say, are parts of my presentations. I always refine and fine-tune my talks to reflect local stories that may have historical significance, as well as noting the more universal investigations.


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