Mohawk Mystery Animal Attack

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 23rd, 2007

Mystery Animal Attack
Mystery Animal Attack

Charles “Chaz” Kader , who is the Assistant Director of Public Information at New York’s St Regis Mohawk Tribe, has forwarded some developing news:

Loren – Hello from the Mohawk Nation. If you recall, I sent you a heads-up on the Blackfeet Bigfoot evidence in Browning, Montana, last year. I am with the St Regis Mohawk Tribe now.

This is not an official press release. I am passing this news item [seen above] along to you for review, as an item of interest as a courtesy.

Published on 3/22/2007 in the local newspaper, Indian Time, is a front page story (with pictures) detailing damage to a personally-owned vehicle that took place on two successive nights, allegedly by an unknown animal. The 2001 Lincoln, owned by Edith McDonald of Cook Road – Akwesasne, suffered bite marks and damage to the passenger side front quarter panel on the night of Thursday 3/15/2007, fully exposing the automobile wheel and leaving the surrounding area full of debris that included automobile plastic, animal fur, blood and tissue.

Samples of the tissue were sent to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Division for analysis. Investigating agencies called to the scene to investigate include St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, New York State Police, St. Regis Mohawk Environmental Division, as well as local volunteer fire officers (sons of the automobile owner). Additional tissue samples have been sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory at Delmar, NY for zoological classification of the DNA.

Mrs. McDonald reports that she is missing three (3) cats in the aftermath of this attack on the vehicle, as well as a follow-up attack the following night of Friday 3/16/2007, which damaged the opposite side of the vehicle. Mrs. McDonald’s insurance company was contacted following the first incident and has made follow-up investigations since then. Those reports were not available but all policy claims will be honored as legitimate, Mrs. McDonald informed this writer on 3/21/2007.

This [animal in question] would be likely a panther or smaller. Lots of stories lately up here of cougar(s) that may have been released in Adirondacks region from downstate owners. Numerous stories of lynx and bobcats also in regional newspapers, even of conflicts between two species, with bobcats winning most of contact, due to personality traits. I was speaking with a traditional chief up here and he said that he thought it may be a lynx, although sightings have been sparse for years.

All my best to you.Chaz Kader

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.

18 Responses to “Mohawk Mystery Animal Attack”

  1. KYChaser responds:

    Happened here in Kentucky a few years ago just north of Frankfort. Turned out to be a pack of coyotes after owners cats. They thought it was some kind of big cat after their pets but turned out to be run of the mill coyotes. They did a lot of damage to a pick up truck since the cats hid in the wheel wells.

  2. shovethenos responds:

    Whatever it was likely went after the wheel well of the car due to cat scent. Many outside cats like to crawl up under the body and hoods of cars to get warm from the engine of a car that was just driven. Or a cat could have run that way if it wasn’t near a tree or source of cover. Pretty interesting story. At least there’s some physical evidence in this case, so we should be able to find out what happened.

  3. kittenz responds:

    Bears frequently trash cars when looking for food. A bear could have caused that kind of damage.

  4. joppa responds:

    I’m thinking coyotes, wild dogs are cat-hating werewolves.

  5. Brindle responds:

    I think there was a case in the UK where an ABC damaged a car in a similar fashion going after a pet cat for dinner.

  6. bill green responds:

    this definetly a very interesting article about a unexplained animal attack. i more investigatons are done to this. thanks bill green

  7. kittenz responds:

    I wonder if that quarter-panel was made of metal or of plastic (or fiberglass) … If metal then I think it would have to have been a bear that damaged it so badly. But if plastic or fiberglass dogs or a big cat could have done it.

  8. Beachdaddy03 responds:

    kittenz, I agree with your comment. I can’t wait to see what the lab has to say about the samples that were sent in.

  9. Beachdaddy03 responds:

    Maybe this thing was in heat and mistaken the front quarter panel for the tailpipe. Ha,Ha,Ha. Too bad Tom Biscardi wasn’t there instead of the vehicle. On a more serious note, I still can’t wait for the lab results. This would be something else if the results were of something unknown.

  10. inspector71 responds:

    it is posible a bear could have done this but isn’t a little odd that there were no tracks of any kind near or around the vehicle, also bears have fondness for rotten meat, also if the vehicle was outside the residence someone should awakened with the noise i don’t imagine animals are trained for stealth.

  11. TheHunter responds:

    “Beware the ides of March”
    The Soothsayer in Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene II)

    This sounds like a bear smelled something that the owner of the vehicle ran over and was trying to get at the leftovers in the wheel well.

    “If an acorn falls in the woods, the deer will hear it, the eagle will see it, but the bear will smell it”
    Unknown Native American

  12. kittenz responds:

    Bears are surprising animals. They only LOOK like they would be noisy and slow. In reality they are extremely intelligent, immensely strong animals that can act and move silently when they want to, and they are omnivorous which means that they will eat just about anything. They frequently trash cars in some of the national parks to get at food left inside. I’ve seen video of bears tearing into cars and they do not have any trouble at all doing so.

    I think that it’s likely that a bear did the damage shown here. It could have been dogs (or coyotes); probably not just one dog or coyote but several, but a bear seems much more likely. I did know an Airedale one time that was such an inveterate cat killer that he tore and dug through the center of a king-sized mattress and box springs to get at a cat, so I think it’s just possible that a canine of some sort could have done this.

    Cats don’t generally go in for this kind of thing. They will break into poultry coops sometimes, and sometimes man-eating lions and leopards tear through hut walls to get at people, but as a rule this kind of damage would not be something a cat would do. A big cat would be more likely to settle down beside the car and wait in ambush for the cat to venture out from under the hood, and then grab it.

  13. mystery_man responds:

    I wonder what happened to those missing cats?

  14. Brindle responds:

    They were et.

  15. Mnynames responds:

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the tests on the tissue samples taken will come back “shredded Cat”….

  16. mystery_man responds:

    Pun alert- I guess the DNA test results will let the cat out of the bag here.

  17. kittenz responds:


  18. leenie responds:

    So, what are the results of the dna tests?

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