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|The strange creature |
found dead in Maine
Residents are now wondering if an animal found dead over the weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled dogs, frightened residents and been the subject of local legend for half a generation.
The animal was found near power lines along Route 4 on Saturday, apparently struck by a car while chasing a cat. The carcass was photographed and inspected by several people who live in the area, but nobody is sure exactly what it is.
Michelle O'Donnell of Turner spotted the animal near her yard about a week before it was killed. She called it a "hybrid mutant of something."
O'Donnell tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston, "It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget," adding that, "We locked eyes for a few seconds and then it took off. I've lived in Maine my whole life and I've never seen anything like it."
Wildlife officials and animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains, and by Tuesday, the carcass had been picked clean by vultures.
Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, says the incident reminded him of a case years ago in northern Maine in which an animal shot by a hunter could not be identified. However, in the end, wildlife officials got a DNA analysis that showed the animal was a rare wolf-dog hybrid.
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