Tuesday, 26 November 2013

US SIGHTINGS: Another Maine mystery beast: Mountain lion? House cat? Something else?

When I wrote on Monday about the “mystery beast” that passed in front of my trail camera, I suspected that many would take time to take a look at the photo and tell me what they saw.
And you did. In all, readers came up with nearly 20 suggestions, including actual and fictional animals. Then there was the apparently hungry reader who stepped out of the animal realm and suggested my photo showed a chimichanga.
I also suspected that putting a somewhat mysterious photo on my blog might get some folks to pass along their own mystery beast photos.
Again, you did.
This morning, I’ll share a couple of photos sent along by a reader named Christopher.
A reader captured this trail camera photo at a bear bait site in Ellsworth. What kind of animal is exiting, stage right?
A reader captured this trail camera photo at a bear bait site in Ellsworth. What kind of animal is exiting, stage right?
“I have a game camera picture [taken in Ellsworth] last summer during bear season,” Christopher wrote. “I have asked many people and no one seems to know for sure what it is. Wonder if you would be interested in taking a look at it?”
I was. And when Christopher sent me his photo, I was intrigued, partly because of what I could see … and partly because of what I can’t.
The nighttime photo shows only part of an animal — the rear part — so you have to imagine what the head looks like. While co-workers have said “dog,” I think the tail end looks more cat-like.
Large and cat-like. Again, I’m no biologist.
If you’ve lived in Maine for awhile, you know that there’s a long-standing debate on “large” and “cat-like” animals in Maine.

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