Boingboing has picked up on this story of a “hybrid mutant of something” found dead in Maine. Apparenty locals have, over the past few years, been “seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night.” The above photo makes the animal look a litte weirder than it was. The one below is better:
My gut feeling – having worked on the morphoogy of wolf/dog hybrids – is that, if it’s anything out of the ordinary, it’s a cross of a dog and perhaps a wolf or coyote. As the original story notes, one has turned up before in northern Maine. It’s definitely not a hyena, dingo or fisher, Nor is is “half-rodent, half-dog” or “a pig/hyena hybrid”
Apparently, no tissue sample was taken and local wildlife officials didn’t check it out. If there’s a skull somewhere, I bet that would yield an answer very quickly.