The Associated Press reports on the sighting of a strange animal in Maine:
On Tuesday, Kelvin Higgins of Oakland provided a sample of fur and possibly some skin to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The animal shed the fur while grooming itself on a rock in Higgins’s backyard in April.
Higgins said he collected a pinch of fur from the rock, but didn’t deliver it to biologists until reading an account last week about another possible sighting in Sidney….
“It’s hard to put a number on [the annual sighting reports], but many times,” said Inland Fisheries spokesman Mark Latti.
“But in my eight years, it’s always come back as something different than a mountain lion.”…
In another sighting this week, a resident in Sidney provided a grainy photograph of what appeared to be a large cat.
Latti said that no conclusions could be drawn from the photo because it didn’t show the entire animal and no tracks or scat samples could be found.
The many sightings “always come back as something different than a mountain lion”?
A grainy photograph of what appeared
Is there a conspiracy theory here?
Could this be the Yankee Scrambler?
Probably not. The Yankee Scrambler is a motorcycle from the 1970s which doesn't look like a cat. But it sounds like it could be a mysterious cat-like animal, doesn't it? Cryptozoologists, take note: as soon as the boomers die off, you can go ahead and use that name, perhaps for grainy photographs of unnaturally swift salamanders.