Bears? Sure. Apes? Sure. Guys in costumes? Undoubtedly sure. Mountain lions? Hmm. When the query is, “What do most Bigfoot sightings grow to be?”, cougars isn’t a preferred alternative, particularly since they will’t stroll upright … at the least not on this dimension. But that’s precisely what’s being implied a few unusual animal sighting in Alaska – a state that’s surprisingly not excessive on the listing of Sasquatch appearances … or mountain lions both. What about Bigfoot costumes? What a few Land-Otter Man? A what?
“Alaska’s feline Bigfoot? Mountain lion sightings reported in Delta Junction”
The Anchorage Every day Information sounds slightly disenchanted with that headline. It just lately reported that Joel Holbrook, an Alaskan dwelling close to Delta Junction, a small city within the Southeast Fairbanks close to Canada’s Yukon border, went seeking to see why his Australian shepherd was barking and encountered what he believed was a mountain lion. Sadly, he went for his gun slightly than his digicam, so there’s no file of his sighting. Fortuitously, at the least for the alleged cougar, no useless mountain lion both.
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The Alaska Division of Fish and Sport experiences that verifiable cougar sightings in Alaska occur solely as soon as each few years, largely within the southeastern a part of the state bordering Canada, the place the beasts are extra frequent. Since that is deep wilderness, pictures are extraordinarily uncommon. (Here is one in all a 2015 sighting.) Nonetheless, regardless of being a sparsely populated space the place property homeowners maintain a shotgun by the entrance door (and doubtless by the again door and subsequent to a couple home windows as properly), killed cougars are virtually non-existent.
“I’m not comfy saying we’ve obtained many, if any, mountain lions displaying up within the Inside actually to any extent you may see them. I’m positive they’re following the deer.”
Tony Kavalok, assistant director of the state’s Wildlife Conservation Division, informed The Anchorage Every day Information his emotions that the uncommon cougars could also be following the almost-as-rare mule deer as they escape the Canadian looking grounds. TheAlaskaLife.com factors out that many latest sightings have turnout out to be canine or lynx, a extra frequent Alaskan large cat. Neither have the cache of Bigfoot, which might be why The Anchorage Every day Information tried to hyperlink the sighting to it. Those that know Alaskan cryptozoology might marvel: why not the Land-Otter Man?
In his e book, “In Search of the Kushtaka: Alaska’s Different Bigfoot,” Dennis Waller hyperlinks Bigfoot to not cougars however to the Native American Tlingit folks and their legendary creature often called the Kushtaka or Land-Otter Man. And that hybrid mixture will not be probably the most uncommon attribute of this creature – the Tlingit folks believed Kushtaka was a telepathic shape-shifter who may manipulate house and time. A Kushtaka may clarify the uncommon cougars – otters stroll on all fours and Kushtaka’s can disappear or take the form of a cougar — and so they also can stand upright, making them look extra like a Bigfoot. Sadly, the Kushtaka doesn’t have the identical sort of public relations and social media help as Bigfoot (though that could be altering with a brand new Kushtaka film), so these reporting unusual animal sightings in Alaska are likely to overlook them.
What did Joel Holbrook see? Most probably, a cougar. However don’t overlook the Kushtaka!