The animal, described as a 40 and 50 pound animal with “a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips,” was apparently hit by a car as it chased a cat across a rural road in Androscoggin County. The creature had been blamed for a series of attacks on dogs and was the subject of local legend. The Sun Journal of Lewiston quoted a Michelle O’Donnell of Turner, Maine, who had recently spotted the animal before it was killed.
“It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget,” she told the paper. “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.” –monga