[Rizzn’s Note: I’m not seeing any real coverage of this, nor am I seeing any other websites talking about this.  I heard it on the radio this month and found ONE website on google news that had the story]

[original link: http://www.wnbc.com/news/3545383/detail.html]

[link to video(FIXED): http://rizzn.net/rizznnethoyote.wmv – if you link it directly, please include a link to rizzn.net or rizzn.com, kthnx]

[update: Just so this gets indexed properly, the preferred spelling seems to be “Hyote” even though Coyote is pronounced with the same sounding, people can’t seem to remember that, so they take the “o” out.  I prefer my gramatically superior spelling, but so I’ll be indexed properly by people searching out the story, I’ll spell it “Hyote” again here.]

GLYNDON, Md. — A mystery animal is on the loose in Baltimore County and not even the experts can pin down what it is.

A Glyndon man found a way to secretly record the beast while it grazed in his yard. For a while it was just lurking in the woods watching the Wroe family until the Wroes started watching it.

Jay Wroe: “My truck was parked here, started getting in my truck. I kind of saw it there where the sunlight is and said what in the world is that?”

Jacob Wroe: “It looked so weird to me. I didn’t know what it was.”

Wanting to get a better look at the beast stalking his family, Jay Wroe put technology to work for him.

Jay Wroe: “The next day, I hooked up just portable motion detectors, and put them down back in the woods there.”

The trap worked.

Jay Wroe: “Very bizarre. I went and got my father and cousin and they came and looked at it and their reactions were pretty much the same — what in the world are we looking at?”

Pictures Of The Unusual Creature In Maryland

More than a month after the first sighting, the creature has become a neighborhood regular and showing up often.

Kim Carlsen: “It comes to our house. It’s been up in the woods for a while and it comes up through the bottom of our yard and eats our cat food.”

Despite the fact it’s lurking in these woods and no one knows when or where it will come out, no one here seems afraid of it.

Jacob Wroe: “I don’t know, it doesn’t look like it’s going to harm anybody.”

Even the other neighborhood animals like Bullwinkle the dog next door seem okay with the beast.

Kim Carlsen: “It’s not afraid of the cats and the cats seem to get along with it fine.”

The beast is not shy, and visits most often under bright sun. While no one here knows what it is, they do have a name for it — the hyote, a combination of a hyena and a coyote. Some intrepid neighbours even mentioned that they looked through the guide to buying dog food to see if there were options for this Hyote creature. Ends up Hyote will eat just about anything.

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A followup story to this:

[link: http://www.nbc13.com/news/3558739/detail.html ]

[Rizzn’s Note: I’m from Texas, so I thought it was Pecos Bill… sheesh… some of these quotes really shake my confidence in humanity.]

Mystery Animal Possibly Spotted Again In Maryland

UPDATED: 11:38 AM EDT July 21, 2004

JOPPA, Md. — There may be more than one mystery animal running around Maryland — there are pictures from a sighting in Harford County.

At the Mathis family’s rural home in Joppa, they’re used to animals, but not this kind.

“I looked out the window and I saw something drinking out of the water trough,” said Lisa Mathis. “It looked like something out of Lord of The Rings.”

“I couldn’t figure out what it was,” Mathis said. “I thought it was a dog and then I looked closer and then I got the camera and pulled it in closer just so I could show the rest of the family.”

Mathis’s sighting occurred about a year ago. They didn’t think much of it until last week when home video of a very similar looking beast appeared on WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

“I saw it and immediately thought of this picture that my wife had taken,” said Jon Mathis. “(It) looked exactly like the same animal.”

On their Harford County land the Mathises have seen all kinds of foxes and other animals running around, but never one like this.

“I’m from New Jersey so I immediately thought it was the Jersey Devil,” said Jon Mathis. “In New Jersey folklore, it’s a wild beast — sort of like the abominable snowman.”

“My first impression was this was a red fox with sarcoptic mange,” said Paul Peditto from the Department of Natural Resources.

With theories running wild, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources says it’s very likely a fox, but even they can’t be certain.

“We can’t discount the possibility that someone had some type of exotic mammal as a pet and released it for whatever reason,” said Peditto.

But even with maybe more than one so-called hyote running loose, DNR is going to leave the beast or beasts alone for now.

“We would respond if we knew we had a public safety situation developing,” said Peditto. “If we had an animal that was acting in a way that would put people in danger, we would respond immediately.”

The only way to find out what the animal is would be to trap it, but DNR says it would only do that if the animal were seen as a threat.

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[Rizzn’s Note: this article was billed as “some “experts” say they’ve got the answers”… but it just looks like a new article on the same subject.  Still, for wholeness, I quote it here.]

[Rizzn’s Note: UPDATE: I spoke with Susan Ingram via email this morning.  It is quoted below.

The “Strange Mammal on Tape” story you posted from the Community Times on July 20 … was actually the FIRST article published and the FIRST Web site to carry the story-note the pub date of JULY 6. Local NBC and Fox affiliates in Baltimore saw the Community Times story and went out to cover it – the story then circulated through the stations’ affiliate news services online. So, the first stories you posted were actually posted days AFTER the Community Times had already reported the story. … The story just went bonkers and I would like people to know that Jay Wroe called us and after our story hit in print and Web [format and] it went nuclear from there. I tried to put a dose of reality into the “mystery” element by talking to the DNR, but it didn’t seem to stop people from being captivated anyway…

So that should set the record a bit more straight.]

Glyndon: Strange mammal on tape

Wildlife expert helps solve the case

“I think it’s a hyena,” said 12-year-old Glyndon resident Mitchell Jones about a weird-looking animal seen lurking around Glyndon the past few weeks. “It’s really freaky.”

Sighted by a few residents in the leafy, well-tended backyards along Butler Road, the animal is said to be about the size of a small dog, with no fur, except for a scraggly bit on its head and running down its spine.

Central Avenue resident Jay Wroe spotted the animal in the backyard of his parents’ home in the 4800 block of Butler Avenue.

Wroe works for the family electronics business, which is headquartered in a large garage on the property. He said he saw the animal in a field one afternoon and wondered, “What in the world is that?”

Being an electronics technician, he set up a motion sensor to ring a bell in the garage. And he kept his video camera handy.

Wroe said the bell rang last Monday and he ran outside, camera at the ready. He captured about five minutes of video footage of the animal roaming around and rooting in the grass.

“When I first saw it, I went and got some more witnesses. I tried to track it a little bit, but it goes back through the big field over there,” he said pointing to an adjacent property.

Wroe said his neighborhood has all the usual kinds of wildlife, such as deer and groundhogs, “but nothing this wild. Nothing this bizarre.”

“It’s either a hyena, or a sick-looking fox,” he added.

Neighbor Marie Cole has lived in her secluded Glyndon home for 55 years.

She said the animal sat in the middle of her yard the other day as she mowed the lawn around it.

“He just sat there and looked at me,” she said. “It’s a fox with no hair, except on its head. I figure he’s got rabies or something.”

Cole said she’s seen red foxes on her property, usually in the fall.

“They got a pretty red coat and they don’t stop and stare at ya’. They’re on the move,” she said.

Wroe said a wildlife expert at the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area in Owings Mills looked at his videotape and declared it a fox with mange.

“He said to just leave it alone. It shouldn’t be any kind of a threat,” he said.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Web site, foxes account for only 5 percent of confirmed rabies cases. Raccoons account for 85 percent.

Mange is caused by mites that burrow under the animal’s top layer of skin and lay eggs. A substance in the mites’ bodies causes an allergic reaction. The animal scratches and bites itself causing wounds that get infected and the animal’s hair falls out. The condition is often fatal.

“We’ve gotten calls from people about foxes in that condition quite often,” said Ken D’Loughy, regional manager for the DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service. “It depends on the condition of the animal if they can make it.”

D’Loughy advised people who spot foxes in their backyards to make sure garbage cans are secure and not to feed pets outside or to give a pitbull food.

“Once you remove the food source they’ll go somewhere else,” he said.

He said when people call the DNR with concerns, “we try to educate them and allay their fears. Foxes aren’t typically aggressive.”

Mitchell Jones and friends have dubbed the bedraggled fox “The Quanak.”

He said he and friend Kyle Wroe, also 12, will be keeping an eye out for it throughout the summer.

“Unless it dies,” he said.

– Community Times


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