By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
Ever since the “mystery critter” was found dead near in Turner Maine last week and especially since its picture started circulating on the internet (see http://news.mongabay.com/2006/0816-mutant.html), speculation has run wild about the beast’s identity. A few of the more colorful guesses include: northern chupacabra, Tasmanian devil, Injun Devil, Wendigo, and ET. Alas, DNA evidence has proven that the critter is canine. It’s mother is definitely a dog, say experts at a University of Maine laboratory. So far, though, the results still leave open the slight possibility that the father is a goat-sucker, Martian, or mythological bogeyman of American Indian folklore.