The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.” For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute. In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words. Not everyone has the same perspective or experience, so eyewitness accounts may vary in length and detail.
Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.
If you have a personal cryptid sighting story you would like to tell us, our contact information is at the bottom of this article.
NCS Case File #22: Hyena-Like Animal Spotted in Rural St. Louis
Submitted by Elodie
“In the rural areas of St. Louis, well before the area grew in population, businesses and subdivisions, my friends and I were coming back from a party and taking one of back roads.
As we drove by older farmhouses and fields of corn and soybeans, I noticed in a field a large spotted dog. And as we got closer I slowed down to take a closer look. It had a light colored coat with dark spots and coarse looking hair standing straight up on its back.
I could have sworn I had just spotted a hyena because that’s exactly what it looked like. But those creatures aren’t known to roam in the US.”
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