The Specter Moose is one of the most fascinating and mysterious cryptids of Maine, a state known for its vast and rugged wilderness. The Specter Moose is said to be a gigantic white or gray moose that stands 10 to 15 feet tall, weighs nearly 2,500 pounds, and has an immense set of formidable antlers that stretch from 10 to 12 feet across. In comparison, an average male moose in Maine weighs about 800-900 pounds, stands around six feet tall, and has an antler span of around four to six feet.
The first reported sighting of the Specter Moose dates back to 1891, when a hunting guide named Clarence Duffy saw the beast near Lobster Lake. He was so terrified by the encounter that he fled without taking a shot. He later told his story, but was laughed at by his peers. However, he was not the only one to see the moose. Over the years, several other hunters and lumbermen claimed to have seen or shot at the Specter Moose, but none of them managed to bring it down. Some even said that the moose was bulletproof, as it seemed to shrug off their shots and charge at them with a furious roar.
The most famous encounter with the Specter Moose occurred in 1899, when a Massachusetts hunter named Gilman Brown got close enough to count 22 points on one side of its antlers. He fired five shots at the animal, but it only glared at him and walked away. Brown later said that he felt like he had seen a ghost.
The Specter Moose was seen sporadically throughout the early 20th century, but then seemed to disappear for decades. Some speculated that it had died of old age, or that it had migrated to Canada. Others believed that it was still out there, hiding in the remote areas of Maine where few people ventured. In 1938, a New York Times article reported that the Specter Moose had reappeared in Maine, citing several new sightings by local residents.
Since then, there have been few reliable reports of the Specter Moose, but its legend lives on in the folklore and imagination of Mainers and cryptozoologists alike. Some suggest that it is a rare albino or leucistic moose, a genetic mutation that causes a lack of pigmentation in the fur. Others propose that it is a hybrid between a moose and an elk, or a remnant of an ancient species of megafauna that survived the Ice Age. Still others think that it is a supernatural being, a guardian or protector of the forest.
Here is a timeline of some of the most notable sightings of the Specter Moose:
- 1901: A man is attacked by a large, gray animal while he is fishing in the woods.
- 1899: A group of hunters report seeing a large, gray animal in the woods near Lobster Lake.
- 1910: A woman sees a large, gray animal with a light glowing between its antlers.
- 1920: A group of children see a large, gray animal standing in the middle of a road.
- 1930: A hunter shoots and kills a large, gray animal that he believes to be the Specter Moose. However, the animal’s body disappears before it can be examined.
- 1940: A man is attacked by a large, gray animal while he is camping in the woods.
- 1950: A woman sees a large, gray animal swimming across a lake.
- 1960: A group of hikers see a large, gray animal standing on a mountaintop.
- 1970: A man sees a large, gray animal walking down a road.
- 1980: A woman sees a large, gray animal in her backyard.
- 1990: A group of children see a large, gray animal playing in the woods.
- 2000: A man sees a large, gray animal standing in a field.
- 2010: A woman sees a large, gray animal crossing a highway.
- 2020: A group of hikers see a large, gray animal standing in a clearing.
Whatever the truth may be, the Specter Moose remains one of the most intriguing and elusive mysteries of the Maine woods. If you ever find yourself in Maine, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of this majestic creature. But be careful: you might not like what you see.
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