It was a terrible fall for the residents of Bluffton, Ohio. Reports of a nocturnal animal that “cried like a baby and screamed like a woman” emanated out of local coon hunters.
There is not much information regarding this case, except for a short article that was published on the front page of a local newspaper.
Even though this creature’s screams had been reported years earlier, the real trouble began in 1952, when it started killing dogs.
“First it sounded like the low cry of a human baby,” the Yoakams told Bluffton News in November of 1956
The Yoakams had been hunting in the old Perry Bechtol woods three miles northeast of Lafayette, when their coon hound approached the eerie sound. Seconds later, the dog came back to its owners with “its tail between its legs”.
But that wasn’t the first time the Yoakam family had experienced an encounter with the beast. In 1952 one of their children and a friend were hunting, when the same blood curling sound suddenly erupted. Their dog tried to catch the animal, but by the time the boys had reached the spot of the incident, the canine was laying dead with a broken neck.
Other deaths soon followed and the community weren’t able to figure out who the culprit was, prompting authorities to organize hunting parties that soon turned out to be unsuccessful.
What was this mysterious animal capable of producing such sounds and strong enough to break a dog’s back? A mountain lion? A bear perhaps? Racoons are known for the peculiar sounds they emit at night, and although they are equipped with the necessary tools to defend themselves from unnecessary dog attacks –specially when they are in groups–, this doesn’t explain the acute trauma applied on the canine’s back. Were these primate vocalizations similar to those reported in Bigfoot encounters?
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