Long months spent harvesting lumber in the Maine woods could make anyone start to see things. At least, that seems to be what happened to many lumberjacks in the 19th and early 20th century in Maine and beyond — when you’re living in an isolated lumber camp, you’ve got to keep yourself entertained with tall tales and fantastic stories.
While some of those tales are rather innocuous, like Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, others take a decidedly more fearsome tone, with old stories from woodsmen telling of terrifying creatures inhabiting hidden corners of the forest. In Maine in particular, there are three creatures that loggers used to imagine stalked the woods, as documented in an entertaining 1910 publication, “Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts,” written by William T. Cox, with illustrations by Coert Du Bois.
Here are what Maine lumberjacks say they encountered in the woods. As you might expect, none of these have been reportedly seen since the early 20th century — at least, reportedly. If you have, in fact, seen any of these creatures, please, tell your friendly neighborhood BDN reporter. We’d love to know.
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Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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