Thursday, November 15, 2007

Family Story Has Legs

I. A. Hutchins shot a weird wolf-like creature back in 1886. He sold the animal to a taxidermist Joseph Sherwood, who called it a "ringdocus" and put it on display.

“I never doubted the story,” said Jack Kirby, grandson of the settler who shot the animal.

After reading a Halloween-themed Chronicle story about local legends of strange creatures, Kirby tracked down the mount in the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello.
[Loren] Coleman and [Jerome] Clark suggested that a DNA test should be done on the mount to determine what it is. Kirby, however, was not so certain he was ready to end a mystery that had been passed down by his family for four generations.

“Do we want to know?” he said. [Link]

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