POSTED: 5:19 am EDT July 19, 2004UPDATED: 6:42 am EDT July 19, 2004
GLYNDON, Md. -- A mystery animal is on the loose in Baltimore County and not even the experts can pin down what it is.
A Glyndon man found a way to secretly record the beast while it grazed in his yard. For a while it was just lurking in the woods watching the Wroe
family until the Wroes started watching it.
Jay Wroe: "My truck was parked here, started getting in my truck. I kind of saw it there where the sunlight is and said what in the world is
Jacob Wroe: "It looked so weird to me. I didn't know what it was."
Wanting to get a better look at the beast stalking his family, Jay Wroe put technology to work for him.
Jay Wroe: "The next day, I hooked up just portable motion detectors, and put them down back in the woods there."
The trap worked.
Jay Wroe: "Very bizarre. I went and got my father and cousin and they came and looked at it and their reactions were pretty much the same -- what in
the world are we looking at?"
Pictures Of The Unusual Creature In Baltimore Co.
More than a month after the first sighting, the creature has become a neighborhood regular and showing up often.
Kim Carlsen: "It comes to our house. It's been up in the woods for a while and it comes up through the bottom of our yard and eats our cat
Despite the fact it's lurking in these woods and no one knows when or where it will come out, no one here seems afraid of it.
Jacob Wroe: "I don't know, it doesn't look like it's going to harm anybody."
Even the other neighborhood animals like Bullwinkle the dog next door seem okay with the beast.
Kim Carlsen: "It's not afraid of the cats and the cats seem to get along with it fine."
The beast is not shy, and visits most often under bright sun. While no one here knows what it is, they do have a name for it -- the hyote, a
combination of a hyena and a coyote.