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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Another MYSTERIOUS CRYPTID QUADRUPED Reported in Madera, Clearfield County, PA

A former resident of Madera, Pennsylvania detailed a sighting that she and her some had near the town in 2017. This is not the first sighting or encounter with these cryptid quadrupeds

I received the following report today (10/25/2022):

"My son came across this by chance this morning while listening to stories on his phone. He was taken aback when he heard the town of Madera, PA (Clearfield County) mentioned because I also had grown up in Madera. I’d never really heard any serious stories about strange things in the woods and we were always in those woods. It was truly creepy at night though. None of us ventured into the woods at night and it always felt like something was out there watching. We usually didn’t go anywhere alone, not even to the neighbor's houses. It was kind of an unspoken understanding.

I had eventually married and moved to another part of the state and my sons were grown. My sons also loved Madera and roaming the woods there. We visited often. My youngest son and I had planned to drive up to visit my sister and her family who had remained living in Madera. It’s a quiet beautiful little town where everyone knows everyone and neighbors help neighbors.

Our encounter:

My son and I were near “home” when we saw it crossing the road. It was huge. It had a massive dog-like head and my son swears it looked like it had a lion's mane. The shoulders were very large and muscular and the back end was almost deer-like. It looked like it had dark fur but darker fur in places that resembled kind of stripes or large spots. It also had a very long tail. My son and I disagree on a few details but the size, head, tail, and black patches we both agree on. Neither of us had ever seen anything like it before or since. We got to the spot where we’d seen it and it was long gone. I swear it crossed that road in one giant leap and was halfway up the embankment when it hit the ground running.

When we got to my sister's house we told them what we had seen and of course, they didn’t believe us. They said it was probably a big dog or a bear. We know what we saw and we still don’t know what it was but it’s not something we’ll ever forget. That was in 2017. Now we keep our eyes open every time we go back home. It wasn’t a dogman but it was some kind of beast and it ran on all fours. I often wonder how many other people have seen it." JP

UPDATE: From JP - "I think it’s Route 253, the road from Viola to Ramey, closer to the Ramey side. It was in a big dip with a hill coming down and then back up."

Here's the previous report. We have received a variety of cryptid canine sightings in Clearfield County in the past:

"This occurred in 1977, in the Madera community of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. I was a young teen at the time. We lived in a house in the heavily forested hills above Madera. There were very few residences in our neighborhood. The location was incredibly isolated.

My grandfather would frequently go on patrols with the local officer who worked for the Game Commission. I bring this up because of his reaction when we had our encounter, which is the reason why I am bringing this out. He was a large man, and it took a lot to shake his confidence. When grandpa would walk outdoors at night, with nothing but a pitchfork to frighten away a bear, we would often just shake our heads at him. He was familiar with the local wildlife, understood what their routines were, could predict whether, and so on.

On one particular evening, we were awakened by a loud ruckus that took place close to our front porch. We had outdoor cats who liked to hang out on the porch, and if a raccoon or other animal came near the front of the house, they would run away. The noise they made as they dispersed was rather loud, which is why we were awakened by it. I can still hear my grandpa giving one of his signature irritated sighs because he was forced to get up and check out what was going on outside We were all listening closely for the sound of the door being closed. Instead, we heard our grandpa let out a loud roar. This sent every one of us scurrying for the stairs. He was keeping his distance from the entrance while holding the rifle in his hand, and the expression on his face might best be described as fearful. As I've already said, nothing seemed to frighten grandpa, so the sight of that expression on his face caused all of us to stand there feeling unsure.

This monster, which was outside on the porch, was gazing straight back at us, and displayed absolutely no fear at all. In fact, I recall having the thought that it was furious. But upon closer inspection, it merely seemed cruel. It was definitely not a dog, but rather a canine of some kind. It had the appearance of a hyena from the front shoulders all the way up to the head, but the rear end was much smaller than the front shoulders and the head. I don't think I ever noticed there was a tail there. The fur had an unusual appearance that was patchy and shaggy all throughout. It simply didn't look like fur. It is difficult to describe. The nose was neither very long or very narrow; rather, it was short but somewhat large. The whole of the body was enormous. It was nearly as wide as our porch from the rear of its head to the front of its body. Taking this into account, it would be at least seven feet long. It stood there staring in at us, then turned and looked towards our barn, then back at us again. After that, it went a few steps very slowly, before turning and running away. It happened so quickly that all I could see was a smear of color, and then it was gone.

We all stood there for a moment before our mother asked our father what was going on, at which point our father shouted for all of us to hurry up and go upstairs. He did not even bother to go outside to check on the animals, since he remained awake the whole night. Strangely enough, we never brought it up in conversation. After that, nobody ever mentioned it again.

It was a really special place to live, and I was fortunate enough to spend most of my life there. But I was relieved to leave the area when I became older since many of the occurrences that took place there were puzzling to me and could not be explained." NM

Here are links to other reports in Clearfield County, PA:

'Giwoggle': Central Pennsylvania's Canine-Like Cryptid

Massive 'Dogman' Encountered in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Backyard

Update: Central Pennsylvania Dogman / Bi-Pedal Canine Investigation - 9/4/2015

2nd Bi-Pedal Wolf Encountered - Northwest Clearfield Co., PA




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