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Sheepsquatch is a monstrous cryptid that has been reportedly sighted in the Boone, Kanawha, Putnam and Mason counties of West Virginia, with a surge in sightings taking place in Boone County during the mid-1990s.
Sheepsquatch is described as being a quadruped about the size of a bear, with entirely white, wool-like fur. It reportedly has a long and pointed head, similar to a dog but with long, saber-like teeth and a single set of horns not unlike those found on a young goat. Its forelimbs end in paw-like hands, while its tail is long and hairless. It is reputed to smell like sulfur and may be due to a musk scent gland similar to those found in many species in the order Carnivora such as weasels and skunks.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A humanoid sheep
- A new bear species
- The combination of shaggy fur and both quadrupedal and bipedal tendencies lead cryptozoologists to believe Sheepsquatch may be a new species of bear.
- In 1994, a former Navy seaman stated having witnessed the beast breaking through the forest, after ingesting a mound of shroom caps he found on the forest floor. The white thing breached, the brush line and knelt to drink from the creek. Here it drank for a few minutes before crossing the creek and continuing on toward the nearby road. The witness stated that they observed the animal for a while before it moved on into the surrounding brush.
- The creature was next spotted a year later, this time involving a car. A couple driving through Boone County observed a large white beast sitting in the ditch alongside the roadway. As many curious passersby might do in such a situation, they stopped their car to get a better look at it. They came to describe the creature again as mostly similar to earlier descriptions, yet they added that the creature had "four eyes". In stark contrast to the last sighting where the Sheepsquatch fled the scene, the creature leaped out of the ditch and started to attack the car. Frightened by the attack, the couple drove off quickly, and once they arrived back at home noticed large scratches on the side where the beast had attacked.