Bear Lake Monster

November 18, 2009 by USA Post 

bear-lake-monster2-300x156The Bear Lake Monster is a mythological lake monster appearing in local folk-lore near Bear Lake, on the Utah–Idaho border. The myth originally grew from articles written in the 19th century by Joseph C. Rich, a Mormon colonizer in the area, purporting to report second-hand accounts of sightings of the creature. However, he later recanted the stories.

Subsequent alleged reports have given conflicting descriptions of the beast, with some describing it as similar to a walrus and others saying that it is more like a dinosaur and still others describing it as a larger-than-average carp. The last reported sighting of the monster was in 2004.The Bear Lake monster also appear in Animal Planet’s “Lost Tapes”.

The story begin when a man known only as “Uncle Marty.” on the afternoon of August 12, 2007 sighted by firstly the monster. Pictured left, Uncle Marty first spotted the monster while shotgunning his third Keystone Light. “As I bit down on the bottom of the can, you know . . . for the shotgun, I saw this giant snake just poke up out of the water. Well I threw down my brewskie, right into the sand and ran to the water.”  Witnesses recall Uncle Marty running to the lake’s edge, trampling a day-long sandcastle endeavor in the process.

Although no other witnesses reported seeing the Bear Lake Monster that afternoon, the family of Uncle Marty vehemently maintain they all saw the beast. Although it should be noted that gallons of jungle juice were reportedly consumed by Uncle Marty and his family that afternoon. Then, when questioned, one nephew (too young to consumer alcohol) was quoted as saying “All I remember is seeing Uncle Marty peeing on the sandcastle I spent all day building . . . what a jerk-face!”

All this Librarian can say is . . . water dragon, aquatic dinosaur, giant beaver, drunken hallucination, or blatant crappy Photoshop edit, the myth of the Bear Lake Monster lives on.

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