On December 30th, 2015, in Preston, Idaho, Tyler Olson heard a commotion outside his house. When he went out to investigate he saw that a mountain lion had come into his yard and was attacking his dog. As scary as that is to see, it is not the most disturbing part of his encounter as the lion’s head was not normal. Jutting from the animals forehead was another set of fully developed teeth and whiskers. After getting a picture and scaring the cat away, Tyler and his wife posted the image on their Facebook and before long, more than a couple local hunters took intetest and began to track the lion down.
A week later the lion was found and treed near the Utah border where it was shot dead. The name of the man who killed the big cat has not been released despite it being legal to hunt mountain lions in Idaho.
Fish and Wildlife officials took great interest in the story and released the images where all kinds of speculation arose about the cause of the bizarre mutation. Everything from radiation to a conjoined twin to it being the mythical chupacabra. Scientists tend to agree that the most likely answer is a teratoma, a benign tumor which contains developed teeth and hair of a twin which didnt finish forming and was absorbed by the more dominant twin.
A year later there is still no definitive answer and no other such animals have been seen. I hate how they had to kill the cat but given it had come into a human populated area and attacked a dog, the threat of it coming back around and attacking humans was a real possibility. Oh and Tyler’s dog suffered several injuries but has fully recovered.
So tell me what you guys think.