According to the legend of the Goatman, a scientist performed experiments on goats in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and all went astray. He fused goat DNA into his system. The scientist transformed into the Goatman and started wielding an axe—which he used to damage cars. He currently walks the back roads of Beltsville. One boy was at his birthday party when the baseball rolled into the woods. The boy went to get the ball and after a few minutes he screamed. His mother came running and the boy said he saw the dark thing that stands in the corner of his room every night. A variation of the legend tells of Goatman as an old hermit who lives in the woods, seen walking alone at night along Fletchertown Road.
In the year 1977 two couples went out on a date when they heard scratching out side the car. They turned on the lights and saw the goat man and it started running at them. He hit the car with the axe but they got away with only a scratch.