|Partridge Creek Beast|
|Possible Population||Unknown, seen individually.|
The Partridge Creek Beast is said to be a living Ceratosaurus seen in the Partridge Creek area of Yukon Territory, Canada. This creature terrorized local moose and caribou herds with its powerful, muscular build and ferocious mouth, but did not significantly change the populations.
This creature is said to be 50 feet long, be 40 tons in weight, solid black in color, be bipedal, have boar-like bristly hair, sharp teeth, and a single horn on its snout. It was said to roar loudly and have an appetite for caribou. It's footprints were 5 feet long and 2 feet and 6 inches wide with claws 1 foot long. Its tail impression was 10 feet long and 16 inches wide. It resembles Ceratosaurs or Cryolophosaurus and other theropods.
An indication of a hoax is that dinosaurs did not drag their tail on the ground and held it horizontal to the ground. Though it could be possible that this species of dinosaur could go from a normal horizontal stand to a kangaroo like stance, leaning back on its tail, but it's not very believable. More realistic is mating dance with tail dragging.
The creature is known from two sightings in the early 20th Century.
James Lewis Buttler and Tom Leemore were hunting moose near Clear Creek when the animals they were stalking burst away in a sudden rapid fright after having been extremely quiet. They discovered the gigantic tracks of some animal that appeared to be a tail impression. They followed it for a while, until the tracks disappeared into a deep rocky gorge. They later met Georges Dupuy, Fr. Pierre Lavagneux and five unnamed Indians who agreed to search for the monster. They were initially unsuccessful but eventually encountered it near their campsite. They observed it for about 10 minutes and had a very clear look at it.
Lavagneux claimed to have seen the creature again in the same area on December 24, 1907. It carried a deceased caribou in its gaping jaws and left tracks identical to the tracks recorded four years earlier.
As these are the only sightings and they took place more than a century ago, we may never know what Lavagneux and his party really encountered. Lavagneux claimed it was a Ceratosaurus, which fit the description of the beast they saw. If it is, and the creature (or at least its remains) could be found, its existence might offer solid proof that dinosaurs were warm-blooded; because a large cold-blooded reptile would have little hope of survival in the northerly climes of the Yukon.