A terrifying, flesh-hungry beast standing 10ft tall is said to hunt reindeer in America’s northernmost wilderness, striking fear into the beloved Christmas creatures .
The dark-coloured fiend, which leaves human-like footprints, has reportedly been seen by Inuit people chasing the beautiful animals in Alaska’s North Slope.
Some even claim to have seen herds of reindeer galloping away from the monstrous predator, they believe is the Tornit, also known as the Alaskan Bushman.
Unlike the vegetarian Sasquatch in America’s Pacific Northwest, meat is very much on the menu for the Tornit, says Cryptoid researcher Andrew McGrath.
And according to legend, it has a particular taste for reindeer, he says.
Inuit legend describes a bipedal, 10ft tall black, brown or greyish creature which often leaves behind large human-like footprints in areas of the North Slope.
Andrew said: “One family who hunt reindeer each Fall between the towns of Barrow and the community of Atqasuk, claim to have had several encounters with the creatures.
“They even claim to have witnessed a Tornit chasing a herd of reindeer about a mile from their cabin, reporting seeing a big herd of caribou coming towards them, when suddenly a big black creature started chasing them.
“On another occasion the family observed three tall black figures watching them from the hill near their cabin.”
They are not the only family to have reported something similar in the area, says Andrew, author of Beasts of North America.
He continued: “Another witness claimed to have been followed by one of the creatures, while sailing. The creature, which ran along the shore, followed his boat downriver, before disappearing into the undergrowth.”
A polar bear which has lost its fur might be a possible explanation, suggests Andrew, but witness reports are consistent with other Bigfoot legends around the globe.
Andrew added: “Whether this animal is the figment of overactive imaginations or the fireside embellishment of a hunter’s tale, what remains is a startling correlation between behaviours and descriptions of Bigfoot-like creatures that have been consistently reported around the world for decades.
“It should not be overlooked that polar bears do frequent the North Slope near Barrow, Alaska, and if a bear were to lose its fur to mange, then the dark skin beneath would possibly match some of the descriptions given here.
“Alaska is a largely unexplored land comprising 663,268 square miles, with a population density of 1.2 people per square mile.
“The relative isolation in this pristine wilderness, makes it an ideal hideaway for our hairy friends.”