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Other names: Beaver eater
Country reported: Canada

The saytoechin is a cryptid reported from the Yukon in Canada.[1]

Etymology

"Saytoechin" allegedly translates to "beaver eater".[1]

Description

The saytoechin is said to be a very large animal, larger than the biggest grizzly bears, which feeds on beavers by flipping open their lodges.[1]

Sightings

circa late 1980's

A woman named Dawn Charlie was interviewed for the newsletter of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and described two encounters with the saytoechin. The first occured the most recently[1]:

"The latest report was from Violet Johny, my husband’s sister, who was fishing with her husband and her mother at the head of Tatchun Lake 4 or 5 years ago. An animal came out of the woods, 8 or 9 feet high, bigger than a grizzly bear. It was a “saytoechin” and it was coming towards them. They panicked, fired a few shots over its head and finally managed to get the motor going and took off. There are other reports. There is also a report that a white man shot one in a small lake in that area. Beaver eaters are supposed to live in the mountainous area east of Frenchman Lake.
There are other reports. There is also a report that a white man shot one in a small lake in that area. Beaver eaters are supposed to live in the mountainous area east of Frenchman Lake."

A description of a similar mythical animal was found in a book written by Dawn Charlie, Lutthi Män & Tachän Män Hudé Hudän: Frenchman and Tatchun Lakes: Long Ago People[2]:

"This story takes place on Frenchman Lake in the winter time. A family lived about halfway down Frenchman Lake. The husband of the daughter had gone down to the north end of the lake to visit his family there. The man's wife and her young twin brothers saw something coming away down on the ice. Thinking that it was their brother-in-law they ran down the trail to meet him. Their sister, the man's wife, walked behind. As the shape got closer they realized that it wasn't a man but a very big animal.
It was too late for the two boys. The animal killed and ate them. Their sister saw what happened and hid under the snow until the animal passed by. Then she got up and ran around to their trail in the bush until she caught up to her older brother and father who were running rabbit snares. She told them what happened and they ran back to their home.
In those days they had houses made of brush and moss piled all around poles that they set up in the ground. The door was from the top of the house. Water was poured down the of the house to make a coating of ice all around to keep the house warm inside.
The father cut a large pole and sharpened the end. He then hid away in the bushes. The big animal came up the trail from the lake to the house where the man's son was waiting on top of the ice house. The son clubbed the animal from the top of roof over and over again. The big animal couldn't climb up to get that man because the sides of the house were slippery from the ice. All the time he was doing this, his father jumped out from the bushes and speared the big animal in the soft place behind his front legs and killed him. They cut the big animal open right there and took out the bones of the people that the big animal had eaten. They took the people's bones and made a good fire to burn them. In the old days, when people died, their bodies had to be cremated so that their spirits could be born again."[3]

Theories

Canadian cryptozoologist Sebastian Wang discussed the possibilities for the saytoechin's identity in the BSCSS newsletter for autumn 2006. Although Native Americans in the area selected an image of a ground sloth as the saytoechin, there is little other evidence linking the two animals. Other suggestions included an oversized grizzly bear, Bigfoot, a surviving short-faced bear, or a surviving giant beaver.[4] Karl Shuker pointed out that ground sloths are usually believed to have been herbivorous, and that the suggestion by Richard Fariña and Ernesto Blanco that Megatherium hunted glyptodonts, using its claws to dispatch them, was not well-received by the palaeontological community. He alsoexpressed doubt over the possibility of a giant beaver preying on smaller beavers.[1]

Similar cryptids

  • The urayuli, a shaggy humanoid cryptid of Alaska.

Further cryptozoological reading

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Shuker, Karl (2016) Still In Search of Prehistoric Survivors
  2. The Saytoechin - a compilation of available information about an obscure cryptid. : Cryptozoology [Reddit]
  3. Charlie, Dawn (1993) Lutthi Män & Tachän Män Hudé Hudän: Frenchman and Tatchun Lakes: Long Ago People
  4. British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club Quarterly