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Elusive Abaguchie

Has anyone from West Virginia, or the surrouding states, ever seen a mammal referred to as an Abaguchie, which was supposedly imported from Costa Rica in the mid-1990s, to kill rattlesnakes and coyotes...

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Saw that in Field & Stream or was it another magazine. Never heard of them before now, Would also like to know.

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Maybe its an urban legend. Although sometimes an invasive species is controlled with a predator that cannot reproduce. An example is the Tiger Muskie is sometimes used to control certain fresh water invasive fish.

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Elusive Abaguchie

The abaguchie is found in the children's book "Boys Against Girls" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and is described as a cat-like mammal. I think the fellas at F & S are playing a joke. Furthermore, the author of the excerpt is A.F. Ledbetter.... (April Fools). I know, I wanted to go in search for it as well if only for a brief moment. The Smithsonian Institute has a database of 4,625 mammals world-wide, but no abaguchie.

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Interesting, thanks for the info Nibbla.

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Nibbla is correct. You have just been handed your first April fools joke. I can tell you as a reference librarian in WV's capital city we've been fielding this question a LOT. It is from Naylor's "Boys against Girls.

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Thank's Nibbla and WVlib for the insight... I thought the picture in F & S April 2004 Magazine looked a little fake, and it made me wonder if there really is such a beast...

So there you have it, I've just been served a full plater of April Fools from the "Cryptozoolgical Guide to American Mammalia..."

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Elusive Abaguchie

Here's F&S rattle snake and coyote killer...

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Thanks, I just saw the picture in Aprils' Field & Stream. It looked odd to say the least. April Fools

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Nice to know the F&S editors are keeping up with the latest trends in kid books. Wink

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Here in West Virginia we call them mountain apes, however if you try to hunt this elusive animal it will make you look like an ass.

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