The Beast Of Dean

The Beast of Dean, also known as "moose-pig" is a cryptid, reported to live in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.1 It is said to resemble the boar (Sus scrofa), but with abnormaly large tusks.2


The earliest recorded sighting was in 1802, with local reports of an exceptionally large wild boar and stories of felled trees, crushed hedges and fences, and the beast’s “un-earthly roar”, becoming common over the following decades.3

In 1998 two locals saw a creature emerge from the bushes and rush towards them. They said it was the size of a cow but with the appearance of a boar.4

The latest sighting was made on November 7, 2005. A reader called The Citizen and said that her son and daughter-in-law were on their way to work at Mitcheldean when they spotted the mysterious creature at 5am. They were between Pygmy Pinetum and Mireystock crossroads when a big black animal walked across the
road. They said it was the size of a large dog but was definitely not a dog. The woman said: "It just sauntered across the road in front of us and was completely unafraid."5

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