Cryptozoologist have speculated that the creature might be a misidentified or unrecognized big cat. Anthropologist have speculated that the creature might be a branching off of the Dark Dog of Death found in British folklore. But a few evolutionists who believe in the Ozark Howler believe that it's a mountain lion breed who has ether mutated into a new subspecies, or is a hybrid of a mountain lion and an unknown creature.
Chad Arment asserts in his book Cryptozoology that the Ozark Howler myth is a hoax. According to Arment, he and many other cryptozoologists received email messages that made wild claims about Ozark Howler evidence. These messages were tracked down to a university student who had made a bet that he could fool the cryptozoological research community. However, stories of the Ozark Howler are said to predate this.
|"As unpredictable—and probably just as controversial—as UFOs, Leyak are a supernatural phenomenon most feared by many Indonesians."|