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.
The most recent sighting was in Newton County, Arkansas in 2011