The Yukon Beaver Eater or saytoechin is a a relatively unknown cryptid. It is described as "bigger than even the biggest grizzly bear" and got its name from its diet. It caught beavers by flipping up their lodges and seizing the exposed beavers. When shown a book of prehistoric animals, natives chose a giant ground sloth as the closest look-a-like to the beaver eater.
Dawn Charlie, a Canadian First Nation member, contacted the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club with this sighting:
"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."
Explanations and TheoriesAs said before, natives identified a picture of a giant ground sloth as the beaver eater. However, giant ground sloths were herbivores and all 5 genera that are currently known to have lived in the area went extinct. Could a giant ground sloth survive here by adapting into a beaver eater? Other more plausible explanations are an unusually large grizzly bear, a surviving short faced bear, Arctodus Simus, or, strangely enough, a giant beaver of the Castoroides genus.
- Mapinguari, a cryptid which also bear resemblance to ground sloth