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beneath its ponderous footfalls,” Fowler wrote. “They were armed with large caliber muskets and stood their ground, opening fire on the mammoth. A bullet must have penetrated the creature’s brain, for it staggered forward and fell dead.” In the article Fowler also said Alfred P. Swineford, second governor of Alaska, claimed there were “large herds of these monsters” above Snake River and Alaska’s Seward Peninsula. If these giants of the past still live, Alaska would be the place. Nice weather for it.

Iliamna Lake Monster In a sparsely populated area of southwest Alaska (with 109 residents in the entire region in 2010) lies the 1,012-square-mile Iliamna Lake, home to Chinook salmon, lake trout, northern pike, and Ilie, the Iliamna Lake Monster. The lake itself, at seventy-seven miles long, twenty-two miles wide, and 988 feet deep, is the largest lake in Alaska, and capable of hiding the thirty-foot-long, square-headed beast. The monster, known as Gonakadet by the native Tlingit people, was viewed as a god with the body of an orca and the head of a wolf; it was known to eat fishing boats. Early Russian explorers reportedly saw the creature at Iliamna Lake, and sightings have continued to this day. Modern reports come from explorers and biologists who have seen the thirty-foot monster, sometimes described as aluminum colored, other times as black with a white stripe. One report has an airplane snagging the beast with a tuna hook; the monster towed the plane around the lake before those aboard could release the cable. There were multiple sightings in June 2017 near the town of Kakhonak. A number of people on June 19 and in the ensuing

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