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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"King-Sized Hares" in England?



The UK Express is running a new article on gigantic rabbits… and magic...

It reads:

"EXCLUSIVE: King-sized hares could be stalking the British countryside, it has sensationally been claimed. 
"Louise Hodgson is convinced she saw a hare the size of a roe deer surrounded by normal-sized hares in a Dorset valley.
"Louise, who now runs sacred site tours in Dorset, said she was on the nearby downs when she met a small group of Romany Gypsies with some lurcher dogs.
"She said: 'We came to a blind valley and it was early September, so it was an unusual sight for that time of year, but there was a group of 10 to 13 hares with what we thought was a deer.
"'But it wasn't, it was a hare the same size as a deer. It was a wonderful experience. It shows there are still some secrets in nature.'
"Louise said the 'magical' experience was in 1976, during a country trek she took from the Cotswolds to Dorset, but the vision has haunted her ever since.
"She recounted the tale during a question and answer session with Marian Green, 77, at the annual Occult Conference in Glastonbury Town Hall, in Somerset, which ended yesterday [Feb. 18th].
"She said: 'Has anyone else come across that?'
"Marian, who was explaining about magic in the natural world, replied: 'In the countryside many things happen, the 'king' or 'queen' hares are out there.
(Express)

"'So are fairies, elemental spirits, and ghosts. 
"'If you want things to happen, if you let them happen, they can if you are open about it.'
"Earlier in her talk, Marian had said fairies and sylphs, small mythological elf-like creatures, were real.
"She said: 'Sylphs, and all living beings, are around us. Some want to speak to us again, connect with us again and we can be oblivious to what is going on around us.'
"After the lecture Louise told Express.co.uk she had been near the village of Uploders, near Bridport, in Dorset, when it happened.
"Asked if she could have actually seen a deer, she said: 'No, they were proper Romany Gypsies, so used to the country and I was used to the countryside. It was a hare with the ears and everything. It was extraordinary.'
"Marian told Express.co.uk she had heard of one other person seeing a gigantic hare in the countryside.
"She said: 'If you are open to seeing these things, it can happen.'
"According to Dr Karl Shuker, a cryptozoologist, who is aware of Louise's sighting, it is not the only one, but there have been more sightings of giant rabbits.
"Cryptozoologists research the existence of mythical creatures and if extinct species are still alive.
"Dr Shuker said there have been two giant rabbit sightings in Banbury, Oxfordshire, and another one in Felton, Northumbira.
"In a blog post he also said there have been many giant rabbit and hare sightings in Ireland since the 1970s.
"However, he is not convinced there is anything supernatural about the sightings.
"In a blog post on his website, he said large rabbit sightings are likely to be escaped domesticated large species such as the Flemish Giant, the Continental Giant, which can grow up to 55lbs and the size of a cocker spaniel.
"He added: 'But what of the king hares? The British Isles is home to two indigenous species of hare.
"'The most common, widespread, and familiar of these is the brown hare Lepus europaeus.
"'One of the world's largest species of hare, it can attain a body length of up to 30 inches, plus a tail length of up to sixches, which means that individuals at the upper end of this species' size range can be as much as 3 feet, and can weigh up to 11lbs, i.e. as big as a decent sized dog.
"'As many people do not realize that hares in Britain can attain such notable dimensions, the sight of an exceptionally large hare coupled perhaps in some cases with less than accurate size-estimation skills on the part of its observer may be sufficient to 'create' a king hare.
"'Moreover, there might be individual hares possessing a mutant gene that expresses extra-large body size, or even suffering from a hormonal imbalance that results in gigantism, comparable to various endocrinologically-based conditions recorded from humans.'"

Karl Shuker

What are we to make of sightings of the "king hares?" I would side with Dr. Shuker and think that they are probably just extra-large individuals or perhaps escaped or released Flemish Giants...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Flatwoods Monster - Movie Review


One of the most famous UFO cases of all time is one that occurred in Flatwoods, West Virginia, in 1952. The witnesses at the time claimed to have seen a strange craft land, and then encountered a terrifying being that has become known as "The Flatwoods Monster" when they went to investigate.

Small Town Monsters is tackling the story in their new documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear. The film will be released in April, and I recently got an opportunity to check it out early.

The tone of the film is like that of a 1950s B-movie sci-fi film. When scenes are filmed in this way it really works well since the case occurred during the time when UFOs and aliens were a popular thing on the silver screen.

The Flatwoods case occurred on September 12, 1952. On that day, many UFOs were seen flying over the US and Canada and the state of West Virginia. Witnesses saw one of these UFOs land. Two of the original witnesses, Ed and Fred May, are interviewed about the incident in the film. UFO sighings in general are featured as well.

The influence the story has had on the town is also a big focus of the movie. Several residents and other people who live close to the area talk about what they think of the story and how it has brought a little bit of fame to Flatwoods for being "Home of the Green Monster."

An interesting bit is when an old recording of Ivan T. Sanderson is played. He looked into the incident after it occurred and tells about what the witnesses said happened that night.

Since this documentary only focuses on one incident, it is not quite as long as some of STM's other films like The Mothman of Point Pleasant or Boggy Creek Monster. This does not mean the content is not as good, however.

The Flatwoods Monster is an excellent documentary and one of Small Town Monster's bests. The story is interesting, the visuals are fantastic, and while examining the tale of the monster, it feels like a fun 1950s sci-fi movie. I highly recommend this movie to those interested in the Flatwoods Monster mystery and the unexplained in general.
Kathleen May, one of the witnesses,
with a drawing of what they say they saw

The Flatwoods Monster
will be released on April 6th. It can be pre-ordered here.


Trailer:



Monday, February 19, 2018

Crypto-Kid: Donald Ross Prothero Tonight



A new episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid is on tonight at 8.

Here's some info about tonight's episode:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I am joined by paleontologist and author Donald Prothero to discuss his controversial cryptozoology book 'Abominable Science' and his new book 'UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says.'"

Tune in live at 8 on WCJV Radio. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Book to Review

Received in the mail today… a review copy of Michael Mayes' brand-new book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America from Anomalist Books. Looks very interesting! I will have a review up soon.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Next Generation Initiative is Live!



The first post on the CFZ's Next Generation Initiative is up!

We now have things rolling. The Facebook page should be up very soon, too.

Check out the blog here.

Crypto-Kid - Michael Mayes Tonight

Colin Schneider's show is back tonight at 8.

Here's info on tonight's episode:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, I will be joined by the Texas Cryptid Hunter Michael Mayes to talk about the various cryptids of Texas and his new book Shadow Cats."
Tune in live on WCJV Radio. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Centre for Fortean Zoology Next Generation Initiative

The Next Generation Initiative is a new subgroup of the CFZ for young people who are interested in getting involved with the cryptozoological field. The NGI is codirected by Colin Schneider and myself. Colin will be running the social media for the group (which should be up
Soon) and I will be running the new blog with news about our work, new discoveries, and lots of advice to people our age and younger getting into the field. Right now nothing is up but the first post will be up soon.

The NGI blog can be found here.
I will link to the social media account when it is up.

If you know any young kids or teenagers seriously interested in cryptozoology, please share!!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Small Town Monsters 2018 Kickstarter



From a press release on Dread Central:

"In 2018 three legendary monsters get the documentary treatment when award-winning production company, Small Town Monsters, unleashes The Flatwoods Monster, The Bray Road Beast, and On the Trail of… Champ. Turning to Cryptid enthusiasts and lovers of the strange and spooky alike, the studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the three projects which will be released beginning with 'Flatwoods Monster' in April, 'Champ' in June, and 'Bray Road Beast' next Fall. Small Town Monsters has successfully funded all their films through Kickstarter, with last years' 'The Mothman of Point Pleasant' breaking records when it secured its initial funding goal in under two hours.
"The Flatwoods Monster is a short-form documentary which takes a look at a bizarre encounter between residents of the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia and a mechanical, fire-breathing 'thing' on a wooded hill in September of 1952. Years alter, the saga is considered one of the most important UFO events in history. The sighting was eventually investigated, and subsequently covered up, by the United States Air Force. Viewers will learn about a true event, which has since been relegated to the pages of myth.
"'Flatwoods' director, Seth Breedlove says about the film, 'It's a retro-styled throwback to the classic monster movies we all grew up loving… only the monster in this story isn't simply a fictional character!'
"Meanwhile, On the Trail of… Champ, shot last summer in Vermont on Lake Champlain, takes you deeper into the lore of lake monsters than you've ever gone. Join investigators, Scott Mardis, Katy Elizabeth and William Dranginis as they dive into the murky waters of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States, in search of an undiscovered species considered impossible by science. Filmmaker, Aleksandar Petakov was present for the largest, single quest to search for evidence of the creature in history and what they discovered might just change your mind about real monsters...
"Finally, the fabled beast who lives on Bray Road near Elkhorn, Wisconsin is at the center of The Bray Road Beast, which promises to take viewers on a wild ride down one of the scariest stretches of blacktop in middle America. The Bray Road Beast is a terrifying, werewolf-like creature that has stalked the midwest for the better part of a century. Rising to prominence in the 1990's thanks to a best-selling, non-fiction book by author, Linda Godfrey, the beast became the focus of numerous television shows and fictional films.
"The Kickstarter campaign is now live at… Flatwoods Monster, Bray Road Beast & Champ Documentaries  and rewards for backers include everything from posters to DVD copies of the film, to executive and associate producer credits. The campaign also has an exclusive Bray Road Beasts statue by renowned sculptor Jean St Jean of CreatuReplica.
"Learn more about Small Town Monsters at smalltownmonsters.com." 
 
I got this up a little later than usual, but there are still 16 days to support the Kickstarter for this year's films!
 

 
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Old/Rare Book Collection

Since 2010, I've amassed a collection of over 200 books on cryptozoology and the unexplained. While I now mostly get new releases to review, I have quite a few very old and/or very rare books as well. In this post I thought I'd share some of them.

The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster
By Jeanne Bendick
This was the first book I read on any cryptozoological subject and the reason I became interested. It is also the first book that started my collection back in December 2010. Published 1976.

Champ: Beyond the Legend
By Joseph W. Zarzynski
This 1984 book was my 4th book in my collection, and also happens to be a first edition hardcover, with a nice dust jacket, and signed by the author!


Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us
By John Green
A book I have a few copies of… this is a first edition 1978 hardcover.

The Mothman Prophecies
By John Keel
A first edition hardcover of John Keel's classic, still with a dust jacket.

Champ Quest 1999 & 2000
By Dennis Jay Hall
Two extremely rare books by Dennis Jay Hall. It took me years to find copies of these, and then I ended up getting both of them within the span of probably 2-3 months! Something really cool to have in my collection.

The Abominable Snowman
By Ralph Izzard
A book about the Yeti from the 1950s.

The Sherpa and the Snowman
By Charles Stonor
Another book on the Yeti from the 1950s.

The Magic Zoo
By Peter Costello
Costello is also the author of the cryptozoological classic In Search of Lake Monsters. In this book, he takes a look at mythical creatures throughout the world and looks for explanations in real animals and how they inspired the stories.

Out of the Shadows: Mystery Animals of Australia
By Tony Healy and Paul Cropper
This is probably one of the rarest cryptozoology books out there. I happened to find one in excellent condition in a used books store that was signed by both of the authors! It is an excellent examination of Australian cryptids and one of the best crypto books I've read.


Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist?
By Roger Patterson
Whether you believe his Bigfoot film is real or not, this book is almost like a 'holy grail' of Bigfoot books to have in a collection. It was published by Patterson in 1966, one year before the film was taken.

The Ghost of North America
By Bruce S. Wright
An old book examining Eastern panther sightings. Hardcover, still has dust jacket, too.



New Mailing List

To TCZ readers and those interested,

I've created a new mailing list you can sign up for to get updates about the blog. The link can be found at the top of the right sidebar on this page when viewed on a computer (if on a mobile device, check 'view web version'). I'll be sending out updates about the blog and rundowns of posts for each week once I get it going.

Sign up and tell others too!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Beasts of the Bush - Arrived

Got a copy of Patrick Gallagher's new book Beasts of the Bush today. It is a collection of old newspaper accounts concerning yowies, bunyips, and other Australian cryptids.

Look for a review within the next few weeks!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

David George Gordon Talks Sasquatch - Can Citizen Science Really Prove Anything?

A new article is up on Key Peninsular News on a recent talk David George Gordon, author of The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, gave on the existence of Bigfoot. It reads:

"A standing-room-only crowd spilled out of the Brones Room and into the lobby of the Key Center Library on Jan. 20 for a presentation on Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, given by author David George Gordon. The talk was part of the Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program.
"Gordon is the author of 'Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America's Most Elusive Creature,' as well as nearly two dozen more books about the outdoors and its denizens.
"The word 'Sasquatch' comes from the Salishan, a native language of the Pacific Northwest, and first appeared in print in a Canadian magazine in 1929, Gordon said. The article described Native American stories from the Fraser River Valley of a race of huge, hairy man-monsters who inhabited remote forests at high altitude.
"'There are lots of different ideas about what the Sasquatch looks like,' Gordon said. 'It also turns out it's not just Northwest tribes; you get stories from the Seminole Indians in Florida about these kinds of creatures. And, it's not just North America. There are similar stories from indigenous cultures in Africa, Australia and Asia.'
"'But the actual amount of evidence gathered has not been that impressive,' Gordon said. 'What I'm really here to talk about is citizen science. It means getting people like you trained to collect accurate information about nature and the environment. With more eyes and ears out there to gather clues, we'd probably be getting somewhere.'
"Gordon described the technology brought to bear on finding Sasquatch in recent decades and its shortcomings. 'They've used everything from infrared scopes, aerial surveillance, satellite imagery, game cameras hidden in trees. They've captured amazing images, but so far we're not getting much information on Sasquatch,' he said.
"But all that technology isn't necessary, Gordon said. The average smartphone has a camera and can record audio and provide GPS coordinates.
"One audieece member then played an audio recording he had made near Randle, Washington. 'It was the middle of the night, 1 or 2 in the morning, so we went out of our tents and I just got my phone and pressed record,' he said. The recording included voices of the campers and the sound of them moving through the brush, interrupted by unusual, somewhat distant animal-like screams spaced a few seconds apart and coming from different directions.
"'I reported it to BFRO and they said there'd been another sighting near Yellowjacket Creek,' he said. The Bigfoot Field Research Organization collects and analyzes data on possible Sasquatch encounters across North America.
"Evidence can also be as simple as photographs of footprints.
"'It's not necessary to make plaster casts of footprints anymore,' Gordon said. 'If you take photographs from lots of different directions, you can make a composite and, if you have enough data, you can print them on a 3-D printer.' Just as important, he said, is to record the series of steps, 'so we can tell how fast it was moving, how large it might have been.'
"There's also the importance of collecting physical evidence and maintaining a chain of custody to protect its integrity.
"'A lot of times I talk to people who say they've found Sasquatch hair,' Gordon said. 'And then they say they sent it to a lab and that they never heard from the lab and they've squandered their entire sample.'
"Members of the audience countered that there is a large financial incentive to not allowing such evidence to be made public. 'Follow the money,' said one man. 'Billions of dollars could be lost if this thing is real. It would lock up all kinds of land.'
"Gordon said he had heard similar sentiments before. 'I talked to loggers in Clarkson in Idaho who said on lots of occasions, they'd encounter Sasquatch beings but they didn't say anything because they didn't want to get work halted,' he said.
"Other audience members described their own experiences, from calls and 'wood knocks' in the night, to one man's recent experience tracking three Sasquatch near Lake Cushman. 'People say they're dangerous, they're not,' he said.
"'People ask me all the time, 'Do you believe in the Sasquatch?' and I have to say I'm kind of a fence-sitter,' Gordon said. 'Part of the reason I wrote my book was for people to get a sense of whether this was a real thing, but mostly it's about how to gather evidence. If you go out with the right focus and training and equipment, you're going to get more out of your trip to the great outdoors and maybe shed some light on this centuries-old mystery.'"

Would Gordon's "evidence gathering" techniques really work though?  I think not, and have a couple reasons why.

But, before we get to that, Gordon said the word "sasquatch" is a Native American word, when really it is nothing of the sort. It was coined by J.W. Burns in the 1920s, as an anglicized version of several native names combined. For more on that, check out this article.

First of all, Gordon says that we should not have to make plaster casts of possible Bigfoot footprints anymore because photos from your iPhone should be enough. I don't really feel like that would work, especially since most footprints can easily be faked, and 'dermal ridges' on the footprints can be caused by the drying plaster.

Secondly, he says that if you have what you think could be Bigfoot hair, to keep hold of it and not send it for examination, because labs have "squandered the sample." Labs probably examined it and found it to be bear hair if they did get it, and there isn't really that much you can get from hair anyway. It is hard to get DNA from hair except where it attaches to the skin. And, DNA testing can cost thousands of dollars, so it isn't always easy to do.

Gordon also says that game cameras, infrared imagery, satellites and other technology aren't necessary because people have iPhones! If our most advanced satellites, night vision technology, etc. can't find anything, what makes him think someones smartphone can?

Lastly, Gordon thinks 'citizen science' is going to be the way Sasquatch is found. He thinks people going out there with their phones trying to collect 'evidence' to prove Sasquatch is real will find it. Does he not realize that is what people have been trying to do since the '50s, and they still haven't found anything? Also, they should not go out looking for Sasquatch; if you go out expecting to find one or trying to prove that they are real, you are more likely to think a twig snap or anything else is sign of a Bigfoot. Examine the evidence (which there is not a lot of) and see if it points to Sasquatch or something else.

Overall, the things that Gordon says to keep doing (and which people have been doing for years) won't help find a possible unknown creature.


Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men

Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men is a new book by Timothy Renner. It is a collection of old newspaper reports of "wild men" in California, Oregon, and Washington state.

Below is the book description from Amazon:

"Whether presented comedically in popular culture or explored as a serious scientific curiosity, giant, hairy, manlike creatures have become well known entities in these modern times. These bipedal monsters have been called by many names - most commonly 'Bigfoot' and 'Sasquatch' - but these terms have only been in our popular vocabulary since the 1950s. Long before that time people were seeing and documenting the creatures. Many old newspaper accounts tell of encounters with 'wild men,' 'gorillas,' 'ape-men', and 'hairy giants,' issuing unearthly howls and leaving mysterious footprints in their wake. No matter the names given to the creatures, from the descriptions of their appearance and behavior, consistent from the earliest newspaper articles to modern reports, people have been seeing Bigfoot for as long as we have been keeping records. This volume collects newspaper articles from California, Oregon, and Washington dating from the 1850s through the 1920s. Herein are tales of huge gorillas roaming wild in the California hills, hairy giants haunting Oregon, and wild men attacking women in Washington. Read about a gorilla-like creature killed by hunters who described its appearance in great detail; a wild man who visited the campus of a major university on several occasions; and a strange dreamlike tale of a young man abducted by a hairy biped and taken to its underground lair."

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Impossibly Large Bird" Spotted in Alaska

Has a thunderbird been seen in Alaska? Yesterday, Juneau Empire reported on a sighting that occurred in Mendenhall Valley last month…

The article reads:

"According to several eyewitness reports, a bird with a wingspan nearly the width of Mendenhall Loop Road has been spotted in the Mendenhall Valley.
"The cryptozoological curiosity stems from a post in the popular Facebook page 'Juneau Community Collective,' brought to the attention of the Empire by several readers. The Empire couldn't track down a clear explanation of what the bird was, but we did talk to some bird experts and did a little digging on similar sightings around Alaska.
"Here's the original post, from eyewitness Tabitha Bauer:
"'Attn; I was just driving by the movie theater in the Valley and there was a huge black bird flying above the road. The wingspan had to be at-least 20 feet, it was almost as wide as the read. I have lived here all my life and have never seen anything like that, it freaked me out. It was not a raven or an eagle. This isn't a joke. This thing was HUJE, almost the size of a small airplane. Did anyone else see it?'
"The sighting was backed up by several others in a  long comment thread on the post. Some were poking fun at the idea of a thunderbird or pterodactyl in the valley, but others weren't so skeptical.
"Bauer, recounting the sighting to the Empire a few days after spotting the bird, said it was 'like an eagle, but five times as big.' She couldn't think of any other way to describe the odd encounter.
"She spotted it around 4 p.m. on Jan. 16, what would have been dusk. Bauer was driving to the bank, alone in her car.
"'Right before the movie theater, I looked ahead of me and it was towards Superbear direction,' Bauer said, referencing the grocery store in the Mendenhall Mall and Gross Alaska theatre's Glacier Cinema.
"There was rain on her windshield, so she turned on her wipers to clear the view.
"That was when she saw a massive, jet-black bird with a short tail flying level with the treetops over Mendenhall Loop Road toward her. Bauer said the bird flapped its wings, soared a little higher, and flew at a fast clip over her car about 50 feet in the air.
"'I looked up and right at that point, there was a gigantic, huge black bird flying right above my truck. it was basically following the roadway along the treetops.
"'I slowed down to try to get  a better look at it. It was heading toward the glacier, the wingspan was almost as wide as the road,' Bauer said, adding, 'It was the biggest thing I've ever seen in my life. It was very concerning. I've never seen anything like that.'
"Bauer said that it definitely had feathers, but she couldn't make out a beak.
"'The body of it itself had to have been six to eight feet,' Bauer said. 'I know it sounds nuts - I've been getting a lot of crap on Facebook about it like I am crazy - but I wanted to post it in case anyone else had seen it.'
"Another woman, who asked that the Empire use only her first name, Diane, said she saw something very similar - this time perched, or attempting to perch, in a tree near her house late at night a few years ago.
"Diane went outside to smoke a cigarette at her Lemon Creek home and noticed that all the birds in the area were excited.
"'All you heard was the whooshing sound in my tree. I went inside and grabbed a flashlight. It was so large, I couldn't even get an outline of what type of bird it was,' Diane said.
"Diane noticed downed branches littered her yard in the morning. 
"'That sounds crazy, but it was huge,' she said. 'I don't even go camping anymore.'
"Similar sightings
"Both of these accounts sound similar to a national headline-making event in 2002, when a very large bird was spotted in Southcentral Alaska.
"A heavy equipment operator from Togiak spotted the bird then.
"'At first I thought it was one of those old-time Otter planes,' the Alaskan Dispatch News (now the Anchorage Daily News) quoted Moses Coupchiak, 43, a heavy equipment operator from Togiak, as saying. 'Instead of continuing toward me, it backed to the left, and that's when I noticed it wasn't a plane.' 
 "So what could this be? It's debatable what the biggest bird in Alaska is, but one candidate is the black-footed albatross, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raptor biologist Steve Lewis said. They can have a wingspan of  6-8 feet.
"But it's highly unlikely an albatross would venture into the valley. Strong winds can sometimes blow an albatross inland, but they're generally ocean-going birds that stick to the coast, Lewis said.
Albatross

"'Over the water there's a potential to see something that may have wings like an albatross, but wouldn't be jet back and wouldn't be over the valley at all,' Lewis said.
"The Stellar's eagle is another candidate. Like the black-footed albatross, those can have a wingspan of 6-8 feet. They generally don't venture as far north as Juneau, but as recently as the 1990s they were consistently spotted only a few miles from Juneau on the Taku River, near Canada.
"A third, more likely explanation is that the bird was an immature female bald eagle. Those are the largest birds that are frequently in the area, Lewis said. Young bald eagles have bigger feathers than older eagles, he explained, which aid them as they learn to fly and can make them look larger than they are.
"Female bald eagles are generally larger than their male counterparts, Lewis added. Their job in a mating pair is to defend the nest, so it helps to be big and imposing to scare off potential nest robbers.
"Bauer and Diane were both adamant about the size of the bird, so neither the albatross, Stellar's eagle or immature female bald eagle squares with their account. They're both too small and the wrong colors.
"The Federal Aviation Administration didn't return calls to this story, but since both eyewitnesses described seeing this thing flap its wings, it's unlikely it was a glider or a large drone, by their accounts."
What did these people see? I would say there is no possible way it could have been a pterosaur, as some said, and they could have misidentified known birds, perhaps and eagle. Or is there really a giant bird in the area?

If any more sightings of giant birds are reported from the Mendenhall Valley area, I will share the stories here on TCZ.