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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Mysterious Mountain Boomers

People interested in cryptozoology have probably at least heard some accounts of creatures that sound like something that should be extinct. I'm talking about creatures like plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, and dinosaurs.

Today, we'll be focusing on some reports of what could be survivors of the latter group.

In Southwest Texas, there have been some reports of creatures which are called "Mountain Boomers." I'm not talking about the collared lizard, which is also called a "mountain boomer," if that's what you may be wondering. The reports from Texas describe some decidedly dinosaur-like animals.

The website CryptoWiki has a short page on this cryptid, saying it is a "small sized bipedal dinosaur evolved from a Thescelosaurus-like ornithopod." How exactly whoever wrote that knows that Mountain Boomers evolved from Thescelosaurus, I don't know. The wiki page goes on to say:

"Female Mountain Boomers are generally 6 to 7 feet tall while smaller males are usually 3 to 5 feet high. The males have a more vivid coloration than the females. The Mountain Boomer are found everywhere… but tend to nest in the more remote mountain regions where they sleep in caves or burrows. It is extremely fast, swift and agile, easily being able to outrun a human or other predator. Additionally, it has a tremendous leap. the creatures are shy and reclusive, fleeing as defense. They have a strange wolf-like howl."

How true any of that is, I don't know. I've found some more info on Mountain Boomers in Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern's 2010 book Monsters of Texas. Gerhard says of the mysterious critters..

"Their name is, apparently, a reference to the thunderous sounds these monstrous reptiles make when they bellow out from the distant canyons. ….Many old-timers from the foothills claim to have known someone who has stumbled upon these menacing creatures feasting on road kill….."

Gerhard goes on to say that the "general descriptions includes a height of about five or six feet, a greenish-brown or dusty color, and most importantly, small forelimbs that resemble arms hence the Boomer's upright posture." Gerhard tells of a sighting in the 1970s when a car was almost run off the road by a "dinosaur,"  and another reported to researcher Jimmy Ward in 1993.  A family from Conecticut claimed they saw a Mountain Boomer while driving through Texas to California. they said the creature was "enormous" and looked like something out of Jurassic Park.

Gerhard goes on to speculate that some Mountain Boomer reports could be misidentifications of the collared lizard or even Gila monsters.

That's really all the info I've been able to find on Mountain Boomers. The reports and descriptions remind me of the "river dinosaur" sightings from Colorado, which I also can't find much info about.

The thought of small dinosaurs possibly surviving in the American west fascinates me. Someday I would like to go to the areas of Texas where Mountain Boomers are reported to try to find out more about them.

If you, reader, know anything about Mountain Boomers or sightings of the creatures, please comment.


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