At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Friday 30 May 2014


This creature is said to be one of the more frightening cryptids, but one legend avers that the species attacks only those who desecrate the wilderness, preying on humans, bobcats and coyotes.

There have been reports of this creature, also called the California Mountain Devil, since the 19th Century.  Its range is said to extend from the south-west USA into Mexico.  It is said to be winged with fur, talons and poisonous fangs.  A number of them are supposed to have attacked a coachload of settlers in the Sierra Nevada in 1878.  37 of them are said to have been killed, the only survivor being a priest who witnessed the massacre and described the attackers as "winged demons".

No sightings of these creatures have been reported since 1928.  Zoologists tend to be dismissive of the creature's existence, regarding it as folkloristic in nature.
Sierra Nevada

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