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Jersey Devil Again

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 13th, 2011

Hagerstown Mail
Hagerstown, Maryland

February 4, 1910

THAT JERSEY DEVIL AGAIN.

Strange Bird or Beast Reported to be Near Staunton, Va.

Staunton, Va., Feb. 3. – Report comes that David Meeze has just seen what some declare is the famous Jersey Devil, which was reported to have first been seen in New Jersey, whence it gets its name. Meeze says that the strange bird or beast was flying directly over him and had a head like a horse and feet and legs like a mule. It soars along on great red wings. It is said that the animal was seen in West Virginia some months ago. It is supposed to live in the mountains, feeding on bear and deer. It is the most extraordinary combination of beast and bird ever seen in these parts.

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For more information on this topic, please refer to:

Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State, (NY: Stackpole, 2010) by Loren Coleman and Bruce Hallenbeck.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


2 Responses to “Jersey Devil Again”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    This has always been another iconic cryptid for me, just like the Augustine monster and others. It defies enough of the zoological record that I’m not sure what to think. Maybe a chimera of sorts–some critter not on the fossil grid that has an odd head that most resembles a horse? Red wings? Who knows…and mules’ hooves…again…

    I’ve always liked this one too. :) Haven’t gotten to West Virginia or the Pine Barrens to investigate yet, but it’s on my list.

  2. mongous responds:

    Hmmm, interesting. I’m surprised it wasn’t also/somehow tied into the Snallygaster sightings of the previous year. Especially considering the year of this report, the general area it was supposedly seen in, its alleged mountain habitat, and that it was reported from Hagerstown.



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