Strange Animal at Knobs

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 25th, 2007

August 25 – Residents of the Knobs section, near Union, [West Virginia] report the presence of a strange, bewhiskered animal having short forelegs and a long tail which curls at the end.

Garfield Seers, an employee of the George Irons farm, said he saw the animal emerge from a deep undergrowth and vanish into adjoining timber a short time ago. He described it as being considerably larger than an average-sized police dog [German shepherd]. Ernest Bowyer, Knobs resident, and E. E. McGinley, Narrow timber agent, also reported seeing “the beast,” giving a similar description.

No loss of stock, however, has been reported in that area.“Strange Animal at Knobs,” August 25, 1940, Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia.

Thanks for this historical item from

Jerome Clark.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Strange Animal at Knobs”

  1. shumway10973 responds:

    “bewhiskered animal having short forelegs and a long tail which curls at the end.” Couple things I’d like to understand (it’s too early to try right now), does bewhiskered animal just mean something with whiskers? And then I would also like to know if this is all there is for a description? So I take it has 4 legs? So it was a major mutt, most true mutts have major curl to their tale. The descriptions are too vague. Why even report it. “Officer, officer I saw an animal walking thru the woods.” The police officer would just nod his head and say, “good for you.” Specially if nothing “bad” happened during that time.

  2. PhotoExpert responds:

    I’m thinking Otter!

  3. bill green responds:

    hey loren good afternoon very interesting article about strange animal. thanks bill green

  4. jules responds:

    Hello all – If a person is interested in animals, they should know how to spell “tail”.

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