West Virginia continues to be a hotbed of unknown species with the Snallygaster (S2/Ep11, 2014), said to be a huge, flying reptile with a twenty-foot wingspan that weighs in at about 800 pounds. First seen in the mid-1700’s, the Snallygaster was known to German immigrants. Multiple sightings occurred in more recent times in the 1990’s.
The Mountain Monsters team first interviewed an eyewitness, “Bub,” a trapper whose coyote traps were being robbed of their catch and ripped from the ground. “Bub” reported hearing a loud screech and beholding something about 7′ tall with a beak. Their first night’s investigation followed, with area coyotes appearing stirred up and parts of “Bub’s” traps found. Noises were heard up high, and fearing aerial attack the team took refuge under logs, vacating the scene thereafter.
A second eyewitness, “Ty,” was interviewed the following day. This squirrel hunter reported that one of his dogs was slain by something unknown, finding the animal dead with a puncture wound. He had set up a trail camera, sharing two images which seemed to show something on the ground with wings. A third eyewitness, “Mark,” a farmer, reported hearing coyotes fighting with the creature near his farm. Remarkably, “Mark” also presented a large fractured egg, said to be one of the Snallygaster’s. Speculated then was a scenario where the coyotes had stolen the eggs of the Snallygaster, causing it to essentially go to war with coyote-kind. The coyotes needed a champion, and Wile E. Coyote was nowhere to be seen.
A reverse catapult trap to catch the flying reptile had originally been designed, but the box component of it proved too heavy to support aloft, resulting in the team resorting to a simpler box trap. On their final night’s hunt, the team as was their usual practice split into two groups to flush the beastie towards their trap. They saw two sets of eyes in the darkness, suggesting that there were at least two of the creatures. One of the team groups found a ground nest with a deer leg in it; they radioed the other team members, and fearing attack took refuge jointly in an old cabin. In a scene reminiscent of the original Night of the Living Dead movie, the united AIMS team was put under attack (or so it was presented) in their cabin refuge, with impact thumps heard to the roof and walls. Feeling themselves to be sitting ducks in the cabin, the team members fled the location, taking off down the mountain in their all-terrain vehicles while apparently under pursuit for part of the distance by presumably the Snallygasters. The dragon-like beasts abandoned their pursuit of the humans when they were partway down the mountain, possibly feeling that they weren’t worth their time…