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Some early predatory birds and feathered dinosaurs had multiple wings on both their arms and legs. These creatures were known as microraptors. One of the largest of these multiple winged creatures was known as Sinornithosaurus, which was suspected to be venomous by certain grooves running down the outer surface, towards the rear of the tooth, a feature seen only in venomous animals, such as snakes and the venomous Gila Monster lizard. North American folklore also speaks of multiple winged creatures with venomous fangs and talons.

The Lone Pine Mountain Devil is a winged carnivore of North American folklore. Some believe it to be a West Coast relative of the New Jersey Devil. One early account by a priest described them as “winged demons” sent from the “depths of hell.” Also referred to as the California Mountain Devil, the animal is said to be a bat-like legendary creature or cryptid believed to inhabit the wilderness and mountainous regions of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. The Lone Pine Mountain Devil is usually described as a large, furry, multi-winged creature with razor-like talons and multiple layers of deadly, venomous fangs. The scientific community considers the Lone Pine Mountain Devil to be a combination of folklore and misidentification rather than a real creature. Since 1928, there have not been any significant or credible sightings of the Lone Pine Mountain Devil and there are no existing images of the creature caught on film.

Its name may come from a combination of one if its alleged habitats in the Sierra Nevada mountain range outside the town of Lone Pine, California, and the brutal viciousness of its attack. The creature is believed to slaughter its prey by attacking the torso and head of the victim. Most wild animal attacks stem from the need to eat the meat of its prey, whereas the Mountain Devils are said to indulge only in the soft cartilage areas of the face and torso, while leaving the remaining meat to rot or for other animals to eat.



Size of a human male compared to a Lone Pine MD

Early settlers, including the Forty-niners, began spreading tales of the creature’s existence after numerous coyote and bobcat carcasses were found in the rough desert and mountain wilderness of the Southwest in the mid 19th Century. It is not known when or who first coined the name “Lone Pine Mountain Devil.” The Mountain Devil became legend as the settlers told each other tales of finding entire convoys of adventurers, families, and gold prospectors who had been murdered, their faces left unrecognizable and their torsos appeared to have been eaten clean to the bone. Since the early 1900s, sightings have dropped significantly. Some attribute the disappearance of this alleged beast to the massive population influx of the early 20th Century to the regions of Southern California (the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.)



According to the North American Cryptozoology Center, Lone Pine Mountain Devils only attack creatures who disrupt the ambiance and inner peace of their natural habitat. True believers in the creature’s existence see the Lone Pine Mountain Devil as a keeper of the peace, of sorts, of the sanctity of the natural wonders of the region. They view the Mountain Devil's normal prey of coyotes, bobcats, humans, etc. as those who destroy the natural elements of the region and do not contribute to the regeneration of the forest. One popular rumor states that those who disrespect nature, the wilderness, or the existence of the Lone Pine Mountain Devil are targeted as prey by the creature.

The best-known documentation of human interaction with the Lone Pine Mountain Devil came in 1878, when a stagecoach train of Spanish settlers disappeared in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Southern California. A group of 37 settlers — men, women and children — vanished without a trace for two months, after which their rotted corpses were discovered by a team of copper miners.

Weeks had passed since their scheduled arrival at a mission about 110 miles north of San Diego, when a lone priest, Father Justus Martinez, approached the mission. He was weak, thirsty and hungry. He had no horse and no supplies, only the clothes on his back and a journal. Upon questioning, the priest informed the others that while on his journey, he had taken a vow of silence when confronted by the “beasts damned by the good lord.” The last entry in his journal was related to the disappearance of the Spanish convoy in the mountains.


In it, he describes the settlers, weary from their cross continent journey, taking part in a celebration to honor Saint Roderick. The celebration escalated into a “riotous orgy” and the settlers began to burn trees for heat and light as the party carried on into the dark hours of the night. The priest writes that he took refuge by himself in a small tent on the outside of the convoy and watched as “winged demons” swarmed from the trees and attacked the settlers.

His final entry of the journal read:

“My God. My God. They are all gone. The winged demons have risen! What sin have they committed against each other and thy sacred earth. May the forgiving Lord not abandon their souls, which were taken from them into the depths of hell! And through the earthly fires of man, a sole tree remained on the mountain’s peak. And the Devils that spared me, returned to the refuge of the Lone Pine on the Mountain.”


After years of decline, the new millennium has seen a sudden jump in Mountain Devil sightings. California cryptozoologists have stated that they have recorded an exponential rise between 2003 and 2010. Local authorities are currently investigating the disappearance of a group of local high school students missing in the Death Valley region since March 2010.

Internet Hoax and 2021 Documentary[]


The Legend of Lone Pine - Cryptozoology Documentary 2021

In 2021, the Crash-Course Cryptozoology YouTube channel did a 17 minute documentary on the Lone Pine Mountain Devil. Their research largely exposed the legend as an Internet hoax. The documentary proposed that the legend was started by the comedy trio ChadMattandRob for their horror-comedy short video back in 2010 called "Mountain Devil Prank fails horribly". The original video was removed, but copies of it exist on youtube. The multi-winged demon as depicted in the black and white drawing wrongly called an "eyewitness sketch" is based on this appearance in the end of the video.