Letter to the editor: Lone Pine mountain devil?

lonepineLetter to the Editor… Mongo Ignacio, Los Angeles, Ca.

Dear Editor, I write you with an unusual request. I wish to seek comment on a reemerging phenomenon that few valley people I speak with are aware of; The Lone Pine Mountain Devil. On a recent visit to Independence, I noticed Native basket decorated with a bat like winged creature. I had been exposed to Lone Pine Devil stories through reading folk lore yet never through speaking with a local. The basket struck me as a sort of historic document and rekindled my interest.

I wonder if any of your readers know of the stories or have seen this Devil themselves. The folk lore claims that The Mountain Devil is a protector of the environment so I assume it must be extinct as I never read reports of unexplained valley carnage. In any case, the stories make for a very interesting read. They range from completely absurd to historical 19th century accounts of attacks on settlers. People who are knowledgeable about extinct species make strong comparisons to the Sinornithosaurus milleni, The isolated nature of the region somehow gives credibility to notion that these creatures could have survived extinction here. Here are some links on the topic that you may find interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Pine,_California#Lone_Pine_Mountain_Devil_folklorehttp://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Lone_Pine_Mountain_Devil Any comments or verbal history appreciated.

Best Regards, MTI

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DESCO
DESCO
8 years ago

It’s Obama’s fault.
OK it took ten posts.

bishop rocks
bishop rocks
8 years ago

This is by far the most interesting item included in any local news source recently.

DeAnna Rice
DeAnna Rice
8 years ago

Can someone explain then WHY by John Wayne rock, campsite A…when nails were removed from the cottonwood tree the tree shook violently? It did it twice…there was nothing in the tree itself. Been coming to this spot nigh on 35 yrs…that never happened before or since…

Big Piner
Big Piner
9 years ago

Mongo, My experience is that people who disrespect nature gets their asses kicked in any number of ways: altitude sickness, hypothermia, broken limbs, and general misfortune on multiple levels. This story plays itself out over and over again each year on Mt Whitney and throughout the Eastern Sierra to those… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Mongo…I live in Lone Pine,and when I mentioned this to people around here today,no one has heard of it….but it is an intresting story and folk lore.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago

Leave it Mongo. This is about as real as the tooth fairy. We have actually be pretty gentle with the ribbing.

Mongo the idiot
Mongo the idiot
9 years ago

Sure DT, I know its a stretch that this thing existed, yet I am still surprised that no one has heard of the folk lore. I would think something like this would be of historical interest to people as a local folk lore story backed by a 19th to early… Read more »

Cal
Cal
2 years ago

Is this animal mentioned in any books? Any other references besides the internet? Thank you.

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
9 years ago

Come on guys, hasn’t anyone heard about this folk lore from the old timers or Native Americans?

MJA
MJA
9 years ago

I heard he moved to Mammoth some years ago and tried to build some condos next to the airport. It cost a bit of money but eventually good concurred evil and the airport was saved. Rumor has it, (Isn’t that an Adel song?) he has moved on and is planning… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Desert Tortoise….That was ME and my Cocker Spaniol !!!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago

So that is who I saw walking along Whitney Portal Road with a pet chupacabra on a leash. Splains everything.