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American Lumberjack Folklore Creatures

Updated on February 20, 2015

Cactus Cat

The Cactus Cat

This curious creature is neither comical nor terrifying but merely curious. The Cactus Cat as its name suggests lives in areas where the cactus plant is plentiful such as deserts. It has thorny hair, and the thorns are extra long and rigid along its ears. One might accidentally mistake this creature as a cactus itself if it weren't for sharp knife-like blades on the forearms above its front feet. These blades are not used for a sinister nature however as the Cactus Cat will use them to cut open the base of giant cactus trees so that the sap flows out. The Cactus Cat will repeat this on several cacti systematically over the course of several nights , eventually returning to the first tree it cut. By the time it gets back to the first tree it cut, the sap will have fermented into a sweet and very intoxicating meal. The Catcus Cat will then consume the sap get drunk and happily dance around in the moonlight screaming with delight. Just don't let it give you a hug.

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The Hugag

Hugag

Some of these creatures are more comical than fearsome as told by the book "Fearsome Critters of the Lumberwood" by William T. Cox and "Fearsome Critters" by Henry H. Tyron. The Hugag would be considered to be one of the more comical creatures of the bunch. The Hugag is akin to the moose in both size and shape however to its dismay it has no joints in its legs, forcing it to stand up even when it sleeps. Even more unfortunate for this creature is its long upper lip that prevents it from grazing, if it does try to graze the upper lip would simply drag across the dirt. The Hugags head and neck are hairless and leathery, a complete contrast to the rest of its hairy body. The Hugags floppy ears, four toed feet, long bushy tail, and shaggy coat suggest a prehistoric appearance. The Hugag is a tireless traveler and will continue on its path all day long. It appears to be a vegetarian as during its travels the Hugag will eat twigs off of trees and in a curious manner will flop its long upper lip around a tree and somehow tear off bark and consume it. Since they are unable to bend their legs they lean against a tree to sleep. While they do not appear to pose any threat to humans whatsoever $6 the lumberjacks devised a rather simple way to kill it. They would notch the trees until they were about to fall and when the Hugag leaned against it both the tree and the Hugag would fall making it extremely easy to dispatch.

The Roperite

Roperite

A creature equally comical as it is frightening comes the Roperite. A creature about the size of a pony with a lasso like beak handled with extreme dexterity. It is extremely fast and has been known to run down and lasso hapless jack-rabbits and even occasionally a logger. The Roperites over developed flipper-like legs give the Roperite a half-bounding, half-flying running style. This makes the creature incredibly fast and no other creature or man is able to out run it. The leathery skin the Roperite has cannot be penetrated by even the sharpest rock or thorn it happens to run over. No one knows how or where this creature is spawned whether it be born or hatched from an egg. The Digger Indians say that the Roperites are the spirits of early Spanish ranchers. This creature is so terrifying because of its speed, dexterity, and carnivorous appetite that makes it a danger to humans. Even its tail rattles like that of a snake when it pursues prey signaling impending doom on those unfortunate enough to hear it.

The Snoligoster

Snoligoster

The Snoligoster is by no means comical as it is a nightmarish creature that struck fear into the hearts of the lumberjacks. This enormous, carnivorous creature lives primarily in swamps and has a hunger that is only sated by that of human beings. It bears the shape of a crocodile and has long glossy fur with no arms or legs, curiously enough it has but a single spike on its back. Such a creature couldn't possibly traverse the muddy waters of a swamp, except it has one aspect that allows it to do so at a frightening speed. At the end of its tail, absurdly enough, is three bony plates that resemble the propeller of a boat and behaves as such. It propels the Snoligoster at frightening speeds akin to that of a torpedo towards its unfortunate prey. What this vicious monster does with something that it has caught is extremely gruesome and a touch racist and I will speak of it no more.

The Slide-Rock Bolter

The Slide-Rock Bolter

In the mountains of Colorado another terrifying creature exists. The Slide-Rock Bolter only lives on steep mountains where the slope is greater than 45 degrees. It has a huge head, with small eyes, and a head like that of the sculpin fish. Its tail is a divided flipper with giant grab-hooks that it uses to latch onto the crest or ledge of a mountain where it lies in wait. An extremely patient creature the Slide-Rock Bolter is as it will wait, often days at a time, for hapless prey to wander into its kill range. When an unfortunate victim does cross its path the Slide-Rock Bolter will lift its tail fix its tiny eyes on its prey and slide down. Now normally such an enormous creature wouldn't slide very fast down rocky mountainous terrain, however the saliva that it generates from the thought of an impending meal lubricates it and grants the beast tremendous speed. The creature generates so much speed that once it reaches its prey and gulps it up in one fell swoop it uses its own momentum to carry itself up to the next slope where it latches on and waits once more for its prey.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Love the weird creatures. Keep them coming.

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant, a really great hub, a must read for anybody interested in myths and legend, very enjoyable and educational, very well done, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

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