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Legends and Lore: The Fresno Night Crawler

Updated on February 27, 2018
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An artist and writer from Pittsburgh, Lindsey has been a scholar of the dark and creepy since childhood.

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The Fresno Night Crawler

When we think of monsters, we usually imagine a big hairy creature with glowing red eyes, sharp fangs, and long talons. Sometimes, like in the case of the Fresno Night Crawlers, less detail is scarier.


The Fresno Night Crawler is a cryptid, or an alien, or a spirit, or a hoax that has been caught on film twice. Once in Fresno, California (hence the name) and once in Yosemite National Park. They appear to be ethereal beings with long flowing legs. The legs could also be a flowing gown, but it is hard to determine from the footage. The best description I can offer is a self walking pair of white pants with a head on the top. No other features are discernible.

The first recorded sighting occurred in the early 1990’s in Fresno. The footage was captured on a security camera. Prior to that, there were no recorded sightings, although some say they were first described in Native American lore as a creature that has long walked the Earth.


The first video footage captured of the Night Crawler is very grainy. Despite the low quality, as it was the early 90’s, as the creature walks closer to the camera, they become clearer. The creature appears to be tall with no distinguishable facial features. It’s long gown or long legs flow with each step. It does not give a menacing feeling, however. It appears to just be going about its business.

A second video was captured in 2011 in Yosemite National Park. In this video, there appears to be two Night Crawlers, a taller one and a small one. The property owners placed security cameras on their home after hearing their dogs barking nightly. Could they be an adult and a child? Their movements are staggered as they take long strides, not as flowing as the creature in the older video, causing some speculation to it's authenticity. These ones also seem to be just out for a stroll and not to do anything hostile.

People from around the world have reportedly seen the creatures, but offer very little evidence to their existence other than oral reports. A man in Poland claimed to see one in his yard, but could offer no evidence other than his word.

In Pop Culture

Since the Fresno Night Crawlers are a newer cryptid phenomenon, there aren’t many examples of them being used in pop culture. The best known example is when they were featured on an episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files on the SyFy channel. I won’t tell you the result of the episode; you’ll have to watch that for yourself!

What Is It?

Several theories surround the mystery of the Fresno Night Crawlers. One theory states that they are a form of alien species that are observing humans and are going to help bring in an age of peace. Some believe they are an ancient earth spirit that still walks this plane of existence. To others, the Night Crawlers are merely a hoax, a pair of pants or a sheet on a string and controlled from a distance.

Be they aliens, earth spirits, cryptids, or long lost pants, the Fresno Night Crawler is a mystery that has yet to be unraveled.



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