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Tatzelwurm

Region of origin: The Alps

With the first recorded sighting occurring in 1779 and persisting into the Twentieth Century, there have been numerous accounts of a strange reptilian creature attacking travelers in the Alpine regions of Europe, peaking in the mid-1800s where stories of the creature had become so widespread details of it were included in Bavarian hunting manuals. The Tatzelwurm was described as a dragon or serpent often with feline features at its front half and either only two legs or a set of short, stubby hind-legs. Sightings of the Tatzelwurm petered out by the mid-1900s, but interest in the creature’s existence was maintained by evidence in the form of a photograph and a skeleton, both of which were later shown to be hoaxes, and continued accounts of eyewitnesses finding strange lizards in the Alps.

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Happy anniversary to the Wilderness Act!  On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed this landmark conservation legislation. The BLM has stewardship responsibilities for 223 Wilderness Areas with over 8.7 million acres in 10 Western States. These areas are protected in their undeveloped state and offer outstanding recreation opportunities for visitors willing to experience nature on its own terms. BLM managed wilderness areas include vast southwestern deserts, red-rock canyons, rugged Pacific coastline and alpine peaks.

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