On April 26, 1890, the Tombstone Epitaph (a local Arizona newspaper) reported that two cowboys had discovered and shot down a creature--described as a winged dragon--that resembled a pterodactyl, only it was much larger. The cowboys said its wingspan was 160 feet, and that its body was more than four feet wide and 92 feet long. The cowboys supposedly cut off the end of the wing to prove the existence of the creature.
The paper's description of the animal fits the Quetzelcoatlus, whose fossils were found in Texas. (Gish, Dinosaurs by Design, 1992, p. 16.) Could this be thunderbird, or Wakinyan, the jagged-winged, fierce-toothed flying creature of Sioux Native American legend? This thunderbird supposedly lived in a cave on the top of the Olympic Mountains and feasted on seafood. Different from the eagle (Wanbli) or hawk (Cetan), the Wakinyan was said to be huge and that it carried off children. It was so named because of its association with thunder and lightning. Supposedly lightning had struck it during a storm, and it fell to the ground. (Geis, Darlene, Dinosaurs & Other Prehistoric Animals, 1959, p. 9.) It was further distinguished by its piercing cry and thunderous beating wings (Lame Deers 1969 interview).