Dwayyo

Hairy Biped of Maryland.

Etymology: Letters forming this word originated with a police teletype message accompanying a November 1965 report. Coined by reporter George May of the Frederick (Md.) News Post.

Variant names: Dwayo, Wago. Physical description: Height, 6 feet. Black hair. Bushy tail.

Behavior: Runs on four legs. Screams like a puma.

Distribution: Frederick County, Maryland. Significant sighting: John Becker claimed to have fought a hairy, black creature in his backyard on Fern Rock Road, 10 miles out of Frederick, Maryland, in late November 1965. Possible explanations: Probable hoax. Sources: Frederick (Md) News Post, November 30, December 2-3, 6, 8, 15, 1965; Mark Chorvinsky and Mark Opsasnick, "Notes on the Dwayyo," Strange Magazine, no. 2 (1988): 28-29.

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