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The hodag was a dreadful beast that terrorized the logging camps of the nineteenth century. It had great iron teeth, a long flat tail of bone with steel-like serrated edges. It ate bears, deer, and wildcats, but its favorite food was landlookers: those men that scouted areas for suitable logging operations. Once a landlooker was pursued by a hodag, he was doomed. The hodag could run faster, and if the landlooker climbed a tree, the hodag would cut it down with his tail.

This terrifying fellow has been unjustly neglected in American folklore. We oughtta bring him back.