The cryptid known as "ropen" in Papua New Guinea has, since early 2007, been conjectured to live permanently in the Western United States; at least a similar creature has been seen in daylight and at night, for it is nocturnal, feeding on bats (and sometimes, perhaps, Nighthawks or other birds). Garth Guessman and David Woetzel (who explored in Papua New Guinea in 2004, a few weeks after Whitcomb's expedition) searched for the pterosaur-like creatures in a secret location from about 2007-2008. At about this time, a biology professor searched for a ropen-like creature in Washington State.
Whitcomb received a phone call from an eyewitness who maintains that he saw a giant pterosaur-like creature at the San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary.
In July, 2008, Jonathan Whitcomb, author of the book "Searching for Ropens," interviewed the eyewitness by telephone. Eleven months earlier, at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, the man saw something that he later connected with the ropen of Papua New Guinea: a long-tailed pterosaur-
like creature. The wrinkles on the underside of the wings indicated no feathers. The total length of the creature was about 30 feet and about half of that was the tail length.
Report of a ropen sighting
An eyewitness described a giant flying
creature that flew over Campus Drive
Cryptozoology and Living Pterosaurs in the United States
The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, near
Irvine, California, has many miles of trails