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The Sandhill Crane Theory

This is a very popular theory. The sandhill crane stands about 40 - 48 inches tall and has a wingspan of 6 - 7 feet. It is interesting to note that the sand hill crane's call is a loud screech. It has been proven that the sand hill crane was once indigenous to New Jersey, but due to land development, it left the area and now resides much further south in the nation.
 
Similarities:  Both the Jersey Devil and the sandhill crane are known to have wings. The legs are thin and the creature's body is tall, standing on two legs. The cry of the sandhill crane is also a loud screech.
 
Conflicts:  The sand hill crane is an herbivore, but the Jersey Devil has been known to steal livestock and attack animals, behavior more often associated with carnivores. Additionally, the Jersey Devil has been described as being taller than the average sandhill crane.
 
For more information on sandhill cranes, visit the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center website.
 
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