American Werewolf: The Beast of Bray Road

There are a few monsters that we’ve come to safely believe are pure fiction.  Vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.  All of these are figments of creative imagination, right?  They don’t actually exist…. do they?

 

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Well, there are a few people in Wisconsin that might challenge that notion.  You see, Wisconsin is known for something other than their beautiful Dells, football, and cheese.  It also just so happens that Wisconsin has its very own werewolf legend, and there are those that believe that this beast is very very real.

In the small town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, something is amiss.  Starting in the late 1980s, people have reported seeing a creature that stands upright like a man, with the body like that of a bear, and the head of a dog or wolf.  There have been many sightings through out the years, and they continue to this day.

Linda Godfrey, a reporter for a Wisconsin newspaper, was assigned the task of covering the story of this mysterious creature.  At first skeptical, she quickly became convinced that the eyewitnesses were truly seeing something that was beyond conventional explanation.  She has since become a dedicated researcher into the so called “Beast of Bray Road” (named after the quiet street that intersects an area of many sightings) and has written several books on the topic.

 

The Beast of Bray Road Linda Godfrey

The Beast of Bray Road – Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf by Linda S. Godfrey

I first heard about this Wisconsin werewolf when I came upon an interview with one of the eye witnesses.  The man’s name is Steven Krueger.  He was working as a contractor for the highway department at the time.  On the night of November 8, 2006, he was sent out to remove roadkill from the highway.   As he was driving along, he spotted a large dead deer that was not a part of his reported inventory.  Inspecting the carcass, he noted that it was likely a fresh kill, and decided to pick it up anyway.  He threw it into the back of his pickup. The deer was extremely heavy, and it took some effort for him to hoist it into the truck bed.

Leaving the tailgate open, he went around to the cab of his vehicle to take some notes.  As he sat there with the cab’s interior light on, he felt the truck shake.  He was startled for a moment, and then decided that it must have been the wind.  He went back to his notes.  Soon after, his truck began to shake again, this time violently.  When he looked into his rear view mirror, he saw something he would never forget.  A creature with its arm outstretched, reaching for the dead deer.  Krueger stared at the beast in shock for a few seconds, and then drove away in fear.

This is his description of what he saw, according to Linda Godfrey’s website, BeastofBrayRoad.com:

“It had pointy ears, triangular shaped,” he said, “and they looked like big wolf ears standing up on end. That was the main feature that made me realize it was not a bear. It had a longer muzzle than a black bear, and its head was more like a wolf than a bear. It almost looked like a very large black bear standing on its feet, if you took a wolf’s head and enlarged it and set it on the bear’s body.” Krueger guessed the creature’s height at six to seven feet, but only was able to see it from the chest up. The fur was about two inches long, black, and fairly smooth, he said. “I know it wasn’t Bigfoot.”

Mr. Krueger is not the only witness who has gone on record with his account.  The TV show MonsterQuest on The History Channel featured the story of the Beast of Bray Road, and interviewed several eye witnesses.  An investigation was launched, and all of the witnesses were subjected to polygraph tests to determine if they were being truthful about what they saw.  Interestingly, the administrator of the tests concluded that there was not evidence to suggest that any of them were lying or fabricating aspects of their stories.

 

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Artist’s rendering of the Beast kneeling

There have been many theories as to what the Beast may be.  Some say it is Sasquatch.  Some say it’s an overgrown feral dog or wolf.  This doesn’t seem to account for its upright stance.  Others claim it is just the misidentification of a bear.  It is important to note here that bears are extremely rare in this region of Wisconsin.

In my research, I came across an extinct creature called an Amphicyonidae.  This creature, also known as a “bear dog”, lived from 9-37 million years ago, and had the body of a bear, but more closely resembled a canine in the snout and ears.   I found it interesting to learn that such a creature really did exist at one time, as it seems to closely resemble the eye witness accounts of the Beast of Bray Road.  Is it possible, or should it be considered, that maybe there lives a small remnant population of this creature in the woods of Wisconsin?  Some hypothesize that small pockets of prehistoric creatures still roam the earth in isolated areas.  I find the whole scenario so intriguing.

Amphicyonidae

 

The legend has gained some popularity in the mainstream.  Many TV shows have explored the topic of this alleged werewolf in America.  There has even been a rather silly horror movie created about the Beast.  Check it out in IMDb.com:  The Beast of Bray Road (2005)

Below is a link to a clip from Fox News.  Sean Hannity has been doing a weekly feature where he details conspiracy theories, and he recently covered the legend of the Beast of Bray Road.  It is informative in its interviews with Godfrey as well as a couple of eyewitnesses, including Steven Krueger.

The Beast of Bray Road on Fox News

In my view, the world is a mysterious place, full of more than we can ever comprehend.  New creatures are being discovered every day, and it is possible that somewhere out there, in the dead of night, an unknown specemin is stalking the woods, and the people who live in Elkhorn, WI will likely be erring on the side of caution, just in case.

 

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  1. Yikes! How very weird. Hopefully one day somebody will be able to snap a picture of it and then they can figure out what it is. I wouldn’t want to run across it on a dark night!

    The extinct creature was a strange looking beast.

  2. elisabeth

    How chilling to think this prehistoric animal may still be around and near towns.

  3. What happened to Bigfoot? Those guys recently who claimed they had a sasquatch body in a freezer, only for it to turn out to be an elaborate hoax … oh well.

  4. Natalina

    Cheryl, someone actually did capture video footage of a similar creature in neighboring Michigan. I should have included that.

    Lis, it is a weird notion, isn’t it? Strange things indeed!

    Bruno, are you trying to tell me there’s no such thing as bigfoot? Curse you! I heard about the freezer hoax. Damn rednecks steal all of our fun!

  5. Fan

    Maybe it’s a bigfoot werewolf ;) Interspecies breeding at its scariest!

  6. Liz

    I hope it is the prehistoric Amphicyonidae. Nice to think that one prehistoric animal has survived, despite all odds.

    Liz (Samaritan)

  7. natalina

    My dear Fan, that is indeed a scary thought! Hahaha! They’ve MERGED!!

    Liz (Sammy), Hey thanks for swinging by, my dear! I too think that is the most interesting theory (maybe I’m biased because it’s my theory!) Stay tuned for my story about an alleged dinosaur living in the rain forest of Africa! That will be very interesting!

  8. ruke dunalee

    i’m sorry that we have scared you all,but we have been here for a long time.just stay out of the way…please…we have a long blood line of what you call(werewolves)and we just don’t want to be messed with. all we want is to rest in peace in the day and hunt at night.if your in the woods at night you dunb and your wlaking right into are hunting.so just stay at home at night and you won’t worrie about us.

    like i said we are all sorry if we hurt you or your loved ones,just let use be!

  9. ruke dunalee

    were not dog’s we know what were doing all the time and you put youself in danger if you walk right into are hunting ground…so stay out!!!

  10. ruke dunalee

    we have a time to change and a time to feel ok.were just mostly in pain and have a bad out look on life. what if you were hunted like a animale!i’m sick of moveing around.i’m sick of hideing how i am.i wish someone would understand us!!!!

  11. Carol Hoogerhyde

    You never know when you hear stories…what to believe until you actually see something unusual and it stays in your memory. I’m a 61 year old female, but back in 1961 or sometime around that period my sister and her husband was taking me to a nice restaurant which was on the other side of Kalamazoo by a lake called Gull Lake. I was sitting in the back seat always looking out the window trying to look for deer when I saw a pack of werewolf looking gray animals run across the expressway…really fast. They were a slate grey in color, head shaped like a wolf’s head, quite muscular above their front legs..they had long and lanky type bodies…were very fast and so fast that my sister and husband were talking and hardly saw them…but I did and I will never forget what they looked like. I assumed they were timbler wolves…but at the time I didn’t know what timber wolves looked like…No, they weren’t timber wolves. I don’t know what they were.

  12. Wesley

    this is impressive. iv believed in the dog-man for a long time, may it be real or just silliness. While i do believe in the wolf man, dog man, werewolf, anyone who claims to be one is lying. MR. or Mrs. ruke dunalee, why would a dog man be on the computer? and if you could turn into a normal human, why stay asleep during the day? if i was a were wolf who could turn into a human i would merge pretty well. its not hard to secret yourself away into the wilderness every now and again. sorry if i burst your bubble, i meant no harm, but you give the whole werewolf, dog-man, wolf man, myths and legends a bad name.

  13. jeff

    what happened to the other blog of the michigan dogman i can’t find it hope natalina can place the new link in this blog but anyway this all seems like government coverup or something! There is something out there and they don’t want us to know like that chupacabras cover up saying it was just a dog but thats another story.

  14. natalina

    Here’s the link you wanted Jeff. And check the comments on the Dogman post, I have a special message there just for you!
    http://extraordinaryintelligence.com/950/the-unexplained/american-werewolf-follow-up-michigan-dogman/

  15. jeff

    thanks natalina for the link but when i try to open the link for the new topic it says :PAGE NOT FOUND. help me please. And sorry i have been abcent i was a bit busy but i’m back and very excited to keep this topic and carols’ story is amazing, just imagin a whole pack of them wow!

    • natalina

      Good to see ya Jeff! Sorry that link was bad. Try this one http://extraordinaryintelligence.com/eiforum/

      I started a topic about this just for you. Go to the top where it says Topics Discussed on Extraordinary Intelligence… and then you’ll find it under Cryptozoology. I hope others join in the conversation as well!

  16. jeff

    I know i might be a lunk head but i still can’t find the new topic, when i enter Cryptozoology under Topics Discussed on Extraordinary Intelligence it takes me to a page where it says beast of bray road and when i enter it it just show me the 2 topics that were already discussed and i can’t find the monster quest hoax topic. am i doing something wrong?

    • natalina

      No Jeff, you found the right place. If you go inside that Beast of Bray Road topic… you’ll see that I mention both articles and open the conversation up to address the issue of the Dogman. However, If you like, you are welcome to start a new topic about the Dogman specifically. Maybe that would make more sense. You found the right place, its possible however that I wasn’t very clear in what I was doing :)

  17. jeff

    Thanks natalina i think i will start a topic on the dogman and other creatures i feel are very intriguing like zombies for example, i was investigating the legend of the wendigo because i thought that it had something to do with the dogman but i found out that its discription is just like a zombie with gray skin, bloody mouth like if its eaten someone and that rotten smell, just makes you think doesn´t it! Also i found the beast of gevaudan wich killed more than 100 people bin france back in 176 until someone shot it with a silver bullet but the discriptions make it a totally different creature than the dogman it might be a suposed extinct mysonichid, well see ya!

  18. jeff

    Thanks natalina i think i will start a topic on the dogman and other creatures i feel are very intriguing like zombies for example, i was investigating the legend of the wendigo because i thought that it had something to do with the dogman but i found out that its discription is just like a zombie with gray skin, bloody mouth like if its eaten someone and that rotten smell, just makes you think doesn´t it! Also i found the beast of gevaudan wich killed more than 100 people in france back in 1764 until someone shot it with a silver bullet but the discriptions make it a totally different creature than the dogman it might be a suposed extinct mysonichid, well see ya!

  19. jeff

    sorry about the double comment but my pc was having some gliches but the second comment is the corrected one

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