A recent episode of Werewolves in America airing on the Destination America network covered several classic werewolf tales, most of which we’ve heard and seen packaged elsewhere. The Beast of Bray Road in Wisconsin has been seen more than 100 times, with a flurry of sightings in 1989 of upright wolf creatures. In fall of 1989, for example, a local bar manager when driving home saw an animal on the road holding road kill. It locked eyes with her, and she barely got her car restarted in time to escape the creature. Animals have been reported found suspiciously dead and dismembered by the creature. A sanitation worker reporting a sighting in 2006 described the creature as standing about 7′ tall, and looking like a wolf on top of a bear’s body.
Slidell, Louisiana features the Cajun Werewolf, perceived as a person who’s been cursed. Such creatures may be set forth by the swamp as a warning. In Chauvin, Louisiana a 13-year-old boy went hunting on All Saint’s Day despite admonitions not to, encountering what he described as a dog shaped in human form which chased him. Werewolves have also been reported in Montegut, Louisiana where they are also seen as cursed souls.
The town of Holly near Detroit, Michigan reports “the Man-Dog of Holly,” also known as the Michigan Dogman. Described as a spirit-based creature rather than one of flesh and blood, over 500 sightings of the Dogman have been reported, including one reported in 2005 by a repo man seeking out a vehicle late one night.
Whether sighted in the old or new world, werewolves and their legends continue to fascinate and intrigue us…