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One of the most fascinating cryptids (a creature unconfirmed by scientific evidence) in the United States is the Beast of Bray Road. If you haven’t heard of the monster, or even if you have, get comfortable and read on, because this is the kind of thing the Halloween season is all about.
Wisconsin has its fair share of reported paranormal activity. One of the most famous examples is a set of werewolf-style sightings near the town of Elkhorn. At one point, a legitimate local journalist was assigned to cover the sightings, and she soon became convinced people had seen something that defied modern scientific explanation.
It was the early 1990s when this rash of sightings broke out, but the creature had reportedly been seen since at least 1936. People described it as a wolf-like humanoid, or a wolf that walked on its hind legs. Of course, many immediately made the connection with werewolves.
Many people in the area claimed to have seen the beast, but as is natural for eyewitnesses, their descriptions had some variations to them. It’s usually described as being about two to four feet tall when it’s on all fours, but up to seven feet tall when it’s on the hind legs. The creature is supposed to be rather muscle-bound, like a professional football player. It’s covered with a brown-gray coat of fur that’s shorter, like a bear or some kinds of dogs.
If you’re seen the B-movie about the Best of the Bray Road, I sincerely apologize.
Certain members of the cryptozoology world decided to label the beast a type of Bigfoot or Sasquatch, because they considered the possibility of a werewolf to be too far out there. They cite the similarity of certain details between many Beast of Bray Road sightings and reports of “Eddy” or the “Bluff Monster” – a local Sasquatch that is famous in Wisconsin. Others believe the creature isn’t a biped at all, but instead is just an undiscovered wild dog that really walks on all fours, but can stand on its hind legs to reach food.
It should be noted that nobody has reported seeing the creature transform from a human to a werewolf, or vice versa, but the media initially reported that it was a shape shifter, which has stuck since. After getting ample coverage from the media, sightings spread to other parts of the United States and Canada.
Read more about the Best of Bray Road by checking out the book here.
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