The Beast of Bray Road is a cryptid native to Wisconsin, specifically near Elkhorn, on the rural route Bray Road (duh!). The Beast was first reported in 1936, but the bulk of its sightings happened in the late 1980's, early 1990's. As they always do, exact accounts vary, but they all describe the Beast as a tall, bipedal, hairy creature, most commonly with wolf-like features. It has been also been called a werewolf, although none of the reports include seeing the Beast transform from human to wolf or vice versa.
Journalist Linda Godfrey wrote a book about the Beast, called The Beast of Bray Road: Trailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf. Godfrey was assigned the story after the rash of sightings in the 80's started. She was initially a skeptic, but the sincerity of the witnesses turned her towards belief in the creature.
Other names that have been attached to the Beast include the Bear-Wolf, the Indigenous Dogman, and even the fabled Wendigo of Native American lore. Because of the sensational nature of the reports, the Beast has had some minor pop culture notoriety, including a low-budget horror film, and episodes of History’s MonsterQuest and Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes.
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