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Real Werewolf Sightings
Werewolves...and NOT the Twilight Kind!
Everyone has seen a few werewolves in the movies and on television these days. However, not everyone has seen a werewolf in real life. But there are those who claim to have had a real werewolf sighting, even in this day and age. The belief in werewolves dates back centuries, possibly even thousands of years to ancient times. Men shapeshifting into the likeness of a wolf is not a new concept, by any means. In fact, there were people who were tried and executed in Northern Europe during the Burning Times as the local people believed these individuals were shapeshifting witches who could turn into wolves on certain unholy nights.
In the United States of America, there is more than one Native American tribe that holds a legend about "skinwalkers" or witches who shift into the likeness of a wolf, coyote, bear, or other terrifying being. Could these real werewolf sightings be all in the imagination or could they be actual evidence of shapeshifters? Whatever these things are, they are not the glamorous Hollywood Twilight-type werewolves.
The Beast in Wisconsin
Probably one of the most well-known real werewolf sightings occurred in a small town in Wisconsin, dating back to the late 1930s. In this particular case, more than one person has witnessed the same creature, with sightings happening at least a hundred times. The most recent sighting was reported in 2011, and a book has even been written about this werewolf beast. The earliest account of the "Beast of Bray Road" was told by a man by the name of Schackelman. He claimed to have seen a wolfman that stood almost six feet tall, digging in an old Native American graveyard. He was terrified of this thing, but also intrigued. He decided to go back to the same spot where the first sighting occurred and saw the werewolf a second time. That time, the beast actually spoke...an unidentifiable, grunting type of language.
Since Schackelman's real werewolf sighting in the 1930s, dozens of other people have come out of the shadows to tell their horrendous tales of the Beast of Bray Road. One woman said that the werewolf actually jumped onto the back of her car, but soon fell off as the car was wet with raindrops. She drove back through the same road later that night, and there was a "dark form" laying on the side of the road that she thought was the werewolf that she had seen earlier that night.
Is it coincidence that so many people have seen the same thing over and over in the same area of Wisconsin? Perhaps its the collective conscious, distorting and mutating a harmless gray wolf that lives in the area. Or maybe it is a human being who has some sort of rare and disfiguring disease. Or perhaps this real werewolf sighting is in fact just that...a real werewolf sighting.
A Few Places In the US with Real Werewolf Sightings:
Skinwalkers in the U.S.A.
For centuries, the Hopi and a few other Native American tribes of the Southwest United States have had legends of a frightening shapeshifter called a "skinwalker". There are various names for this phenomenon, but skinwalker is the more common, modern term used. These skinwalkers are thought to be black magicians or evil witches that are so powerful that they are able to take on the form of an animal in order to play out their ill will against others. When the sun goes down, these skinwalkers have been seen as coyote-men and other beasts, but mostly they shift into the form of a coyote. While not a "werewolf sighting" per se, I have included these tales here as they are in the same family as werewolves.
If you were to do a search on Youtube for stories of skinwalkers, you would find dozens of videos of personal accounts by people who live in Arizona, New Mexico, and elsewhere in the Southwest. They tell of frightening nights of animals prowling about on the roof, peering into their windows...waiting for their victims to come outside. One individual spoke of how she and her family were driving along a desert highway when an animal ran alongside of them...at a speed of up to 60 mph! This animal was not just a coyote, but it resembles a hairy man with a long snout...a man that appeared to be crossed with a coyote. Or what the locals call a "skinwalker". This skinwalker must have followed them home, because the same young lady tells of how a whole group of skinwalkers with drums tried to come onto her home's property...though in the end, something kept these beasts at bay. They could never cross into the yard.
These skinwalkers have also been seen in the Southeast United States. And some say that the Cherokees have their own legends of skinwalkers and real werewolf sightings on the East coast. It seems these skinwalkers or shapeshifters have spread out across the country, or perhaps they can appear anywhere. The belief is that these beings are indeed evil magicians, out to exact their revenge on an enemy of some magnitude. These skinwalker sightings have occurred as recently as 2012/2013.
More Real Werewolf Sightings...
In addition to terrified witnesses seeing werewolves in Wisconsin, the Southeast and Southwest United States, real werewolf sightings have also occurred in Middle America.
Take for instance the stories of the werewolf in Illinois. One individual even believes Google Earth captured the image of a werewolf on an aerial picture from 2007. This individual claims to have seen a werewolf-like creature in the exact same spot that this Google Earth image was picturing. You can see that image and read the story by going to this link. Apparently this person is not the first to experience a real werewolf sighting in Illinois. There are eyewitness accounts in Illinois dating back to at least the 1960s...being that Illinois state border meets up with the Wisconsin state border, the question is could the Wisconsin Beast and the Illinois werewolf be the same creature?
There are even accounts of real werewolf sightings in the state of Florida. If you've ever visited Central Florida, you'll notice that much of the land is made up of swamp. There are plenty places for coyotes to hide. One particular story is of a large wolf-like creature seen by more than three people in a neighborhood in the early 2000s.
The question stands as to whether werewolves actually exist, and whether they are still in existence today. Shapeshifting is a part of an ancient practice and belief system called shamanism that spans cultures and generations, so some wonder if these werewolves are indeed humans that are able to shift their shape into something more powerful...
Or are these creatures just mutant wolves of some kind, hiding in the forests and only coming out in extremely rare circumstances?
Written and copyright © KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.