May 24, 2013

The Beast of Bray Road

Bray Road is a rural road located outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. In the 1980s the road was at the center of a paranormal phenomena that caught the attention of local journalists and eventually people from across the world.

The Best of Bray Road is a cryptid and like most cryptids it still remains controversial. People have claimed to see the creature not only in Wisconsin but also in northern Illinois, Michigan and even as far away as Vancouver Island in Canada. Because of some of the same characteristics described by eyewitnesses, some cryptozoologists believe it is the same type of creature that has been spotted in these various locations.

The big question is, of course, what is the Beast of Bray Road? Some eyewitnesses have described the creature as walking on all fours while others have said it was bipedal or had the ability to walk on all fours or its hind legs. It's been described as hairy like Bigfoot or a shaggy wolf, with bownish gray fur all over its body. The creature has also been described as tall, up to four feet on all four legs or up to seven feet tall on two legs.

Some people have called the beast a werewolf, even though nobody has claimed to have seen the creature transform from an animal to a human or vice versa.

Certain eyewitnesses to the Beast of Bray Road claim that whatever it is, the creature is a problem solver just like a wolf or human. This has led many to believe the creature is in fact a werewolf, Bigfoot or a leftover type of ancient wolf known as a waheela. Others think it is a misidentified hybrid cross between a domesticated dog and either a wolf or coyote. And of course there are those who believe the Beast of Bray Road is nothing more than mass hysteria that has been fueled by media coverage of sightings.

If you would like to read more about the Beast of Bray Road, visit this website that has collected some eyewitness accounts.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They made a movie about it, but it wasn't very good.

Candilynn Fite said...

I adore the cryptid legends around the nation. I recently finished a bloghop where I featured the different creatures allegedly stalking throughout Texas. I have three Texas creature tales finished for a Middle Grade collection, and I'm currently plotting story number four. I hope to finish it by the end of this year. I really enjoyed your post.

Steven said...

Alex, that movie was just plain horrible!

Candilynn, sounds like an interesting collection. Let me know what happens with the project. I always love a good cryptid tale...

Katie Cross said...

Oooh, I love a good creepy story. This sounds like the start of a writing prompt to me, just sayin'

Steven said...

Katie, I am a huge fan of creepy stories (obviously). These stories give me many, many writing prompts, trust me.