Researcher, author and newspaper reporter, Linda Godfrey, has been tracking upright, canine creatures that look like traditional werewolves for over twenty years. She joined George Knapp to discuss modern and classic sightings of the creatures. Descriptions by witnesses of the Manwolf or Dogman have remained consistent over the years and across the US-- a 5-7 ft. tall creature that stands, walks or runs on its hind legs (although it can alternate between that and all fours), is covered with shaggy fur, and has a long snout, fangs, and pointed ears on top of its head, she detailed. Curiously, people often note that it has a jeering or sneering quality as though it's trying to scare them, but then quickly darts off into nearby cover. One witness, a man in Quebec province, said he was grazed by the fangs of a creature when it brushed past him, leaving him with a skin tear that required stitches.
Godfrey has studied various tracks left by the creatures-- they tend to be around 6 inches in diameter and have certain differences from regular dog or wolf tracks, she said. Sightings date back millennia, and across cultures (the Romans even had a holiday called Lupercalia related to wolf lore). She recounted an intriguing case from 1936 when a night watchman saw an upright 7 ft. tall canine-type creature near an Indian burial mound that growled in a "proto-human voice" a word that sounded like "Gadara," a place mentioned in the Bible where Jesus was said to cast out demons. Locations where the dogmen are seen are almost always near water sources, and tend to be places like cemeteries, church yards, crossroads, highways, and remote military installations, she said, adding that in some hotspots, Bigfoot, UFOs and other anomalies are also reported.
Interestingly, she found a correlation between sites of ancient Indian animal-shaped effigy mounds in southern Wisconsin, and dogman sightings. Godfrey noted there is some anecdotal evidence that through magical rites or mental projection, people may be able to manifest as these creatures. She also shared her own recent odd encounter which took place last month in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin, with what may have been a Bigfoot-type creature. See her blog entry for further details.
Linda Godfrey shares her drawing of a creature reported in California and Alabama that appears to blend canid and felid characteristics, which she has dubbed the Doberman Lynx.
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