Famous Cases | Historical Tales | Vampires | Zombies
by Scott Harper
A Fox News report on the Beast of Bray Road.
In Wisconsin, sightings of creatures reported as “werewolves” date back to the mid-1930s. Early reports came from Jefferson County. In the 1980s, similar reports sprang from Walworth County—the next county south. These reports are mostly from around the small town of Elkhorn, near a lane called Bray Road.
A rash of sightings in the 1980s and 1990s prompted a newspaper to assign coverage to reporter Linda Godfrey. It was she who initially coined the name “Beast of Bray Road.”
Reports state that these creatures are large—two-to-four-feet tall while walking in a quadruped style and seven-feet when walking upright. There are reports on file in which eyewitnesses claim to have seen either walking style used; sometimes both have been reported during one sighting. Weight estimates range from 400 pounds up to 700 pounds.
The creatures are said to resemble the stereotypical Hollywood werewolf, looking like a human/wolf hybrid. Yet their behavior is markedly different.
These beings seem to be scavengers, in large part. Many reports of them include details of the creatures eating road kill. Most sightings end with the creature fleeing the humans and returning to cover.
There are a high number of sightings near Native American effigy mounds. This leads some researchers to make connections between these beings and the skinwalkers of Native American folklore. However, not one documented report is on file in which someone has witnessed one of these creatures shapeshifting.
Accounts of similar creatures are sometimes reported from the neighboring states of Michigan and Minnesota.