Field Report Autumn 1990/Spring 1991: South Bend, Indiana

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This drawing of the Michigan Dogman was downloaded from the Internet, and is utilised here via the Fair Use Act.  It is presented here as a negative of the original, in order to more closely resemble the creature that I encountered.

FIELD REPORT AUTUMN 1990

To open the report, simply double-click on the words “FIELD REPORT” above, and the PDF file will open for you; you may then download the file to your own computer, or read here, at your leisure.

There are several possible explanations to describe what I saw; all are feasible; all are…fantastic.

An initial suggestion is that I encountered a white-furred Great Plains Wolf (Canis lupus nubilus);[1] this subspecies of Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the most numerous in North America, and their colouring is typically lighter than other wolves.[2] However, the US Fish & Wildlife Service does not list any wolf populations in Indiana; the nearest documented populations are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and in Wisconsin as of August 2013.[3] Curiously, in 2003, a Grey Wolf was killed in Randolph County, Indiana;[4] via its ear tag, it was estimated that it had travelled over four hundred miles (400mi, or 644km).[5]

The possibility that I encountered an Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos), which presents all-white fur throughout its population, is not considered feasible for this Report, as its habitat is very far to the north (Canada, the Arctic Circle, et al). However, the remoteness of its habitat is also reported to have made it unafraid of humans, as evidenced by historical encounters.[6]

Regardless of the species, the behaviour of this creature was truly…remarkable. Wolves typically stalk preys, concealing themselves as they approach;[7] they certainly don’t stand on their hind legs to look through a window, night after night.

These are the…normal…suggestions. They are rational; they are reasonable. While bizarre, the possibility of a wolf returning to my house, night after night, to look in the front door, is not necessarily outlandish; truth, after all, is stranger than fiction.
However, would a wolf, regardless of colour, stand on its hind legs, repeatedly, to do so?

Moreover, if it was not a wolf…then what was it?

Another suggestion, somewhat based on historical legends, is the Waheela,[8] a large, wolf-like cryptid with snow-white fur, reported in Alaska and Canada; a similar creature has been reported in northern Michigan.[9]

It has also been suggested that what I encountered was, in fact, a DM;[10] I cannot confirm this statement in any fashion. I have no corresponding evidence; I did not take any photographs, nor did I attempt to look for footprints, hairs or other physicals. In 1990, I had never heard of such a creature (nor would I, until the winter/spring of 2012); if anything, I would have thought it a loup-garou, or werewolf.[11]

There are numerous accounts of the loup-garou, or werewolf, in Indiana, beginning with reports from the 19th century in Vincennes (Knox County), in the southwest portion of the state.[12] Additional encounters with a strange, wolf or dog-like creature, walking upright on its hind legs, were reported in 2006 in Vernon[13] (Jennings County) and in 2013, in New Salisbury[14] (Harrison County). It is not possible, based upon these reports, to determine what, if anything, these creatures were; nonetheless, their appearance and behaviour are quite similar to my own experience. Were I to base my summation upon these reports alone, I should suggest either a DM or a loup-garou…and still, it seems almost too improbable and too fantastic.

In closing, therefore, I should state that any of these suggestions are valid; there are sufficient reports of each, which would substantiate same. However, such confirmation should not be considered proof.

[1] Barry Holstun Lopez. Of Wolves and Men. New York: Scribner & Sons; 1979.

[2] L David Mech. The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press; 1981.

[3] US Fish & Wildlife Service Authors. Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) Current Population in the United States. US Fish & Wildlife Service. http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf/aboutwolves/WolfPopUS.htm. 20 August 2013. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[4] Donald Fields. Wisconsin Wolf Turns Up in Indiana. HuntingNet.Com: The Ultimate Hunting Community. http://www.huntingnet.com/forum/midwest/34527-wisconsin-wolf-turns-up-indiana.html. 4 August 2003. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[5] Citizens Review Online Authors. 400 Mile Journey Not Unusual for Wolves. Liberty Matters News Service. http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/sept_2003/400.htm. 25 September 2003. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[6] L David Mech. Arctic Wolves and Their Prey. Arctic Theme Page. http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/essay_mech.html. 30 May 2007. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[7] Will N Graves. Wolves in Russia: Anxiety through the Ages. Calgary, Alberta: Detselig Enterprises; 2007.

[8] Dr Karl Shuker. Witchie Wolves, Medicine Wolves and the Waheela. Shuker Nature. http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/02/witchie-wolves-medicine-wolves-and.html. 16 February 2011. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[9] Loren Coleman. Dire Wolves, Shunka Warak’ins, and Waheelas. Cryptomundo.com. http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/dire-waheela/. 11 October 2010. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[10] For various reasons, which I cannot disclose here, I prefer to address this creature by its initials, rather than its full name.

[11] Folklore, Legends & Tall Tales Authors. Loup-Garou Legends of Old Vincennes. Folklore, Legends & Tall Tales. https://sites.google.com/site/folklorelegendstalltales/loup-garou-legends. Date Unknown. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[12] Linda S Watts. Loup-Garou. Encyclopaedia of American Folklore. http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPrintPage.asp?iPin=EAFolk438&DataType=AmericanHistory&WinType=Free. 2006. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[13] Chris McDaniel. Indiana Werewolves. Strange Indiana. http://strangeindiana.com/indiana-werewolves.php. Date Unknown. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[14] Charlie Raymond & Karen Moreno Lawyer. New Salisbury, Indiana. Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organisation. http://www.kybigfoot.com/new.htm. 9 October 2013. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

To open the report, simply double-click on the words “FIELD REPORT” above, and the PDF file will open for you; you may then download the file to your own computer, or read here, at your leisure.

Sanjay R Singhal, RA

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