Field Report 01.16.2010: Area D

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The large, unusually shaped print found in the sand at Area D; 16 January 2010.  Copyright © 2014 Sanjay R Singhal.  All rights reserved.

FIELD REPORT 01.16.2010v2

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

An initial suggestion is that I observed, in the brush, a Great Plains Wolf (Canis lupus nubilus) standing on its hind legs;[1] this subspecies of Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the most numerous in North America, although their colouring is typically lighter than other wolves.[2] According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the nearest documented populations of Grey Wolves is 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] Even more curiously, Grey Wolf tracks were identified in Cheboygan County in Michigan, in March 2010.[6]

Regardless of the species, the behaviour of this creature was truly…remarkable. Wolves typically stalk their prey, concealing themselves as they approach;[7] they certainly do not stand on their hind legs to peer from the brush at them, and then drop back down.[8]

This is the…normal…suggestion. It is rational; it is reasonable. While bizarre, the possibility of a Grey Wolf suddenly emerging from the brush by standing on its hind legs, perhaps in a somewhat amatory mood, is not necessarily outlandish; truth, after all, is stranger than fiction.

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

An initial suggestion, somewhat based on historical legends, is the Waheela,[9] a large, wolf-like cryptid with snow-white fur, reported in Alaska and Canada; a similar creature has been reported in northern Michigan.[10] However, the creature I observed had dark, grey fur; although I observed it only briefly, I clearly, and distinctly recall its colour.

It has also been suggested that what I encountered was, in fact, a DM;[11] I cannot confirm this statement in any fashion. Chuck did not observe the creature, and I have no corresponding evidence; I did not take any photographs, nor did I attempt to look for footprints, hairs or other physicals. In 2010, 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.[12] I had seen a remarkably similar creature the summer before, in Emmet County, but I did not consider them together; there was no reason for me to do so.[13]

Numerous accounts of upright, walking wolf-like or dog-like creatures have been reported across Michigan, of course; many of these have been documented by noted investigator Linda S Godfrey.[14]

Any or all of these suggestions are valid; there are sufficient reports of each, to 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] Robert Foster. Grey Wolf Sighting in Cheboygan County, Northern Michigan. Active Rain.Trulia.com. http://activerain.trulia.com/blogsview/1561393/grey-wolf-sighting-in-cheboygan-county-northern-michigan. 23 March 2010. Web. Accessed 30 November 2014.

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

[8] They do, however, stand on their hind legs to mate…and mating typically occurs during the winter months. Wolf Centre Author(s). Breeding Behaviours. Wolf Education and Research Centre. http://wolfcenter.org/site/wolf-behavior/breeding.html#.VHr-gMkhBJc. Date Unknown. Web. Accessed 30 November 2014.

[9] 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.

[10] 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.

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

[12] 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.

[13] Sanjay R Singhal. Field Report 07.18.2009: Harbour Springs, Michigan. Beyond the Forest. https://beyondtheforestblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/field-report-07-18-2009-harbour-springs-michigan/. 25 September 2014. Web. Accessed 30 November 2014.

[14] Linda S Godfrey. The Michigan Dogman: Werewolves and Other Canines across the USA. Madison, Wisconsin: Unexplained Research Publishing, LLC; 2010.

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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