Field Report 01.16.2010: Area D

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. 20 August 2013. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[4] Donald Fields. Wisconsin Wolf Turns Up in Indiana. HuntingNet.Com: The Ultimate Hunting Community. 4 August 2003. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[5] Citizens Review Online Authors. 400 Mile Journey Not Unusual for Wolves. Liberty Matters News Service. 25 September 2003. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[6] Robert Foster. Grey Wolf Sighting in Cheboygan County, Northern Michigan. Active 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. Date Unknown. Web. Accessed 30 November 2014.

[9] Dr Karl Shuker. Witchie Wolves, Medicine Wolves and the Waheela. Shuker Nature. 16 February 2011. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[10] Loren Coleman. Dire Wolves, Shunka Warak’ins, and Waheelas. 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. Date Unknown. Web. Accessed 31 July 2014.

[13] Sanjay R Singhal. Field Report 07.18.2009: Harbour Springs, Michigan. Beyond the Forest. 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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