The Beast of Bray Road, Wisconsin

Beast of Bray Road

Beast of Bray Road courtesy Cryptidz.wikia

The Beast of Bray Road, a hairy humanoid with canine features, has been sighted in Wisconsin dating back to 1936 on a rural road outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. More recent sightings in the 1980s and 1990s place the creature in Racine, Walworth, and Jefferson Counties. Those who have seen the beast describe him as eating, hunting/scavenging.

Also known as Manwolf, Bear-Wolf, and Indigenous Dogman, it is said to be around six feet tall with gray and brown fur. Its face resembles a wolf, with shiny yellow eyes and pointed ears. Its body, though furry, looks like a muscular man. The creature is said to run and walk on all four legs or just its hind legs and has been spied sitting on its haunches and kneeling like a man.

Some people believe it is a werewolf, others that it is a Bigfoot, and others believe it is an unidentified species.

Though it has never attacked anyone, some witnesses claim it has acted aggressively, running at them and jumping on their vehicles.

Some researchers consider the Beast of Bray Road identical to a kind of Wisconsin Bigfoot that locals call the “Bluff Monster” or the “Eddy.” Others, including many Native Americans, believe it to be the “Wendigo,” which has often been spied in Minnesota. Others believe it has simply been misidentified and is a wolf, a bear, or a large feral dog.

This werewolf-like creature has been portrayed regularly in the media since the first sightings and even had a low-budget movie based on its legend. The number of sightings in the late 1980s and early 1990s prompted a local newspaper, the Walworth County Week, to assign reporter Linda Godfrey to cover the story. Initially, she was skeptical, but soon became convinced of its authenticity and later wrote a book titled The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf.


By Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated March 2023.

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Legends, Ghosts, Myths & Mysteries

Monsters & Strange Creatures

Mysteries in American History

Cryptozoology And Bigfoot


Historic Mysteries