The Beast of Bray Road Sightings

The Beast of Bray Road is a mysterious creature (cryptozoological) which was first sighted in the 1949 near the town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Several eyewitnesses report it as a bear-like or wolf-like creature, while other described it as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, with height around 5 feet 7 inches. Weight, 150 pounds, some sources said 400-700 pounds. It has brownish-silver hair or fur with glowing, yellowish eyes, pointed ears, wolf-like muzzle, fangs, wide chest and shoulders. Muscular forelegs. Fingers with claws. Hind legs oddly shaped and longer than a dog’s. Tail like a husky or German shepherd dog.

Bray Road itself is a quiet country road near the community of Elkhorn. The rash of claimed 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.

In September or October 1989, farmer Scott Bray encountered a “strangelooking dog” that left tracks in his cow pasture.

On October 31, 1991, Doristine Gipson was attacked by a large animal as she was stopped along the road. The creature hit the car trunk as she drove away. She described it has having a large chest, like that of a weightlifter’s. She was certain that she had not seen a large dog, but a humanlike creature that had a wide chest and was covered with long, brown hair.

A twelve-year-old girl said that she had been with a group of friends walking near a snow-covered cornfield when they sighted what they believed to be a large dog. When they began to call it, it stared at them, then stood upright. As the children screamed their alarm, the beast dropped back down on all fours and began running toward them. Fortunately for them, the monster suddenly headed off in another direction and disappeared.

Late one winter’s night in 1993, Lorianne Endrizzi was driving down Bray Road in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, when she saw what she at first thought was a man crouching at the side of the road. Curious as to what he might be doing on the shoulder of the road, she slowed down to take a closer look. Within the next few moments, she was astonished to see that the being spotlighted in the beams of her headlights was covered with fur, had a long, wolf-like snout, fangs, pointed ears, and eyes that had a yellowish glow. The thing’s arms were jointed like a human’s, and it had hands with humanlike fingers that were tipped with pointed claws.

Lorianne sped off, thinking that the creature was so humanlike that it had to be some kind of freak of nature. Later, when she visited the library, she found a book with an illustration of a werewolf.

She said that she was startled to see how much the classic monster of legend resembled the beast that she had seen that night on Bray Road right there in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Along Bray Road on the night of August 13, 1999, a woman and her family saw what at first looked like a deer, but it was about 5 feet tall and had glowing, red eyes. It approached the car steadily to within 50 feet before they drove away.

In those reports, some supernatural elements are occasionally present such as human-like behavior similar with the Werewolf or Skinwalker creature, impressions of telepathic messages from the creatures, or even a glimpse of the creature partially “morphing” or transforming. However, most of the incidents describe a wolf-like animal that is unusual only in its behavior: walking or running upright and sometimes eating or carrying prey with its forelimbs. Many indigenous traditions claim the creature is an ancient spirit being.

Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena: "Mythical Creatures" by Linda S. Godfrey;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
Real Monsters, Gruesome Creatures, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger;

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