Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bear Dog: Not Really Extinct?

Bear dog: A carnivorous creature that existed millions of years ago and thought to be extinct. There are stories of man's encounters with these and for a creature thought to have gone extinct before we were on the continent of the Americas, that is very interesting. Do they still exist? Some witnesses think so.
One of my favorite locations for isolated ancient beings, today's giants, and mysteries beyond belief is the Nahinni Valley in Western Canada. The location of legends of giants and headless bodies being found.

The Waheela is a local native legend of a wolf-like cryptid in that remote region. 

LINK: Similar to the Ontario White Wolf, and often considered to be the same animal, the Waheela, or Saberwolf, is a large, wolf-like creature said to inhabit Alaska and the Northwest Territories. It is larger and more heavily built than normal wolves, with a wide head and proportionally larger feet, and with long, pure-white fur. The animal’s hind legs are said to be shorter than the front legs, and the tracks show widely spaced toes. Witnesses describe it as being about 3.5 feet to 4 feet at the shoulder. Waheela are never seen in packs, so are presumably solitary. Native legends describe the Waheela as an evil spirit with supernatural powers, and describe it as killing people and removing their heads. It has been theorized that the Waheela is an Amphicyonid (a prehistoric carnivore of the Miocene and Oligocene), a dire wolf (A large wolf of the Pleistocene), a prehistoric hyena, or a completely new species of canine.

Reports of this could be reports of the Bear Dog still wandering the wilds.

Sheepsquatch is another possibility. We don't really know what color a Bear Dog was, so this might fit the description well.

LINK:  Sheepsquatch, also known as the "White Thing", is a woolly-haired cryptid reported across numerous counties in West Virginia, predominantly within the southwestern region of the state. The counties with the most sightings are Boone, Kanawha, Putnam and Mason, with a surge in sightings taking place in Boone County during the mid-1990s.

It is described as being a quadruped about the size of a bear, with entirely white wool-like fur. It has a long and pointed head, similar to a dog but with long, saber-like teeth and a single-pint set of horns not dissimilar from those found on a young goat. Its forelimbs end in paw-like hands, similar to those of a raccoon but larger, while its tail is long and hairless like that of an opossum. It is reputed to smell like sulfur, which has been attributed through folklore to the beast being born within the TNT Area in Mason County like one of the Mothman theories, though this is not likely and instead may be a musk scent gland similar to those found in many species in the order Carnivora such as weasels and skunks.

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