Source: In North West Canada, and even some connecting parts of the United States there have been reports of a large wolf-like animal, but powerfully built similar to a bear, particularly the fore quarters where the legs are longer than the rear as well as a broad head much wider than a wolf and with a coat of long white fur. These features all correspond with the physical traits of the larger bear dogs (although we can’t be certain about the colour) as well as the description of a creature in Native American folklore called the Waheela. Back in the twentieth century the cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson drew this very conclusion that stories of the Waheela may in fact be accounts of a relict population of bear-dogs (although confusingly he additionally referred to Canis dirus, better known as the dire wolf for his theory, and this was a true wolf not a bear dog).
The Waheela is a creature of legend yet one that many people have claimed to have seen even in modern times. Additionally there seems to be a concentration of reports of the Waheela that come from the Nahanni Valley, a place that is also known by the more grisly name of the ‘Headless Valley’ due to the discoveries of the bodies of people that were missing their heads. Stories from people who claim to have seen the Waheela are usually fairly consistent although it could be argued that the story of the Waheela is becoming more popular in the mainstream and that more people now know what to say, or are led to a specific conclusion because of this whereas otherwise they might not have said Waheela. The story and description of the Waheela is also similar to other creatures of legend called the Shunka Warakin and the Amarok, so it seems that these different stories may all be describing the same creatures.
Although the story is good, it is currently impossible to establish if the Waheela is a late surviving bear dog, or even if it exists at all because so far it is only legend. No body or part of has ever been presented for scientific study, and there is no definitive video or photographic evidence of a living Waheela in its natural habitat. This does not completely discount the idea that a still unknown large mammal might be roaming around the wilds of Canada given there remoteness and lack of people to witness something, which is why the chance of something being found is viable, if slim.
The idea that Waheela are surviving bear dogs is a little harder to swallow, but suggesting that a legendary cryptid is a relict of a prehistoric creature is not unknown.
valley warmer than the surrounding areas by about 30 degrees year-round. This land of perpetual mist is viewed by the Indians as â €™tabooâ€™ and avoided.
What is happening in the Valley of the Headless Men? We have no idea, and we may not for quite some time. Man still has yet to truly plod through the region extensively enough to discover anything for sure any time in the near future in this still greatly unexplored wilderness.