No I didn’t misspell were. 😉
Since the emergence of the modern werewolves/ dogmen onto the scene of cryptozoology, there have been quite a few details in reported sightings that seem to point to the creature in question being more that just wolf-like in nature.
I’m not going to address the more metaphysical features it is said to exhibit at this point,but rather its actual physical appearance,
Let’s start with its peculiar posture when running as a quadruped.
Very often we hear of it being described as having longer front legs than hind legs, resulting in a rather hyena-like profile, albeit significantly larger.
Dogmen are also often described as having a sort of mane or extra hairy ridge running from their shoulders down their spines, another feature reminiscent of hyenas.
There have also been descriptions, mostly from Southern California, about some of these creatures exhibiting somewhat feline qualities amidst their canine appearance. These creatures Linda Godfrey have dubbed Doberman-Lynxes.
Hyenas, though dog-like in appearance, are actually more closely related to felines.
Could there be part hyena in the dogman?
I guess if it is a genetically engineered species it could be a little of many things.
If it comes from an alternate reality then evolution could have happened differently.
If its appearance is a manifestation, a glamour, then I guess it would just choose to look as frightening to us humans as it could.
But what if it’s a natural, terrestrial species?
This is the theory I’m leaning toward the least, but I don’t discount it since nothing can be discounted before we know significantly more.
The reason I’m leaning the least this way is if it’s a wolf that has evolved to walk on two legs, then why are most witnesses reporting such feelings of malevolence, anger and evil coming from it?
A wolf is a wolf. They are predators, but even though encountering one in the wild might trigger feelings of slight unease and a healthy respect they don’t tend to linger for decades, causing nightmares and psychological problems. Not even an upright walking wolf.
Still, like I said, there is no discounting. If this has indeed happened, a wolf evolving to walk on its hind legs, then maybe it developed other skills as well.
But I digress.
A creature reported occasionally these days and more in the olden days is the Shunka Warak’in.
It is described as a hyena-like, wolf-like creature and its name is said to mean “the carrier off of dogs”.
In older times the Native American tribes of the Midwest knew of this creature which would sneak into their camps at night and steal their dogs.
A specimen said to be this creature was shot in Montana in 1886 and was kept on display at a museum in Henry’s Lake, Idaho.
No DNA test is said to ever have been performed on this creature because the owners “wish to retain the mysterious mystic of the taxidermy item”.
Or, they tested it found that it was a normal animal and decided to keep that quiet in order to keep drawing in visitors…
Either way, annoying and scientifically irresponsible.
Now let us explore the topic of actual werehyenas.
Blacksmiths are a peculiar breed, at least according to Ethiopians.
People working with iron and pottery are considered Boudas or Tebbib, people with the ability to change themselves into hyenas.
These werehyenas are believed to scavenge human remains at cemeteries at night, and because of this they are feared and despised by their communities.
It’s obvious that the concept of werehyenas is similar to other traditions of humans transforming, such as the Navajo skinwalker legends and the old European traditional werewolf.
The werehyena is said to differ from regular hyenas in appearance. The werehyena is much larger, sometimes hairless except for a tuft of hair on the upper back, they can walk on their hind legs and their golden eyes glow red just before an attack. They are also said to emit a foul odor reminiscent of rotting corpses.
In Sudan, Tanzania and Morocco they also believe in the Bouda. The human hyenas are said to be man-eaters and they terrorize anyone foolish enough to be outside at night.
Another skinwalker-like characteristic of the werehyena is its claimed ability to mesmerize its victim with its eyes or possibly with pheromones, leaving them helpless and entranced.
Dogmen are often seen on the side of the road munching on roadkill. Does this mean it’s a scavenger or just opportunistic?
Hyenas have always been seen as filthy scavengers, unlike the majestic lion. Fact is though that lions steal prey killed by hyenas just as much as the other way around.
People really need to stop holding certain animals in higher regard than others.
So what do we make of dogmen and their hyena-esque qualities?
Again we are left with theories and speculation.
Could dogmen be, not an evolved wolf, but rather an extant group of something like chasmaporthetes, who has evolved since it was last known to be here in the world?
If we need this creature to be completely terrestrial and natural in origin then we need to address questions such as if some wolves evolved this way, what caused this and why did it only happen to some wolves? And in the case of a creature such as the
chasmaporthetes, where have they been hiding for the last 780 000 years?
If dogman really does exhibit hyena-like or cat-like features, chances are we will never know why.
We have inquisitive minds and we want to know, but when it comes to dogman, all we really need to know is:
don’t cuddle with it.