Werewolves of Georgia: The Lycanthrope of Coastal Georgia

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The paw size of the werewolf compared to a human foot.

By Jim Miles

Linda S. Godfrey is a weird colleague of mine, having co-authored Weird Wisconsin, Weird Michigan, and several books about werewolves.  In her Hunting the American Werewolf is a chapter titled “Georgia Werewolves on My Mind,” which she kindly allowed me to pillage.

In June 2005 Linda received a telephone call relating “one of the best sightings yet, one that would actually leave me frightened,” she wrote.  The call came from Andy, part Seminole Indian, Marine veteran of two wars and twice wounded, funeral director, and avid outdoorsman and hunter.  He and others leased land 70 miles south of Savannah and 20 miles inland, which means swamp, for hunting wild hogs and other game.

Andy had spent the day searching for arrowheads.  Near dark, about 8:30 p.m., he had returned to his truck when he glanced up a logging road and spotted a strange animal.  Andy grabbed his rifle and approached the figure.  From a distance of 30 yards it turned and “stared at me,” making a low growling sound, he said.  “I was going to shoot it, and when I put the rifle up it leaped off the road and into the swamp,” trailing a tail-a four-inch -long tuft of hair.

Andy had gotten a good look at the creature.  The face was dog-like, “a long snout, and tall ears that pointed up,” ending with tufts of hair.  It also had thick, six-inch-long whiskers.  The coloring was brown and black with reddish areas.  The fur was short at its feet, but became shaggier up the body to a length of several inches.  Andy estimated it weighed up to 275 pounds and stood at least six and a half feet tall, with yellow glowing eyes and black pupils.  Within the open mouth Andy saw teeth nearly two inches long.  The animal issued a formidable stench.

The apparition was not only large, but muscular, “like a body builder.”  The legs were shaped like a dog’s, but with much larger feet, and its arms ended with human-like hands, long fingers and three-inch claws.

After the creature departed, Andy examined its tracks.  The prints revealed four toes with claw points, and Andy’s size eleven foot fitted neatly inside the track.

Andy returned two weeks later in the company of his cousin Billy, who dismissed the story of a werewolf.  For additional security, the men had brought three hunting dogs with them.

Half a mile from the initial sightings and again at dusk, the mystery creature was spotted at the edge of the woods, staring at them with its glowing yellow eyes.  “That’s the werewolf!” Andy cried.  He snatched up his rifle as Billy, initially stunned, unleashed three bulldog-mastiffs, each weighing about 75 pounds.

Werewolves Roaming Georgia Swampland

Not intimidated, the creature started charging.  “It was trying to get me” Andy said.  When the three dogs leaped from the truck, the werewolf stopped suddenly, leaped 15 feet, and tore through the brush on all four legs.  The dogs returned 30 minutes later, exhausted but unbloodied.

These experiences explained several mysteries that Andy had noted before: “I have found hogs disemboweled, and a gator that was ripped up and had his tail torn off on this land.”

As a child, Andy had heard stories of werewolves numerous times, and his grandmother had spread sulphur around her house to keep the werecreatures away.

Linda Godfrey, a leading cryptozoologist researcher, was impressed by this experience, citing Andy’s training in anatomy and hunting experience.

Georgia has hundreds of Bigfoot reports, and many people have sighted our water monster, Altamaha-ha, but encounters with werewolves are rare.  Counting this one, I have found only three in the state.  However, we seem to have no reports of vampires, so if you have seen the undead, let me know.

Jim Milesufossavannah is the author of two Weird Georgia books, seven books about Georgia ghosts and eight books about the Civil War. To see all of his books go to the Jim Miles Author Page on Amazon. Order autographed books or contact Jim directly at milesbooks@cox.net

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