Residents of rural Kentucky have long known werewolves lurk in the dark, in the brush, just out of sight. Like all great traditions, the werewolf legends of Kentucky have been passed by word of mouth and told to anyone who will listen. It seems like every native Kentuckian has either seen one or knows someone who has. These stories are shared as often as possible and it’s fair to say that the tales of these Kentucky cryptids have replaced traditional ghost stories around campfires and are passed down from father to son and mothers warn their little children to be careful when they are out after dark because werewolf attacks are a known danger in the Bluegrass State.
The question as to whether werewolves actually exist is seldom considered. The country folk of Kentucky know they do just as the city folk ‘know’ they do not. However, in the 21st century, we do not need to rely on folk stories to reassure us and we don’t need to wait for an encounter ourselves. With security cameras on every corner and video phones in every hand, evidence was bound to be recorded at some point, right? Right. Unfortunately, even with evidence in hand, disbelievers are quick to rule out the supernatural, no matter how compelling the evidence. However, the folk from rural Kentucky still tell these stories and the ones who are listening still believe them.
Authorities try to be reassuring but inevitably it’s just some city folk who have never stepped foot in the Appalachian mountains and have never been alone in the vast Kentucky forests, who is telling the people who know better that werewolves don’t exist.
Still, this is the information age and if you do a little digging on the web, you’ll find photos of footprints and a Twitter account made by fans of the Waddy Werewolf– named for the 2012 sightings in Waddy Kentucky.
Despite the best attempts from naysayers, folk still believe that what they see out of the corner of their eyes is a werewolf and why wouldn’t they? Werewolves are so well documented in Kentucky history, it’s hard not to believe it but they are no longer confined to camp fire stories, now the large Wolf Men must be extra careful not to be caught on film and it is getting harder and harder to remain the stuff of legends.
Kentuckians have a long history of werewolf sightings but unlike the well-known Gateway werewolf or as the media dubbed him this grey giant “Bearilla,” which terrorized mid Kentuckians since the 40’s. The recent sightings feature a werewolf with a black face with green eyes and this time, it’s made the news.
The media does it’s best to debunk the legend and ridicule the tellers. Tales of wild dogs, escaped gorillas and black panthers do little to stem the flow of local gossip, however and all around rural Kentucky it’s just a matter of fact, no matter how many times city folk show their scorn. The folk of the land know- werewolves exist.
Lived in Shively Kentucky in 1972 to 1974. Lived just off the Ohio River. Heard all the warnings not to go out along the river after dark on moon lite nights. Never saw anything I could ID but some sounds I never could forgot.