West Virginia is a state with dense wilderness areas, farmlands, and is directly in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain chain, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Tales from over 200 years ago say that a creature of massive size has been roaming the lands in search of blood. The Shawnee Indians claimed it was a shape shifting werewolf who was out for revenge but the true facts may have been lost to time. In rural Webster County, West Virginia, a man named Hank and his son, Joe, were riding down one of the many country back roads, when they caught sight of something truly amazing. More amazing still is the fact they not only saw it, they actually captured its images on video.
The creature was filmed standing near a large dirt mound, and it actually appeared to be taller than the mound itself. The images were a bit fuzzy, as the vehicle being driven by Hank was in motion. As they ride by, it appeared as if the unknown beast was observing them. Its massive size evident, as it watched them slowly pass. The video showed the creature squat down and sort of duck behind the large dirt mound for cover. The encounter left both Hank and his son at a loss for words; a sense of terror in their hearts that something evil is lurking on their farm and it’s becoming curious.
The legend dates back over 200 years to a time when there was a vast amount of unsettle land in all the states. Much of the area in West Virginia is still as pristine as it was back then, making it an ideal location for a creature such as a werewolf to hide. The Appalachian Mountain Trail (ATC), which starts on Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends on Mt. Katahdin in Maine, runs directly through the area where the video of the Webster County werewolf was filmed. Stories of grassmen, sasquatches, and werewolves have been passed down for generations in this area. Up until this video, there was no real documented proof to the stories, which were usually used as scare tactics to keep unruly children in line.
So, the question remains: What was it that Hank and Joe caught on their digital camera? The images seen are not great, but clearly show a huge creature standing on two legs as they drove by. Some have scoffed at the video, saying it’s merely a bear. However, if you look at the image closely, you’ll notice that while the body could be that of a bear, the head simply doesn’t match. The rumor is that the beast is seven feet tall and likely weighs in at well over 400 pounds. These are merely speculations to its size, as no one has ever been lucky enough to capture it, or one of its kindred. As the creature continues to stalk the mountains of West Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains, we can only hope that farmers and hikers alike remain safe.