‘The Bloody Mystery of “The Beast of Gevaudan”‘ (2014)

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An out-of-place and drastically overgrown thylacine? Naah–couldn’t be!

Things like this just don’t happen today. They are preserved in history.

During 1764 through 1767, a rural region in France was terrorized by a wild animal called “the beast of Gevaudan.” Incredibly, it attacked some 200 people, with 90 fatalities. Survivors described it as an extra-large wolf; but some contemporary illustrators drew it with a long, stiff tail unlike any wolf’s. Besides, wolves hunt in packs; the Beast hunted alone.

The royal government sent special hunters to kill it, there were at one time an estimated 10,000 hunters tracking it–and finally a local man shot it dead.

The Bloody Mystery of ‘The Beast of Gevaudan’

The rest is very much a mystery.


7 comments on “‘The Bloody Mystery of “The Beast of Gevaudan”‘ (2014)

  1. That’s a tough one. A solitary hunter doesn’t sound like a wolf. Mountain Lions are capable of some pretty brutal stuff, but attacks on humans are rare. They just don’t do that sort of thing very often. Perhaps it was some strain of the Hyena family.

    1. Mountain lions were kind of rare in France. If people called it a wolf, they must have thought it looked like one–even though it didn’t act much like a wolf.

  2. Now, that is amazing. This is something I had never heard of before. I thought I had read everything there is, but no, nothing about this.

  3. Did someone at least draw a picture of it? This is a phenomenal story – it would make a great horror movie. Question: Did anyone go see the horror movie out this month, “Black Christmas?” Me either. I did watch a couple of Hallmark Christmas movies with my adult daughter who likes them.

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