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Beast of Bray Road

Bray Road, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121 USA

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“beware the beast of bray road”

The Beast of Bray Road is a cryptozoological, creature first reported in the 1949 on a rural road outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  The same label has been applied well beyond the initial location, to any unknown creature from southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois and all the way to Vancouver Island, Canada, that is described as having similar characteristics to those reported in the initial set of sightings. Bray Road itself is a quiet country road near the community of Elkhorn. The rash of claimed sightings in the late 1980s and early 1990s prompted a local newspaper, the Walworth County Week, to assign reporter Linda Godfrey to cover the story. Godfrey initially was skeptical, but later became convinced of the sincerity of the witnesses.  Her series of articles later became a book titled The Beast of Bray Road: Trailing Wisconsin's Werewolf. The Beast of Bray Road is described by purported witnesses in several ways: as a bear-like creature, as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, and as an unusually large (2–4 feet tall on all fours, 7 feet tall standing up) intelligent wolf-like creature apt to walk on its hind legs and weighing 400-700 pounds.  It also said that its fur is a brown gray color resembling a dog or bear. Although the Beast of Bray Road has not been seen to transform from a human into a wolf in any of the sightings, it has been labeled a werewolf in newspaper articles..

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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April 08, 2014

This is a great local legend, and visiting it provides some fun insight into the stories of "dog men" terrorizing the Midwest. The road is definitely more populated than you might have been led to believe, but it's a neat photo op nonetheless. Do be cautious if you visit after dark - we did and the police were there in less than ten minutes to ask us what we were up to. It didn't help that I was wearing a full-body fur suit.

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Dana Newkirk

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July 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

If you do visit, make sure not to linger on the road too long or else there's a very good chance the police will come and ask you what you're doing. When you have to tell them you're looking for a mythical monster beast you're going to feel very silly. I may or may not be speaking from personal experience here.

Still, a very cool place to visit.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sarah.long.376258

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May 14, 2014

Ok have to ask, why exactly were you wearing a full-body fur suit?

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MT1932MT

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January 22, 2014

I went there last summer ( August 2013) at around midnight didn't see anything. drove on the road for about an hour, still worth a shot!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ben.martin.391420

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January 11, 2014

Prolly between Thanksgiving and Christmas..Thats when they shape-shift

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lilcheerpea

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January 06, 2014

when do the sightings happen because i want to plan my trip just right

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jadnetta Avery

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December 30, 2020

You have to go in the woods to see it deep in the woods I know somebody who seen it you don’t want to see it it’s scary and they will kill they also follow u and if u don’t believe me go on YouTube and search dogman encounters they talk about real tru dogman they are not something that you would want to play with

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Reviewed by
cindyredenius

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February 13, 2020

I seen it on Hyw 43 coming home from work. So I know it's real!

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tashibusch

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May 08, 2018

Hey I live right by bray rd... never seen nothing.

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Reviewed by
elsie.bartaspivak

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October 23, 2014

i have been to jemnys jump i have never seen a spirt nor anything on the roads .What i have experianced though is the over whelming out of racoons it was ao bad we had to sleep in the van with kids u can hear them fall from the trees its like 20 coons to every person. this was in 1980 something..

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Beast of Bray Road

Bray Road
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
53121 USA

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