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Werewolves are human beings with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a hybrid wolf creature, generally much larger and more powerful than actual wolves. Some legends have it that werewolves are the result of a curse being placed on someone or, more commonly, because they were bitten or scratched by a werewolf. Lycanthropy refers to the supernatural transformation of a person into a wolf, who may also be known as lycans or lycanthropes. A belief in lycanthropy stems from European folklore that spread to the Americas with colonialism. The case of Peter Stumpp, a German farmer who was accused of being a werewolf, and horribly executed in 1589, peaked interest in, and the persecution of supposed werewolves. Werewolves have been popularized in recent years in books, movies, and on the Internet. However, not every lycan is a werewold, and not every supernaturally monstrous dog is a lycan. For the purposes of categorization, we will be listing topics relating to other canine cryptids exhibiting human characteristics, such as walking upright, here too. Of course, natural dogs can be trained to walk on two legs, and wolves might even do that if they are missing a foreleg, but those are not the topic of this category. The Beast of Bray Road, outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, for example, is often reported as being a werewolf, yet no one has seen it transform from a human into a wolf. It is considered a werewolf because it is unusually large, and has been observed walking upright like a man, although it has the appearance of a wolf. Outside of Galena, Illinois, another large wolf has been seen running on its hind legs, and has become known as the Wolfman of Chestnut Mountain. Werewolves, on the other hand, do not walk on their hind legs once they have transformed into a wolf. There are several reports from many places of such creatures. Although not werewolves, these man-wolves would be listed here as well. A wolf that is able to walk on all fours will not walk on two legs.



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