At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

THE DIRE WOLF

Dire Wolf
Ever heard of the Dire Wolf (Canis dirus)?  That's a skeleton of one up there.  They ranged in days agone from Canada to Bolivia and died out about 10,000 years ago, perhaps due to competition from fellow predators.

Or did they?  G. McIsaac has drawn our attention to an animal in the First Nations traditions of British Columbia - the Wilderness Wolf.  This, he argues, may represent a population of surviving Dire Wolves - and who is to say he is wrong?

By the way, did you know that, in the folklore of Pennsylvania, if you kill and stuff a wolf, it will come back to life at night.  If your traveling in Pennsylvania after dark, bring a packet of dog biscuits with you to throw to it.  Wolves aren't noted for attacking humans, but a wolf like this might be a different matter.  Such wolves are called Spook Wolves.

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