The Beast Of Gévaudan is dead — but its story lives on.
The Beast Of Gévaudan, Explained[*] The Beast Of Gévaudan was a man-eating creature that looked like a wolf. However, it was as big as a calf. It had a doglike head, small ears, a wide chest, formidable teeth, and an immense tail. Its fur was brown but its back was streaked with black. [*] Some witnesses claimed The Beast Of Gévaudan had supernatural abilities. They believed it could walk on its hind feet like a human. They believed it could make astounding leaps. They also believed it could repel bullets and come back from the dead after being struck and wounded. [*] The Beast Of Gévaudan got its name from terrorizing the former province of Gévaudan between 1764 and 1767. This is located in south-central France in the Margeride Mountains. [*] There were over 100 deaths caused by The Beast Of Gévaudan. Many others survived the attacks but were seriously injured. [*] The Beast Of Gévaudan targeted heads and necks. It was common for the creature to rip out a victim’s throat. [*] From 1764 to 1767, over 100 wolves were killed in Gévaudan because they were mistaken as The Beast Of Gévaudan. At one point, 30,000 volunteers were involved with hunting the creature. Some soldiers even dressed up as peasant women in order to attract it. [*] Around this time, political news was censored by the king. In order to sell newspapers, more entertainment-based stories were written about things like The Beast Of Gévaudan. The constant news updates gave the creature much more attention across the world than it would have otherwise received.