The town of Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, has recently been rocked by a wave of reports from concerned residents who claim to have seen a half-human, half-wolf creature roaming the nearby woods.
According to the International Business Times, some locals have described the beast as being over eight feet tall, and alternating between walking upright like a human and running on four legs like a wolf or large dog.
Some of the latest sightings — seven separate accounts, as of this writing — have been the most frightening: one woman claims she saw the creature near the Barmston Drain (shown below), a centuries-old but still-functioning drainage channel embanking the River Hull, near the small town of Beverley.
“I was terrified,” the woman told the Express of her encounter. “It vaulted 30 feet over to the other side and vanished up the embankment and over a wall.”
Some Hull residents are beginning to organize hunting parties, convinced the creature could be “Old Stinker,” also known as “The Beast of Yorkshire” — a monstrous, red-eyed wolf of local myth said to roam the Yorkshire Wolds, a lowland region spanning the East Riding and North Yorkshire.
Myths aside, it’s been theorized that centuries ago the Wolds were home to the last free-roaming wild wolves in all of England… and some even say it’s possible that large wolves could be living there today.
“It would be no distance at all for a large animal to get to Hull,” says Charles Christian, author of A Travel Guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds. “When you get multiple sightings combined with a tradition of stories going back centuries, it is hard to ignore the possibility something might be there.”