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Is This UK Town Being Terrorized by the Werewolf-Like “Beast of Yorkshire?”

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.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

“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.

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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.”

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