|Photo used for reference only, not an actual photo of the sighting.|
Over the last couple of years I have received several sighting reports of possible Shunka Warakin sightings in Iowa. The Shunka Warakin is an animal mentioned in American folklore that is said to resemble a wolf, a hyena, or both. There is one mounted specimen from back in 1886, that was reportedly shot by by Ammon Hutchins. But many still that doubt the Shunka Warkin was ever a real creature or little alone that there were any remaining today. But yet we still get reports.
I recently got a report of a possible Shunka Warakin sighting in Oklahoma. While that is a pretty long way from Iowa, the one that was shot in 1886 by Hutchings was in Montana. So, maybe they have a particular route they travel and maybe they are more widespread than we think.
Here is the report.
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(This report comes from someone I will just call KD, to protect his identity.)
Here is what KD told me.
"I was just gonna send you a message regarding a sighting my father seen along with his mother, father, and brother in a truck heading home one night. They were heading home from a function in Summerfield, Oklahoma. It's very rural and we are all avid hunters. My grandpa seen eyes in a field next to the road and thought it may be a buck. Dad said he slowed down for it to cross and then this thing took one jump and landed in the middle of the road.
He remembers my grandfather, who is a very religious man along with my grandmother, say what in the hell is that. They all said it was hyena like in appearance but also shaggy like a wolf with a long tail. It's back was dipped and it was large and it looked at the truck for around 3 second in the headlights. It then took one jump and was in the woods.
This was a wide dirt road easily accommodating 2 large trucks both ways. The distance from the field to the road was around 80 feet is what they estimated. They never hunted that part again and grandpa told dad not to go that far behind the house alone again.
I seen a story you put up on the net while searching for a similar sighting and seen the one in Iowa. And the creature killed in Montana that was mounted. Dad said it was close but the one they seen had way taller shoulders and was hunched in the back end. I just thought since there aren't many reports I would throw one your way. This would have been the early to mid 1970s."
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Thanks goes to KD for submitting his report to me. In his report he mentioned a couple of the sightings I have posted in the past. I will not link to them, in case you want to catch up on those reports.
Shunka Warakin in Iowa Report
Another Shunka Warakin Sighting
Another Sighting with possible Track
While the report that KD submitted is older, the other ones are much more recent, within the last few years. So, has this rare creature been out there the whole time and the population is growing and leading to more sightings? It could be possible. Hopefully, someone will be able to capture a video or picture of this creature.
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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