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Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Beast of Montana: A Cryptid Tale Unveiled

The "Beast of Montana" refers to a mysterious wolf-like creature that was shot by a rancher in Montana in May 2018. The creature's identity puzzled local experts and social media users around the nation. Its appearance was unusual, with long grayish-brown fur, a large head, and a snout. However, its ears seemed larger than average, and its legs and body were too short for a typical wolf.
In the vast landscapes of Montana, a tale unfolded in May 2018 that captured the attention of cryptid enthusiasts and wildlife experts alike. A mysterious creature, later dubbed the "Beast of Montana", was shot by a rancher, sparking widespread speculation about its identity.

The Beast of Montana, also known as Shunka Warak’in, was initially thought to have been deformed due to its unusual appearance. We have had several reported Shunka Warak'in sighting reports from Iowa, click here

An Unusual Encounter

The creature was encountered on a ranch outside Denton, Montana. Its appearance was peculiar, with long grayish-brown fur, a large head, and a snout. However, its ears seemed larger than average, and its legs and body were too short for a typical wolf. The photos taken by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) showed a raggedy wolf-like creature with some slightly unusual features.

Speculations and Theories

The unusual appearance of the creature led to a flurry of theories. Social media users and local experts alike were puzzled. Some suggested it could be Bigfoot or a real-life dire wolf from "Game of Thrones". The speculation was fueled by the creature's seemingly short legs and big ears, which were not typical characteristics of a wolf. It was also suggested that the animal could be a hybrid wolf or a genetic anomaly.

The Truth Revealed

To put the speculations to rest, a DNA test was ordered. The results, which came about a month later, revealed that the creature was actually a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains. The DNA was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, and compared with thousands of other DNA samples from wolves, coyotes, and dogs.

Upon closer inspection at the wildlife lab in Bozeman, the creature appeared to be a relatively normal-looking, dark-brown wolf. It measured 45 inches from the tip of the nose to the rump and weighed 84.5 pounds. It was a non-lactating female, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old.

Despite its unusual appearance, the creature was not deformed but was a product of natural variation within the species.


The "Beast of Montana" turned out to be one of the approximately 900 wolves roaming Montana. This story serves as a reminder of the intrigue and fascination that surrounds cryptids and the unknown. It also underscores the importance of scientific investigation in unveiling the truth behind such mysteries.

While the "Beast of Montana" may not have been the cryptid some had hoped for, its story continues to captivate, reminding us of the enduring allure of the unknown and the wild landscapes that continue to harbor such mysteries.

While this mystery may have been solved, there are many more mysteries for all of us to explore.


This post is by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as TCC Research. Over 25 years of experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter, a published photographer, and a poet.

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