I found the Monster Quest conclusion that the Beast of Le Gevaudan was a hyena pretty lame. I suppose a pack of hyenas can be dangerous, but a single one could probably be chased away with a stick -- NOT capable of the kind of incredible killing spree detailed in the historical accounts. But at least that's an animal whose appearance would be puzzling to the French countryfolk. As Moonlit Hunter points out, a bear would be something they'd easily recognize.
--C. Michael Forsyth, author of Hour of the Beast, http://freedomshammer.com
Last edited by werewolfwriter (2011-08-12 09:33:31)
La bête du gévaudan was a hyena captured from Africa. that guy, Jean, was deranged. he was made fun of since he had a mental disability and since he was thrown out of the church, he started training the hyena to attack the women & children and for him to get praise (since everyone there started the whole werewolf thing) he got a "silver" bullet and shot it once, when it supposedly started charging at him, which it wasn't true.