The Hodag, a cryptid originating from the state of Wisconsin, has its history primarily centered around the city of Rhinelander in northern Wisconsin. It’s characteristics reminiscent of a mix between a reptile and a mammal. It has sharp horns and spines along its back. Its alleged existence has sparked a blend of intrigue, skepticism, and local folklore in Wisconsin’s cultural landscape.
Well-known Wisconsin timber cruiser and prankster Eugene Shepard initiated the reports, rallying a local group to capture the creature, ultimately resorting to using dynamite to bring it down. The media received a photograph of the charred remains of the creature, hailed as “the fiercest, strangest, most frightening monster ever to set razor-sharp claws on the earth.” Its extinction reportedly occurred due to a dwindling supply of its primary food source, all-white bulldogs, in the region.