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With the recent sighting of the “Lake Ness” Monster on Lake Michigan, we’ve been talking about urban legends, including the Michigan Dogman…

the Michigan Dogman was allegedly witnessed in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. The creature is described as a seven-foot tall, blue-eyed, or amber-eyed bipedal canine-like animal with the torso of a man and a fearsome howl that sounds like a human scream.

According to legends, the Michigan Dogman appears in a ten-year cycle that falls on years ending in 7. Sightings have been reported in several locations throughout Michigan, primarily in the northwestern quadrant of the Lower Peninsula. In 1987, the legend of the Michigan Dogman gained popularity when disc jockey Steve Cook at WTCM-FM recorded a song about the creature and its reported sightings.

“The Gable Film” may be the most famous video or evidence when it comes to the Dogman.

The film has been slowed down and focused:

Dogman Gable Film Excerpt Stabilized

Dogman "The Gable Film" Excerpt Stabilized

Here is the song that was made for the Michigan Dogman:

The Legend of the Dogman

The Michigan Dogman is a local cryptid that was popularized in 1987 by DJ Jack O'Malley and his production manager Steve Cook of WTCM radio. The two men invented the Dogman (or thought they did) by cobbling together various legends (like the New Jersey Devil and the Boggy Creek Monster), and then wrote a song about him that they played as a prank on their show.