There are man-eating monsters out there, and sometimes we don't even know what they are. It's one thing for someone to be attacked by a bear, or a lion, but what about those times when we have no idea what the creature was, or when it will strike again?
Often animal attacks can be explained as a roving leopard, lion, tiger, bear, or some such known predator species. At other times, the source of death is not so clear cut. At times, strange creatures for which we have no immediate identification can step forth from the brush to take our lives on a whim. These are the phantom talons that the natural world extends to us. Here are the inexplicable clawed, fanged things beyond our grasp that creep forth from the darkness to maim and kill almost invisibly, cloaked in a nearly supernatural aura. These are the unclassified man-eating beasts that have skirted the boundaries of our known world and lurched forth from our nightmares to viciously drive home the fact with blood, teeth, and breathtaking, unstoppable force that not only are we not at the top of the food chain, but that we might not even know what the top of the food chain is.
Perhaps the most well-known case of a mystery beast on the rampage occurred in the former province of Gévaudan, in south-central France between between the years of 1764 and 1767, in which some huge, fierce unknown animal described as wolf-like in appearance but as big as a calf, with formidable fangs and a long tail, terrorized the region leaving a trail of blood and viciously mauled dead bodies in its wake. The horrific killing spree of this enigmatic beast can be traced back to the summer of 1764, when a young woman was attacked by it while out alone tending her cattle near the murky Mercoire forest. Allegedly, the animal intently charged her, only to be thwarted by the massive bulls in her heard, which charged it in a rage. This would herald the beginning of the forthcoming attacks, and the first death attributed to the monster would be a 14-year-old girl by the name of Janne Boulet, whose throat was mercilessly torn out by some sort of wild animal near the village of Les Hubacs.
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