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October 21, 2009
The Michigan Dogman is a local cryptid that was popularized in 1,987 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. To both men's shock
and surprise, reports of actual sightings of the Michigan Dogman started to pour
in almost immediately after broadcasting the prank. Looking into the sightings a
bit more seriously, the two men discovered that such reports had been taking
place in and around Michigan since the early 1,800s, when French traders visiting
the local Indians referred to the creature as the loup garou (which is French
for werewolf. Numerous people who report seeing the Dog Man describe a
moment in which a creature who looks like a very unusual and very large dog
suddenly stands upright and seems to transform itself into a cross between a dog