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Subject: Karl Shuker, Shunka Warakin, List of cryptids, Amarok (wolf), Beast of Bray Road
Collection: Canadian Mythology, Carnivorous Cryptids, Mythological Dogs
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Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Bear dog
Country Canada

The waheela is a wolf-like cryptid reported from Nahanni Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It has also been reported in areas of Michigan and Alaska.[1][2] Cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson thought that the waheela might represent a relict population of amphicyonids, prehistoric bear-dogs (but which he incorrectly referred to as dire wolves, which were true members of the dog genus Canis, but not what the waheela is said to be).[3]

The waheela is similar to the shunka warakin, but inhabits a far more northern habitat. It is also similar to Amarok, a giant wolf from Inuit mythology. It is reported to travel in groups of two or three, and not in large packs as modern wolves do.


  • In popular culture 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

In popular culture

In the Incryptid novels by Seanan McGuire, the character Istas is a waheela therianthrope (magical shape changer) that is a friend and ally of Verity Price, the novels' chief protagonist.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Shuker, Karl. "Witchie Wolves, Medicine Wolves, and the Waheela". Shuker. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Godfrey, Linda S. (2006). Hunting the American Werewolf: Beast Men in Wisconsin and Beyond. Big Earth Publishing. pp. 27–30.  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "Midnight Blue-Light Special". Goodreads. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

External links

  • North American Biofortean Review
  • The Cryptid Zoo: Bear-dogs
  • Cryptid Canids

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