We've all heard about the legend of the Michigan Dogman or Wolfman, but has there been video proof all along that was filmed in the early 1970s?

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The Legend of the Michigan Dogman

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The first time I heard about the Michigan Dogman, I was working at a radio station in Indiana, and a listener called in and told me about it. So, like anyone else, I Googled it and read about Michigan folklore regarding the beast.

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A witness claimed to have seen the Michigan Dogman or Wolfman in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. The witness said the creature was around 7 feet tall with the head of a wolf but the body type of a human. The witness claimed to hear a howl that had the sounds of a human scream mixed in.

Is There Video Proof of the Michigan Dogman?

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I was watching some late-night TV and caught this re-run of Monster Quest and when they mentioned Manistee National Forest where I live, it immediately caught my attention.

If you watch the video above at 5:37 and the video below at 17:30, you can see so old 8-millimeter film that was made that appeared to capture a creature that didn't move like a bear. Take a look and see what you think.

It was explained that the film was in a box of items that were purchased at an estate sale. The film was marked the Gabel case.

A wolf biologist by the name of Peggy Calahan said this wasn't a bear or a wolf and moved like a primate or basically a gorilla.

Looking at the video above s of both animals side by side and how both appear to move, Calahan seemed to have a point.

Michigan DJ Puts Out Dogman Song

A Michigan DJ by the name of Steve Cook put this song together about the legend of the Michigan Dogman. He also is the one who told the story of the video that was acquired at an estate sale. Cook received a lot of attention and this video has since gone viral but later changes his story about where the video really came from.

Video of Michigan Dogman is Debunked

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Cook later said he received the video from a machinist by the name of Mike Agrusa who made the video with his kids as a joke. He fooled a lot of people including a professional photo analyst who said the film looked to have been made in the early 70s based on the vehicles in the film and snowmobile plus the man in the home movies had long hair.

Agrusa said the song Cook put together made the summer of 1987 fun and made people afraid to go out into the woods. That is when he got the idea to create the video.

Agrusa went all out in making the film by studying old home movies from the 70s. He used old items like a Ford truck and old snowmobiles he owned to make it look real.

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He wore a ghillie suit to create the beast and did a heck of a job running through the woods at the person taking the video which was his son. Watch the video below at 34:59, it explains it all and then speaks of a second video that was made in 2007. This guy is a genius.

This just goes to show you how clever people can be like Agrusa to make something that is not really real seem real. It also shows you how deceitful people can be like Cook in letting people believe something that is not real is infact a hoax. Cook did fess up but it was way after his story went viral.

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