The Gugwe is a legendary cryptid that is thought to live in remote wilderness areas of North America and Canada, particularly around bodies of water such as lakes and rivers.
Descriptions of the Gugwe differ with some saying that it is similar in appearance to Bigfoot or Sasquatch while others describe it as having more of an ape-like appearance. However, all agree that it is a fearsome creature that you should definitely avoid!
|North American and Canadian Wilderness
|Large, ape-like creature with shaggy fur, hunched posture, strong odor.
|Varies, often large (7-8 feet / 1.8m-2.4m)
|Elusive, reclusive, strong odor, aggressive.
|Not known, likely omnivorous.
|Remote wilderness, often near bodies of water like lakes and rivers
|Mostly anecdotal, lacks scientific support
|Sightings and Encounters:
|Limited physical evidence beyond occasional sightings and encounters
|Likely a legend/myth, misidentification of known animals, or cultural storytelling
What We Know About The Gugwe
There are many stories that surround the Gugwe but unfortunately, there is little that we truly know about it. Sightings of the cryptid go all the way back to the early 1900s with people describing it as a human-like creature that looks a little like Bigfoot but with more canine and ape-like features. It is believed to be very aggressive and it is feared by the local indigenous people with many believing that it kills and eats humans.
What Does the Gugwe Look Like?
As mentioned, the Gugwe is similar in appearance to Bigfoot with a few notable differences.
Here are some additional details from reports that have been gathered over the years:
- It is said to stand at about 7 – 8 feet (1.8m-2.4m) tall.
- It is thought to weigh around 500 pounds (230kg).
- It is covered in thick, dark hair.
- It has a large head with a sloping forehead.
- Its eyes are said to be red or yellow.
- It is said to be very strong, agile, and can move very quickly.
- It is said to be elusive and avoids human contact.
- Some have reported that it has an unpleasant smell.
The name Gugwe is thought to come from the Kwakwaka’wakw language of the indigenous people of British Columbia and it is said to mean “wild man” or “hairy one”.
There are other possible meanings for the name Gugwe with some believing it comes from the Nuxalk language, where it means “ghost” or “spirit” while some say it comes from the Tsimshian language where it means “ogre” or “monster”.
While the exact meaning of the Gugwe is unknown it is clear that the indigenous people do associate it with the supernature or a creature of mystery and legend.