Nessie, Area 51, Roswell: names like this define UFO and paranormal lore. This is not a series about them. In Distant Encounters, we tour the strangest, most isolated tales of encounters with the unknown.
Skinwalker Ranch is a fascinating little footnote in UFO lore. A ranch near Ballard, Utah, it gained fame in the mid-90s when a series of stories by journalist George Knapp in the Deseret News documented strange events witnessed by its new owners, the Shermans. The Shermans reported seeing:
…three specific types of UFOs repeatedly during the past 15 months – a small boxlike craft with a white light, a 40-foot-long object and a huge ship the size of several football fields.
But Skinwalker Ranch truly enters UFO lore when the National Institute for Discovery Science, a paranormal research organization founded by businessman Robert Bigelow, acquired it in 1996. The NIDSci folded in 2004 after discovering precisely jack shit.
Yet a faithful remains, and today’s story concerns one of the many entities detailed on the Skinwalker Ranch’s delightfully Web 1.0 website. Despite being maybe the most-researched UFO hotspot in the world, photos of the Ranch’s alien entities – which include sentient mist and alien portals – mostly document just one unearthly being.
The Bulletproof Wolf.
This “dire wolf” like creature has long dirty mangy grey/black hair. Has a proud, intimidating, and intense like presence.
Intense like presence. It’s clearly proud, clearly intimidating, but merely intense adjacent.
At this time I am unsure if it is hostile or friendly, my impression was neither more majestic and to be feared in nature.
I wasn’t sure if the wolf was hostile, so I shot at it as much as I possibly could.
Large sturdy body structure. Has an unusually long and bushy tail.
A scary wolf with the fluffiest tail in the world!
Has a penetrating stare, but is unable/unwilling to communicate verbally or psychically.
This wolf must be an alien: it’s incapable of the speech and telepathy normal wolves are famed for.
Said to show up about %15 of the time, the bulletproof wolf is oddly the subject of nearly all entity photographs.
Look at this goddamn monstrosity, um, walking. Away from us. What is this dastardly alien direwolf planning?
How could there possibly be a reddish-furred, bushy-tailed, wolf-like animal in the Southwestern United States? If such a thing existed, science would know about it.
NOPE, it’s a composite witness sketch of the Beast of Bray Road – a werewolf myth from Wisconsin. Here it is on the site of Beast of Bray Road researcher Linda Godfrey.
…yes, I recognized it off the top of my head.
If you enjoy swiping from better-known legends, you’ll enjoy the Skinwalker Ranch’s Youtube channel, which includes videos on the Paulding Lights and New Jersey’s ghost car.
Chupacabra’s my favorite small ungulate.
That’s not a bulletproof wolf. It’s a testament to your inexplicable inability to either identify or shoot coyotes.
If you’re curious as to the site’s records of other, less wolf-adjacent entities, here’s a photo of one of its famed alien portals opening.
And that tells you everything you need to know about Skinwalker Ranch.