The question of if werewolves exist is one that has been asked for generations.  Even if you go back hundreds of years, you will find artwork and images depicting werewolves – you will find eye witness reports and tales of sightings of the creatures – all leading one to believe that werewolves must in fact be real!  But, for each piece of proof or evidence of existence that you find, you’ll find an equal number of articles and theories against their very existence saying that they are not real.  So what do you believe?

Do werewolves exist?

There are three main theories that you can examine in answer to this question.

Answer #1: No, werewolves are not real and do not exist.

This is the answer that the vast majority of humans will give you.  Off the top of their head, and without doing any thought on the topic, most humans will say “no, werewolves do not exist”.  This however is not a credible answer to the question.  Humans that say that werewolves are not real are simply basing their answer on the fact that they do not think that werewolves exist.  They base this “thought” on things such as they have never seen one, or they think that the very concept of the werewolf is too outlandish and far-fetched, or that a werewolf is simply not possible in a biological sense.  None of these reasons  have any credence at all – each can be easily debunked  – never having seen a creature does not mean that it doesn’t exist (for example, have you ever seen a giant squid? probably not, as almost noone has – and yet they do exist!….do you think that a blood sucking bird is outlandish and impossible?  probably! and yet they do exist!!…do you think plants that eat animals are not biologically possible? probably! and yet they exist!).  In short, the answer that werewolves do not exist just simply can’t be proven.

 Answer #2:  Yes, werewolves are real! They do exist.

When someone claims that werewolves exist, immediately those that think they don’t do everything in their power to make the person that does believe in their existence look not credible.  If however you look at the evidence and facts, you’ll see that there is far more that supports the answer that werewolves do indeed exist.  There are legends, myths, and folk-tales which date back hundreds of years – and as any historian will tell you, many myths and legends are based on some type of truth. Going back even farther, there exist heiroglyphs and cave paintings of shapeshifters…still don’t believe the legends or the drawings of ancient peoples?  How about actual sightings? Over the years there have been many eye-witness reports of shapeshifters – some obviously hoaxes, but others from far more reliable sources spanning many different cultures.  Can you discredit everyone that claims to have seen a werewolf?  Everyone?  If you don’t think that werewolves exist, the question you have to ask yourself is what evidence would you need to make you think that they exist?  Would you actually have to see the werewolf yourself?  Even then, would it be enough for you to believe in them?  Often even if people see something first-hand and they don’t want to believe in it they won’t.

Answer #3: Werewolves existed at one time, but they no longer exist.

Surprisingly, this answer is one that very few people give in response to the question on if werewolves exist.  And perhaps it is an answer that many people could come to terms with.  It would explain the legends and myths.  It would explain the old sightings.  It would be one explanation as to why you don’t see them walking down the streets today.  But what about the continued sightings? And first hand reports by actual werewolves?

So what is the answer?

Chances are that society has already convinced you of what the answer should be.  The challenge to you is to do the research, and study the history and determine for yourself what is the answer you can believe in.  Werewolves (both the factual and the fictional) are reclusive, hard to identify, and not trusting of revealing their identities, so chances are that unless you are a werewolf, or know a werewolf, you will never have hard solid proof. The question you must ask yourself is, how much evidence do you need to believe?