LEGENDS OF MICHIGAN
The Witchy Wolves of Omer Plains
In the 60s and 70s, this legend was spread by high school kids in the area who partied in the Plains.
In the 60s and 70s, this legend was spread by high school kids in the area who partied in the Plains. Even when I was in high school in the late 90s, it was still common to party out there in the woods. Well, back in the 60s and 70s, this legend took the form of teenage girls getting scared by these “wolf spirits.” Kids from out of town were scared to get out of their cars according to first-hand accounts of this written online, which can still be found today. Knowing when my dad grew up, this just reinforced the idea that it was completely made up … at least until I had my own unexplained experience.
When I was in elementary school, fall meant gathering apples that had fallen from the old apple trees that were in our front yard. It was one of my chores. My dad fed the deer in our backyard every fall and winter and used the apples for deer feed. The entire chore took about twenty minutes. Well, one day I was picking up apples and saw what I thought was a pack of dogs cross the road on the top of the hill. While it was quite far away, the “dogs” looked large and appeared to be just shadows. It scared me horribly, especially after remembering the legend of the Witchy Wolves from years before. The dog’s shadows crossed right in front of the heart of the Plains, home of the Witchy Wolf legend.
Fast forward several years. I had chalked the childhood experience up to an active imagination and had pretty much forgotten about it. My boyfriend and I were home for Christmas after having moved to Texas after college. He was driving from my parent’s house back to Bay City when he swears he saw the same type of shadows that I saw as a child and in almost the exact same area. He did know of the legend when he supposedly saw something, but he also had his doubts about its veracity. To this day, I can’t say for sure what we saw, but it just made me think that there might be something to this old Native American legend. Today, people in the Omer area embrace the legend and the Omer plains retains its spooky reputation. The legend is very much alive and well. While I’m not exactly sure what I saw, I do think that legends such as that of the Witchy Wolf should be preserved. They were created to teach lessons and are a connection to our past.
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