When it comes to spooky Southwest Louisiana tales, this has to be most hair-raising story of them all. The legend of the Rougarou! This ‘thing’ is something you do not want to find yourself face to face with down in the marsh.

Deep in the Southwest Louisiana Marshes

The rougarou (pronounced ROO-ga-roo) has long been a part of Cajun folklore. Stories of the monster have been passed down through Cajun culture from generation to generation. So what is the rougarou? It’s basically a werewolf. With the body of a man and a head of a wolf that roams the quiet marshlands of Louisiana looking for its next victim.

According to some legends, a person becomes a rougarou by being attacked by one of the creatures or simply by looking it in its red eyes. The spell can be lifted if the person who’s attacked survives but doesn’t tell anyone about it for a year. Another common ‘blood sucking’ account says that the rougarou is under the spell for 101 days. After that time, the curse is transferred from person to person when the rougarou draws another human’s blood.

During that day the creature returns to human form. So that means the rougarou could be roaming throughout Calcasieu or Cameron parish at this very moment! EEK!

Could this be where the Rougarou lives? 

Lucky for us, these stories were created to inspire fear and obedience, mostly for small children who misbehave. Just know, do not be calling me to guide you through the dark and creepy marshes, you on your own, cher.

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