The Beast of Gévaudan is a name given to man-eating wolf-like animal who terrorized the former province of Gévaudan (modern day département of Lozère and part of Haute-Loire), in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France from 1764 to 1767 over an area stretching 90 by 80 kilometres.
The beasts were consistently described by eyewitnesses as having formidable teeth and immense tails. Their fur had a white tinge, and was said to have emitted an unbearable odour. They killed their victims by tearing at their throats with their teeth. The number of victims differs according to source. De Beaufort (1987) estimated 210 attacks, only men; resulting in 113 deaths and 49 injuries; 98 of the victims killed were partly eaten. An enormous amount of manpower and resources was used in the hunting of the animals, including the army, conscripted civilians, several nobles, and a number of royal huntsmen. The story of the Beast of Gévaudan has inspired poets, novelists and other artists over centuries, as well as scientists and today also film-makers.