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Location address: France, Auvergne, Saugues
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A big legend in the area of Saugues is the the sotry of the “Bête du Gévaudan” or the “Beast of Gévaudan”. The Beast of Gévaudan is a man-eating wolf-like animal alleged to have terrorized the former province of Gévaudan in south-central France from 1764 to 1767. They killed their victims by tearing at their throats with their teeth. The number of victims differs according to source. De Beaufort estimated 210 attacks, resulting in 113 deaths and 49 injuries; 98 of the victims killed were partly eaten. There are two recent films based on the attacks of the Beast: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and La bête du Gévaudan (2003).
A former stronghold of the Gévaudan, Saugues grew in the 12th century under the authority of the Bishops of Mende and the Lords of Mercœur. A fire in 1788 destroyed most of the town’s historical centre.