Corrected entry: The beast of Gevaudan REALLY existed, although not in this rather fantastic way. During the 1760s, it indeed killed or mutilated over 200 women and children, thus forcing King Louis XV to send a total of 10,000 soldiers into the area to hunt it down. Up to this day, this is the biggest hunt for one single animal in history and resulted in over 300 wolves (among them a rather huge one) being shot. The beast was considered being among the dead wolves and the hunt was called off. Rumor has it, however, that the killing continued for some months after that.