Wampus cat

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The Wampus cat is a creature in American folklore. It is used as a mascot for numerous educational institutions.


The Wampus cat is the mascot of the following:

In popular culture[edit]

A musical ensemble who recorded several tracks in 1937 and 1938, and consisting of six or seven string musicians including Oscar "Buddy" Woods, were billed as 'The Wampus Cats'.[6]

J. K. Rowling's Pottermore story History of Magic In North America[7] lists the Wampus cat as a source for hair used in magic wands.[8] The American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Ilvermorny, also has named one of its four houses for the mythical beast. [9]

The cat was mentioned in Faron Young's 1955 Country music hit Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young.

Strangeways Brewing in Virginia brews a beer[10] named after the cat.


  1. ^ Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School website Legend written by lifelong Clark Fork resident Shirley Dawson Crawford
  2. ^ Owens, Judy (June 20, 2008). "Reporters Looking for Stories, Finding Wampus Cats | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural". Daily Yonder. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Atoka Alumni Association – Home". Wampuscatalumni.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2] Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Uncle Dave Lewis. "Buddy Woods". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sian Cain. "New JK Rowling story History of Magic in North America depicts Native American wizards". the Guardian. 
  8. ^ Rowling, J.K. (March 11, 2016). "1920s Wizarding America", "History of Magic in North America". Pottermore.
  9. ^ Rowling, J.K. (June 28, 2016). "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry", "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Pottermore.
  10. ^ https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/strangeways-wampus-cat-triple-ipa/257855/

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