Named by Webster Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Wampus; a magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong and almost impossible to kill. Wampus house is sometimes considered to represent the body of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Wampus favours warriors.
Somewhat resembling the mundane mountain lion or cougar in size and appearance, the Wampus Cat is native to Appalachia.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling