They seem to make their nests in dark, damp places, usually caves and abandoned mineshafts. They sometimes keep their victims alive for days before feeding as they prefer their food to be alive. They have been known to live in colder climates such as northern Canada. They have strong connections winter, the cold, starvation, cannibalism and greed.
A wendigo can turn other people into wendigos but they have to posses them. The person will start looking for food despite the fact they have weeks of it, once they break down and consume human flesh they undergo the transformation of a windigo.
There are two ways to destroy the Wendigo. One is by destroying its heart which is said to be made of ice. First one needs to incapacitate the Wendigo, next drive a silver stake through its heart in order to shatter it, then put the pieces in a securely locked silver box and bury it in consecrated ground. After, you must dismember the body with a silver tipped axe and the pieces must be salted and burned to ashes and scattered to the four winds. Once this is done one wouldn't need to worry about the Wendigo, however, if these procedures are not done properly there's a high chance of the Wendigo coming back to life and of the Wendigo wanting revenge on its would be hunter.The other way is to burn it alive. One would need a flare gun or a Bow and arrow with the arrow on fire. Make sure to aim for the heart or else the Wendigo's soul would still be there and would find another body to take over.
- In an episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean are tasked with rescuing a man imprisoned by a Wendigo. Even when shot with a rifle, they only succeed in aggravating it. Dean, however, is able to kill it using a flaregun.
- In the video game Dementium II for the Nintendo DS, the second boss battle is a "Wendigo Witch". Once defeated, she falls and turns into the protagonist's wife, lying in a pool of blood.
- In the film, The Lone Ranger, Tonto believes Cavendish isn't an ordinary criminal, but a Wendigo, an evil, murderous spirit, this is the explanation for why the Lone Ranger uses silver bullets, as it is a material that creates the Wendigo and can only kill it.
- In an Lost Tapes on Animal Planet, there was an episode centered around the Wendigo.
- In th show Charmed, one of the main characters, Piper Halliwell, was turned into a Wendigo. Like Dean from Supernatural, Piper's sister, Prue, killed the Wendigo with a flare gun telekinetically, turning Piper back.
- The movie Windigo is about the legend of the Wendigo. However, the Wendigo looks more like the Slender Man than the original creature. For the plot of the movie,as well as some theories about the resemblance to the Slender Man, click here
- In an episode of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic the main antaganist of the episode are "Windigo". And is depicted as a being of the cold and feeding on hate. Much how the Wendigo lives in the cold and feeds on cannibalism and greed.
- In the movie Ravenous, the main antagonist is a Wendigo