A Lycan Can Be More Than a Wolf
When it was first conceptualized, Lycanthropy referred directly to man turning into wolf. Over time, like many things, the meaning has changed a bit, mostly referring to the transformation of man into any animal. So, when someone in Asia is talking about lycanthrope, they are likely discussing a man turning into a weretiger. In Russia, lycanthropes will transformer into bears, or werebears, and, in Africa, the animal of choice is leopards.