"Well, either way if there's something particularly vicious out, it might be quite dire." Halabur pauses a moment. ...Dire? Hm. I've heard of animals mutated by magic, sometimes designated as a 'Dire' animals, such as wargs if I recall correctly.

knowledge arcana: (1d20+10)[16], specifically to recall whatever I know about dire animals or to see if there are any hints about the prey left behind to determine if a dire animal had attacked it.