Sunday, July 25, 2021

Chilling 'Human Predator' Evidence Found Along The Appalachian Trail

The son of a retired National Park ranger recalls an account told to him by his father. The details are chilling and coincide with some of the strange incidents along the Appalachian Trail.

The following account was recently forwarded to me:

"My dad is a retired park ranger (if that's what you call it). He worked for the National Park Service up until 3 years ago. His usual tasks involved taking people on tours along the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah National Park, maintaining the forestry and the wildlife habitats that lived there.

So anyway, this story goes back to the summer of 2003, when my dad and a colleague (we shall call him John) were sent out to try and locate an adult Elk, a male named Billy by the locals, who was usually very tame and was often found close to houses, but had not been seen for over a week (this was apparently very unusual for him). So my dad was dropped off along the trail, whilst John took the truck and drove further down (approximately 5 miles) in order to try and locate Billy. They had been searching all day for him and this was the last stop for the day as there was only a few hours of daylight left.

So as the story goes, my dad had been walking along the trail for a little over an hour when he heard a disturbance in the distance off to his left. He could hear the snapping of tree branches, so decided to follow where the noises were coming from, in the hopes that it could be Billy the Elk. As he got closer, he said he began to smell a foul odor, and instinctively knew that it was some sort of dead animal. He was right. Laying on the ground, in a small opening of trees was the carcass of a large elk. He could see by the tag on one of the ears that it was Billy. However, he was immediately shocked by the condition the animal was in.

Billy had been severely mutilated, his eyes and tongue had been gouged out, his throat torn out, and his stomach had been ripped open, so that the intestines were protruding onto the ground. He also noticed that little chunks of flesh had been bitten from the torso, and the entire front right leg was missing. He reasoned that the animal had been attacked by either a black bear or coyotes, as nothing else would tackle a fully grown adult elk, however this seemed strange because Elk were usually too big for even apex predators to try to take down. But he thought that maybe a hungry pack of coyotes might, if they were starving.

What disturbed him further was the way in which the animal had been mutilated after death, (my dad made a point of saying he had never witnessed anything quite like it) and that it was very unusual for predators to mutilate a corpse in such a way. Feeling unnerved by this discovery, my dad radioed John and told him he had located the animal, before giving him his approximate location. John had told him that he had wandered off the beaten track and that it would take him around an hour to get back to where the truck was parked and drive back to his location. So my dad was told to wait where he was until John got to him. It was almost dark at this point and my dad remembered beginning to feel very unsettled. He had a flashlight with him, and bear spray, but noted that he still felt very vulnerable alone in the forest.

After around 15 minutes or so, he heard the same noises as he had done earlier, much closer now as he was off the trail. He would hear footsteps and the occasional growl of something hidden within the thick bushes straight ahead of him. He said that every so often he could hear slow heavy breathing and the snapping of branches as whatever it was paced the forest floor. He began to get the feeling that he was being watched, and worried that the coyotes, or perhaps even a bear, was now stalking him. He said that every so often he would wave his flashlight in the direction of the disturbance and yell in order to try and scare off whatever it was that was watching him. However, the noises still persisted and this seemed to aggravate the creature. Luckily the animal never came any closer or revealed itself to him, simply pacing around in the darkness and letting out the occasional growl.

Just over an hour later, the truck pulled up along the trail and my dad could see to his relief that John was now following the flashlight to where my dad now stood. The arrival of another person must have spooked the harasser, as he noticed hearing the crunching of leaves now moving quickly away from them. He told John what had happened, and the man reasoned that it may have been a bear, and that they probably shouldn't hang around. Together they wrapped the corpse in a cloth, and managed to haul it into the back of the truck.

My dad said that just as they were getting ready to leave, curiosity came over him and he decided to walk over to where the sounds had been coming from only moments before. John got out as well and the two of them scoured the area. Behind a fallen log, they found the half chewed leg of the dead elk, along with a number of discarded candy and chocolate bar wrappers and a small length of rope. Further back into the tree line they found a pair of nitrile gloves covered in blood and human shoe prints leading away from them. They also discovered the remnants of a small fire and a comic book.

This had terrified my dad, the realization that it had been a person that had mutilated the elk, that had been watching him from the bushes and growling, so much so that he and John had agreed never to mention the encounter to anyone. My dad has told me that not a day goes by that he doesn't think about what he saw that day. He still struggles to comprehend what the person was doing out there in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere, how they had managed to kill the elk, and what their intentions were towards my dad.

We relocated from the area in 2005 and now reside near Richmond, VA. My dad hasn't been back since and has said that he will never walk the Appalachian trail again. I can't blame him to be honest. Anyway, thankyou for listening to my story." BA

NOTE: I have read and heard several first-hand accounts of bizarre sightings and unexplained attacks along the Appalachian Trail, especially in the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. There has been talk of wild men and other humanoids (including aggressive Bigfoot & cryptid canines) for decades. Lon

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'Not Deer' Sightings & Encounters in Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Dakota & North Carolina

4 separate accounts of 'cryptid deer' or 'Not Deer' sightings and encounters throughout the United States. Are these simply mutant deer or supernatural manifestations?

The following accounts have been collected by me:

"I grew up in North Carolina, and we always had deer on our property, and deer hunting was incredibly common in my town. I definitely know people who had experiences with the 'not deer' (or the deor as they are sometimes called). I've heard it all, the 'it was so human! And it had arms!' It walked like a person, and there was something wrong about it's face" but by far the creepiest ones are the ones where you can't tell what's wrong until you can't see it anymore. The most common comment that I've heard was. "It looked me in the eyes and I just 'knew' that it wasn't a deer, I got scared and I ran, and after I got back to the path, I realized that all it's limbs were/ it's head was on backwards."

I've seen people come tearing out of the woods, hyperventilating plenty of times, but I've only had one experience personally. I was looking for Holly with my brother, but he ran back to the path to grab a bucket cause his hands were full, and I was alone. There was a deor maybe 15-20 feet away. I squatted down and got quiet because I thought it was a baby deer and I wanted to watch it. But then it stood up and I knew something was wrong. I have never been so scared in my life. My brother came running back, and he saw it too, for just a second before it ran off. Then it hit me that the deor I saw had WAY too many eyes, and it's legs were just a little bit too long (and maybe backwards). I recently moved to Bridgewater Massachusetts, which has its own set of wild cryptids, but the deor don't seem to be a thing here." MM

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I was young when I saw it. Probably around 10 years old. I remember it, and I shouldn’t be able to.

Most of my family lives in St. Louis, MO. My grandfather liked to take us bowling. He used to take this “short cut.” I don’t really know if it was a short cut, if there was a road he didn’t like, or (like my other grandfather) he doesn’t like to drive over bridges. Either way, we took a route that led us by a wooded area.

If you know the Midwest, the farther from town you get, the more it is either untamed land or farmland. This was untamed land. Tall woods and a clearing near the road.

In that clearing there was a group of deer. Not unusual, we normally saw deer that way and my brother and I liked looking at them. One of the deer, a buck, was stood out away from the rest. A little closer to the road, a little farther from the rest.

Luckily, there was a distance between us and the clearing. Covered by some tall grass and so these deer were about 40-50 feet away from us.

That deer was looking straight at our car. Moving its head as we drove by so it could keep watching. Deer have monocular vision (eyes on either side of the head for a wider field of view) so, they look at things from the side. A deer with its nose pointed perpendicular to you is looking at you.

That deer was facing us. That was deer tracking us. That deer had forward facing eyes. That deer was a predator. That deer was not a deer.

That is all I remember- and I shouldn’t remember it at all." BP

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"I live in the Midwest but go to college up north in South Dakota area. One night, I had visited the ER for some pain, and was there until almost 2 in the morning. On my drive back, I pulled over on the side of a two lane highway, almost in the grass because I was falling asleep at the wheel and needed a minute to wake up. The area I went to school in was really rural, and I’d driven about 18-20 miles to get to the ER in the first place.

So I’m sitting on the pitch black highway, about 10 miles from my dorm, when a deer crosses in front of my car. There was woods on one side of the highway and farmland on the other, so I figured it was just going to get something to eat. A couple of other deer crossed, about five of them, my headlights being the only thing that even showed me what they were.

As I’m letting them pass, I noticed that one of them had legs in the back that looked broken. It made me think, “Aw, poor deer,” before my sleep haze cleared and I remembered that an animal with broken legs couldn’t walk! I looked closer and noticed that its gait was off, walking in jerky motions. It more looked like it was hopping than walking. The other deer weren’t spooked though, so I figured I shouldn’t be. Until it finally passed by, and I could see it’s body. The neck was too long. The ears were too long. The legs looked inverted, or bowed, almost. Whatever it was was not a deer. When the little group finally crossed, I got back onto the highway and raced off, every nerve in my body telling me that I just saw something I shouldn’t have. I got to my dorm in record time and basically ran across campus, feeling like I’d escaped death.

I never told anyone about that. I figured that since it was late, and I was on painkillers, and very tired, that maybe I’d imagined it. But still, every time I see a deer, a real deer, my body freezes, thinking about what I may have seen that night." B

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"My friend and I were driving home on the highway at 2 AM last Thursday July 22, 2021). Earlier in the night, my 2 other friends threw out a disclaimer regarding the reckless deer that love to hit your car rather than you hitting them.

Anyway we were driving behind a tractor trailer after just hitting a red light and as we are approaching the cornfield to our left (50 yards) there was these glowing eyes. So I said to my friend, “I bet that deer is going to jump out into the road.” All I had seen at first glance was 2 glowing eyes and as I’m just looking at this thing I realize that this unknown creature is about as tall as the corn. My friend says, “That’s not a f*cking deer." We instantly freaked as we drove by but, seriously, I feel like I could faintly see a head? Like a very small head with huge glowing eyes that were so close together. My headlights caught the reflection of the eyes as soon as the truck in front of us proceeded enough to view the cornfield.

Legitimately, there is not a single animal/human that could be a possible explanation. I never even knew about these cryptid things until my friend that night exclaimed, “that was a 'not deer'!” I didn’t know what that thing was. This was in central PA, specifically Lebanon, PA." TP

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