Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bigfoot Encounter Along Medicine Creek


I received the following account in December 2014. Bigfoot sightings in Nebraska are uncommon, so I thought I'd repost:

I grew up near Niobrara, Nebraska not far from the river. My brother and I were able to do a lot back then. We were outside year around. We really enjoyed fishing in the river for catfish. It was the 1950s and things were different. No one cared much what you did, just so you didn't cause trouble.

We usually fished in the morning and evening during the summer. In June 1959 we planned to hike to an area on Medicine Creek and spend a few nights there. It was about 5 miles from home. The second night we were there, we heard strange screaming sounds coming from one the bluffs west of us. It wasn't like anything else I've ever heard before. We also heard something heavy moving through the brush and trees. I'll admit we were scared. As the night went on, things quieted down.

The next morning I walked towards the bluff while gathering firewood. As I approached a rocky pass I caught a glimpse of something big and hairy running away from me. It wasn't a bear and stood at least 7 ft high. It was huge with a wide back. That was enough for me. I was ready to move camp someplace else.

My brother and I packed up and started back toward the old trail. I guess we had walked about a mile, then stopped to fish at a good spot we knew. We spent most of the day there. Late afternoon we decided to hike back home. I wasn't feeling well anyway.

The area was much different than today. It's part of a state park with lots of roads and camp areas today. Back then it was much more rugged.

It was about 6pm and we were close to the footbridge at the river. My brother suddenly stopped walking and pointed at a clearing at the river bank. He said someone was over there. We stood there for a minute, then this huge hairy creature stood straight up and looked right at us. It let out a loud grunt, swinging it's arm up over it's head. We started running. I don't thing we stopped until we got near the roadway at the end of the trail.

Over the years, we talked about our run in with the creature and we're both sure it was a Bigfoot. I only told a friend about it a few years later, but he thought I was lying to him. We've been back to the same area many times since then and never noticed anything. I contacted the BFRO in the 1990s but they never came out to take a statement.

That's my story. You can contact me, I have a few questions. Thanks. Gary T.

NOTE: I called Gary, who is 70, and we discussed the two encounters. I think it may have been the same Bigfoot trailing the brothers. There were no other details available from Gary, who has never heard of another sighting in that part of Nebraska. I checked the database...there isn't much to refer to, other than a sighting in Knox County near Santee in 1979. That was classified as a BFRO Class 'A' report. I forwarded an inquiry to Nebraska Game and Parks about the area of the sighting. BTW, there have been documented Mountain Lion encounters throughout northern Nebraska. Lon

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Police Officer Suddenly Appears With UFO!


Wes in St. Helens, Oregon called to tell of a weird experience he had:

"I just wanted to tell you something that happened to us back in 1978. I was living in Massachusetts at the time and my brother and I went out after supper to smoke a doobie. And we were driving around in the little van and out of the white window I could see a UFO that was kind of low. It wasn't a typical looking flying saucer. It kind of looked like it had wings that were arched. It was all lit up underneath and it looked like there was some kind of a boom, like maybe they were working on it or something. I said, 'Hey, hey, man, pull over. There's a UFO over there!' I said, 'Turn here, turn around. We'll get a good look at it!' We went around the corner onto a road that went straight across old marsh where there was no obstructions. We parked.

It was dark where I had seen the UFO. Then a policeman walked up to the window and said, 'What are you guys doing, looking at the moon?' By the way, there was no moon that night. Then he said something, a poem about the moon. I don't know where that came from. And then he walked away. And then I looked out the back window of the van and there was no police car back there. No cop. He was just gone! (Clyde asks what he thinks was going on) I think it was an alien checking to see if we'd seen anything. My brother actually never did see it.”

Source: Ground Zero Radio with Clyde Lewis - September 4, 2013

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WTF!?



Bizarre video...what is it?

Stumbled across this today...any ideas what this may be? Lon

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Gettysburg's Bigfoot Sightings



I recently found this historical reference to a hairy hominid in Gettysburg, PA:


Trenton Evening Times

Trenton, N.J., Friday, August 12, 1921

Big Gorilla Attacks Gettysburg Resident

Gettysburg, Pa., Aug 12. – The gorilla which terrorized residents of the northern end of Adams county some months ago has made its appearance again, this time coming right into town. The other evening a woman resident on York Street saw a creature about four feet high moving along the fence in the rear of her house, and she rushed to the next house to secure help. The neighbor fired a shotgun and the gorilla dropped to the ground. The gunner went toward the fallen animal, but the beast jumped to its hind legs and chased the man into the house. Those who ventured to look out say the animal disappeared in the direction of Biglerville. It is believed the animal has returned to the fastnesses of the mountains.

During a radio appearance in 2011 I commented on separate reports I had both received in the past week that referenced Bigfoot sightings in and around the Gettysburg, PA area. One report focused on a sighting that occurred in Gettysburg...though it did need to be verified since the nature of the sighting was a bit idiosyncratic, let alone that the beast was seen digging through a trash bin and ran off with a KFC bucket. Over the years, I have also heard of several Bigfoot sightings on the Gettysburg b Battlefield as well.

I received another correspondence from a man in Indiana who wanted to remain anonymous. It seems he and his family had spent the past week vacationing in Gettysburg and were on their way home on Friday night (6/4) at around 8:30 pm. From the information I have gathered, he was driving westbound on US 30 (Lincoln Way-Chambersburg Rd) near the intersection of Rt. 234 (Buchanan Valley Rd) on the central eastern edge of Michaux State Forest...approximately 10 mile west of Gettysburg. He noticed that about 40 yards ahead of him a large, tall dark-haired humanoid darted out onto the highway (4 lanes wide) and bound across from north to south into the adjacent woods. He states that it seemed to take only 8-10 long strides in order to cover the width of the highway. He also states that the beast was carrying an object under it's left arm but couldn't make out what it was. He said it looked towards him and he was able to get a look at the face which was lighter in color than the rest of the body. It was somewhat different than Bigfoot images he had remembered seeing...the face and chin were distinctively long. I referred the witness to several Bigfoot / Sasquatch / primate / early human images and asked him to pick out one that closely matched what he saw. The picture is posted below.



Though the overall area is known more for ghost sightings and hauntings...as well as the Conewago Phantom reports east of Gettysburg, there have been several Bigfoot reports from Adams County including the following reported to the BFRO:

BFRO Reports - Adams County, PA:

-January 1998 ? (Class A) - Nighttime sighting by motorists on Route 116 between Gettysburg and Fairfield

-October 1997 (Class A) - Bowhunter encounters multiple creatures chasing deer

-June 1997 (Class B) - Very loud, extremely powerful howl heard near home

-June 1992/1993 (Class B) - Footsteps heard on porch, large dark shadow passes window, near Gettysburg

-July 1961 (Class A) - Possible encounter between a juvenile and a human child, near Gettysburg

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

PENNSYLVANIA BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS

By DEBBY HEISHMAN
The Public Opinion - Chambersburg, PA


For anyone who's ever fled with thudding heart from a shrill nighttime sound or blurred apparition, a recent group of visitors to Michaux State Forest is willing to wager that what's out there is more real than imagined.

Bigfoot Field Research Organization last week converged on Caledonia State Park to investigate hollows and hillsides of the surrounding state forest, anticipating an encounter with the elusive mystery, Sasquatch.

The organization, known as BFRO, was founded in 1995 and claims the largest database of credible Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings throughout the United States and Canada. Besides collecting data, volunteer members do field inquiries throughout the country.

This expedition, BFRO's first in Pennsylvania, was initiated on the strength and number of qualified sightings in Adams and Franklin counties, said BFRO founder, Matt Moneymaker.

The Waynesboro Reservoir capers, which had caused a stir a few years back, were already a footnote in the "cases closed" file. Those oversized footprints, Moneymaker said, had long been debunked as contrived. Talk now centered on a 1997 report from an Adams County hunter who told of seeing three large creatures passing quickly through the woods as he crouched on his tree stand above.

A dozen or more seekers, some with their own expensive, hi-tech instruments, came equipped for a scientific search. Most came with stories of their own — a never-to-be-forgotten sight or sound that kept them wondering.

Michael Greene, a retired fraud investigator, owns a thermal imager, which he'd wired to a digital camera worn at his waist, and a night vision scope.

Greene's eerie backwoods experience had occurred many years earlier.

"I heard this ungodly loud howl," he said slowly, "unlike anything before. When I heard this same sound later on a recording, my skin went cold. That's how strongly it came back to me."

Recordings of sounds attributed to [sasquatches] have been collected for years. BFRO maintains a computer file of more commonly heard vocalizations — from a low moan to a high-pitched whistle — which are useful in the field.

Sound is a new tool that Moneymaker believes will be key in getting a response from [sasquatches].

"[Bigfoot/Sasquatch] research is in its infancy here [in the eastern U.S.]," he said. "In the east, it never got much attention; it had a folkloric association."

There are informal associations with individuals at northwestern universities, said Moneymaker, but because of the stigma attached to the subject, the group's academic associations are not usually not publicized.

On the third night of their vigil, the team set up in a large open tract where they had heard promising evidence the night before.

Breaking into four smaller groups, the team kept in touch by radio. Through the heavy, hand-held thermal imager, one pair at a distant point was seen as two clear white clumps under the gray-white stick images of trees.

The night was cool and silent, with an occasional barred owl or barking dog raising voice in the distance.

Mark Maisel scanned the clearing with night vision binoculars, observing the surreal nature of their quest.

"Bigfoot research is considered a pseudo-science," he said. "But our methods are based on scientific method. We're curious. That's why we're out here."

Maisel interviews people who report sightings.

"I met with a man once who needed a cigarette before he could even talk," he said. "While he was telling me his story, the hair on his arm stood straight up. He was clearly shaken. You can't make up something like that."

Paul Mateja, who investigates sighting reports in New York, said he became involved with BFRO after reporting four incidents that occurred to him and his family over a 25-year period in upstate New York. Immersed in the biology of Bigfoot identification, he has kept up a correspondence with primate researcher, W. Henner Fahrenbach of Oregon, who has published works on the Bigfoot phenomenon.

Not long ago, Mateja said, his wife heard an awful call at 3:30 a.m.

"The sound was so powerful, it shook the windows of our farm house and woke up the neighbors," he said.

From time to time, after a signal, one of the crew would bellow into the night, a loud, deep drawn-out call that echoed among the hills. It should have scared up sounds from coyote, birds and deer all across the hillsides, said Maisel, but nothing stirred or called.

A recorded scream was played through the amplifier, but as the shrillness faded out, there was only silence.

For two nights, there was little to record other than vehicles that frequently hummed along distant roads, shooting lights across the dark woods.

Encounter
Before the team members had left their campsite for the last night's search, an uncommitted visitor dropped by to meet Moneymaker.

Ray Sterner works at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., and in his spare time, he makes maps. His copyrighted relief maps are made available through North Star Publications.

Sterner had become acquainted with Moneymaker after learning that one of his maps was appearing unacknowledged on BFRO's Web site. He called to set them straight.

Since then, Sterner has prepared the relief maps for BFRO. At the same time, he's disproved two videos that had been submitted as evidence. In one film, what appeared to be a stick thrown across the frame was proven to be an insect that had flown across the lens.

"I'm a skeptic," said Sterner. "You need a lot of proof."

Sterner and his wife, who live in Carroll County, Md., hike on occasion in Michaux. When he learned Moneymaker would be here, Sterner sought him out.

The men conferred briefly, holding an Appalachian Trail map against a tree. Then, huddling at the picnic table with his team, Moneymaker highlighted three possible search routes on the map. Blue marker crisscrossed the black elevation lines printed on the map.

"Excuse me," interrupted Sterner. "That's my map you're using. I'll need it tomorrow if I intend to go hiking."

Laughter ensued, and Sterner continued. "Could I have your autograph?"

With the same blue highlighter he'd been using to route a final search, Moneymaker signed the map and handed it back to Sterner.

Before they parted, the two shook hands.


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