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COUNTY: Collier County
LOCATION DETAILS: about 5 miles from Lake Trafford in Immokalee,Florida
NEAREST TOWN: Immokalee
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 29 - We lived on an Orange grove in between the main roads
OBSERVED: Immokalee,Florida 1987 - My family and I were in having an evening of fun when we heard a horrible noise coming from the direction of where our dog was outside. My husband went out to investigate because our dog sounded as if were scarred or being hurt. When my husband got to our shed he saw a large shadow up against the siding and it sounded as if our dog were being muffled. He ran back into our home thinking it was a bear or something to the effect and grabbed his gun. He then went back outside ( us trailing close behind him) and it appeared to him as if something were running down our driveway - in the meantime our dog was hidding underneath our home. My husband fired a couple of shots towards the area he thought this creature or animal was and we heard a very loud growl howl type noise, after that it got deathly quiet.
I will never forget the chills that ran up me when I heard theses sounds.The next morning we did check the area and we did find weird type footprints that looked not like human nor were they a bear or any other type of animal that I am familar with. Whatever it was it was able to make a leap from the street and across a canal and land on it's feet. The only thing that we can figure is that during the day we had taken our family fishing in the grove and we were followed back by what I honestly believe to be a bigfoot.
Our home sat on a hill that when our porch light is on it can be seen from within the surrounding woods - we checked this - I believe it followed the lighting as it knew there was something there. We later found out that the people who occupied our home before us had an encounter with the backdoor being ripped off it's hinges. They assumed it was a burglary while away. We now suspect not. We were told also through my husbands supervisor that several sightings had occured not only in the area but at Lake trafford as well. Lake Trafford was less than 5 miles from where we were living at the time. I will never forget my experience with this night. I thank God my chldren were sleeping but unfortunately my younger brother was not - he was 10 at the time and I remember him being so very frightened and crying. He still remembers that night.
Every since I have wanted to find proof of what we heard and to prove to myself that it was real. I am a believer!
ALSO NOTICED: foot prints,Flat grass,Heard a growl/roar type sound
OTHER WITNESSES: 5
OTHER STORIES: Yes - Lake Trafford has a couple of incidents - 1 of them a man fired at what he said was a large creature. People have seen a large shape cross into the groves and woods in surrounding areas.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Betwenn 10:30 and 11:00 pm
warm and clear - outside porch light was on.
ENVIRONMENT: Orange Grove
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
One important detail to add is two members of this witness' family went hog hunting that morning close to home. Trying a different approach to their hunt, they crawled under very thick vegetation to access a swamp.
Her husband got the gun thinking he was up against a bear standing on its hind legs. The tracks were about the size of a large man. After the gunshot warnings the visitor cleared a canal about 15 ft. in width. The dog was not injured.
We receive a lot reports, both past and present, from this SW part of Florida.
About BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
- Worked as an Assistant to a Circuit Court Judge in Florida for thirteen years
- An avid outdoorswoman, growing up in the UP of Michigan on a family-owned fishing and hunting resort. Currently lives in the Hiawatha National Forest
- Certified Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Attended and assisted with numerous public and private BFRO expeditions
- She and the Florida BFRO organized South Florida Expedition 2008, North Florida Expedition 2008 and Central Florida Expedition in 2009.
- She and the Michigan BFRO organized the Lower-Michigan Expedition in 2011, Michigan UP Expeditions in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She will be co-organizing the 2016 Michigan UP Expedition in October.