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Report # 25809  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.
Resident has recent daylight sighting while retrieving cattle near Godfrey

YEAR: 2009

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: April


STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Madison County


NEAREST ROAD: N. Humbert Road

OBSERVED: I don't like talking about these things because, # 1 I don't believe in it and # 2 I do now. On Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 my cousins cows got out, which was located in Godfrey, Il. which is in Madison County. So I was walking in the woods up the road from their house about deep in to three acres of land and I cross this large valley and went up the hill and half way up I got winded. So I stop to catch my breath and as I rested against the tree I looked to the west from where I was standing to see if I could see any cows moving, which I did not. so I looked to the east and I saw a large man looking thing moving to the north in which as he walked tree limbs were breaking. Believe me I would be willing to take a lie detector test on this. This is the most shaking thing I ever seen. This thing had long black hair and very shaggy. Thank you for your time.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: Morning, sunny clear.

ENVIRONMENT: Very heavily wooded area.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:

- The witness observed the animal from about 120 yards. Being above the animal and downwind as well as being behind a tree the witness was able to watch unobserved for over five minutes.
- The animal moved up and over the hill without ever turning and looking at the witness.
- The animal was between seven and eight feet tall.
- The animal was very muscular, with a big chest and very long arms.
- The hair, which covered the total body was black and five to six inches long.
- The witness was unable to see the animal's face.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

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