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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Mineral County
LOCATION DETAILS: Just off Rt. 28 in Mineral County, WV. Up against the woods.
NEAREST TOWN: Fort Ashby
NEAREST ROAD: Rt. 28
OBSERVED: Around 1:00 am on October 1st, I got up out of bed to get a drink of water and was having trouble falling asleep. As I walked by my kitchen window, I peered out and noticed three pairs of red eyes walking single file about 20 yards up in the woods. I've been a hunter and outdoorsman since I was 6 yrs old and have seen many animals and eyes at night so I wasn't all that surprised. But what really had me perplexed was the height at which the eyes were above ground level. I would estimate that the eyes were hovering around the 7 ft mark at least so that rules out any wildlife that I'm familiar with. The intensity of the glowing red was also unlike anything I have ever experienced or seen before and the creatures appeared to be walking with comfortable balance and agility. It was pitch black and could not make out any silhouettes except a few branches moving. There is 4 miles worth of wilderness behind my house and most of it is government land. I have no idea what I saw that night but am open minded to it being a sasquatch or another creature that I'm unfamiliar with. Have not talked much about it to other people and am afraid people will think I'm losing it but I can't stop thinking about what I saw. Thanks very much!
ALSO NOTICED: About a week prior to this event, I was awakened in the middle of the night by what sounded like a baseball bat or pipe being whacked off of a tree and then something like metal being smashed. I found that to be very bizarre. Especially it was going on around 3am in the morning.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just one. Me. One other adult and two little kids in the house but they were sleeping.
OTHER STORIES: Not that I'm familiar with. This is a first for me.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1:00 am. It was pitch black outside but the kitchen lights were on. Weather was fair with no precipitation of any kind and no wind at all. Very calm.
ENVIRONMENT: Hardwoods just below a big mountain. Mostly oak trees. I have heard it was part of an orchard at one time. Orchard no longer in operation.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:
Speaking to the gentleman over the phone, he said that he observed three pairs of eyes moving laterally behind his house and into the woods. He also said that he is a long time coon hunter and has never seen any eye shine in the woods at night like this. The eyes appeared to be as red as a coke bottle's cap, but larger. He did not notice any "bounce" in the eyes, so whatever it was moved in a smooth gait. There is steep terrain and thick cover where they entered the woods, but whatever it was seemed to move quickly and easily.
The following morning he walked to the location where he saw the eyes disappear into the woods and found a fresh tree branch break approximately 4-5" in diameter. He didn't think to look for tracks, but the ground cover did not lend well to showing footprints. He also struggled to climb to where he lost sight of them, even though whatever it was managed the terrain easily the previous night. His neighbor's dogs had began barking at approximately 11:30 PM and had continued for an hour or so and this seemed very strange to him. He had also heard knocks approximately five minutes apart a few weeks prior to this incident.
He believed if Bigfoots existed, they were only in the Pacific Northwest. He seemed very sincere and excited about the glowing eyes that he witnessed. There was not sufficient light to reflect, we believe Bigfoots are using their own light in their eyes to allow what is reported quite often by witnesses and investigators. They could possibly use this ability to signal or identify each other. The capability to glow without nearby light is called bioluminescence.
The BFRO has received numerous reports from Mineral County, including these two incredible class A's in close proximity to this home:
About BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:
Growing up in Pendleton County WV, Greg has been fascinated with the Bigfoot phenomenon ever since he had an incident while hunting in the early 70's. Though he no longer hunts he and his wife enjoy wildlife watching, birding, hiking, camping, kayaking and all things wild in wonderful WV. Greg is a mechanic by trade in the largest turkey processing plant in the US. He has attended BFRO Expeditions WV 2012 & 2013, Kentucky 2013 & 2014, and North Carolina 2014.