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COUNTY: Jefferson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Drive from Hwy 285 down 67. Drive through the small town of Pine. Right when you get into Buffalo Creek, there is a road that leads to Wellington Lake. Drive to the picnic area by the lake and that's the general area where we were.
NEAREST TOWN: Between Buffalo Creek and Bailey, Colorado
NEAREST ROAD: between Hwy. 67 and Hwy 285
OBSERVED: It was in 1978... My former husband and I had taken our children for a picnic at Wellington Lake, just south of Buffalo Creek, Colorado. What I saw was not the same as what I've seen in photos, however, what I saw was a bipedal creature with white fur. This may sound strange, but, I was talking with my former husband when the creature stepped out from behind a boulder. I told my now exhusband, to look. He turned around but the creature ducked back behind the boulder. My exhusband turned back to me and said, "I didn't see anything." At that very moment the creature showed itself to me again. I told my ex to turn around. He did, and the creature ducked behind the boulder again. This happened four or five times, and then the creature was gone. The creature was partially bipedal and then would stoop like an ape and touch the ground. It had a human-like feeling about it because it was obviously playing some sort of a game with me. I have never told anybody except for people I trust not to make fun of me. I was a resident in the area for many years and I knew what wildlife was there...nothing came close to this creature. I've seen mountain lion, bobcats, linx, badgers, deer, elk, bear, and many more creatures in that area, but nothing like this.
ALSO NOTICED: The creature was very quiet, light on his/her feet. It was not as large as Bigfoot, and the fur was pure white like a Polar Bear. I didn't get a clear vision of its face. This was not a Polar Bear. We lived in Colorado where there were only black bears. In addition the creature was obviously clever and had a sense of humor and intelligence that was human like. Again, it was not incredibly tall, maybe 5'9" or so. It wasn't a person playing a prank either, it was too agile and too fast, and that area is wilderness area, very difficult for a human to scammer around so quickly - over boulders and up mountains, etc.
OTHER WITNESSES: Sorry, but I was it unfortunately. I am perfectly sane and I am educated with a master's degree in Education: Instructional Technology. I am the type of person that has my feet set directly into the earth. In other words, I don't believe in anything I can't see, not even God. I don't take drugs and I didn't take drugs then either, nor did I drink alchohol. I would like to know if anybody else has seen this creature or a creature similar to it.
OTHER STORIES: No, and I was too embarassed to mention the incident to cowboy types in that area. I've always wanted to know what I had witnessed, but too afraid to mention it because it was different than the photos I've seen of Bigfoot.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Afternoon, maybe 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.
ENVIRONMENT: Rugged mountain road with lots of Pine trees and boulders.
A & G References: CO A&G P 49 B-7
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
Excerpts from phone interview with witness who chooses to remain anonymous:
Witness was talking with ex-husband when the creature suddenly appeared from behind a boulder approximately 60 feet away. Her first impression was that she was looking at a polar bear but immediately realized it was not a bear. It was completely covered in white semi-curly hair that looked about two to three inches in length over its entire body. She described a stocky build, thick in the legs, chest and arms and narrow at the waist. It appeared to be five and a half feet tall but never stood completely erect. It had a flat hairy face and an ape like appearance but she could not make out any other details. When it would emerge from behind the boulder it would go from a quadrupedal position to a bipedal stance, coming out into the open. Then, as her husband would turn around to look it would quickly dive back behind the boulder. Witness was surprised at how swiftly and silently it moved. She did not feel fear as she sensed it was acting in a very human manner, almost like a child would play peekaboo. This happened about four to five times and then stopped.
After a few minutes she felt calm enough to investigate the area behind the boulder and found nothing, however, it was a heavily forested area.
Witness is 53 years old, a Professor, Adjunct Lecturer holding two Master Degrees and is currently residing in the State of California.
About BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
Dennis Pfohl is a business owner in Colorado and an avid Outdoorsman. He attended the 2004 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero IR), 2005 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero), 2005 California Sierras Expedition, and 2005/2008 Oklahoma exp. 2008 Texas Expedition. Organizer of the first Colorado
BFRO expedition in 2005, and organized the 06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and( non public) Colorado Expeditions.