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DATE: not sure
COUNTY: Crawford County
LOCATION DETAILS: (edited)
NEAREST TOWN: Lovells
NEAREST ROAD: Shannon Road
OBSERVED: I have some friends that live in Lovells, which is located in Crawford County. In the summer of 2000 I was visiting my
friends. I arrived at their house at approximately
6-7pm and no one was home. It was during mid-summer so I got out of my vehicle and sat outside. Their residence is in a secluded area. While I was outside I heard many noises, like something was moving around in the woods and "heavy" grunts. I dismissed it as coyotes or maybe a bear, but I got back in my vehicle feeling a little unnerved and left. I returned later when they were home and told them about what happened. They laughed at me and told me it was the "Bigfoot" that lives in the area. Although they dismissed me with humor they had told me that they had prior experiences with something, but they weren't sure
what it was. Their location is a densely wooded area.
ALSO NOTICED: none
OTHER WITNESSES: myself
OTHER STORIES: The residents I was visiting had prior experiences with something. They felt it was bigfoot or something similar.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 630-730pm. There was still natural light but it is a dense area and darkens up quicker then wide open areas.
ENVIRONMENT: Oak, Pine, various hardwood and pine species.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with this witness for close to an hour on the phone. Most follow-ups on a Class B encounter do not take this long, and most I do not post because there is too much chance for misidentification. I'm posting this because the witness holds a high degree of credibility for me, and is not a stranger to the woods. She has hunted in the past, and is very definite when she says it was not a buck snort. Also, the behavior of the animal, in moving back and forth in the woods just out of sight and vocalizing in ways that she felt were directed at her, would not be typical behavior for other known critters. She listened to the Ohio howl on our website, but what she heard was not like that. As she tried to describe it, it was clear it was a vocalization of a type I have heard recently on an overnight here in Michigan when we also had vocalizations of the Ohio type, one sighting, and one rock throwing incident. Plus, her friends have stories of their own, and when they come back from Florida we have plans to meet at their cabin for additional follow-up. For these reasons, I'm posting this report.