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Geographical Index > United States > Illinois > Madison County > Report # 10535
Report # 10535  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, February 8, 2005.
Two teens have daylight sighting near Alton
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YEAR: 2004

SEASON: Summer



STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Madison County

LOCATION DETAILS: If you would like info on location give me a call.


OBSERVED: It happened like this. Myself and a friend were out on the edge of the woods. We had decided that we would build a blind for hunting squirrels. On the way in we spotted a dead tree. We both tried to push it over, even worked together, but couldn't so we went back to work. Awhile later we heard the tree start to crack then it was smashed to the ground. We didn't get a good look at it but what we saw I would estimate between 7 - 8 ft tall. There other things that have happened back there as well. I have been howled at and had rocks thrown at me.

OTHER WITNESSES: Yes my friend

TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was a clear bright hot summer day.

ENVIRONMENT: Edge of wood by a populated area.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I first spoke with the witness by phone. I found him to be very polite and serious. I spoke with his parents and made an appointment to visit the area.

I spent approximately ninety minutes walking through the woods that adjoin his home. It was an area with large thickets and lots of brush and trees. This area is traversed by railroad tracks.

The following details can be added to the report:

- The two boys had been working on a "fort" when they saw the animal standing close by.
- The animal was hair covered, and was estimated to weigh about 250 lbs.
- The shoulders were broad, and the animal appeared to have no neck.
- The animal was black in color, and upright.
- The boys quickly retreated from the area and ran to their houses.

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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