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Report # 14872  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Thursday, June 8, 2006.
Nighttime sighting and possible footprints found by homeowner near Edwardsville
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YEAR: 2006

SEASON: Summer


DATE: 08

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Madison County

LOCATION DETAILS: Near Edwardsville

NEAREST TOWN: Edwardsville

NEAREST ROAD: Illinois Rt 143

OBSERVED: Object was standing near a bush. Coloration was a gray or white. Thought it was odd for some person to be standing out in the country at that time of night. Object was about 7 foot tall.

ALSO NOTICED: Right before crickets and normal night sounds. Later dog acted strange did not want to go outside and it was so quiet and still I could hear the hum of the street lights. Right after about 10 minutes or so nights sound were normal again.

OTHER WITNESSES: No my wife is the only witness.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: Clear almost full moon. Street light illuminated the object. Time was about 12:36 in the morning (night time).

ENVIRONMENT: Farm fields and some resident houses woods and a bike path near by.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I made three on-site visits to the location. After our first conversation the witness called and stated that a footprint was found in the woods behind the house. I asked that the footprints be covered to be protected and I would visit the property.

The following details can be added to the report:

- The witness was about 10 feet from the animal as she was pulling into the driveway. The husband that submitted the report was at their residence.
- The animal weighed about 250 lbs.
- The animal was tall and thinly built with narrow shoulders.
- The animal looked brownish-silvery gray in the street light.
- Although the witness saw the face, it was so hairy she was unable to make out any details.

- When I visited the property I was shown the footprint.
- The footprint was 14 inches long, 5 inches wide at the ball of the foot and 4 inches at the heel.
- All the toes were clearly visible. I took photos but they do not contain enough detail to include with this report.

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.

Stan Courtney can be reached at

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