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Submitted by witness D.B. on Saturday, February 12, 2000.
Motorist found six thirteen by eight and a half inch tracks near a small bridge that led to a large gate.
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COUNTY: Osceola County
LOCATION DETAILS: The prints were found on the east side of Nova Rd. just south of a small bridge, 1 1/2 miles south of SR 520.
NEAREST TOWN: Cocoa
NEAREST ROAD: Nova Rd.
OBSERVED: The witness was driving to Cocoa around 11 am. He pulled over to relieve himself and found the tracks. The tracks were backed up to a large gate approx. 4.5 feet tall. It appeared to look as if the creature walked across Nova Rd. from west to east, stepped over the gate and continued east into a wooded tree line. There were 6 tracks in all covering about 30 feet of ground. After that the ground slooped down into a gully with weeds and water, then back up into the trees. The witness took 2 photos of the tracks. The tracks measured approx. 13 inches long by 8 1/2 inches wide.
ALSO NOTICED: Through the tree line, the witness found a dead hog. There was no evidence that the hog was killed by the creature. It could have simply been road kill. Outwardly, the hog was intact with only the front right leg broken and bloody.
OTHER WITNESSES: Only the witness was present.
ENVIRONMENT: The area is a mixture of pasture land, woods, and swamp. The incident occured in a vast area known as "Mormons". It is a cattle ranch consisting of thousands of acres own by the Mormon Church. The Ranch has their own Security Force which patrols the area 24 hours aday. This area is restricted from the general public. The soil is a mixture of sand and clay. Hard packed with about an inch of loose sand on top.