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STATE: New York
COUNTY: Cattaraugus County
LOCATION DETAILS: New York State Land on Bucktooth Rd. & Sawmill Run Rd. in Napoli, NY.
NEAREST TOWN: Napoli,Little Valley,Salamanca
NEAREST ROAD: Sawmill Run,242,Bucktooth
OBSERVED: I saw one in Napoli, NY, by Sawmill Run Rd. It was October 2000. My dad and I were hunting turkey on state land we were walking slow and quietly stopping and looking around. We were about 20 yards apart and we were both looking SE. I turned slowly and didn't see anything, but then did see movement in front of me. I pulled up my gun, ready for a turkey. It was about 20 yards away and I didn't shoot. I didn't know what it was. It was on two legs, all brown-red hair all over it and at least six feet tall. It took off running like a big guy, but swift. It ran down hill away from me and was out of sight. My dad was still looking the other way. I wish he saw it to, but he didn't.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was with my dad but he did not see it
OTHER STORIES: No not till I seen tis web site.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about 11:00am light was good ,and no leaves on the trees it was just wet ground no wind.
ENVIRONMENT: top of hill wooded forest 100s of acers of land
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Paul J. Mateja:
I spoke with the witness by telephone. He was 29 years old at the time of the sighting. The sighting only lasted 5 seconds. As the witness spotted it, it turned and quickly ran away. He described its body as stocky. No clear facial features were observed, but he could discern that it did not have a protruding muzzle like a bear.
The area is very hilly, primarily deciduous forest, but does include some farm land.
About BFRO Investigator Paul J. Mateja:
Paul is a network administrator and systems analyst/programmer for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, NY. In addition, Paul and his wife Teresa own and operate a small organic farm in western New York State. He has attended and organized expeditions including New Mexico (Jicarilla), New York (Adirondacks), Pennsylvania and West Virginia.