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COUNTY: Angelina County
LOCATION DETAILS: We were off the roads on all terrain drilling vehicles,doing seismic work 2 or 3 miles from any road at location above in the Angelina National forest.
NEAREST TOWN: Zavalla
NEAREST ROAD: High Way 69 and Forest Rd 350
OBSERVED: I was doing seismic, drilling in the Angelina National forest for several weeks. Late one afternoon, in a opening, we decided to stop and take a break, on the upper end of an open area in the thick woods. It was quiet, when I saw something, large and dark brownish, stand up and walk away from me. It was approx; 100 yards away. It walked 20 to 50 feet then descended into a ravine, it looked to go down on all four legs as it went into the ravine then it was gone. I thought it was a bear, but chances of seeing a bear in 1979, would be slim.This animal walked on two legs. This only lasted for just a few seconds,10 maybe. I turned to my coworker and asked, "Did you see that? he said yes, and what the bleep was that?" I have thought about this for several years and in my mind's eye I can still see the animal walking away from me to this day, 30 years later.
ALSO NOTICED: The forest was unusually quiet.
OTHER WITNESSES: One other person Gary Byrd of Alabama,we were together,sitting on our machines smoking a cigarette.
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Mid to late afternoon.
ENVIRONMENT: Mainly pine forest, with wet, oak bottom lands. This sighting was in a open oak flat in the middle of a pine forest with a lot of small ravines, sloping to larger creeks, area was open, with low grass.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
The two men had been drilling seismic holes at one eighth of a mile intervals in a straight line. They had turned off the equipment and were sitting on their machines taking a break.
The witness noticed that the woods had become unnaturally quiet. His description was this: It became so quiet you could hear your cigarette burning.
Movement caught his eye as the creature stood up. He briefly saw its profile before it turned and moved silently off in a relaxed pace from left to right. It took four or five steps and was gone into the ravine. He was immediately struck by the way its long arms swung. In that instant he realized it was not a bear he was observing.
This can be added to its description: The body was stocky and quite muscular. It was broad shouldered with a very large chest. It did not taper at the waist but remained thick and solid with an estimated weigh of 400lbs. It was solidly covered with four or five inch, long reddish brown hair with the exception of the facial area where the hair was sparse. Its height was 6 feet or taller.
The witness had the impression that it had been watching them and was curious about the noisy machine they were running. At no time did he feel threatened or scared.
The 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, an 114,500-acre lake.
About BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University
Self employed Artist
Professional stained glass artist and teacher.
Professional event Photographer
Fine artist. (Oils, pastels, & watercolor) Wildlife, Portraiture, Landscape, and sketches of Sasquatch for investigators and witnesses.
Attended Texas Expedition 2008, Colorado Expedition 2008, Oklahoma Expedition 2008 and numerous private expeditions. She has attended: Michigan UP Expedition 2009, Utah Expedition 2009,Wyoming Expedition 2009, Colorado Expedition 2009 attended the Oklahoma Expedition 2009. In 2010 she attendee BFRO 'Investigator Only' expeditions in Texas and Colorado. She attended the
Colorado Expedition 2011. She Co-lead the BFRO's first all female expedition held in November Texas Expedition 2011. She lead and organized the recent Texas Expedition 2012.