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COUNTY: Volusia County
LOCATION DETAILS: From the town of Peirson, go north on County HWY 3. Turn left on 9 Mile Point Road. Turn right on Willow Cove Road. The hunters entered the woods at the end of the road.
NEAREST TOWN: pierson
NEAREST ROAD: highway 17
OBSERVED: Me and my buddy were out in the woods hunting in Pierson Florida on ninemile rd we were driving out and I noticed something big and brown in the ditch on the side of the road crouching down then it stood up and walked back and fourth across the road then crouching back down we know for a fact it wasn't human it was about nine feet tall.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two
OTHER STORIES: Yes a couple people told me they seen one down there to
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was bout 5:30 twenty min befour dark
ENVIRONMENT: Pine and swamp
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
I spoke with the hunter, an avid outdoorsman about his late afternoon sighting. He was hunting with a friend, but his friend went off in another direction when this occurred so he was alone at the time of the sighting.
The hunter was hog hunting in a very heavily wooded wildlife management area near Lake George. He heard bushes rustle, turned and saw a “human, but ape-like” face and shoulders squat behind bushes. The gentleman has seen bear in the area, and knows what he saw was not a bear. It was 15-20 yards away. When the creature was standing, it was much taller than his 6’5” frame. He estimates more like 8-9 feet. It had a flat nose, not like a human, but seemed to have other human features. He watched it for 1 - 1 ½ minutes behind the bushes before it stood again, turned and quickly walked away on two legs, toward the swamp. It was dark brown with mixed black hair in color. Heavy foliage blocked him from getting a better view of the creature’s lower body. When it briskly walked away, heavy footsteps could be heard. It did not vocalize.
The hunter smelled an odor similar to a wild hog odor, but much “stronger and heavier” during the encounter. He was hunting in that place because of the smell. He thought there were hog in the vicinity.
After the creature walked away, the hunter left the area too. It was a startling experience for him, and although he had a gun, the creature’s size was intimidating and he did not wish to investigate further.
The area of this encounter was in Lake George State Forest, which is part of two wildlife management areas, with more than 20,000 acres of virgin longleaf, slash pine, bald cypress and other bottomland hardwood hammock forests. During the wet season, there are also marshy flood plain areas. Along with the Ocala National Forest, this area joins part of a network of protected lands forming a wildlife corridor and roaming habitat for Florida Black bear. Other species of wildlife that call the area home include white-tail deer, wild turkey, bobcat and feral hog.
There is currently another encounter that is being investigated in the same area.
About BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
Re Monteith has had a life-long interest in Bigfoot and has an extensive background in outdoor land and ocean survival as well as mountaineering. She has tran-sailed the Atlantic, backpacked in remote places throughout the world and has climbed three of the seven summits. She studied International Relations at Florida International University, and is a Financial and Real Estate Consultant. She has participated in many private expeditions as well as the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 BFRO North Florida Expeditions and the 2013 BFRO UP Michigan & Alabama Expedition. She also organized Florida's 2017 Town Hall Meeting. She was an Executive Producer of the documentary film, "Skunk Ape Lives" and featured as a Crypto Expert on The Science Channel's television show, Strange Evidence for seasons 2 - 5.