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COUNTY: Pinellas County
LOCATION DETAILS: It is a wooded area, with a small lake. Please DO NOT post my location!.
NEAREST TOWN: Clearwater
NEAREST ROAD: Whitney Road just off of US 19
OBSERVED: Early Saturday morning about 1:55am I went outside for a smoke before bed and it happened. I heard a clinking sound of the chain-link fence clinking on the bar-rail fence. At the very same time I heard the sound of the brush/bushes being smashed. I looked over in the direction of the sound and seen a leg hanging down. As I looked up I seen a large hairy back. The thing turned and looked right at me. Just after it made eye contact with me it pulled its leg right back up and over the fence. It actually used the bar of the top of the fence to leap back onto the brush/thicket area. It was huge, from what I could see. This is not my first encounter with what I believe was one. I was on a walk at around the same time of early morning a few months ago and actually felt something run by me on that same side of fence-row. As the thing ran by me I could feel the vibrations of it moving by me. It sounded like it was tearing through the thick brush with no problem at all. I didn't report this before because I didn't actually see it, only felt & heard it. However this time I know what I saw! No doubt in my mind. Even woke up my 25yr old daughter to come and try to see it. She heard it, and smelled it.
ALSO NOTICED: We walked over to where I seen it climbing over the fence and could see broken small branches and the top bar of the fence was slightly bent.
OTHER WITNESSES: My daughter only heard it moving around when I ran in to tell her what had happened. It was still moving about the area when she came out.
OTHER STORIES: Only my own experience from a few months before. I never told anyone but my friends and family in Indiana. I didn't want my neighbors thinking I am crazy.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was 1:55am. It was right under a security light and raining very lightly.
ENVIRONMENT: wooded area with small lake
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
I spoke to the witness by phone and later investigated the surrounding area several times. BFRO Investigator Marion Gant accompanied me. We found the witness and her family very credible and honest.
The witness stepped outside her home and into her carport to smoke a cigarette. It had been drizzling rain on and off. Once outside, she noticed a foul pungent smell at about the same time she heard rattling from the chain link fence about 40 yards from her. She looked and saw what appeared at first to be a large man straddling the fence. The right leg was on her side and the left leg was on the other; its back was to her and it was facing the other direction. She described the right leg as very muscular and massive. Both of its hands were holding the top of the fence on either side of its body. There is a street lamp close to the fence and she could see that it wasn’t a man and that it appeared to be an ape.
Immediately, it turned not just its head, but its torso to her and made eye contact. She noticed a yellow/amber shine to the eyes. Its chin was sitting on its shoulder when it had turned its body. Once it made eye contact, it swung the right leg back over the fence and dropped off the top of the fence. She heard it move away. It didn’t seem to run, but she heard branches breaking.
It had 3-4 inch light brown to dark blond hair all over its body and estimates its height at about 6 feet. She said the hair was not tangled, but kept “like a dog.” It did not have hair on its face but had “man like” features. She did not notice ears and the head shape was “like ours” only bigger. She claimed its face looked startled to see her.
She ran inside and woke up her daughter. They both returned outside and could still hear it in the woods. Her daughter commented that she could still smell it at that time. The witness claimed it smelled like a “wet dog that had rolled in a pig sty,” and the daughter said to us that it was “a strong, nasty, wild animal smell.”
The witness also described something that ran on the other side of the fence, shaking the ground a few months earlier.
This fence is 6 ft. tall, see photo:
The fence is noticeably bent and damaged where the witness claimed it happened:
Closer view of where it climbed over, note the broken branches and opening it made:
It is evident something very heavy did this to the top of the fence. There was also freshly broken branches in the wood line where it would have come through.
This is the view from the other side of the fence looking onto the witness' property:
A power line road borders one side of her property; there is a heavily wooded lot that connects to a private high school (on summer break at the time), a golf course and then the coast line of Tampa Bay. If the coast line or power line is followed north, it runs into nature preserves and parks. We found evidence of many food sources in the area from small animals to dumpsters, including numerous raccoon tracks.
This is the one and only report we have ever received for Pinellas County. This county is more or less a peninsula with a high human population density:
When looking at satellite photos, there are not many green areas and for the most part the green areas that are present are small. One would really not expect to ever have a report here, its not a typical habitat for sasquatch. However, just north of where the peninsula begins, there is the Tarpon Canal/Lake Tarpon Area and Brooker Creek Preserve which has had sightings. Urban sprawl has pushed many animals into areas they normally would not venture, and I imagine the sasquatch are affected by this too.
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.