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STATE: New York
COUNTY: Steuben County
LOCATION DETAILS: Edge of village of Bath in the town of Bath.
[Investigator Note: The witness was observing from:
6876 Lakeview Terr
Bath, NY 14810
The creature was behind:
7026 E Washington Street Ext
Bath, NY 14810
NEAREST TOWN: Bath
NEAREST ROAD: Washington street extention
OBSERVED: Visual Report: My name is Alan Y. on about Mid-November 2012 I had a very unusual experience that at first kept me very mixed up, but always stayed in my mind until I started doing research.
It was about 2 to 3am in the morning. I awoke to go outside and have a smoke. The area of the town of Bath, NY is semi-rugged with hundreds of huge foothills. There is a vast amount of forest, lakes, ponds, wildlife and many state parks. Much of the land is posted "no hunting". The hills are super steep, so climbing or hiking is difficult. We rented the full basement apartment of a home. Our entryway was in the back of the home semi-underground. There was a deck over our entryway.
I am an ex-US Army Intel (Special Tasking veteran) who served in central America and the Middle East. I am telling you this because I am a trained observer and weigh out everything I see. I am super aware of my surroundings. That morning I went outside and lit up a cigarette. It was very dark this night and cool. Deer would constantly wander through and many times I could be 10 feet from a deer and be silent so as not to spook them.
As I lit up my smoke some movement caught my attention about roughly  yards directly in front of me to the East. A cinnamon brownish colored figure was pacing back and forth over and over. On each side of this clear cut there is a couple homes. This thing was at the far end by the next tree line pacing back and forth moving towards the last home and back again moving appx. North to South then back the other way. It was moving erratically pacing back and forth like it was confused or undecided if it wanted to go closer to the home.
As I looked at first, I thought it was a drunk person? But in all the years I lived there, I never seen anyone out there. As I watched what really caught my attention was it looked like it was floating across the ground as there was absolutely no head bob at all. The ground rose between myself and this entity and went back down on its side so I could not see the lower legs good. It kept on pacing back and forth for about 3 minutes. At the position I was at under the deck, in the shadows, I was not observed by this creature.
I’m not a afraid of too much, but for some reason the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and I got into what I call (combat mode). I wanted to bellow out at this entity (Ahh) but something said do not do that. Around 3 to 4 minutes of this pacing, I turned my head for a second and it was gone. I got a fearful sense of where this thing went and had a feeling it may try to flank me around the 2 homes, so I went into the house and awakened my wife and said “there’s something weird out there."
I did not think of "Bigfoot" right away, because it was not the Patty type I seen on the P&G film. I also thought that they are in the Northwest, not really here in New York State. It was I believe 6-7 feet tall, a slimmer build. Wide on top and slimmer than Patty. More like a fine-tuned athlete than a body builder, long arms and an awfully long shaggy head of hair (which stood out too me, WEIRD.
The reason I even saw it was because there was a light on that home as he was pacing towards, that lit up it and some of the area. Upon seeing it (after the fact), I realized that there was a hedgerow running parallel to it, and a large ravine behind that that ran into the woods. Across from this property was a road, couple mobile homes then a very step wooded foothill (small mountain).
For years this baffled me, and I could not get this out of my mind until I visited the BFRO website and seen at least 6 reports entirely around my area. Thank you, for having a website where we can get these things off our chest.
ALSO NOTICED: November 2019 heard 2 huge body shaking screams from ridge line very close adjacent to my new home in Bath close to same area. Very loud, not any animal I know of here.
I know what I seen and I know what I heard!!
OTHER WITNESSES: No
OTHER STORIES: Yes, on the BFRO website, and a hunter told me he seen a creature while hunting in Cameron State park close to BFRO sightings
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2-3am
ENVIRONMENT: foothills mountains, thick forests, farms, bottoms
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness by phone. He is who he says he is — a reitired army vet. He is credible. The main question with this report is whether he misidentified a human at that distance — 140 yards.
One test that anyone can do in these circumstances is to open the phone app “Google Earth “ (free). Zoom in on your own street or where ever you have a view for at least a block. Use the ruler function to set a point where you are standing then measure to a point 420 feet away (140 yards).
At 420 feet you would be able to see an illuminated figure well enough to see if it’s a bear, or if it is wearing clothes or appears to be covered with fur.
During the conversation he mentioned that the face appeared to be a slightly lighter color of skin that the cinnamon brown hair, but beyond that he could not discern facial details. Check that yourself at 420 feet. Can you see if a person’s face is lighter color than hair, but not much more.
The creature was 30-40 feet from nearest house. It was illuminated by a light in back of the house. It was pacing back and forth 20-25 feet span. It had a very smooth gait when pacing back and forth. He said it had shaggy “Twisted Sister hair."
A deep ravine was right behind where it was pacing. Lots of deer come around these houses at night. Most land around there is posted "No Hunting." He could only see the figure from the hips up, below that it was obscured by rise in ground between him and spot where it was pacing. There was no snow on ground at the time.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO