Class 3a

On Sabine River, young fisherman has late night encounter.

Report#
01050001
Occurred April 15, 1988
(Submitted January 4, 2005)

Witness Observation

When I was about 16 which was in 1988 my friends and I always spent our weekends and breaks from school at my hunting camp on the Sabine River in Panola County, Texas. We would hunt and fish and live off the land mostly.

One evening we had been fishing and had caught a lot of catfish so we cleaned our catch at our camp water well. It was an old type well with a hand pump. We built a fire and began to cook our fish. We had just finished eating when we heard a noise from where we cleaned our fish. We are used to having varmints such as raccoons and opossums and coyotes come in to get the guts from the fish. Well I got my flashlight and my .22 rifle and went to shoot whatever was getting the guts.

When I was about 50 or so yards from the well I heard a moan - not a growl but a moan. I could see a large dark mass at the well. I thought it was just several raccoons in a wad eating. So I raised my light [and] when I did the large mass stood erect on two feet. I thought it was someone playing a trick on me. I immediately called to the person or what i thought to be a person. I told them I had a gun and was gonna use it. The thing didn't move or answer. I called again and said "this ain't funny I'm scared and gonna shoot."

Now I stand six foot even and weigh 250 lbs. This thing was at least six foot five or taller and bigger than me. As I got closer my light exposed more of the thing. It began to move as I got closer it was covered in what looked like mud covered hair. I can't tell you the color because it was all matted up with mud just like pigs do to get rid of biting insects.

Well the closer I got the more scared I got and I fired a couple of shots in the air to see if it was a joker they would tell me not to shoot. The thing ran off but not far I could hear its foot steps in the leaves.

I walked back to tell my buddies and get help. None of them would go back with me to the well.

The next day there were large five toed footprints at the well and all the guts were gone except the heads. My buddies all said I was playing a prank and made the tracks myself but I wear a size 13 shoe and these tracks were longer and wider than my shoe.

I spend lots of time in the woods of East Texas and am as close to an expert as you can get on wildlife around here and I can tell you what I saw was an as yet unclassified animal.

Additional Observations

Just that I was scared and I'm not nor have I ever been scared of any animal in the woods.

Time and Conditions

About 10 or 11 pm. - Hard wood bottom, river bottom and cutover pine timber.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Panola County, Texas in 1988.

I spoke with the witness about his encounter that happened on a 1500 acre piece of land in Panola County. The land abuts the Sabine River.

The witness had no particular details to add about the incident, but he did say that he has found, on occasion, "beaver huts" on the property. The "beaver huts," as he described them, have been on land in the woods.

In addition, the witness stated that he hears unusual vocalizations from time to time, but he has never really paid much attention to them, keeping in mind that some known, documented animals, such as foxes, nutria and barred owls have the potential to make very strange sounds.

To this day, the witness's wife is skeptical about his encounter and the sasquatch phenomenon in general.

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A sasquatch/bigfoot specimen has been collected (alive or dead).
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A report investigation results in a sasquatch observation or the documentation of clear tracks or other forms of physical evidence by an investigator.
Class 1c
An investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot by a very reliable observer is a distinct possibility, tangible corroborating evidence is documented, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
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A visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility involving two or more reliable observers, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
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Investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility, the observer is credible, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
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Unidentifiable vocalizations were reported and there is accompanying tangible evidence to possibly indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot, the observer is very reliable, and other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
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No visual encounter occurred, but physical evidence was found to indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot (tracks, hair, scat, etc.), the observer is very reliable, and other sources can be reasonably ruled out.