Class 2

Man has encounter while gathering ginseng roots on Ozark National Forest.

Occurred Fall 1985
(Submitted August 19, 2005)

Witness Observation

[Due to the inability of the witness to submit a written report via the internet, I have written and submitted this report for him. In most cases, we strongly encourage witnesses to write and submit their reports. However, in cases such as these, we make exceptions.]

The witness was gathering ginseng roots on a terrace of the hollow (canyon) wall. (At that time he was not aware that he was violating National Forest Rules by gathering ginseng. He stated he has since learned the hard way that it is a violation.) He had obtained several roots from a particular location just a hundred yards or so below the road where his vehicle was parked. He had just shaken the dirt off the roots and placed them in the leg of an old pair of pants that had been sewn up on one end for that purpose. He then began to get a feeling that someone was watching him, so he began to look around. When he looked up the slope, he saw what he thought was a man disguised in a long, opened fur coat leaning against a tree with his right shoulder. The figure was calmly watching him from about 50 yards away. He stated he thought it was someone he might know that was "messing with him,? so he said he immediately began to trot to his right to get around a rock point so that he could run up to the "man's location.? He stated he intended to, "thump his gourd" when he got there.

He stated that when he did arrive at the location, the figure was gone. When he looked down the slope he saw that the figure was not a man, and that it was at the same location he was at when he first saw it. He said the animal had squatted and using both hands it scooped up the loose dirt the witness had shaken off the ginseng roots a few minutes before. The animal brought the dirt close to its nose, smelled it, then dropped it. The animal then picked up the leafy tops from the ginseng roots which the witness had discarded, smelled them and dropped them to the ground. As the animal began to stand up, the witness stated, "I got the hell out of Dodge." The witness clambered up the steep wall of the hollow to his truck and left the area.

Physical Evidence

The witness returned to the site the next day with his grandfather to look for sign of the animal. They reportedly found a footprint in the loose dirt that had been shaken off the ginseng roots, and another track in loose dirt below the sighting location. The witness stated the tracks were about fourteen inches long and seven to eight inches wide across the ball of the foot. (When asked by the investigator, the witness stated they had not thought to check for hair on the tree the animal was leaning on when first seen.)


The animal made no sound.

Additional Observations

When the witness arrived at the location at which the animal was first seen, he stated there was a very ?rank? smell in the air that was similar to, but much worse than that of a bear. The witness described the animal as being at least 7-1/2 feet tall with light brown hair covering its body. The hair was reported to be six to eight inches long. He stated the animal was lean and muscular, and had a very short neck. The animal's head was described as being "blocky," and no ears were visible. He particularly noticed the animal was a male, because its genitals were clearly visible. He stated the penis was relatively small compared to the animal's size, but the scrotum was about the size of a soft ball and about six inches in length. The witness was referred to the investigator by other local residents that had also encountered enigmatic animals.

Time and Conditions

4:00 pm - Cloudy, with misty fog at that elevation.

Investigator's Comments

Tal Branco

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Johnson County, Arkansas in the fall of 1985.

The witness is thoroughly convinced that what he saw was one of the animals commonly called ?bigfoot.? He is a very experienced hunter who has a reputation for having explored areas in the Ozark Mountains that are too rough for most hunters to access. He is very knowledgeable of all indigenous animals, their traits and habits. The very detailed description of the subject seems to lend credence and validity to the report.

This witness and many other people who reside in this area of the Ozarks independently relate anecdotal accounts of these types of encounters. One such incident reportedly occurred in a settled hollow near Haggarville many years ago. In that incident a farmer was aware of a large, hirsute bipedal animal that removed chickens, pigs and calves from his property, but he was initially afraid to try to stop it from stealing the animals. The subject continued to steal the man's livestock, but would take no more than half the animals the man owned when autumn arrived. The man reportedly got fed up with the thefts, and lay in wait for the subject one night. When it appeared, he supposedly shot it with a shotgun. The subject was not killed on the spot, but, according to the story, never returned to the farm.

Another anecdote from recent years involved two men who were poaching deer at night with the use of headlights in one of the local gas fields. They turned their vehicle around at a gas well pad at the end of the road. While turning around, their spotlight revealed a figure they later described as a "bigfoot." The "shooter" fired at the figure and reportedly wounded it, as drops of blood were found the next day.

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A sasquatch/bigfoot specimen has been collected (alive or dead).
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