Class 1d

Family reports repeated encounters on property near Tushka.

Report#
02080035
Occurred Spring 2007
(Submitted September 15, 2007)

Witness Observation

During this past spring and summer we experienced heavy rainfall and my two sons, my mother, my nephew, and myself, have seen "something" apelike on our place. Now we live about a half a mile from a nearby family park so being interested in Wildlife Biology and knowing that there are things that even scientists can?t explain, I am inclined to believe that there is some sort of primate that lives in our area. My horses acted strangely in that they refused to hang out in the grove of trees that is their usual hang out during the time that this creature was there. My mother saw it probably the most clear. I saw only the backside of it and it CLEARED a blackberry bush that was over 6 feet tall like it was nothing. Now the thing we all saw was white in color, not the usual reddish color that most people report.

The first instance would actually be when the rainfall first started. We have horses, and one of our horses was in a lot separate from the other three. Our horses are very gentle, and not much spooks them.

Around the middle of March of 2007, one of our horses impaled himself on a metal fence post when something spooked him. I am not one hundred percent sure that this instance is related to the rest of my experience, but I feel that it is worth mentioning since it was around the time we started seeing this creature, and the rainfall was unusually heavy.

Around the next week or two after the horse was impaled, my two boys, ages twelve and fourteen, started seeing, as they described it, a white creature that would be underneath a large old tree in our front yard, and would growl and run off when they got too close. It ran toward two abandoned trailer houses that sit on our property. This happened on two or three occasions. And it was well after Muddy Boggy had flooded the bottom land near our house.

Muddy Boggy River Bottom is only about a half a mile from our house. My mother actually was the closest to this thing when she stepped out onto our front porch one night and saw it standing outside our window, only a few feet from her!! Imagine her surprise, she didn't believe that bigfoot existed (she still won?t say it), but she knows what she saw, which was a creature that was white, about the size of my twelve year old son, who is
rather small for a boy his age. It was about four and a half feet tall standing on two legs, about 70 to 100 lbs, with ape like features. It had white hair all over. It looked at my mother and turned and ran off through the tall weeds (we weren't able to mow due to the wet conditions) jumped over the electric fence that was for our horses, and then went down on all fours and ran off towards some trees.

The next day I went off up the pasture to check this out. I wasn?t entirely sure at this point what was going on. I went up to a grove of trees where until the rain started our horses stayed most of the time. But about the time my kids and mother started seeing this thing, my horses stopped going up in the trees and stayed close to the barn and house.

So while up there my fourteen year old son and I scoped it out. I never felt threatened or scared, but did feel like I was being watched. He said he did too, but just thought he was being paranoid. Then I walked across the pasture to the other side and found what looked like a large handprint in the grass and mud. It looked like what your hand would look like if you bent down with your knuckles bent and thumb out for support. Only this print was larger than the animal we were seeing.

The next evening I saw what appeared to be a white large creature jump over a blackberry bush (the bush was 6 to 7 ft tall) like it was nothing. That was the craziest thing I have ever seen, and that was the last time it was seen.

We never smelled anything, and never felt threatened. We have lots of animals, even two wild pigs that I bottle fed in a pen out front. Nothing, no cat, dog, pig was harmed. Only the horse at the beginning of this. It only lasted about 6 weeks or so, when the river went back into its banks the animal disappeared.

It was about four and a half feet tall, about 70 to 100 lbs, white, and it stood on two legs as well as four. The only sound it made was a growling noise when the kids got too close. It looked apelike.

Physical Evidence

Just the tall grass laid over where it ran. And the one hand or knuckle print in the pasture described above. But I don't think the print was from the same creature we were seeing, the print was of a larger creature.

Sounds

Possible unknown screams. About ten years ago, the last time Boggy was out, we heard a loud screaming from the woods, but my dad just said it was a panther or something. But now I'm not so sure.

Additional Observations

There was severe flooding of creek bottomland. We have cattle around and horses. Also we have blackberry bushes on our land.

Time and Conditions

Late Afternoon to Night - There had been much flooding. It was unusually wet and large amounts of rainfall.

Investigator's Comments

Jerry Hestand

This investigation was conducted as a result of incidents that allegedly occurred in Atoka County, Oklahoma during the spring and summer of 2007.

I interviewed the primary witness who submitted the report along with her sons on 9 February 2008. I found the the witnesses to be straightforward and non-evasive; I found their statements compelling. They did not deviate at all from the original report.

The witnesses claimed that over a 4 ? 6 week period, their family farm was visited by an unknown animal. The land has been in the family for many years and at one time was very heavily wooded before being clear-cut. There is still a lot of thick forest surrounding the creek, and the area is rife with all sorts of wild game from a huge population of deer and hogs, to the usual small animals.

The horses seemed to provide the first indications that something out of the ordinary was going on; the horses seemed frightened of something. During my visit with the family, they indicated to me that there is a grove of trees on the property that the animals seemed to fear and stay away from during this period. One of the colts was found impaled on a fence post, apparently trying to jump the fence at night.

The family reported to me that whatever the unknown animal was, it didn't seem interested in the family's animals as food. There were young pigs, puppies and kittens on the property and no animals other than the horses seemed to be harassed.

The two sons claimed that about two weeks after the horse's unusual behavior, they saw what appeared to be a large, hair covered animal by an abandoned trailer that stood around six feet tall. It growled at the boys and then it ran off on all fours.

The witness recalled that later the boys and their mother saw what appeared to be a small, whitish colored, bipedal animal standing near a large blackberry bush in their backyard. The subject ran and jumped over the bush after realizing it was being watched and disappeared in the nearby woods; it was reportedly only four to five feet tall.

The witnesses told me that later the grandmother of the boys was standing by the same window near the back of the house one night. A bright security light was shining in the backyard. At that time, the grandmother reportedly saw the same small white creature. The subject also jumped over an electric fence that was about two feet above the ground; the family suspected that it knew what the results of touching the fence would be.

The only physical evidence was found near the tree grove. The mother of the boys found what appeared to be a huge knuckle or hand print in the soft earth with the thumb extending away from the knuckles as though something was walking on its knuckles. She said she had a feeling of something watching her at this time and had to leave the area.

The witness says there has been a history of sightings in this area. Their father said there was an area in the bottomland that no one would enter because a "bear" lived in this patch of woods. There was also a story of a "wild man" living in the nearby woods. They also theorize the heavy flooding in the creek bottoms drove the animal(s) up to their property where it/they may have been trapped until the floodwater receded.

I believe this area to be an interesting area. Trace evidence in the form of tracks was supposedly found in the family park that was mentioned in the report. I earlier investigated a report from near the same road and area the year before, and it was also in the summer. The witnesses in that report also seemed to be reliable and steadfast in their belief that they had encountered an unusual animal as it perhaps passed through these bottomlands.

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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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