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Report # 11765  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Monday, May 30, 2005.
Teenager frog gigging has nighttime encounter near Dickson

YEAR: 1987

SEASON: Summer


STATE: Tennessee

COUNTY: Dickson County

LOCATION DETAILS: About five miles north of Dickson between Sycamore Rd and Westfield Rd.


NEAREST ROAD: Westfield Road

OBSERVED: I was out frog gigging. It was late I`d say around ten thirty at night. I was headed home. I remember it was really dark that night because there was no moon. To get home I had to walk along a ridge down a tractor path, the path went straight to our house. There was a gap at the edge of the woods line and I had cross a barbwire fence. As I neared this gap I was starteld by something getting up from the ground not 12 ft away from me. At first I thought it might be one of my grandpas cows, but cows don`t stand on two legs. It was black and tall maybe 7.5 to 8 ft tall. This encounter lasted maybe ten seconds max, I`ve hunted all my life and never seen anything like that. It scared the fool out of me, it stood up and looked at me and I just stood there and looked at it. Then it turned and took of down into the woods. It swung its arms like a man and I could hear wide bipedal steps. I never smelled it, and it never made a sound. All I could hear was it moveing very fast away from me. I run home as fast as I could scared to death. I told my mother what I had seen and she told me I was crazy. I never told anyone else what I saw that night but my wife and she believes me. I had herd weired screams at night and once during the day close to the house and it made the hair on my neck stand on end. But I haven`t heard anything there in a long long time. Could it have left? This all happen in '87.

ALSO NOTICED: The day before I heard a scream during the daytime close to the house, a couple of nights later during the night.

OTHER WITNESSES: Just me, I was coming home from frog hunting.

OTHER STORIES: No, I never heard about anything like this around here ever.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10:30 at night, hot and humid.

ENVIRONMENT: Ridgetop woods on the both sides of the ridge with pasture in middle, hardwoods, beech, oak, hickory, persimmon.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:

--Witness has hunted all of his life and has excellent night vision.
--The animal was very muscular with a shoulder width of approximately four feet.
--The witness estimated the animal's weight between 450 and 600 pounds.
--Animal did not appear to have any neck.
--Arms were long, hanging down below the knees.
--Witness was able to see the animal's white teeth.
--Witness felt that the animal was as afraid of him as he was of it.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

Stan Courtney can be reached at