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COUNTY: Archuleta County
LOCATION DETAILS: Withheld at witness request.
NEAREST TOWN: Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
NEAREST ROAD: Withheld at witness request.
OBSERVED: On Dec, 20, 2000, my wife and daughter were walking along (withheld) Road when they spotted two large footprints in the snow about five feet off the road a quarter mile from our cabin. Due to the size of the prints, at first they thought it was a bear. But as they got closer, they saw it was a huge foot similar to a man's without shoes on.
They came home insisting I come and look at this thing. I examined the print by placing my foot next to it. My shoe size is 10 1/2 and this print was five inches longer and double the width. I estimated it was 14 inches long with toes, and a slight curve in the arch area.
It was left a mystery until today's Denver Post arrived with an article on bigfoot displaying the same footprint we examined on Dec. 20.
OTHER WITNESSES: Total of three.
OTHER STORIES: The witness' wife, who discovered the tracks, said once she thought she heard a scream in the night, which she thought was unusual because of their extremely isolated location. Her husband didn't hear the sound.
Also said their dogs, which they keep penned outside, often bark energetically at night, though she has dismissed this as likely being a response to deer, bear or elk, which are common in the area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Prints were discovered in the morning in fresh snow.
ENVIRONMENT: Site located at 7,800 elevation in pine forest. Topography includes draws with seasonal runoff. The road is in a very unpopulated area.
Follow-up investigation report:
Husband noticed the two prints were "fairly far apart."
His comment on first seeing the tracks: "Who would be out here barefoot? Whoever it is, it's one big guy."