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STATE: New York
COUNTY: Clinton County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take Route 374 from Dannemora heading west towards Lyon Mountain. Turn Left on to the Chazy Lake Road heading towards Saranac. Approximately 2-3 down the road.
NEAREST TOWN: Saranac
NEAREST ROAD: On the Chazy Lake Road
OBSERVED: My family owns a home on Chazy Lake in the northeast corner of the Adirondacks. I spend many weekends there and often wake up early on Monday morning in order to get into work (about 1 hour away). In February of 2005, I had gotten up and left the house at about 6:30 am. Approximately 2 miles down the Chazy Lake Road, headed toward the Town of Saranac, is where I had my sighting. A ditch (approximately 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep)runs along side of the road. There was probably a foot of snow on the ground. As I was driving, I saw something dark stand up from inside the ditch and head into the woods. When I saw it, it was probably 150-200 yards in front of me. It appeared to have a human shape but was slouched over. I could not tell the height nor could I give an approximate weight. The sighting lasted probably no more than 5 seconds. I saw the upper 2/3 of its body which appeared to be dark brown or black in color. I told my wife about it that night and we joked about it for a bit saying it must have been Bigfoot. In all honesty, I thought I had either seen or bear or my eyes were playing tricks on me. I hadn't thought about the sighting for quite some time until I read about a sighting in Clinton County (1998) on this web page and noticed it was in almost the exact same location as my sighting.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
OTHER STORIES: The only other incident that I have heard about is described on this web page - in almost the exact location as my sighting.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 6:30 am. The sun had just come up
ENVIRONMENT: At the foot of Lyon Mountain. Hard woods
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Paul Kotch :
Factors: It was Winter time. There was snow on ground. The witness was on the road very early, headed to work.
He saw something rise out of a ditch along side a road with no other traffic. It ran off into woods as his headlights began to illuminate it.
He initially thought it must have been a person/hunter, because he had the impression that it ran off on two legs. He also had the impression that the figure was dark brown or black.
The figure was approximately 100 yards away when it ran into the woods.