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DATE: 25 or 26
COUNTY: Franklin County
LOCATION DETAILS: Northwest Alabama on Mississippi state line.
NEAREST TOWN: Russellville
NEAREST ROAD: Duncan Creek Road
OBSERVED: Either December 25 or 26, 2002.
Franklin County Alabama
Pine Forest/Hardwood Forest/Open field
Between 4:00 and 5:00pm.
I was hunting along a fenceline late that afternoon when some deer came running out of a pine thicket, down the netwire fence row, and jumped over to where I was. I was roughly 75ft from the fence when this occurred. My jack russell dog saw them and took aften them. He often follows me hunting as this place is next to my house. After chasing them for about 10 mins he comes back towards me when he suddenly stops, looks towards the pine thicket, lets out a weird yelp and takes off towards the house visibly something wrong. I stood there and heard a noise and the deer that had ran by came back by as if something had spooked them again. As they came back up the hill I heard what appeared to be a large animal coming from the thicket. I thought it was another deer that had separated from the herd and was coming back to join up. As I watched something on two legs appeared roughly 100ft from my position from out of the thicket. It came down the fence line and went over the fence in the direction of the deer. I could clearly see that it was on two feet and did not pay me any attention. I watched it for less than a minute before it disappeared down the hill from me.
Numerous hunters have reported seeing something of this nature around here before. I sent in a follow up the other day to tack on to this story but was notified that you never received this story. My other account happened last week. It goes as follows. July 1, 2006 that around the hours of 11pm to 12am I walked out on my front porch to encounter weird noises that closely resemble
those on your website. The sounds came from directly in front of my house down in a hollow on my neighbors land. They lasted for roughly 3 or 4 minutes. My three dogs became agitated and seemed quite frightened when the noise started. I myself became somewhat afraid and proceeded back inside.
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ALSO NOTICED: Nothing out of the ordinary the first time. I did not return to area for quite some time.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1. Hunting. Second time had stepped onto front porch for air.
OTHER STORIES: Other people have told of spotting a strange creature around farms, in woods while hunting, and around the lakes.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: between 4-5pm. weather was clear. lighting was bright enough to see deer plainly and whatever the creature was.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest turning into hardwoods and open field. Ridge of a hill sloping into a creek and hollow.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:
I interviewed him on 7-5-06.
He guesstimated the creature as a little over 7 feet tall by comparing it with the height of the fence. It was powerfully built, had long arms, and thick, matted hair. Hair color was dark brown to gray or black. He said he was probably even closer to it than he originally stated. Possibly within 50 to 75 feet.
It was running very fast and hard as it was trying to catch the deer. He did not get a look at it's face. It ran, leaning slightly forward with a great deal of arm swing. Jacob also noted that he was standing on a high patch of ground in full full view of the creature. Yet it never looked at him nor seemed to know he was there. As this occured very close to his home, I asked him about any missing pets or livestock. He says he has had some dogs turn up missing, along with an occasional goat. When the goats turn up missing he would search for them. On one such occasion he found the remains. He described it as having a broken hip, along with some internal organs, apparently ripped out.
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:
Kevin Smykal is a mechanical contractor in northern Florida.
He attended the following BFRO expeditions:
- 2006 Central Florida (Lake County)
- 2007 Central Florida Private Expedition
- 2008 South Florida Expedition
- He helped organize the 2008 North Florida Expedition and is assisting with the organization of the upcoming 2009 Central Florida Expedition
He helped organize the 2011 & 2012 North Florida expeditions.