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COUNTY: Lake County
LOCATION DETAILS: Specific Directions omitted.
NEAREST TOWN: Pittman
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 42
OBSERVED: As I was hiking in Ocala National Forest I noticed a suspicious-looking formation of small trees off to the right side of the trail. I have seen videos of similar structures that were attributed to Sasquatch activity and I was also well aware of the activity in that area from reports that I read before I went on the trip, so this really sparked my interest.
The structure appeared to be about 8 1/2 feet tall at the point where the trees and branches connected. What surprised me the most was the fact that it was not constructed entirely of broken branches, but mostly out of trees that were broken down and still rooted. The entire structure was composed of 6 broken trees and 3 broken branches (this is not including the "base" tree). One of the details of the structure that really stood out to me was the single tree that was bent down, twisted between two trees that were still standing, and then added into the main structure.
If this is some sort of Sasquatch-made landmark put there for whatever reason, I don't know for sure, but I do know that it wouldn't have made much of a shelter. That wouldn't make much sense to me if it was considering it's location and lack of practicality as a shelter. I think this is directly related to the Sasquatch activity in the area, and if it is some sort of land mark, whatever made it did a pretty good job of building it.
I actually had my video camera on me at the time. I have included that video below.
ALSO NOTICED: As I was heading back on the trail, I met up with my uncle. He had found a possible footprint. This print was in the sand, so it was not as clear as most footprints one might find in more stable ground, but this print was approximately 16 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, 1 inch deep, and had what appeared to be 5 distinct indentations where the toes would be.
I had my camera at this point also. I have included that video below.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was the only witness.
OTHER STORIES: The closest reports to this area were report numbers 11387, 725, 5510, and 14100. There are a few more in the southern half of the park.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 10:30AM.
Somewhat shady. The trees were tall and skinny; not providing that much shade. At that time it was about 70 to 75 degrees with not much humidity.
ENVIRONMENT: I found this structure off of a trail in a dense wooded area.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
I met the witness, his father and uncle at the location. The structure was visible from a trail with no or little human traffic that leads off of a two-track road. There was a lot of wind damage to the structure and the forest by the time I saw it in person.
We found impressions in the forest floor measuring 15" long and 5 1/2" wide with a 4ft. stride. Almost the same measurements as the footprint in the video.
This general area is considered by many BFRO members to be a particularly reliable zone for sasquatch activity. A few BFRO members return to this area periodically. Consequently, this report was not posted immediately, per the request of those field investigators.
Although this area will not be the focus of the 2009 expedition, it will be held close enough to allow some participants to spend a day or two there. Although the swampy, rooty terrain prevents deep penetration into the woods, especially in the dark, the sasquatch-related sounds heard in the heart of this area are among the most reliable in the state of Florida.
About BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
- Worked as an Assistant to a Circuit Court Judge in Florida for thirteen years
- An avid outdoorswoman, growing up in the UP of Michigan on a family-owned fishing and hunting resort. Currently lives in the Hiawatha National Forest
- Certified Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Attended and assisted with numerous public and private BFRO expeditions
- She and the Florida BFRO organized South Florida Expedition 2008, North Florida Expedition 2008 and Central Florida Expedition in 2009.
- She and the Michigan BFRO organized the Lower-Michigan Expedition in 2011, Michigan UP Expeditions in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She will be co-organizing the 2016 Michigan UP Expedition in October.