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COUNTY: Gila County
LOCATION DETAILS: The old peterson homestead on aztec peak it can be found on older topo maps.
NEAREST TOWN: globe-young az
NEAREST ROAD: hwy288
OBSERVED: I have hunted, hiked and camped the sierra anchas since the early 70s. I found a fresh track in the mud on the old homestead that was about one and a half times my shoesize and I wear a 11eee. Biggest and heaviest I ever saw of a human like print. It was fresh and I didnt want to be around there if it came back. I have camped in the old barn there and heard heavy footsteps about 2am in the morning, but didnt see anything in the morning cept for trampled grass. Also another time my neighbors heard growling in the brush while camping there and left. Not to far from there next to another homestead with another orchard like the previous one I heard all kinds of big rocks being thrown and tearing around in the brush, I retreated quickly. I found a deer that had all been torn up another time the legs been ripped of and something had been eating just parts of it which was puzzling to me as I have seen lion and coyote kills. A forest employee said somebody had been pushing down the hiking trail signs and now I am wondering. In 1981 I came home from a successful deer hunting trip and was about 10-15 miles north of globe heading there when I came around the corner and there was a dark figure standing there about 10 yards off the road on my side. The eye shine was bright red and frightened me. I slowed down to back up but decided no, I have a deer in the back that needs skinning and my pregnant wife was with me and I decided to skattle out of there. I had forgotton all about these incidents until I read the reports and it came back to me. I didnt think about bigfoots in Az.
ALSO NOTICED: A natural cave I looked at that smelled bad.
something had been living there.
OTHER WITNESSES: just myself ,other than my neighbors who heard the growling
OTHER STORIES: A sighting by roosevelt lake and Cibicue around this time.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: most of the times where during daylite hours the visual sighting was 2 hrs after dark apx
ENVIRONMENT: ponderosa pine,douglas fir and oak, this area is quite varied in vegetation. The area by globe was mostly juniper.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
The above account is a summary of events discussed during a phone conversation with the witness. These events occured over about a twenty year period in the Sierra Anchas from the 1970's to the early 1990's. It was difficult for the witness to remember dates and times. One detail to add is that the human like track showed five toes. The witness mentioned orchards with fruit trees around the locations of old homesteads.
This area is along a well used dirt road route that passes through a remote and rugged mountainous region from the Globe area all the way up to the rim country. This is an area I have often wondered about and I'm glad to have a report from.
Although the events are from years passed the area could easily be a current year 'round or seasonal habitat.
About BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
Tim is a residential Manager for an electrical contractor. He attended the 2006 Arizona Expedition and the 2006 Wisconsin Expedition. Tim helped organize the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Arizona Expeditions and the 2011 New Mexico expedition. Active Investigator since 2005.