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COUNTY: Union County
LOCATION DETAILS: [Removed Location Details]
NEAREST TOWN: Blairsville
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 129 South
OBSERVED: We were walking back from a nightly walk killing time waiting for people to arrive at my friend [name removed]'s house when we got about 300 ft. from his house we heard a noise behind us just at the tree line at the edge of the road, [name removed] turned his head back to look ,next thing I know he's running yelling run man run, I stopped and turned to see a figure on the top of the embankment stepping down across the ditch to the middle of the dirt road, I stood their for only about 5 seconds but it was enough to confirm my belief that sasquatch lives, it made a quick grunt like sound ,thats when I began to run. At that time all 5 of [name removed]'s chow dogs ran past me to go after whatever was their,I heard what sounded like the most awful dog fight ever in the woods along with what sound like a just a heavy roar and some shrieks along with some dog wimpering. After about 15 seconds of this the dogs returned .
ALSO NOTICED: [Name removed] had mentioned his dogs had an incident with something just outside his house one late night. We had notived some days before something had gotten into the chicken house and made off with some chickens.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 , [name removed] and me, We were just walking and talking.
OTHER STORIES: I had heard that many years ago a man had seen a large creature up near wolfpen gap farther down from where my friend lives back in the 1930's but I not sure how accurate that info is.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 8:30-9:00 PM very dark road with full moon [name removed]'s house has a power pole with a street light on it for his drive.
ENVIRONMENT: warm but not hot,late spring very quiet. wooded area just 3 miles from Blairsville. Dirt road with a creek running not 100 ft. from it.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
I spoke with the witness ("J") at length about his encounter.
Prior to the direct observation that J and his friend ("F") had that night, several strange things occurred that seemed to indicate the potential presence of one or more sasquatches in the area.
J and F had both heard loud and sustained vocalizations at night which were unlike any animal sounds that they were familiar with. They were quite familiar with typical night sounds (owls, coyotes, foxes, etc.), yet the sounds they were hearing in the nights prior to the encounter were unattributable to any known animal.
J related to me that F's family owned five large chow dogs that had recently aggressively pursued something on the property; something that made loud and intimidating sounds as it fought off the dogs.
A nearby chicken house was also losing chickens in an unusual manner. The chickens were being taken from the structure in a way that ruled out coyotes or stray dogs.
As J and F walked toward the house that evening, the sound of heavy breathing drew both of their attention to the very large creature uphill from their position in the treeline. F saw the sasquatch first, and frantically told J to run.
J stood frozen in place for a few seconds to observe the creature as it moved.
J watched the sasquatch take one long stride down the embankment and stand in the middle of the dirt road. It stood only 30 to 35 feet from him. "It was huge..." J related. "I am confident that it was at least eight feet tall, and weighed at least 600 pounds. It was incredibly wide; nearly as wide as the dirt road itself." When I asked him about the mass of the creature, he replied "It looked very healthy, like it didn't miss many meals."
J described the sasquatch as having a very broad chest, and a very large head. The moon was bright enough to see that the creature's hair was very dark. Its eyes reflected the ambient moonlight with a slightly green tint, which the witness described as similar to the reflectivity of a deer's eyes at night.
At that distance, J was able to smell the sasquatch. He described the smell as a combination of musky animal scent with a strong pine scent as well. "It almost smelled like a large wild animal with Pine Sol on it" he said.
Both J and F ran to F's house, alarming the 5 large chow dogs. The dogs took off in pursuit of the sasquatch. J and F listened as the dogs chased the large creature, and heard what seemed to be a frantic struggle between the dogs and the sasquatches. When the dogs finally returned, one of them was very noticeably injured. A second dog had quite a bit of blood in and around its mouth. J is confident that the blood belonged to the sasquatch, and not the dog.
After that encounter, neither J nor F saw or heard any indication that the sasquatch returned to the property.
The surrounding area has a somewhat notorious history of encounters. The general area has long been called "Booger Hollow", an early reference to presence of sasquatches. The nearby "Booger Hollow Store" also bares images of creatures resembling sasquatches on their signage.
Having spent a great deal of time in the Northeast Georgia mountains conducting field research and gathering data from witnesses, I believe that J and F legitimately encountered a sasquatch that night.
About BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
Matt Pruitt grew up in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, and has been conducting active sasquatch research for several years in various parts of the country.
Matt has attended/organized the following expeditions:
North Carolina - 2007
South Carolina - 2007
North Carolina - 2008
Georgia - 2008 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2008
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2008
Georgia - 2009 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2009
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2009
Oregon - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2010
Georgia - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Oklahoma - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (1) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (2) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
Arkansas - 2012 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
North Carolina - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
Matt is a trained visual tracker. During the summer of 2007, Matt co-instructed a tracking course for BFRO members in the Southeast. In 2009, he co-instructed an updated version of the same course for BFRO members in Utah. He currently lives in Northeast Georgia.
He can be contacted at Georgia@BFRO.net