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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Kanawha County
LOCATION DETAILS: If you go past charleston towards beckley get off the chelyan ceadar grove exit 85 or86 turn rt @ the first light then rt @ the second light then about 1/2 mile turn left under the railroad tracks past paul white chevrolet. Then about 8 miles up slaughters creek turn left
NEAREST TOWN: cabin creek
NEAREST ROAD: rt 60
OBSERVED: In 2009 during the riffle buck (deer) season I was hunting in Slaughters Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia out on a mining/logging rd when I saw what I thought to be a bear until I got about 80 yrds from the creature it was upright around 7 1/2 ft tall & looked like a linebacker, huge there was a stench in the air like a combination of wet dog & body odor as I walked up the road. I must have stepped on a twig or it caught my scent it turned sharply made a grunt noise then in about 3 steps was up a hillside that would have taken myself 20-25 steps to go up. It went over the ridge and disappeared into the woods. My eyes were watering from fear, my body was shaking I had a 30-06 rifle on me yet I didn't feel like I could have shot. I think I scared it as much as it scared me.
OTHER WITNESSES: N/A
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was early in the morning on a clear crisp fall day the sun had just topped the mountains
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded area near clear cuts for powerlines & close to remington coal mine
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Russ Jones:
I talked to this witness at length about his encounter. He is bright, well spoken and makes a living as an electrician. He was hunting along an old logging road. It was overgrown with trees. He heard a noise which he assumed to be a deer coming and he raised his gun to wait for it. He saw an arm in his scope as the animal raised itself up onto the road that he was on.
The witness and animal then made eye contact without the animal slowing down at all. The witness noted the nose being human-like but flatter. Dark skin around the eyes and nose similar in color to a dog's nose. He also noted wrinkles around the eyes. The hair color was reddish brown.
As with many West Virginia areas, the terrain is ideal and hospitable for a large omnivorous animal.
About BFRO Investigator Russ Jones:
Dr. Jones brings a background of hunting, trapping and outdoor experiences together with undergraduate and graduate education. He is a master naturalist and has attended numerous public and private expeditions.He most recently led the Ohio and West Virginia expeditions for the BFRO. Dr. Jones may be contacted at WVirginia@BFRO.net.