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Report # 32616  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
Hiker has nighttime sighting in Harris Forest Preserve.

YEAR: 2012

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: January

DATE: 5th

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Kendall County

LOCATION DETAILS: West of route 47 on route 71



OBSERVED: I have been walking my dog through Harris Forest Preserve for about 5 weeks now. About the last 3 days we have been walking back there I noticed a foul smell and starge howling noises. I didn't think much of it at the because I've heard alot of coyotes howling in the area. I should also add my dog seemed pretty stressed out and affraid the last couple walks we were on. The last walk we went on was kind of late, from 6 till about 7 pm after dark. We heard quite a few knocks on trees that seemed pretty close by and rocks were being thrown at me and my dog. At first I thought it was some kids screwing around, until I got through the trail to the pond in back. I was paralysed with fear after what happened next. I believe it was a Bigfoot that ran out about 10 feet in front of me and stopped for about 15 seconds, it let out a very loud scream right at me then turned around and ran straight through the pond. I also noticed that behind me appeared to be another very large figure that ran the opposite direction. The first one I got a very clear view of, I was 8 to 9 feet tall with very wide shoulders about twice as wide as mine, it had dark brown hair mixed with some grey, and it smelled awful. I did not get a very good look at the other one but it did appear to be 8 to 10 feet tall. I have never really been a believer and as a matter of fact I am the kind of person more likely to make fun of a believer. That being said I am having a hard time coming up with an explanation for this. This happen in early Janurary and it was about 35 degrees out and I don't think a person playing a joke would be able to handle the water temps.

[ The small pond in Harris Forest Preserve where the witness had his encounter]

ALSO NOTICED: Tree Knocks and Howling

OTHER WITNESSES: No other witness

OTHER STORIES: There were sounds reported on BFRO website but I don't know if it was the same area.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: After dark but was still pretty bright from the moon. It was pretty warm for Janurary about 35 degrees.

ENVIRONMENT: Forest preserve, with 2 ponds. Occurrence was on trail near back pond.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone.

In summary:

- The animal was eight to nine feet tall.
- The animals weight was at least 600 lbs.
- The shoulders were at least twice as wide as a human's shoulders.
- The animal was dark brown with some gray mixed in.
- The witness was unable to see the animals face.
- Although the witness did not have a flashlight he was able to see somewhat because of moonlight.
- On the 5th of January the moon was waxing gibbous with illumination of the moon disk of 86 %. The moon was full on the 9th of January, a few days after the sighting.
- On this date and location the moon rose at 1:40 pm so was high in the sky.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

Stan Courtney can be reached at