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COUNTY: Parker County
NEAREST TOWN: Mineral Wells
NEAREST ROAD: Mineral wells hwy
OBSERVED: I was down at our tank hunting rabbits and I shot once and missed, so I quickly shot again. As soon as I shot the rabbit, I walked towards it to make sure it was dead. At that time, a huge black figure took off running through the woods; and it was so fast that it was gone in a matter of seconds. I grabbed the rabbit and ran back up to our house. I didn't go back down to our tank for at least half a year.
ALSO NOTICED: When it ran off it was very loud
OTHER WITNESSES: No just me
OTHER STORIES: Strange noises
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was pretty cool outside I had a light jacket on. It was very clear too the leaves were changing
ENVIRONMENT: A few ponds. Tons of wildlife
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
I spoke with the witness by phone. He added the following information. The "tank" he refers to is a small pond. They are common throughout that area and are usually dug with heavy equipment by landowners to provide water for livestock. It was late in the afternoon and the woods were abnormally quiet, devoid of normal woods noise. He was 10-15 yards from the rabbit when he shot it. The large, black, hairy figure was 5-10 yards beyond the rabbit. He only observed the creature in profile view and estimated its height at over 6 feet. The head had a flat face, no snout. He stated that it ran through the brush much faster than a human and was headed downhill toward a dry pond and the fence line bordering his neighbor’s property.
On another occasion, while tent camping on the property with friends, late at night, they heard a very deep grunt, close to the tents, that frightened them. No one felt like getting out of the tent to check it out.
I found the witness to be sincere and forthcoming in response to my questions.
About BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
Gary is a retired USAF pilot, a Vietnam veteran with 312 combat missions in the B-52. He also retired from American Airlines in 2008 after 18 years service as a flight training manager. A graduate of USAF ground and sea survival schools, Gary is an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He has been following the bigfoot phenomenon since the 1950's.