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COUNTY: Morgan County
LOCATION DETAILS: In the valley off of Greenbrier Cove Rd. close to the Tennessee river
NEAREST TOWN: Union grove
NEAREST ROAD: Union Grove Road
OBSERVED: My sighting happened last summer. I was kayaking down a creek. It was about the middle of the day. I was comin down the creek. The creek I was coming down is deep in some parts and shallow in some. There are always deer and turkey moving through. When I came around the curve in the creek a splash happened right in front of me. I thought it may have been a fish. So I kept paddling. Then three more splashes hit by me. The last splash I saw it was a rock. So I slowed down in the creek to look. I started looking in the direction the rocks came from. It was sitting on its knees like a person would. Then it stood up. When it stood up. The hair on back of my neck did. Me and it made eye contact for around 30 seconds. It turned and started running through the woods. I've seen and heard people run through the woods. Its stride was wider than any humans. When it ran it didn't bother dogging sticks and stuff. It just ran through the brush. After that I turned around and started paddling back to my truck. I went back down there that night to see if I could spot light it. I done a howl and waited to see if it would respond. But than I heard two knocks back to back. I knocked on a tree. It knocked back at me. But it was off in the distance. So I couldn't see it.
ALSO NOTICED: When I went back the next day. You could see on the brush where it ran through. You could see where the bark on the tree was missing from where it looked as if his nails dug in when it turned around.
OTHER STORIES: I've heard knocks before. But never thought anything of it.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Middle of the day. Light cloud cover. It was around 94 to 96 degrees out.
ENVIRONMENT: Mixture of pine an hard wood. Right next to the creek.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Brumfield:
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The young man was kayaking down a creek, around noon to 3 pm. The creek runs deep in some parts and shallow in others. Coming around a curve in the creek a splash came right in front of him. At first he believed the carp were jumping. Then three more splashes close by. The last appeared to be a rock. Slowing down he started looking in the direction the rocks came from. It was sitting on its knees much like a person. Upon standing up the creature and witness made eye contact for around 30 seconds. It appeared to be about 7ft tall and weighed around 400 + pounds. It had a shoulder width of about 3 1/2 ft. wide. The hair was a mix of black and gray along the lines of a raccoon. The hair length was approximately 4-5 inches in length; it was matted with mud up to the knees. It had an odor of fish and mildew. The head was conical, with an almost flat nose. The right hand that was wrapping around the tree as the creature was playing peek-a-boo was black. It appeared to be very stocky with little to no neck. After it was done watching the kayaker it turned and started running west through the woods.
The witness stated that he is an avid coon hunter and has heard people walk through the woods. This did not bother to go around brush, it just went through it. After the encounter the young man had enough and paddled back to his truck. He returned that night to see if he could “spotlight” it. After a while he thought he would try a howl, no response, at first. Then two wood knocks were heard. He knocked back and received a knock back from the distance. But nothing was seen.
This all takes place next to a wildlife refuge. While coon hunting on the refuge he has heard several different screams that he did not recognize.
About BFRO Investigator Mike Brumfield:
Mike has worked 15 years as a quality control lab technician. Has attended many private investigations, BFRO Georgia 2011, Alabama 2013, NW Florida 2013 and 2014,2015. He has been interested in the Bigfoot subject since he was a kid. Spent time as a docent at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Avid outdoorsman, spent most of his life in the woods and has hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail.
Mike helped organize the Alabama 2013, NW Florida 2015 public expedition. See more Information at The Florida BFRO