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Report # 40420  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Rural resident hears heavy bipedal footfalls and smells strong "skunk-like" odor near Seguin

YEAR: 2010

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: May

DATE: 15

STATE: Texas

COUNTY: Guadalupe County

LOCATION DETAILS: If needed you can call me.

NEAREST TOWN: Seguin

NEAREST ROAD: I-10

OBSERVED: Ok, this happened about 2 years ago or maybe 2 1/2.
I live on 10 acres of woods. All around me is woods. I was just falling asleep during a cool summer night. The 3 dogs I have lived outside in their pen I built. The dogs bark now and then at night but usually quiet down, being that they are used to noises.
They started barking that night so I sat up in bed and yelled "no". They stopped but after a few seconds they were barking very loud and unusual. I thought that it may have been a wild hog that we see every so often.
I got up and heard some movement below my bedroom window, which is about 6 feet above the ground. I grabbed my 357 and stood up. I heard something like foot steps but they sounded like a very heavy person taking huge steps, but not running. I took off out the front door and turned the outside lights on with the dogs still barking wildly.
I had a flashlight, pointed it where the steps were at, only to see nothing. But, I did smell a strong odor of a skunk but not that harsh smell.
I laid back down a few minutes later and finally gathered my thoughts together and called 911. I was wondering how I was going to report this.
I talked with the 911 operator and was kind nervous when talking with her. She laughed and said something like its OK, an officer will be there. I didn't want the officer coming to the house unless they were able to find something.
No one came, so the next morning came I found myself looking for anything on the ground, no foot prints due to carpet grass that was pretty thick. No fur and no more smell.

ALSO NOTICED: None

OTHER WITNESSES: 0

OTHER STORIES: No

TIME AND CONDITIONS: This may have started about 11:00 pm.

ENVIRONMENT: Dry creek bed. Water is located on 500 acres behind me.


Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator J D:

I communicated with the witness on several occasions and he shared a few more details. He stated the footfalls he heard were quite “heavy”, as if a large person was making long, semi-jumping steps, and were bi-pedal in nature. He emphasized the strong smell he experienced during the encounter was not a skunk, but similarly powerful. He also shared that he has extensive experience with animals, including primates, as a close relative had worked for a zoo for a number years and he assisted in taking care of many animals large and small. He added he has lived in the area for approximately fourteen years, and began spending time at the encounter location in 1978. The witness is very familiar with the local wildlife, how they move, sound, etc.

The witness is a former fire fighter and chemical warfare specialist with the United States Navy. He added that having seen many things during his life, he doesn't get shaken easily, but this encounter made him very nervous.

The location of this encounter is in Southeastern Guadalupe County, Texas. This area is dense with thick brush and trees, and has a heavy concentration of wildlife, including deer and hogs. The encounter location is also very close to the Guadalupe River. This river flows through Guadalupe County into Eastern Texas and terminates at the Gulf of Mexico. There are numerous small creeks and seasonal branches which crisscross the area as well.


About BFRO Investigator J D:

J D has over 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer and attended the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Texas Expeditions.