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COUNTY: Red River County
LOCATION DETAILS: In Bagwell, northeast of Paris. On wooded land owned by International Paper Co.
NEAREST TOWN: Bagwell
OBSERVED: My cousin and I were playing outside. It was near dark. We were told to find my uncle. He was working out in a pasture that was cleared for cattle. We jumped the fence to go find him. My cousin said "there he is", so we started toward him. We were about fifty feet from him when we realized it wasn't him. It was a hairy creature about six and one half feet tall. It turned around to look at us, grunted and ran towrd the woods. It stepped over a fence and disappeared. We screamed as it turned. My uncle heard our scream and came out of a nearby barn. He thought we were making it up. That was until about eight months later. In December of 1983 we had another encounter. It was a Saturday night and we were going into town to see a movie. Rain and sleet had been falling most of the day. We lived back off the main road and had to travel logging roads to the highway. About 1000 yards from our driveway, my aunt suddenly screamed. We looked up in time to see it. It was crossing the road right in front of us. It jumped across a ditch on the side of the road and disappeared into the woods. In the headlights, the color of the animal was that of a brown bear. He was covered with hair. The hair was not very long. There were missing patches of hair on the arms and legs. Again he seemed to be about six and a half feet tall, kind of sloped up the back. We heard no sound as he crossed.
OTHER STORIES: There was an old man who lived a few miles from my uncle, deeper in the woods. He reported that one night he woke up when he heard something rumaging around in the trash barrells out back. He got his shotgun and went outside to shoot what he thought was going to be a racoon. To his surprise, he was face to face with the creature. He said it grunted and ran away with great speed. Trash was dropped all around the barrell. He reported hearing something screaming earlier the next morning before daylight.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine woods, rather thick. Several natural pools and small creeks in the area.