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COUNTY: Madison County
NEAREST TOWN: Godfrey
NEAREST ROAD: Illinois Rt 3
OBSERVED: I have had several recent things occur on my property and 1 possible sighting earlier this year. I would love to talk to someone about this. Everyone I say something to in regards to this thinks I'm crazy. lol...several members of my family have heard howls also. Thank you for your time. Our property is very squatchy, hills, creek, heavy woods, and lots of deer to eat.
ALSO NOTICED: None
OTHER WITNESSES: No
OTHER STORIES: None
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10 a.m. cold and clear
ENVIRONMENT: Heavy woods, ridges, creeks
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone and met him at his home.
The witness went into great detail about a series of events. The home is surrounded by woods on all sides. He and his family have had the feeling of being watched several times. He had a friend that would come over to go mushroom hunting. The friend returned from the woods frightened, saying that he felt like he was surrounded and was being escorted out of the woods. He never came back to mushroom hunt.
Just before Christmas of 2012 the witness put up Christmas lights along his porch and bushes in the front of his home. While doing so the witness said that a large bush 50 yards from him and along the edge of the woods started to shake. The witness was quite upset and could not see what was making the bush shake.
The family hears distant vocalization frequently. He said the howls match those on our site and what he has heard on
The witness walked me to the location where he had seen an animal walking up the ridge as he pulled his vehicle into his lane from the paved highway. He was only able to watch the animal for 15 seconds as it walked through the woods and
out of sight over the ridge.
• The animal was 7 to 8 feet tall.
• The animal was huge and weighed over 350 lbs.
• The hair was dark brown in coloring.
• The animal was about 80 yards from the car.
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 StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org