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COUNTY: Kalamazoo County
NEAREST TOWN: Plainwell, MI
NEAREST ROAD: (edited)
OBSERVED: A few of my brothers friends, my brother & I were sitting at home. My brother & his friends were in the next room & I was in the dining room on the computer when I heard loud banging & thumping on the deck. I disregarded the noise as my cat & I went back to what I was doing. But I kept hearing the noise, so I went & got my brother & his friends & we all went outside to check out the noise, there was nothing there. The moon shown down on the grass & we saw a large shadow kneeling down across the lawn we saw the large beast stand up & run across the lawn & through a mud puddle heard the splash, & up a neighbors driveway. It scared my cat which was out near it. So we went back inside got a flashlight & several small blunt weapons incase we were attacked. Three of us ventured out to the driveway & the last one stayed at the house. Us other three went to the driveway & saw nothing. We all heard the same low growling & groaning. This afternoon I found a large foot print in a nearby sandbox (I'll have a follow up on that, I have pictures). The print was a foot & a half long and 6 inches or so wide, and a couple inches deep. I have had several other small encounters but nothing of this magnitude. This is by far the most frightening experiance with it.
ALSO NOTICED: the foot print afterwards.
OTHER WITNESSES: myself & three others
OTHER STORIES: my friend has witnesed a large beast crossing the street during the winter.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: a little after midnight
ENVIRONMENT: there is a swamp to the south a grassy field to the north & woods to the east & another field followed by more woods to the west, and a small stream to the south.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with two of the witnesses and their father. We are continuing contact for further follow-up.