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COUNTY: Colbert County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take Hi-way 72 west towards Memphis
Follow until you come to Freedom Hills Management Area. Take left at sign and follow until you come to Coon Dog Cemetery Road take left follow until you come to truck trail 23. Park there and enter woods at pines.
NEAREST TOWN: Cherokee Alabama
NEAREST ROAD: Coon Dog Cemetery Road
OBSERVED: I was Deer hunting in Freedom Hills Management Area around coon dog cemetery. I entered the woods before daylight and walked down the access road next to a pine forest. I came to the back of some pines where they turned into heavy hardwoods. I sat down at the bottom of a tree and waited for daylight. During my way up, behind me on top of the ridge I heard a series of grunting and heavy movement through the woods walking down the ridge behind and down the ridge it went. Once daylight came I walked up to where I first heard the grunting and movement. As I got to the area I found bedding and hair. The hair I found I kept a sample and it wasn't wild hog or bear nor mountain lion. This whole incident scared me and made me very uneasy. Later that night we heard wood knocks and a tree pushed down.
ALSO NOTICED: There were branches broke down the path.
OTHER WITNESSES: The others were at camp.
OTHER STORIES: N/A
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It all took place at early morning
ENVIRONMENT: There are heavy pines and heavy hardwood. Its very hilly with lots of ridges and cut over.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator W. Gibson:
After a long interview with the witness, I found him to be truthful. The following can be added to his original report:
The encounter happened about 90 minutes after daylight.
Screams 30 seconds apart before daylight were heard 2 weeks earlier.
Heavy breathing could be heard as it walked down hill and the witness felt like it was trying to run him off.
The bedding was in heavy undergrowth, approximately 7’ X 3.5’ in size, and hard to get to.
The hair found was 4”-5” long and dark brown/black with a red tint at the tip, and according to one of our hair experts, resembles raccoon hair.
About BFRO Investigator W. Gibson:
W. Gibson teaches Technical Education and has had a lifelong interest in the Bigfoot phenomena since an encounter from his youth.