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COUNTY: Jackson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Clemons Road dead end at a boat ramp on a large peninsula on Guntersville lake in a wildlife refuge.
NEAREST TOWN: Scottsboro
NEAREST ROAD: Clemons Road
OBSERVED: I was night fishing for catfish from a boat dock at the end of a dead end road adjacent to a wildlife refuge. It was middle of summer and the Mosquitoes were really bad so I decided to wait until after dark to go because they usually calm down after sunset. I had been fishing awhile with no luck when I started noticing something moving in the edge of the water, it was a river otter. I had never seen one before so I just sat and watched it for awhile. It was eating something maybe crawfish or muscles, I'm not sure but it was there for quite awhile. While watching it I started noticing large yellow eyes that I assumed was an owl. I would just catch a glimpse of them and when I would turn to look at them they would disappear. This went on for 30-45 minutes. All of a sudden the otter shot away from the bank and I saw something grey move from behind a bush to behind a cedar tree. The distance it covered was about 15 feet and it did it in a second and made no noise. I didn't get a clear look it happened so quick, but whatever it was was big (if it was a side view like I assume from the direction of travel it was thick maybe 2 foot). Within 3-4 seconds after disappearing behind the cedar tree something big hit the water about 5 feet from the end if the dock where I was sitting and a fear came over me like nothing I've felt before. I grabbed my stuff, threw it in the truck and left as fast as I could.
ALSO NOTICED: I went back the next day and found several footprints about 14" long and about twice as wide as my boot. I wear size 11E, they had 4 toes (I have pictures).
OTHER WITNESSES: I was alone
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was a hot clear night with a full moon. There is also a street light at the boat ramp beside the dock. It was about 10:00 pm.
ENVIRONMENT: River bank at a wildlife refuge. There is a mountain ridge coming up out of the water. The ridge separates the river side of the peninsula from the other side where there are some houses and several large fields that are usually planted with corn.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Brumfield:
The witness was night fishing for catfish from a dock at the end of a dead end road adjacent to the Blowing Wind Cave National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge consists of upland hardwoods and limestone rock out crops.
He didn't get a clear look at the large grey figure, it moved so quickly. The witness felt that a large object had been thrown in the water and that it was not caused by a beaver or otter.
Here are the photos he took of the tracks, with the little detail seen its hard to form an opinion on what made them, but the opinion of this Investigator is that a bear made them. Bear in the area tells us that there is a wide variety of food sources present.
About BFRO Investigator Mike Brumfield:
Mike has worked 15 years as a quality control lab technician. Has attended many private investigations, BFRO Georgia 2011, Alabama 2013, NW Florida 2013 and 2014,2015. He has been interested in the Bigfoot subject since he was a kid. Spent time as a docent at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Avid outdoorsman, spent most of his life in the woods and has hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail.
Mike helped organize the Alabama 2013, NW Florida 2015 public expedition. See more Information at The Florida BFRO