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COUNTY: Roberts County
LOCATION DETAILS: Directions will be given to investigator.
NEAREST TOWN: Canadian, Tx
NEAREST ROAD: South River Road
OBSERVED: I had just loaded some oil drilling equipment to haul back to the oil company yard for them. I had been driving down the lease road going through a very large ranch on the Canadian River Valley in the Texas Panhandle.
It was about 7:30 p.m. I was driving very slow, approximately 10-15 MPH, because the ranch has speed limits on their lease roads and the roads are very rough. This location is on private property and out of respect for the landowner I will not disclose the location. It is a very desolate area, about 23 miles to the nearest town. There are very few homes in the area with about 5-10 miles between homes.
It was unusual weather for mid-July. It was warm but overcast with clouds and a breeze coming out the north. It was still very bright for it was over an hour before sunset. I was driving along noticing how heavy the plum bushes were loaded. We haven’t had a good crop of Sand Plums in several years on account of the severe drought that we had been suffering from. I noticed out of my peripheral vision what looked to be a very tall and very thick butt of a bull. I kept thinking this was very unusual to see a river ranch bull that is so large and thick. I have only seen this type of bull on the show circuit, I have showed cattle in 4-H and FFA and my kids showed cattle also, I grew up on a dairy farm and we also raised beef cattle, I have raised cattle for over 40 years and been around many different breeds of cattle, yet this one was exceptionally large.
As I got closer to this bull I starting getting a clearer look at it. Bulls this thick typically don't have much of a tail head, they are pretty flat topped, but this one did. As I got closer I realized he didn't have a tail at all. The hair was wrong and too long for a bull. It was brown with a reddish tint on the ends as if sun bleached. This bull has 4-6 inch long, bleached out strawberry blonde, matted hair hanging just above mid-point on him. I then notice that I couldn’t see under this bull, and that it’s very wide at the ground level. This made no sense. By this time, there was no brush between me and him to block my view of this thing! He was standing in the open on bare ground. There was a large shade tree; the cattle used a good bit because there was no grass around the tree. Then it HIT me, this is a Bigfoot. I cannot believe it. Not 70 feet from me. My pickup and trailer are a total of 65 feet long so it was pretty easy to figure the distance to him. I realize I caught the big fellow out in the wide open.
I knew I was coming up on a curve in the road and I could drive off into a deep ditch so I looked up to stay on the road, hitting my brakes to stop. I didn't take my eyes off of him for more than 2 seconds, but that was all he needed. He was gone. There is a small canyon about 30 feet to the south of where he was. I believe he went that direction. I jumped out of my truck and ran down to the end of my trailer to try to see this massive creature again, then I realized, with its size and speed that was probably not a good idea.
As I walked back to my truck, watching my back, I knew where he had been standing and that there was probably footprints and knuckle prints there that I could take pictures of, I had my camera with me, and I’d have proof to show my family of what I saw. But I also knew he could be on top of me in 2 seconds if I went over there. I had my phone and my camera with me but it never entered my mind to grab them while the creature was standing there in front of me.
I have always heard of these being described as massive creatures. Truly that is the only way to describe it. The shoulders and arms were massive. I didn't get a good look at its face because I was too busy wondering why I couldn't see under it, so I focused more on the lower half. But I did notice the contrasting colors of its face. It was lighter around the eyes and darker over the nose and I think I caught him with sand plums in his mouth because of the red tint in the lip area. He looked to be at least 5' 6" tall down on his knuckles and could be easily taller than that. He was very wide, I am 6'3" and 235 lbs and he was at least 1 1/2 to 2 of me in width. Down on my knuckles I am on 3 feet tall. I know their arms are longer than humans, but this still makes him a very tall boy!
I have had to estimate the weight of cattle most of my life and was always been within 10 -25 lbs of guessing them correctly. And I would estimate him weighing in the neighborhood of 850 lbs. With that said he could easily weigh more because of the shear muscle mass that I could see.
OTHER STORIES: Yes. One listed on the BFRO web site.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 7:30 pm, daylight, cloudy overcast, warm with a light northerly breeze
ENVIRONMENT: Rough country with bluffs, deep washes and ravines, mesquite trees, native elm trees, and lots of big sand plum thickets.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
I met with this witness in mid January of 2017 and worked with him one-on-one to create a witness sketch of the individual that he saw that July day.
The witness has raised cattle and exotics, is a lifelong hunter, is highly educated, in the medical profession, and I found him to be 100% credible.
Additional details that can be added:
Hair: Dark brown with bleached out tips that turned strawberry blond towards the ends. From chest level down the hair became matted in lengths of 4 to 6 inches long. He described them like bundles of hair that tapered at the top and at the ends, increasing in numbers on the lower portion of the body.
Shoulders were approximately 3.5 feet wide. No neck was seen. Nor were hands and feet seen.
Arms: Massive biceps and forearms, and looked very long.
Height: Individual was approximate 5.5 feet tall ON ALL FOURS.
Weight: 850lbs to 1000lbs due to muscle mass
Head: Conical Shaped
The witness was astounded by the speed demonstrated by this creature. He isn't sure exactly what direction it went. It was there one second, and gone when he looked back. He also did not hear any sounds from the creature after he got out of his truck to look around for it.
The Canadian River Valley is 906 miles long. It consists of flat terrain, bluffs, ravines, pockets of thick trees in some areas, and numerous plum thickets. Water sources include the Canadian River, numerous streams, stock tanks, even fresh water frac ponds throughout the area.
Food sources: Deer, Turkey, Hogs, Antelope, Rabbits, various types of small animals, and wild sand Plums.
Bluffs in this area can range 100 feet or more, and could possible be used for protection and safe travel corridors.
About BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
• Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University
• Self employed Artist
• Professional stained glass artist and teacher.
• Professional event Photographer
• Fine artist. (Oils, pastels, & watercolor) Wildlife, Portraiture, Landscape, and sketches of Sasquatch for investigators and witnesses.
• Attended Texas Expedition 2008, Colorado Expedition 2008, Oklahoma Expedition 2008 and numerous private expeditions. She has attended: Michigan UP Expedition 2009, Utah Expedition 2009,Wyoming Expedition 2009, Colorado Expedition 2009 attended the Oklahoma Expedition 2009. In 2010 she attendee BFRO 'Investigator Only' expeditions in Texas and Colorado. She attended the
Colorado Expedition 2011. She Co-lead the BFRO's first all female expedition held in November Texas Expedition 2011. She lead and organized the recent Texas Expedition 2012.