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COUNTY: Carbon County
LOCATION DETAILS: Go west out of Laramie on I-80 to Arlington road. Follow the road south about halfway up the mountain. It was on the east side of the road.
NEAREST TOWN: Laramie, Wyoming
NEAREST ROAD: Arlington Road--I-80
OBSERVED: In the summer of 1986 or 87 I was doing a forest service project on Arlington road just west of Laramie Wyoming. We were working on the road that lead from the highway up to a lodge at the top of the Snowy Range mountains on the Medicine Bow National forest.
I found a place about midway up the mountain to park the R.V. and to use as a work camp. This particular time I had taken my son and nephew who I believe were 8 and 9 years old at that time or maybe 9 and 10, either way they were allowed to go off squirrel hunting with a .22 rifle while I worked on the project.
I don't remember if I was working near the base or how they came to see me but they were both very excited and my son told me they had seen a bigfoot. I have always been curious and my son was raised in the mountains and had been elk hunting with me since he was about 6 or 7. He never was afraid of the dark, bears and anything else even at that early age. He has never made up stories so I knew they had seen something out of the ordinary.
Their story goes like this:
They went out from the R.V. with the .22 hunting squirrels in the forest surrounding the camp. A short distance from the camp as they were coming back looking for squirrels they both saw this creature in a tree. The tree was sort of in the open and had branches almost all the way to the ground. On a thick branch only a few feet off the ground and not more than a few feet away from them was a hairy creature about their own size staring at them. The boys were a few feet apart and the creature kept moving his eyes from one to the other without moving its head. It was holding on to a branch above with one arm and just watched the boys without moving long enough for the boys to ask one another what it was they were looking at and my son ask his nephew if he should shoot it. All this time the creature just watched them and when they decided to leave and come and tell me the creature also jumped to the ground and ran way like a man runs ( which is how they put it). Still today both can give very detailed descriptions of the creature because they were so up close for quite a while. It was dark-almost black and with long shiny hair except for its hands and face. It had a humanoid face and eyes.
They have no aversion to talking about it especially to someone who will listen. Even today at ages 25 and 26 they still claim to the validity of what they experienced. The day they saw it and came to tell me about it they also took me to the tree where they saw it. The ground was dry and hard and no tracks were visible.
ALSO NOTICED: No noise or vocalizations
OTHER WITNESSES: Two-- my son and his cousin.
OTHER STORIES: No I have not--but the location is not that far from the Rawah wilderness area or the Chambers Lake area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Mid-morning---weather was clear and lighting excellent.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavy woods with intermittent openings
Follow-up investigation report:
Excerpts of an interview with MM's son, JM, now 25.
We were back on logging roads. My father was cutting away some of the brush and we were just walking up in the forest a little bit. We had really just started hunting and we're looking up in the trees for squirrels when we saw it.
It was about 6 feet off the ground when it jumped out of the tree and all of a sudden it was just standing there, probably 10 feet away. It was the middle of the day. It was looking right at us.
I don't know a lot about bigfoot but this one seemed small. It was a little bit taller than me and my cousin at the time.It was probably 5-6 feet tall. It was a little bigger than me as kid. It probably went 200 pounds; it was pretty bulky.
It just looked a little bit surprised. I was just thinking to myself, it wasn't expecting us. It looked at us like, "What are you doing here?"
I was terrified out of mind. It had long black hair on its arms but it didn't have a lot of hair on its face. It stood upright on two feet. I can tell you it wasn't a bear - it wasn't anything I'd ever seen before or since.
It looked human with a whole lot of hair. I saw hands - four fingers and thumb; knees, elbows and feet a little bit like hobbit feet.
I would say it was a little longer than normal human face. It didn't look like an ape's face. It was fairly human-looking.
It was kind of like if you were to mix an ape and a man take a few features from each. It didn't look like a gorilla, but it wasn't like you and me.
It's standing there on two feet and we're like "Uh, what the hell is that?" We just looked at it for a few seconds and I remember I asked (DZ) "Should I shoot it?"
It looked at us, we looked at it, and we ran.