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COUNTY: Le Flore County
LOCATION DETAILS: Just off of State Highway 144 one mile east of Honobia. The hill we camped on allowed us a picture perfect view of the small town.
NEAREST TOWN: Honobia
NEAREST ROAD: State Highway 144
OBSERVED: Having had the benefit of finding a footprint when I was 13, my interest in bigfoot has led me to privately research the subject for many years. Thanks to your website I have been able to concentrate much of my attention on Oklahoma, since it has many more reports than my native Kansas, which has not been updated. On that note, myself and some other interested participants traveled to Leflore County in SE Oklahoma in an attempt to find some evidence, since this area is a hotspot of reported activity.
Traveling to Honobia, we met a few of the inhabitants who were more than willing to provide us with information and possible locations where we might have some type of encounter. Please note that this is near the exact location that the Mysterious Encounters team filmed the Oklahoma Wildman episode. We too visited the house where they set up operations and noted how the previous occupants had left so abruptly that most of their possessions remained in the home, including a refrigerator full of spoiled food.
Having set up camp we proceeded to stay up until near dawn, occasionally playing the Sierra bigfoot vocalizations, and patroling the area. Nothing was seen or heard throughout the night.
The following day, while walking through the area, myself and one other located three full footprints and one potential track on a road leading up the hillside toward the top of the hill. While we did not apply plaster-of -paris to the tracks or accurately measure them, we did take photos. Using dollar bills as gauges to measure the length not only of the footprint, but also the stride between tracks, I would quite accurately estimate that the prints themselves were over sixteen inches long and the stride nearly five and a half feet. These tracks were located on a sloping road traveling upwards at nearly 40 degrees.
Also of note: I understand that many people will disregard such tracks as those of bears or other large animals, but we also took photos of bear tracks we found near the Little River located nearby. Anyone who has any idea of what animal tracks look like can tell the difference. They are not even close. These tracks were huge.
ALSO NOTICED: While walking along the road to the top of the hill, I periodically found piles of what could be described as scat, but they appeared more like cow manure, yet they were located on the road were there were no fences. However, on the top of the hill there were cattle, so I am assuming that it was cow manure. Yet that would mean that either they are allowed to free graze on rock roads were there is no grass or they are simply getting out of the fence and wandering the road.
OTHER WITNESSES: Four of us in all.
OTHER STORIES: From what I have read on your website it was obvious that there is something down in SE Oklahoma. Once we went there to scout out the area we talked to many of the locals and heard a few of their stories. Many have heard or seen something which they cannot describe or can only say that it is a bigfoot. What they have seen or heard is like nothing ever depicted in any zoological handbook.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Noon, with warm temperatures and sunny skies
ENVIRONMENT: Mainly pine forest and undegrowth, but extensive logging has cleared off many tops of the hillsides to make way for cattle. Numerous river bottoms and creeks cut through the hills with considerable and thick vegetation. Easy to get lost if you do not have any wood sense. Black bears are here in considerable numbers as well turkey, deer, other small animals. We were told that many locals have seen a large black panther skulking the woods.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
The witness stated that the footprints measured sixteen inches long by six inches wide. He was most impressed by the fact that the animal maintained a distance between steps of five and a half feet while going up a very steep slope.
The witness provided photos that he took of the footprints but they are not of enough detail to be published.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on "Bigfoot In Illinois". See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org