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COUNTY: Wood County
NEAREST TOWN: Quitman
OBSERVED: My husband works on a huge ranch (about 750 acres) outside of Quitman Texas. The area is heavily wooded. He often has to trap wild hogs on the property because they tear up and root up everything. Anyway, he was at the very back of the property checking traps and he saw something run behind a tree. It was very big, hairy, and running on two feet. He said the color was charcoal gray and it was about 6 feet tall. He did not see it again after it hid behind the tree because he left the area immediately. It really scared him and he says that it reminded him of a huge monkey or ape. The area that this took place is very secluded with nothing but thick woods all around.
ALSO NOTICED: This might or might not be anything but it is strange... Last summer he found a large watermelon broken in half back there in the same area. The strange thing is that there are no watermelons growing on the property and he is the only one who works there or has access to that area.
OTHER WITNESSES: None.
OTHER STORIES: I have heard lots of people say they have heard a cry or roar like a "woman's screams" around this area. Everyone says that there are panthers around the East Texas area and they sound like that but after reading your website it says that sasquatch make that sound as well so who knows.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Daytime. Cold.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavily wooded. Very secluded.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Doug Ratliff:
I spoke with the report submitte, Chrystal, on the phone. She seemed very sincere and genuine.
Her husband was checking hog traps at the back of the property when he saw an animal running on two legs hide behind a tree.
They haven't gone to that part of the property since.
The ranch is used for livestock. There are ponds and small lakes on the property.
She was concerned about confidentiality. She didn't want information about the property location to be published and she was hesitant about publishing her last name, but she said it would be o.k. to publish that it was near Quitman, TX and to publish her first name.
They are not the property owners. Her husband works the land for for an older retired couple.
This is second-hand information. Usually second-hand information will not be added to the public database. There are exceptions for this rule. One exception is second-hand information coming from an immediate family member, where both the witness and the submitter are adults, and there is a rational concern (such as an employment situation) that explains why the actual witness is hesitant to report the observation directly.
About BFRO Investigator Doug Ratliff:
Doug Ratliff currently works as a Systems Reporting Analyst in San Antonio, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army trained as a physical therapy assistant. He attended the BFRO's third Olympic Penninsula expedition ("Oly Pen 3") in August 2005.