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STATE: New York
COUNTY: Lewis County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was called Moose River Camp Trail.
NEAREST TOWN: Lyon Falls
OBSERVED: I was at camp and my cabin went for a hike. We came into a swamp-like area and heard some twigs snap and smelled this awful smell and saw something moving in the trees ahead.The creature was dark,hairy,grollia-like,and it was walking on to legs, it stopped for a moment and looked around then we ran out of the place. Later my conseuer told us it was just a bear but bears aren't usally in a swamp or walk on to legs.
ALSO NOTICED: Ever since the incident when I go on the trial I feel like something is watching me,observeing me and it scares me.
OTHER WITNESSES: 7-10 witnesses we were all talking and looking around and then saw the creature.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was in the afternoon the sun was shining so we could see a lot.
ENVIRONMENT: It was like a swamp.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with the witness and her father. On July 11th, 2000, while on a hike during summer camp, a group of approxmately ten girls observed in a clearing a large bipedal, black creature. They observed such, for approximately 1 - 2 minutes, from a distance of approximately 100 yards. When one of the young girls screamed, it stopped and looked at them. They immediately fled the area. She was instructed by the counselor as were all the other children, that what they had seen was a bear. However witness pointed out that the creature did not have ears like a bear, but rather the ears could not be seen. It is also unlikely that this was a bear because they observed it over a minute and observed it walk some distance on two legs. It is my hypothesis that the counselor was saying this to quell any "monster" stories back at the camp and prevent panic.
The witness is extremely convincing, and upon speaking with her father, stated that she has steadfastly, stuck to with what she saw.