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Report # 4683  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, July 21, 2002.
Nighttime sighting by residents near Smyrna, NY
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YEAR: 2002

SEASON: Summer


DATE: 15

STATE: New York

COUNTY: Chenango County

LOCATION DETAILS: [Witness requested that directions not be posted. She mentioned that there are many hunters in the area.]

NEAREST TOWN: Smyrna [7 miles or so from Plymouth, NY]


OBSERVED: on july 15 at about 10 pm we were sitting on the porch enjoying the quiet night. It was VERY quiet. usually we can hear coyotes or owls..this night nothing. we saw what we thought was a person jogging up the road but realized it had to be at least 7-8 feet tall and was taking huge strides. it was covered with long reddish to blonde hair and had long arms that swung as it walked. it looked in neither direction, just straight ahead. it was out of site in about 7-10 seconds and the footfalls could be heard slightly .

ALSO NOTICED: i have two dogs who are tied outside. They see and hear everything....this night neither dog left their doghouse even though we could hear the footfalls of the great one

the only significant change on the hill has been a driveway bulldozed up the hill to our neighbors house. it is a long driveway, his house is very secluded in a wooded area (he is native american as we are)

we were sitting on the porch enjoying the quiet


warm (60 degrees)
clear sky
bright moon
very breeze
in fact,,no owls, coyotes

ENVIRONMENT: This is on the top of a very high hill. Very wooded and rural with state forest close by
there is a lake across the top of the hill
if it matters..we have a horse, numerous cats and kittens and 2 dogs

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:

I spoke with the witness by phone. She said the figure walked along the paved road in no particular hurry, and that the road gets nearly zero traffic at night, and maybe 6 cars all day long.

Many witnesses, from various parts of the continent, have described seeing these animals walking along roads after dark. It makes sense because it's the path of least resistance. It would also be easy to hear cars coming and get off the road and into the brush before being illuminated by headlights. Other animals do this as well.

This is relevant to bigfoot field research with respect to surveillance efforts. When looking for a pathway to set up a surveillance system, the best place to monitor may be a road instead of a trail or a field, especially in locations where walking the road makes it much easier to get from one place to another, such as from one valley to another via a mountain pass road, etc.

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