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Report of Encounter

The RFP Research Project (RFPRP) – Report of Encounter
Date Report Submitted to the RFPRP: August 6, 2006
Date of Encounter: Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Time of Incident: Exactly 9:00am
Weather Conditions: Clear and warm
State: Alabama
County: Clarke
Nearest City or Town: Jackson
Location: The location is withheld at the request of witnesses and area residents.
Nearest highway or road: Sighting occurred on a county road. The road is not identified  at the request of witnesses and area residents.
General Land Use Description: Primarily timber production. There has been an unusual amount of timber removed from this and other areas of south Alabama as a result a salvage operations following hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. At the time of this sighting large tracts of  undamaged timber in the area were being harvested.
General Terrain Description: Sandy ridges with some karst outcrops in the creek bottoms and ravines.
Nearest Lakes or Streams: Several small creeks and three man-made ponds in the area. Both the Alabama and the Tombigbee Rivers are within a few miles of the sighting location.
Witness Profiles: A young mother and her 11 year old daughter. The daughter is already an avid hunter and very familiar with the “typical” wildlife in the area.
Activities of Witness Prior to Encounter/Incident: The mother and daughter were traveling toward Jackson in a small, quite-running foreign made automobile on a narrow, sandy/dirt county road through an area that has only a few residents. They were approximately 2.5 miles from their home. The daughter was eating graham crackers and looking out the passenger side window.
Details of Encounter / Incident: The daughter suddenly dropped her crackers and asked her mother if she had seen “that”. Her mother said yes, and the girl asked her to stop the car. The mother refused.
Description of Animal: Both witnesses said they clearly saw a large hair covered animal standing on two feet on the 2′ high road bank., It was bending over looking at the ground and possibly picking up something. While bending over, it was leaning against a tree. As the car passed, the animal looked up quickly and directly faced the daughter just a few feet away. (They both said the animal appeared to be surprised when the car appeared. The mother stated the car made very little noise on the sandy road, and she believed the animal did not realize the vehicle was that close because a lot of noisy, heavy logging equipment had been operating in the area for some time.)The animal was standing in sunlight and its hair was seen to be light brown with a obvious red tint. Both witnesses said the hair was moderately long and somewhat “fuzzy” but not matted nor littered with debris or mud. Although both witnesses confessed they were not good at judging heights, they estimated the animal appeared to be only slightly taller than a large man. They stated the animal appeared to have little or no neck, and that its head appeared extra large for its size. They saw no ears. Both stated that the most noticeable aspect of the animal was the size of it thighs which appeared to be enormous. The daughter stated that she clearly saw that the  animal’s eyes appeared to be “bloodshot” and noticeably red. (Upon further questioning, it became apparent she was referring to the Sclerotic of the eye (the visible part surrounding the Cornea).
Photos or Drawings Made?: Yes. The daughter’s grandmother made a drawing of the animal as it was described by the two witnesses. Hopefully that drawing will be included in the follow-up Field Investigation Report.
Description of Related Sounds: None heard.
Description of Related Scents / Odors: None noticed.
Other Related Details: A few days prior to this sighting family members had gone fishing for catfish on the Alabama River and had caught a lot fish. The woman’s husband had filleted all of the fish, and intended to dump the remains of the fish that night in a field where he hunted coyotes. He forgot to do that, and the next morning he carried off the remains and dumped them along the same road near the location of the of the sighting.
Area residents, including both witnesses, have in the past heard sounds at night which they said would be similar to those of a woman screaming in pain or sorrow.
Accounts of other interesting and puzzling incidents mentioned by the area residents will be discussed in the follow-up Investigation Report.
Historical Notes: This area has long history of sightings of what many of the older area residents called the “hairy men”. Many of the older residents also relate stories of an animal they call a “Hog Bear” which has been seen hunting, chasing or killing wild hogs in the river bottoms. Descriptions of the “bears” from many of those witnesses more closely fit the profile of a Bigfoot in quadrupedal pursuit of game than that of a bear.
This area has generated some of the most compelling and detailed sightings of enigmatic, bipedal animals the writer has ever investigated. It is very unfortunate that the management of the local newspapers has ridiculed such reports to the extent that well known county residents who have seen these animals will not publicly talk about their encounters for fear of having their credibility and reputations called into question.  But this situation is not unique to the area. It is particularly ironic that the present editor of a local newspaper photographed and had published a picture while he was a reporter several years ago of what local residents contend is a “bigfoot” crossing a highway which runs parallel to the Tombigbee River in Clarke County between Jackson and Coffeeville. The reporter made the photo because of the scenic value of what he believed to be an old stoop-shouldered man crossing the highway several hundred yards in front of his car early one morning with the sun rising over a fog shrouded creek valley in a sparsely populated area.
Report received and recorded by:
Tal H. Branco, Field Researcher/Investigator, The RFP Research Project