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Clayton County Report

The RFP Research Project (RFPRP) – Report of Encounter
Date Report Submitted to the RFPRP: July 23, 2007.

Date of Encounter: Thanksgiving weekend of 1989 or 1990.
Time of Incident: About 6:30AM (About day-break).
Weather Conditions: Clear, temperature in the low 50’s.
State: Alabama.
County: Barbour.
Nearest City or Town: Clayton.
Location: Inside the Barbour County Wildlife Management Area.
Nearest highway or road: The witnesses are not sure of the identification of the nearest road.
General Land Use Description: The area is part of one of the oldest wildlife management areas in the State. The Management Area consists of approximately 19,000 acres in Barbour and Bullock Counties in the southeast part of Alabama. The eastern boundary of Barbour County is the Chattahoochee River which is the Alabama/Georgia State line.
General Terrain Description: The area is part of the East Gulf Costal Plains and consists of small hills of old beach sands, small creeks and swampy low lands. The upper elevations are generally covered in pine plantations and cut-overs left after harvesting. The creek bottoms are generally forested with hardwoods and the wetlands contain mostly gums and cypress.
Nearest Lakes or Streams: The two witnesses do not remember the exact location in the management area in which the sighting took place. ( A map of the Management Area can be found at)
Witness Profiles: One is a 39 year old male who works as a millwright in a large manufacturing plant. He grew up on a large row-crop farm and cattle ranch. He has hunted and fished since a small boy. The other witness is 37 year old male who grew up on a large cattle ranch. He has also hunted and fished since a young boy. Neither live near the Management Area. Both are very familiar with the classified wildlife in the State.
Activities of Witness Prior to Encounter/Incident: The two men had camped in the management area with a group of other deer hunters. The two had seen a two year old cut- over the day before and decided to hunt it the next morning. They drove to that area the next morning and arrived at daybreak, which they believe was about 6:30AM. They saw no vehicles or hunters in the immediate area.
Details of Encounter / Incident: They left the truck and started walking into the cut-over. They had walked about 50 yards when they both noticed a large dark figure walking swiftly on two feet across the cut-over. It was walking from their left to their right toward a small “rise” in the cut-over and was about 100 yards from them. The men stopped and watched as the figure disappeared over the rise.
The men decided to walk to the top of the rise to try to see the figure at a closer range to identify it. When they got to the top of the rise they saw no animal of any kind. They estimated that is was about 300 to 350 yards from the top of the rise to the nearest edge of the cut-over and wood line. They were perplexed that the figure had gotten out of the cut-over during the short time it took then to get to the top of the rise. They were sure that a human could not have crossed the area that quickly without jogging or running, and they could see that the tree tops, downed timber and brush in the cut-over would have made it nearly impossible for a human to have crossed that area at any speed other than walking.
Description of Animal: The men stated the creature was walking upright and taking strides like that of a cross-country skier. It appeared to be between 6 and 7 feet tall with unusually broad shoulders that may have been as much as 3 feet wide. It was of a uniform dark color and the body outline appeared “fuzzy”. They saw nothing to indicate it was wearing clothing. (When they first saw the animal they thought for a few second it was another hunter who had failed to wear the required “hunter orange” vest, but then they realized it was not carrying a firearm.)
Both men were amazed that the creature was moving so swiftly and easily through the tree tops, limbs and brush in the cut-over and amazed that it did it without making a sound they could hear.
It should be noted and understood that neither of these witnesses claim that the creature they saw is a Bigfoot or Swamp Ape. They do not know for sure what they saw. To them it was an enigmatic creature which they could not identify, and which did not appear to be human.
Photos or Drawings Made? None made.
Description of Related Sounds: They heard no sounds made by the creature.
Description of Related Scents / Odors: None detected.
Other Details: The witnesses particularly noted the swiftness of the animal’s noiseless passage through the maze of felled timber, tree tops and brush, and the long and peculiar cross-country skier like strides and arm swings that it made while doing it.
They believe the creature had been “spooked” by another vehicle that the witnesses had heard on an unseen road on the back side of a small swamp that was in an area from which the creature was leaving. The witnesses stated the woods surrounding the cut-over were dense and thick.
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Report received and recorded by: M. G., Field Researcher/Investigator, The RFP Research Project.