Date Report Submitted to the RFPRP: August 1, 2007.
Date of Encounter: During the AEA (Alabama Education Association) school break in March during a year in the mid 80’s.
Time of Incident: About 7:00PM.
Weather Conditions: Clear, light breeze and temperatures in the high 60’s or low 70’s.
Nearest City or Town: Weogufka is about 10 miles to the northeast, Clanton is about 15 miles to the southwest.
Location: Little Tom Slough on Paint Creek which empties into the Coosa River.
Nearest highway or road: Coosa County Road #55.
General Land Use Description: Most of the land is owned by various timber companies. There are also numerous fishing camps in the general area.
General Terrain Description: The location is within the Coosa Valley Physiographic Region of the Piedmont Upland area. The area consists of low hills, ridges, sandy valleys with sloughs and other wetlands. Most of the area is covered in pine and oak timber.
Nearest Lakes or Streams: The sighting location is about 2 miles east of the William Lay dam which impounds the Coosa River to form Lay Lake. Paint Creek and Little Tom Creek flow through the general area.
Witness Profile: He is an Alabama native in his mid 50’s who has been an avid hunter and fisherman since early childhood. He is familiar with all the classified wild animals in the State.
Activities of Witness Prior to Encounter/Incident: The witness and his family and a friend rented a cabin for a week to crappie and “jug” fish.
Details of Encounter / Incident: The witness and his friend left the cabin about an hour before dark to bait and set out their jug lines. They then sat in their boat to watch the jugs and wait for the fish to begin biting.
Shortly after dark they heard something walking on the bank and heard the water splashing along the shore line. The witness picked up his spot light and shined it at the location of the sounds. The light illuminated a large hair-covered creature that was standing erect and staring directly at them from a distance of about 60 yards. The animal immediately turned and walked quickly up the hillside and out of sight.
Description of the Animal: The animal appeared to be about 7 feet tall. It was covered in dark brown hair and was at all times walking on two feet. In the beam of the spotlight the animal’s eyes shone with a yellow tint. Its facial features were similar to that of a human but covered with hair. It walked away from the witnesses taking very long strides.
Photos or Drawings Made? No.
Description of Related Sounds: The animal made no vocal sounds. The only sounds heard were footsteps along the bank and the splashing of water. They could not tell if the animal had been reaching or stepping into the water before the spotlight was turned on, or if the splashing sounds had been made by fish feeding in the shallow water and then fleeing from the animal walking the bank.
Description of Related Scents / Odors: None detected. (There was a slight breeze blowing at the time but is was blowing toward the animal so that any odor it may have had was not detectable.)
Other Details: When the men came back to the cabin and told the family what had happened, the wife wanted to leave that night, but finally consented to stay. The next morning the two men went back to the spot the animal had been seen but they were unable to detect tracks on the rocky ground.
Historical Notes: There were several sightings of similar animals across the Coosa River in Chilton County in the 60’s and 70’s. Some reports were investigated by the County’s Sheriff Department during that period. Birmingham television WVTM NBC13 covered and reported some details of those investigations.
Report received and recorded by: M. G., Field Researcher/Investigator, The RFP Research Project.