1983, Echo Park, Conway, New Hampshire: Bigfoot Steals Camping Man’s Dog


1983, Echo Park, Conway, New Hampshire: Bigfoot Steals Camping Man’s Dog

Irving Finch had spent a week camping in Echo Park with his dog, Chili.  On the last night of his trip, Irv and Chili were playing catch with a tennis ball.  Irv accidentally tossed the ball out of sight.  Chili ran after it.  When the dog did not return, Irving figured Chili had gotten distracted by a mole hole or some other animal.

Irving starts calling for Chili.  Then he slowly walks in the direction where Chili ran off.  As he enters the woods, he starts to hear the dog gleefully playing around.  Chili’s happy barks and growls are mixed with deeper guttural noises which Irving said sounded like an elephant or maybe some sort of bear.

When Irving sees Chili, the dog is catching and returning the tennis ball to a large hairy Bigfoot.  “The darn thing was just sitting on a log playing catch with my little Yorkie!  I darn near fainted.”

Instead, Irving, scared beyond belief that the Bigfoot was going to hurt his dog or himself, Irving gently tried to get the dog to come back toward him.  But Chili was having too much fun.  In fact, when the Bigfoot finally got up, it waved to the dog, before turning and walking off.

Chili bounded after the Bigfoot. Yapping and nipping at its heels.  No matter when Irving did, he could not get Chili to come back.

For years, after this, other campers in the same area of Echo Park claimed to have seen a small dog playing catch with a large hairy man, over 10 feet tall.

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