2010, Harriman State Park, Idaho: Hikers See Bigfoot

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2010, Harriman State Park, Idaho: Hikers See Bigfoot

Amy Castelli and Debbie Handy were hiking along the Heart Attack Hill trail. They were talking about tv shows and the new job the Handy applied for but had not heard anything back, when the saw something moving near the river bed.

Castelli at first thought it was a hunter or maybe a man in a camouflage suit. But Handy, who admittedly has better eyesight, recognized the figure as a Bigfoot right away.

Handy put her arm out to stop Castelli from taking another step. They both stood absolutely still, holding their breath, watching as the Bigfoot sloshed around in the wetlands around the riverbed.

The creature splashed around a bit more, taking no notice of the two ladies near by watching it. Eventually, the Bigfoot turned and ran at top speed off across the opposite field and disappeared into the trees.

Castelli and Handy love to recount how they had a hiking date with Bigfoot. Though, it is possible that the Bigfoot would characterize it as a date.

2001, Henry’s Lake State Park, Idaho: Bigfoot Howls Heard in the Night

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2001, Henry’s Lake State Park, Idaho: Bigfoot Howls Heard in the Night

Roberto Kira was camping with his soon to be wife at Henry’s Lake State Park. Shortly, before midnight Kira crawled out his tent to enjoy the last cigarette of the day.

As he stood a few feet away from the tent, so as not wake his soon to be wife, Kira heard rustling near the water. Kira has a deadly fear of skunks and thinks getting sprayed by a skunk would be the worst possible thing that could possible happen to a man, turned his back to the rustling.

A few minutes later, Kira heard a soft howl, almost a whimpering. When he pricked up his ear to get a better listen, the howling became full throated. Kira admits now he was scared.

The next morning his soon to be wife asked Kira if he heard the bigfoot howls the night before. Kira played dumb. Something he still regrets.

1995, Targhee National Forest, Idaho: Police Officer Shoots at Bigfoot

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1995, Targhee National Forest, Idaho: Police Officer Shoots at Bigfoot

Off duty police officer, Walter Norman was driving home along Old Chick Creek Road. Suddenly, his car was hit with rocks. At first, Norman thought he hit a pothole, but when the rocks started falling on the hood and roof of his car, he knew he was under attack.

Norman pulled to the side of the road. He used the spotlight on the side of his car to scan the bushes and trees. That is when Norman saw a black mass, over five feet wide and darkening over 12 feet high. When he shown the spotlight directly on it, the mass only got darker.

Norman saw the mass throw a rock at his car which hit the back widow. Norman jumped out of his car and identified himself as police. The mass tossed more rocks at him, at which point Norman fired several shots into the mass. There was a monstrous scream and then a tremendous rustling as the mass scurried off into the woods away from the road.

Norman crept over to where the black mass had been. He noticed a thick reddish fluid which was consistent with blood and tufts of dark black hair. Norman left convinced that he had been attacked by a Bigfoot and had, at least, wounded the creature.

1983, Backbone State Park, Iowa: Snowmobile Riders Hear Howls

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1983, Backbone State Park, Iowa: Snowmobile Riders Hear Howls

While riding their rented snowmobiles along some trails in Backbone Park, Amanda and her brother Bert Vikingstone heard a deep, sonorous rumbling that caused them to stop. Fearing something was wrong with one of the motors of the snowmobiles, Bert cut his engine while ordering his sister to keep hers idling.

Listening carefully to the hum of the motor, Bert and Amanda were startled to hear the rumbling grow in pitch and volume. The noise became a whoop that shook the tree tops. Amanda turned off her snowmobile and the two siblings sat listening to the noisy undulations.

The whoop turned into a shriek before it suddenly ceased. Frightened now, the brother and sister started the snowmobiles, turned around and raced back the way they came.

Later, while Amanda tried to imitate the sound they heard, the owner of the snowmobile rental informed the pair that they were lucky because they had heard the cries of a Bigfoot. Some people wait their whole lives and never ever hear even a peep.

Amanda believed what they heard was a Bigfoot, while Bert remains incredulous.

1978, Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho: Snow Shoer Sees Bigfoot

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1978, Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho: Snow Shoer Sees Bigfoot

Adam Farkas was camping for a week in Winchester State Park. He had signed up to learn how to snowshoe. After a lesson and two group trips, Farkas headed out on his own.

He had been walking for about 25 minutes when he stopped for a cigarette. As Farkas stood there trying to find his matches, he noticed something pop up from behind a snowbank not too far from him. Farkas was surprised because it looked like a giant hairy apeman covered in snow slowly stood up.

The creature puffed itself up and then shook like a wet dog all the snow from its brown fur. It raised its arms over its head in a morning stretch. Then the Bigfoot arched its back and yawned a terrible and loud yawn.

Farkas felt the unlit cigarette fall from his open mouth. He found himself praying that the monster did not notice him, nor was it hungry after it first woke up. Luckily for Fakas, the creature just turned and strolled off into the trees, slowly scratching its butt.

1983, Priest Lake State Park, Idaho: Dried Flower Bunches Left by Bigfoot

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1983, Priest Lake State Park, Idaho: Dried Flower Bunches Left by Bigfoot

James Connie set up a series of Bigfoot traps in and around Priest Lake. He was encouraged to do so by several sightings and documented Bigfoot prints that he cast in plaster.

Connie’s traps consisted of raw and cooked whole chickens, with a trigger and suspended net. Connie planned on purchasing photographic equipment as soon as he could save the money.

In the meantime, these net traps were the best he could do. After several weeks of setting up the traps and returning with no results other than rotten chickens, Connie found something that excites him to this day.

In one of the traps in the most remote location in the woods that Connie only checked twice a month, he found the gift. Both chickens were completely devoured. Only a few bones remained scattered around. Hanging from the ropes in the net were bunches of dried flowers. Meticulous placed with a delicate touch so as not to spring the trap.

The dried flower bunches were beautiful wild flowers. When Connie had the flowers identified by his friend, a local florist, he was amazed to discover most of the flowers came from miles away – if not other areas of the nation. Connie developed the theory that a Bigfoot must carry these flowers around either to make gifts of them or as seasoning for whatever food it might scavenge.

Naysayers claim the dried flowers were placed there by kids. Others claim Connie is lying and found the flower arrangements in a dumpster behind the party center after a wedding and created the story around them. Connie’s traps never have trapped anything else.

1921, Post Falls, Idaho: Dr. Otis Sherman Arrested for False Claims

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1921, Post Falls, Idaho: Dr. Otis Sherman Arrested for False Claims

Dr. Otis Sherman was a traveling confidence man of some infamy.  Throughout 1919 Sherman traveled up and down the East Coast,  in a horse drawn carnival car selling an elixir he purported would increase intelligence, virility, and cure rickets.  When several lawsuits were filed against him, it was nearly impossible for him to pull into a town without the local authorities taking notice.

Sherman moved West. Slowly making his way across the county, Sherman perfected his new scheme of selling Wild Sasquatch Milk. Basically, Sherman sold water mixed with a bit of chalk and onion stirred in. Claiming that he kept a female Bigfoot chained up in the woods just outside of town. A thing that would be cruel if the female Bigfoot were not so dreadfully terrified by human contact and would stop her from producing the magical potion. This Bigfoot Milk would shrink enlarged kidneys, clarify blurry eyesight, and quiet all chest complaints.

His final mistake occurred in Post Falls, Idaho.  After a lively afternoon of hacking his quackery, Sherman decided to stay the night in town since they had a first class hotel and it had been weeks since he slept on a real mattress.  Some of the young men from the town mustered up enough bravery to head out into the woods to see this Bigfoot for themselves. After several hours of searching and finding nothing, the young men returned.

The group stomped into Sherman’s room and demanded proof of the Bigfoot. Sherman hemmed and hawed and grew somewhat agitated – a ploy that usually allowed him a speedy escape. But this time, one of the young men happened to be the sheriff’s boy. So when the sheriff arrived at the disturbance, he gave Sherman a choice, either produce the Bigfoot or stay in jail until he would.

After spending three days in jail, Sherman admitted that there was no Bigfoot. At which point he was arrested on making false claims and confidence schemes.  A month later, at his trial, Sherman claimed that angels had told him divine secrets and if he did not turn his life around he would burn in hell. The jury believed him and did not convict him. Though he did have to repay any money to people who wanted a refund.

Unsurprisingly, few people who purchased the Bigfoot Milk came forth to demand a refund from the now Holy Seer, Dr. Otis Sherman.