2009, Zaleski State Forest, Ohio: Bigfoot Petunia Garden

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2009, Zaleski State Forest, Ohio: Bigfoot Petunia Garden

While mushroom hunting in Zaleski State Forest, Bryce Hamilton stumbled upon a clearing in the woods. The clearing was circled with tree stumps and the stumps ringed with an ivy chain. At first, Hamilton was hesitant to enter the ring, until he realized that the entire area within the ring was filled with petunias. Petunias are Hamilton’s favorite flower.

He gingerly climbed over the delicate ivy chain to enter the circle. As Hamilton made his way around the petunia garden, he was amazed at the health and vitality of the flowers. Just as Hamilton was about to pick a few to put in his mushroom sack, he heard a loud and angry growl that turned into a howling shout.

Hamilton, realized that he was trespassing on a Bigfoot Petunia garden. He had heard that the creatures love petunias and eat them like candy.

Hamilton is convinced that, had, he picked a few of the flowers he would be dead today, since the Bigfoot would have been soooo angry it would have killed him. As it was Hamilton leapt over the ivy chain and high tailed it out of the area.

 

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1977, Strouds Run State Park, Ohio: Boys Build Bigfoot Entrapment Wall

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1977, Strouds Run State Park, Ohio: Boys Build Bigfoot Entrapment Wall

While camping with their family, brothers Clinton and Adam Mahula became convinced their camp site was being stalked by a ravenous Bigfoot.

In order to protect themselves and their mom and dad, they came up with a complicated, if not wholly effective, plan of traps and walls.

They spend hours upon hours collecting rocks and branches that they arranged in a four inch high maze. Clinton had the idea that Bigfoot were naturally curious and would get trapped in the maze, trying to figure out the pattern. But there was no pattern and the Bigfoot would get trapped.

Adam was not as certain that a small maze on twigs on the ground would contain an 18 foot tall Bigfoot, but he kept his concerns to himself.

2001, Forked Run State Park, Ohio: Rocks Thrown at Hunters

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2001, Forked Run State Park, Ohio: Rocks Thrown at Hunters

Vinny Dick, Jr and his hunting buddy Danny Drake had set up their tree stands a few hours before sunrise. They were already four beers into their twelve pack and had not seen a single white tail bopping around the forest. The pair drank in silence. Waiting.

The first rock hit the tree next to Dick’s head. Shards of stone and bark hit the side of his face. The second and third rocks hit Drake in the chest and shoulder. The impact made him drop his rifle to the forest floor.

The rocks flew fast and furious after the gun hit the ground. Dick managed to stand up and shout that he was going kill who ever was throwing rocks them. He managed to get that out before a rock knocked his hat off and broke his nose.

Drake jumped from the tree sit and rolled his ankle pretty badly. He managed to crawl behind some boulders that shielded him from the barrage. Dick was not so lucky, he tried to climb down the rope ladder, but kept getting pelted in the back and legs with rocks.

Dick was bruised and bleeding when he hit the ground. By the time he crawled over to the hiding spot next to Drake, the rocks had stopped, but he howling began. At that point, it became clear that the two had been under attack from an angry Bigfoot.

Dick thinks that the Bigfoot wanted to hunt that same area and was upset by competition. Drake is thankful to be alive, really.

2011, Clarington, Ohio: Zip Liners Fly Over Bigfoot in Ohio River

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2011, Clarington, Ohio: Zip Liners Fly Over Bigfoot in Ohio River

Maureen Levy was zip ling across the Ohio River just outside of Clarington, Ohio. She and her boyfriend Daniel McGovern were about half way over the river, when Dan started waving his arm and pointing frantically for Maureen to look down.

Maureen was a little bit behind Dan and had only agreed to this extreme date on the condition that Dan would not pull any of his stupid pranks. Suspecting something gross, Maureen reluctantly looked down toward where Dan was waving his pointing finger.

Maureen gasp as she realized that there was a huge Bigfoot swimming across the River. It was at least the size of her dad’s old Buick and she could see its dark skin through its wet fur. Bigfoot was an awkward swimming and was splashing more than it was swimming.

Just as Maureen zipped over the creature, it seemed to see her and spit water into the air. Of course, she was too high over the River for it to even come close to hitting her.

Dan got a pretty good look at the Bigfoot too, but he was not totally convinced it was not a bear or some other sort of creature swimming across the river. Maureen broke up with Dan about a month later.

1938, Deadwood, Ohio: Miner’s Wife Chased Down The Hill

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1938, Deadwood, Ohio: Miner’s Wife Chased Down The Hill

Mildred Sabell went looking for her husband, John Sabell, who had not come home after his shift. Mildred suspected that Mr. Sabell was drinking at the Social Hall up the hill from their house. Mildred climbed the hill, muttering a combination of Slovak curses and English prayers.

Just as Mildred got to the bend in the road, she was startled. Standing on the side of the road, cloaked in the shadows of the trees, was a monstrous figure. As she started to say something, the creature stood to its full height of 15 or 20 feet. Its head the size of a car hood. It smelled like a septic and rubbish.

It growled at Mildred, who jumped up and screamed all at once. Before any of the men in the social hall heard her cries, she turned and started to run down the hill. She was in tears as she heard the massive fleshy slaps of the creatures bare feet hitting the road.

Mildred ran faster when she caught a glimpse of her porch light in the distance. She, also, thought she heard the drunken yelling of the men behind her. But it was hard to tell over the heavy breathing hooting that the monster chasing. Mildred raced through the backyard, ducking under the laundry lines, and into the house. The monster, not knowing about the laundry lines, howled and hollered as it got tangled up. It pulled one of the stakes out of the ground and dragged it off with it as it ran back into the woods.

When John Sabell got home seconds later, he was laughing and out of breath. To this day, Mildred’s Race with Bigfoot is a matter of conjecture. Some say she was the victim of a cruel prank by some of the town’s men, while others claim she barely survived a dangerous encounter with a Bigfoot!

1991, Salt Fork State Park, Ohio: Man Sees Blind Bigfoot

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1991, Salt Fork State Park, Ohio: Man Sees Blind Bigfoot

Camper Adam Taggart was just about to turn in for the night. He started to extinguish the camp fire when he heard something moving though the woods toward his campsite. At first, he thought it must be an woodland animal of some variety. But the closer it came the more the sounds sounded human.

Taggart called out announcing his presence. The noise stopped for a good minute. Then the crunch of underbrush and the bending of branches continued with a renewed vigor. To Taggart’s ear, it sounded as if the person approaching his campsite was intoxicated.

Expecting the worst, Taggart armed himself with a metal rod he had been using to keep some of his material from blowing away. As the figure emerged from the darkness, Taggart realizes the contours of the figure are too large and menacing to be human. Humanoid, yes. But human, no.

The figure was massive. It was over 15 feet tall and covered in a knotted white fur. Taggart fears that it was a bear, at first, but quickly assessed that the figure was the legendary Bigfoot. Taggart tried to lock eyes with the monster, but the creature’s eyes were completely milky white.

Taggart stood up on a log to make himself look bigger, but the Bigfoot barely seemed to notice him. It occurred to Taggart, after watching the beast stumble about, its massive arms swinging methodically in front of itself, that the Bigfoot was blind. Or nearly blind. So Taggart just scooted out of its path as it lumbered past him. It walked so closely to him, he could have hugged it full on without moving anything but his arms.

To this day, Taggart worries about that blind Bigfoot and feels badly that he did nothing to try to help it. Though what could he really have done?

2010, Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Ohio: Cub Scout Canoe Trip Interrupted

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2010, Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Ohio: Cub Scout Canoe Trip Interrupted

Scout Leader, Josh Fitzgerald took Troop 523 for a day long canoeing trip. There were 12 Cub Scout in 4 canoes. Josh was in the lead canoe, a mistake he quickly realized. Since he could not keep an eye on the boys behind him, the boys started to misbehave.

The boys ignored the rule of keeping their arms and legs inside the canoes at all times. They were splashing each other. In at least two of the canoes the boys were rocking back and forth, trying to get the canoe to capsize.

Josh turned his canoe around to face the group behind him, since they all were just floating on the current. No one was paddling anymore. Some of the boys were screaming and the laughing got louder and louder. As Josh brought his whistle to his lips, one of the shy boys in his canoe, Miles, suddenly stood up.

Miles shook with fear and pointed toward the far bank. All the other boys looked to see what Miles was pointing at. When they saw the 15 foot black Bigfoot standing on the muddy bank, pandemonium broke out. Some of the Cub Scouts jumped into the water, others burst into tears, a few started paddling away.

The Bigfoot beat its massive chest and roared at the boys. Its roar was deafening.

Once complete silence settled over the river. The boys too terrified to make another peep, the Bigfoot shook its monstrous head. Slowly, it turned and moved up the embankment to disappear into the woods.

No matter what Josh told the boys later, they all were convinced they had narrowly escaped being torn apart and eaten alive. In the end, he was forced to create a survival badge to award the troop for their supposed bravery.