“Happened on a day I was working in an area to cut firewood. After deciding the layout of our work, I decided to walk north for further inspection and came across something that seemed very out of the ordinary, a large track that appeared to be barefoot. It was followed by several more and then a half track consisting of just a heel. I had no way to measure distance between steps (best guess 5 feet). I followed the tracks in reverse into the woods and found a tree broken in half about 2 inches from its base along with several other small trees bent towards each other. At first I didn’t realize what I was looking at. But it made a type of small hut with a distinct entry way. It was very cold that day, we all had heavy coats, the ground was wet and muddy.”
Interviewer(s): Walter Blake
I met with the witness at the scene of this report on the afternoon of 28 February 2018, a little over one year from the date of the discovery of what appeared to be large 14-inch bare foot prints and a possible shelter constructed of brush and limbs.
He wishes to remain anonymous and therefore the location will be displayed in a grid on the accompanying map. Suffice it to say that the site is in an area that has had a fair share of reported encounters. Some of these encounters have been reported by law enforcement officers as well as NAWAC investigators and other credible individuals. A number of large bare footprints and track ways have also been reported in this same area, many of them in the dead of winter, as was this report.
He was working in the area cutting firewood with several other men (coworkers) when he stumbled upon what appeared to be 14-inch footprints in a muddy area. The area is somewhat remote and is about two miles from the nearest public roadway. Upon discovery the witness called over a coworker and asked the individual to help him make a determine what appeared to be a 14-inch long footprint.
The coworker quickly responded by telling the witness that they were looking at a right foot with the big toe on the left side. Approximately 60 inches away from the first track, the witness and his coworker identified another print, also with a big toe, but this time on the right side, indicating that it was a left foot.
The coworker then spotted what appeared to be a half-print, with a clear heel indentation.
He reported that water was partially standing in the tracks. The witness only had the camera on his cell phone and shot low quality images of the tracks and trackway area. The thought of some large person walking around in such a remote area, in the cold February weather, just did not make any sense to the witness, and a feeling of something unusual began to creep into his mind. He realized that the tracks were not human sign, but the sign of something else.
As the others continued to work, the witness began following the tracks that soon disappeared amongst the tree falls and treetops in a recently timbered area. After some time he decided to backtrack and, after passing through the previously mentioned area, he followed them into the big timber of a drainage area where the underbrush was sparse. About 75 yards into the timber the witness found what appeared to be a shelter of some kind made up of a large sapling that had been snapped over about 12 inches off the ground with brush and branches placed on top to form a common tent shape. The forest litter inside the shelter showed obvious signs of compression. There was no sign of any human activity near this apparent shelter.
One year after the discovery, the stack of brush and the support sapling are still there. Although the area of the break on the sapling is clean it does not appear to have been cut.
There were no signs of heavy mechanical equipment or vehicular traffic of any kind in this area. The area is heavily restricted and off-limits to motorized vehicles. The force required to break the three to four-inch sapling has not been quantified, suffice it to say that two or three men would have been required. While not an impossibility, such a scenario does not seem likely.
During and after the interview, my impression of this witness was that he was honest and quite knowledgeable of wildlife sign. Further it was my belief that he truthfully and accurately reported the events to the best of his recollection and ability.
There was ample sign in the area to indicate that it is abundant with wildlife; there is more than an ample supply of water and food. The topography seems to favor any elusive species of wildlife that would choose to construct a den or shelter there. The location of the shelter seemed to allowed for a concealed vantage point from which to observe nearby activity.
This article is from the website NAWAC