On March 23, 1998, at approximately 11:00 am, CST, this GCBRO researcher, Mary Green, along with her son, John Green, Jr., and Mike Ogletree were investigating an area that had already proven fruitful ground for bigfoot sightings. In February there had been a severe snowstorm that had damaged and had fallen many, many trees in this part of the state. This had required much bulldozing work to be done to remove these trees from across the roads. The sides of many of the roads were newly scraped off and muddy that day from a rain the night before. So we were looking for fresh bigfoot tracks of the same variety we had found earlier in the year. The previous tracks usually measured near 14-14 1/2” in length, and about 7 ½ inches wide at the heel, showing only four toes.
We turned onto a road that led to the bottom of a very steep ravine knowing that a few caves lie along the sides of the ravine. We were not too far into the area, driving along the road, when I sighted something lying close to a large fallen cedar tree the foliage of which was still fairly green. What I saw was black and white in color, and appeared to be a fair sized animal. It was on the left side of the road, approximately 50 feet away, over a steep embankment. I pulled over and stopped and the three of us started to make our way down to the animal. We had not gone over 20 feet when we heard three distinctive and quite heavy thudding sounds like footsteps on the mountain side across the road and above us. No brush or leaves rustling sounds could be heard, just the distinctive sounds of the footsteps falling somewhere in the woods above us. It was still early in the year and the foliage was not showing on any of the trees, except for the evergreen variety of course, which consisted of a few scattered cedars and pines on the mountainside. After scanning the area for several minutes, it was quite puzzling to us that we could not see anything at all responsible for the heavy footsteps. An old familiar gut feeling came over me at this time, that feeling you feel when you’re being watched but cannot see your observer. I did not notice any smells, or other odors of any kind. The area was eerily quiet and I thought it wise to go back to the Jeep at this time, to sit a while and see if whatever was making the sounds was going to present itself.
After hearing nothing more for a while, we again started down the embankment. This time John was in front and he reached the animal first and was quite shocked at its appearance. I came up behind John then and was also horrified at the condition the animal was in. It was a black, (some brown patches) and white calf, approximately 175-200 pounds was my best estimate on the calf’s size. We were standing within a foot of it and it was clearly the carcass of a very fresh kill, the stomach area being ripped wide open on the left side. Fresh blood was standing inside the almost empty body cavity as the insides had been torn out and were lying in a pile on top of the calf, towards the rear portion of the calf, with the liver, heart, and lungs obviously missing. The calf was lying (see photos) with its head and shoulder portion shoved up beneath the overhanging branches of the fallen cedar tree. It was very obvious that the calf's spine was broken in places and the hind legs seemed twisted unnaturally.
I was trying to take in the sight and what could have possibly done something like this when John said that he wanted to vacate the area as soon as possible. John told me he thought that whatever had ripped open the calf might be lingering nearby. He stated that he did not wish to be ripped open like the calf was and indeed it was a very shocking and disturbing sight.
I had not been expecting to find something like this at all, and upon looking a bit around the calf, the first significant thing I noticed was a couple of very large, barefoot, four toed footprints near the stomach area of the calf. Since I had already cautioned John and Mike to be very careful and examine the ground around where they were stepping, so as not to disturb any possible evidence of what might have killed the calf, the prints had not been stepped in. Also, there was no odor to the calf, nothing to indicate that it had been dead for any period of time before our arrival. I had a camera, a Kodak, Star ef, 35 mm, and I took pictures of the two best footprints near the calf, using 35mm, 200 speed film. Where we had walked, our footprints were not making any indentation in the forest ground at all, even though it had rained some the night before and the ground was quite moist. Two of the prints were very deep and clear, both of the left foot, and they measured 16 ½ inches long, and 10 ½ inches wide on the widest part of the print, just behind the toes, and 7 inches wide at the widest part of the heel, with the depth in the ground ranging between ½ to ¾ inches deep. The owner of the prints had to be very heavy indeed. I had measured from the tip of the big toe to the end of the heel, but there were many leaves there and it was difficult to be precise. There were many other prints directly around the calf, but none worth casting.
Next, I re-examined the rip in the calf’s open body cavity and the contents of which were lying on top of the calf. All that remained of the calf’s organs was the large pile of intestines with some of this torn open and in these areas quite a bit of fecal material scattered around on the ground. The stomach’s pouches were not present that I could see. The deepest imprinted footprint, of which I call Print No. 2 was approximately 3 feet from one of the calf’s rear hooves. The ground in front of the calf's ripped stomach was wallowed in and looked quite compressed compared to the other earth around the calf.
To see such destruction to a young animal like this, was very disturbing and frightening to say the least. I could not help but feel very apprehensive while John pointed out that there was an ear missing, the eyes gouged out, and all of the frontal tissue of the calves mouth was torn away. The lip area and nostril area of soft tissue was totally missing and this exposed the teeth and nostril bone structure. It was obvious that the calf’s spine had been broken in several places, and the rear quarters lying unnaturally pushed up towards the frontal portion of the calf, like something had shoved it towards the cover of the overhanging cedar branches. The blood pooled inside the stomach cavity looked very fresh and there were no signs of congealing. The ear missing and front of the mouth missing, upper and lower portions of soft tissue there, without any obvious sign of blood loss in that area denoted to me that this must have been done after the calf’s death, which was totally unnerving. Along with the large, bare footprints about the carcass, it was just too much at this time. I took several pictures and retreated to the Jeep.
My son and I are very much animal lovers, and I knew that I had to take him home. Also, I needed to get in touch with my peers of our Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization. I left the area and returned home quite reluctantly, for fear that whatever had placed that calf there, would soon return and carry it off over the mountainside, never to be seen again. I had checked the area thoroughly on the way out to see if I could find any sign of the animal being drug to this location from the road. I thought maybe that some farmer had hauled it to this location and possibly drug the calf off over the steep embankment. There were no other tire marks from any other vehicle except mine in the soft shoulders of the road, no drag marks of any kind, just several indented prints, such as the ones near the calf, coming straight over the bank and all around the calf. Upon later measurement of the many tracks that I found two days later, coming up out of the ravine, that led up the mountainside around 20 yards to the right of the cedar tree, of which all measured the same as those around the calf. The length of stride between the tracks varied from 31 ½ inches to slightly over 36 inches as the bigfoot obviously came up on the right side of the cedar tree and re-entered on the left and placed the calf where it was lying. These prints also were about ½ inch deep in the forest ground.
Once home, I got in touch with Luke Gross and we talked on the telephone and discussed what should be done next. Luke got in touch with Bobby Hamilton, the director of GCBRO and we decided that it was imperative to get the prints cast as soon as possible. Dale Berry had moved to Knoxville and we had planned a trip to this area the coming weekend, but he was unavailable at this time. It was obvious I had to go this one alone. Even though, quite unnerved from seeing the calf and prints, Mike Ogletree volunteered to go back to the site and help me carry the needed supplies in and stay with me while I poured the casts of the footprints and took more photographs. We returned to the site within less than two hours, finding all as we had left it, nothing in the area disturbed. I immediately took pictures of the prints once more, then mixed and poured the plaster, as it was all I had available at the moment to do the job. Pictures were then took after the casts were poured and then again as I carefully lifted them from the ground. It was after dark and we had to use the flash on the camera for these.
For the print nearest the calf (No. 2) I ran out of enough plaster to pour the full print, so I cast the upper front portion of the footprint that showed the four toes very plainly. I had to pour the plaster directly on top of the leaves that were crushed into the ground within the frame of it. There was a piece of a deteriorated tree limb lying about half way down the print, entirely across it, and a large piece of it had broken and adhered to the cast when I lifted it. The limb was 1/2 inch in diameter and had been crushed under the weight of the animal. It was damp and maybe slightly spongy in texture, but I took a piece of it after the cast of the print was removed and stepped on it and could not make it give under the weight of my person, and I am not a small person by any means!
While the casts were drying, I took more photos of the calf’s ear area and stomach area, and looked for signs of hair on branches, and even broken off branches in the calf carcass area, but had to give up on account of darkness after a while. We had heard nothing this time while doing our work, but we were still very apprehensive about being so close to such a “fresh” kill.
Mike Ogletree did find a small branch down below the carcass that had been twisted counter clockwise but we did not have the film left to photograph it and decided it was too dark to get a good close up photo of it with the equipment we had anyway. I also investigated the other side of the cedar tree, as it had fallen over from the roots, and they were out of the ground and showing. I was surprised to find that there was a swept out area, or drag area to be exact, coming through from the other side of the cedar tree directly to the calf on the other side. I photographed this area also. This was the only drag area I could find in quite a wide area around the calf in any direction. I could find no place at all where this large of a calf could have been pulled or dragged in any direction either from the mountainside above us or below us. There was absolutely no other way for the calf to have been where it was unless it had been carried and dropped possibly on the other side of the cedar tree and drug through to the other side. It is also possible it was shoved through from either side underneath the trunk of the cedar tree to have made these drag areas of no more than three feet long.
mission completed for the present, Mike Ogletree and I returned two days later
and took tissue from the calf and soil samples from beneath the calf.
The tissue samples were taken from the ripped tissue of the stomach area,
above and below, and the ear, nose, and mouth area where the soft tissue had
been ripped from the calf. ©
23, 1998, I was contacted by researcher Mary Green concerning the finding
of a calf kill
she had made in area we currently have under investigation.
On March 28, 1998: My wife Angie and I went to investigate the area with Mary.
Upon arriving we found the carcass had been moved several feet from the original location, and there were signs of scavenging. The calf was on a hillside on the edge of some very mountainous terrain.
The hillside below the road, where the carcass was located sloped down for approximately 1500 yards, dropping off into a wide ravine. The forest in the area was hardwoods with heavy undergrowth near the roads edge.
We walked the area and found no sign of drag marks from the road, that would indicate the calf had been dragged down.
As we walked the area below the calf we found the skeletal remains of a deer, and another calf in different locations, both within 50 yards of the carcass. One skeleton consisted of a skull and some vertebrae, the other almost the complete skeleton was present.
The area is in close proximity to several bigfoot sightings that have been reported during the years, and upon further investigation we found that the ravine tied into other ravines and hollers that were in close proximity to where sightings had occurred.
We have discussed the possibility that a farmer might have dumped the carcass there, but the fact it would have had to been dragged 50 yards, through the under brush made this seem unlikely. Also, as mentioned above, we were unable to find any sign of drag marks coming from the road.
Also there are no large predators known to be in the area, and the carcass showed no signs of bite marks from predatory animals.
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will be posted here. ©
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