Bigfoot appears to enjoy the hospitality of southern Indiana:
November 2003 – On the Thanksgiving holiday weekend a hunter was making his way across a field toward the junction with a creek when a “blast” of noise stopped him in his tracks; 4 loud screams and a series of thrashing noises carried up from the then dry creekbed. Whatever was making the sounds was moving away as it vocalized.
March 2009 – On the western outskirts of Bloomington there is a subdivision surrounded by fields, forest and quarries. A man and his girlfriend had just arrived at her house when they heard a series of short moans in a fairly consistent pattern from the backyard . They said the moans had the tone of an injured cow, but there were none in the area. They attempted to mimick the sounds, adding some whoops of their own, when it suddenly became quiet. They then witnessed the forest treeline visibly shake as if a herd of elephants were on the move. The couple felt “something” was gradually making its way towards them. This “something” suddenly bolted across the field and then just as quickly dropped to the ground and seemed to disappear. They described it as a grayish figure with 2 legs, taking very long strides. The figure appeared to be of average height, but was stockier than an average man. The couple went into the house.
Later, upon further investigation, they discovered lawn furniture in the back yard near the field knocked about. Apparently the neighborhood is aware of this creature from past encounters and have nicknamed it “The Troll.”
October 2009 – Waterfowl hunters posistioned on Lake Monroe just before dawn heard an extremely loud roar/moan, lasting 8 to 10 seconds, emitting from a bay just to their right. They heard it repeat a few minutes later, but the sound appeared to be moving away. They were wearing earplugs, yet heard the cry very clearly. Again, these were experienced hunters quite versed on animal cries in the forest; this one had no explanation.
July 2011 – Fishermen spending the day at Prather Lake in Morgan Monroe State Forest heard something “big” moving through the forest; large crashing and the sound of a tree breaking apart. They quickly moved to a new fishing spot, but for the next few hours heard what could be described as someone banging on a tree with a tree branch. The knocking seemed to have a rhythmic cadence. Their usually adventurious beagle was reluctant to leave their sides. BFRO investigator Eric Lester interviewed the witnesses, who claimed that a very rancid, strong sewer-like odor was prevalent almost the whole time they were there.
There have been numerous Bigfoot sightings in Morgan Monroe State Forest throughout the years.
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