The local news now has more info on the person who called 911 saying he had proof of Bigfoot. See update below.
Original story published May 16, 2013
A few of you may know that this has been brewing since Wednesday. In my opinion, it has been resolved and there is no substance to the report that a Bigfoot was shot near Altoona, PA. Eric Altman and Ron Galucci of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and Stan Gordon, chronicler of Pennsylvania weirdness did the legwork to investigate this story VERY promptly.
On Wednesday, I heard that there was a reported shooting of a Bigfoot in Somerset County, Pennsylvania (a heavily wooded, rather lightly populated area of central PA). I contacted Eric, the director of the PA Bigfoot Society, for the scoop. He said he was investigating but had the police tapes which he graciously passed to me. I was able to hear the following from the recording:
Person 1: [...]Mr. ___, 97 Spruce Street[...]?
Person 1: [...] called 911 advising that he contacted the Game Commission to call him back; wants a police officer to come to his residence. Apparently he has proof there of Bigfoot.
Officer: Bigfoot, right?
Person 1: That’s affirmative, he has evidence …uh…proving Bigfoot. He would like a police officer to come there.
Officer: Apparently there’s a large amount of smoke in that area…
[*static*] Spruce Street.
Here is the Bigfoot clip (MP3)
Eric has posted a report on his facebook page: (private) Summary Report on Alleged Pennsylvania Bigfoot
He writes that he received two emails, the second of which is summarized:
The report stated that a hunter had shot a Sasquatch while hunting turkey this morning. This is the first day of Spring Turkey in Pennsylvania. Later a second confirmation message on the scanner stated that yes there was a body but was unable to identify who or what it was. This all started about 10:30 AM and continued through most of the day. The location was stated as Russell or Rustic Road (too fast to be sure) here in the local area of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Just wanted to let someone know.”
Then there was word that a helicopter was near the witnesses’ house, supposedly in connection with the “body”. Through investigation, Ron determined that there were prints of what appeared to be bear found by the Paint Township Police officer. No mention of a turkey hunter shooting anything was discussed.
In a followup, the Game Commission did not report they received such a call, nor did the Somerset State Police station. Later, they discovered there HAD been a call that was determined to be bear tracks – possibly a mother and cub. As for the helicopters? There is a training area nearby and helicopters could possibly have been flying over in relation to that.
So, no Bigfoot, no body, no corroboration of the story. It all falls apart upon examination.
But, as usual, the Bigfoot blogging community (Bigfoot Evidence, Who Forted, Before Its News) RAN ahead with the hyped rumor which turned out to be a bust. That’s how these things usually go.
DN thanks Eric Altman for his cooperation. Good job, guys.
UPDATE (24-May-2013): It turns out this was just a person who believes in Bigfoot and had tracks. There was NO shooting involved. Bigfoot Or Bear Tracks?
On May 14th police responded to a man claiming to have proof of Bigfoot just miles from his home in Somerset County.
That man is John Winesickle, and he has picture after picture of alleged footprints caused by what he said is Bigfoot.
Winesickle took the investigating officer on a path in the woods he regularly walks and showed the officer the tracks, but according to the police report, the investigator concluded the tracks belonged to a bear.
But Winesickle says it’s not a bear. Even though the police were nice, it’s not a bear, he reiterates. He’s heard sounds as well. Sorry, this is not good enough proof of Bigfoot.
Addition: Huff Post piece has a picture of the print and a copy of the police report.