IN Monroe February 2002 #00010

February 2002 Hardin Ridge, Monroe County
A more recent sighting event occurred near the Hoosier National Forest, just south of Lake Monroe. Kurt Van der Dussen, a writer for the Bloomington paper, Herald-Times announced, Mystery animal sighting prompts wild suggestions from readers. The article garnered national attention when it spoke of “a strange, human-sized animal that stood on its hind legs -”
T A resident of the Chapel Hill area claimed to have seen the mysterious creature, and was convinced it was an “emu” [a large ostrich-like bird].
Two independent witnesses called the newspaper claiming to have seen an animal that fit the recent creature descriptions; one, a decade ago; the other, about eight to ten years ago. “One sighting was along a small lake near Hardin Ridge, the other along Ind. 446 about three miles north of the lake.” Both witnesses indicated that the animal they saw walked on its rear legs. The creature was described by one witness as “very agile,” as it entered the woods from the direction of Hwy 446. The individual was sure that the animal was not a bear.
Three witnesses described of a “5-foot-tall, shaggy black creature” near Chapel Hill Road.