IN Putnam April 25, 2007 #00004

Putnam County, Indiana
April 25, 2007

A couple was mushroom hunting along Big Walnut Creek in western Indiana.

The two had separated to cover a bigger area in the forest looking for morel mushrooms. When the wife bent over to pick a mushroom she could hear a breathing sound. When she looked up she could see a man, he was about 50 feet away staring at her.

As she looked closer, she could see it was not a man but as she described it as a man/ape covered in blackish-brown hair about 7 feet tall standing next to a tree and it was motionless. The more she looked; it became like a statue, completely motionless.

She looked in the direction of where she thought her husband was and when she looked back to where this creature was standing, it was still there except now it was completely behind the tree, all she could see was its shoulder; it was being very still.

She yelled and started running through forest in the direction of where they had parked their truck. Her husband hollered back and set out to find out what was wrong. When he found her she was back at the truck shaking uncontrollably.

She told him what she was and he remarked that he kept hearing something following him and thought that it was his wife and now he realized she had been looking for mushrooms in the opposite direction of where he was hearing footsteps and low vocal like chatter.

They did not call the police, but heard about my research in the subject and contacted me.

Larry Battson
Wildlife Educational Services