Submitted to BFRO by witness on Sunday, November 2, 2008.
Property owner describes activity near South Portsmouth
COUNTY: Lewis County
LOCATION DETAILS: IN THE WOODS BY MY HOUSE AND HUNTING PLACE
NEAREST TOWN: SOUTH PORTSMOUTH
NEAREST ROAD: FIRERBRICK
OBSERVED: HELLO, I LIVE IN LEWIS COUNY KY. AND FOR THE LAST (3) OR (4) MONTHS ME AND MY KIDS HAVE SEEN SOMETHING BIG AND IT’S NOT A BEAR AND IT HAS A SMELL THAT IS STRONG AND THE DOGS ARE SCARED OF IT.WE HAVE HORSES AND WHEN IT IS CLOSE THEY GO NUTS.I HAVE SEEN IT BUT NOT UP CLOSE.I HAVE LOST SOME LIVE STOCK AND I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT IT WILL GET ME UP LATE AT NIGHT.CAN YOU LET ME KNOW WHAT TO TO KEEP IT AWAY. THANKS
ALSO NOTICED: THE SMELL IT WAS REALY BAD
OTHER WITNESSES: MY KIDS SAW IT WHILE WALKING DOWN TO GET ON THE BUS FOR SCHOOL
OTHER STORIES: SOME BUT THEY DIDN’T WHAT TO TALK ABOUT IT
TIME AND CONDITIONS: WOODS, STREAMS, AND HILLS
ENVIRONMENT: IT WAS IN THE FOREST AND RIDGE
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke to the witness by phone and found him to be credible. His main worry was for the safety of his family, but now he is not as concerned as he was at first because not much has happened since he has reported the activity.
At a distance of only thirty feet, he briefly (five seconds) watched the seven to eight foot tall animal walking through the valley near his home. It weighed over 400 pounds, had no neck, and was covered with a grayish-black hair. The bipedal animal had a smell of mingled skunk scent and rotten meat.
[Note by Matt Moneymaker]
When rural residents with children become very worried about these animals coming too close to their homes, we instruct them to put up more lights near their house and their livestock.
Bright lights seem to deter these animals from approaching homes, as if bright lights hurt their eyes.
About BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
Harold Benny holds two degrees in Zoology and was a Biology teacher for several years. He participated in the following BFRO expeditions: Michigan UP 07, Arkansas I 07, Arkansas II (Oklahoma) 07, N. Florida 08, Missouri 08, Tennessee 09, and Ohio 09. Harold has organized several private Illinois expeditions and in 2006 received the IDNR Volunteer of the Year Award as part of the Montgomery Co. Hunter Education group.