A Bristol man recently claimed that he and a hunting companion encountered a Bigfoot type beast near Gum Hill in Washington County. The two came across a large figure sitting on a rock. As the men approached, the figure rose, whistled and made other noise and then ran off. The witness described its face as “Neanderthal.”
For generations, there have been sightings of Bigfoot like creatures across America. The legend grew in popularity in 1967, when two men in California filmed a huge and hairy beast in the woods, walking on two feet, and at one point turning directly toward the camera. The film clip is known as the “Patterson-Gimlin film,’’ named for the men involved in the filming. Over the years, the film has been surrounded by controversy, with many experts concluding that the subject captured on film is non-human, while others have judged it “a man in an ape suit.”
In Virginia, a man named Billy Willard runs the Sasquatch Watch of Virginia http://www.sasquatchwatch.org/, a Bigfoot and wildlife scientific field research group. The group conducts field investigations and field research of reported encounters or habitual recurring encounters of Bigfoot in Virginia. Willard’s group has identified thirty eight counties in Virginia that have reported Bigfoot like sightings.
This account from Spotsylvania County is typical of the type of sightings that the Sasquatch Watch of Virginia documents:
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