August 8, 2000 HANOVER
MD -- Move over, Pacific Northwest. Maryland now has its own version of
the legendary Bigfoot.
Construction workers fled the Arundel Mills mall construction site early
Tuesday morning after they reportedly spotted a 12-foot-tall creature
that left abnormally large footprints.
The sighting has peaked the interest of state officials, residents and
even the television show ``Unsolved Mysteries.''
Three workers say they were sleeping in their van when they were awakened
by a towering animal running on two legs, Anne Arundel Police Sgt. Joseph
E. Jordan said. They retreated to a nearby restaurant and called police,
who sent an off-duty officer to investigate.
Officer Nicholas DiPietro persuaded the workers to return to the site,
where they discovered a 15- to 20-inch-long footprint, Jordan said. But
when they caught another glimpse of the creature, the workers again ran
DiPietro said he later spotted a large animal on a hill. The officer said
he blew an air horn, but the creature sat motionless and silent, glaring
at the officer for nearly a minute. It then ambled down the hill and disappeared.
Department of Natural Resources searches have turned up no sign of the
creature. DNR spokeswoman Susan O'Brien said it may have been a bear,
which would have been about 5 feet tall and 300 pounds. She said poor
lighting and the workers' fear may have made the animal seem larger to
The unusually large footprint could have been made by an animal that slipped
in the mud, O'Brien said. County Executive Janet Owens expressed concern
that the sighting may slow the mall's construction. It is scheduled to
open November 16. 2000
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