Forest, New York
Seneca Nation Property
Autumn 1994 -- Aggressive behavior? Or is it just a game to them?
It was late September
that I was visiting friends who lived at the edge of the Chautauqua
National forest. Chautauqua National Forest is probably not listed
on the New York forest registry because it is technically on Seneca
Nation Reservation Property. Locate Jamestown, New York on the map or Lillydale;
it would be the forests that border this property going to the north.
It is about an hour south of Buffalo.
My friend and I
had gotten up early to hike one the nature trails that go thoughout
the park. This part of Western New York is about an hour south of Buffalo
and in between the Seneca Nation.
The tourist season of the summer had
ended and it was not yet deer hunting season but the foliage was still
thick. My friend and I started on the trail early around 6:30 am in
the morning it was still dusk outside and sun was just beginning to
rise. After about 20 minutes into our hike we had come to what looked
like a marsh like environment with fallen trees and some open spaces.
We had stopped to survey the area just looking around at how beautiful
the scenery was. I would like to say at this point that my friend who
is also a professional photographer wished he had brought his camera
(and in a few moments I wished he had as well.)
As we stood there
we got the strange sense that we were being watched. I thought this
strange considering the remoteness of the area and how early it was.
As I turned around to see what was behind us we heard a movement in
the bushes. At this point I thought it was a bear; Bigfoot had not entered
my mind at all.
We both began to make a lot of noise and talking loud
enough so that if it was a bear it would run off instead of charging.
After awhile we realized that it was not a bear or any other animal
because with all the noise we were making whatever was in the thickets
had not moved.
At this point we thought it had to be a human but as
we neared the thickets about 50 feet from were we were standing we heard
a heavy breathing and saw through the thicket what appeared to be a
large dark form either laying down or squatting.
My friend became very
frightened and even at this point Bigfoot had not entered either of
our thoughts. My friend urged me to continue down the original trail
and back to where we had started. We were already deep into the woods
and had at least another good 20 minutes of brisk walking or running
if whatever was in the bushes decided to follow us. As we started down
the trail whatever was in the bushed darted behind the nearest tree
and began to follow us.
After a few minutes of this it became aggravating.
So my friend and I thought we would stop and hide behind the nearest
tree we could find to see what this 'thing' would do. As I peered out
from behind the side of this tree what I saw is something I will never forget.
When I stared at the tree and bushes that this 'thing' was hiding behind
(I will say not well) at what appeared to be the 6-foot level of a branch
was a dark hairy shoulder and part of a massive forearm. At this point
I knew exactly what I was looking at. It was a 7 foot tall Sasquatch
and with all of my nerve I tried to get my friend to see from my angle.
When my friend moved over to my side to get a look this creature moved
just enough to see its torso and that was all my friend needed to see
and he took off. I was left standing their wondering if the reports
of these things chasing people were true. But all it did was stand there
waiting for me to make my move.
This was the point I was scared the most.
I did not know what to do so I began to talk to it out loud and said " We are not here to hurt you, we are just moving though..." I said this in a calming voice despite the fact that my nerves were
as frayed as they could be. I started down the trail in a calm walking
gait and this Sasquatch kept right up with me about 75 feet behind me
always staying just out of my line of view. It stopped following me
about a half mile from the end of the trail.
When I caught up with my
friend he was too shaken up to talk about it and has never mentioned
it again. I have been back to the area since this incident and my friend
will not go into the woods by himself and only with a great number of
I would like to add that there was no smell associated with
this sighting and no vocalization only heavy breathing and what sounded
like a low guttural ground and some form of what sounded to me to be
Several months later I had read that in Jamestown N.Y.
there had been a sighting of a white Bigfoot that chased a group of
kids off a
bike path not far from where I had my sighting.
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Friday, February 15, 2002 8:15 AM