Painted Rock Reservoir, NW of Gila Bend, AZ
do not care what the skeptics say, I saw one in 1987.
The encounter happened in May of 1987 at Painted Rock Reservoir / Lake
about 30 miles Northwest of Gila Bend, Arizona. My four friends and me
were on a weekend Fishing Trip. The only one with a rifle was me, so I
was responsible for the group. We arrived at the lake at about 5:30 pm
and loaded ourselves down with our supplies to stay overnight right up
against the face of the Dam. As we walked the distance of about two thousand
yards to the dam through Salt Cedars taller than us we knew we were there
for the night, No chance walking out in the dark. The Dam was very high
and to the north of us was a sheer cliff a few hundred feet high, the
dam to the East; South was impassable Salt Cedars and one way in to the
west which you did not try to navigate at night with all the Rattlesnakes
and other wild animals around such as Coyotes and Mountain Lions. As I
said, we were in for the night. . Just before dark we all saw Special
Forces Personnel on Quad Runners and three wheelers with high-powered
weapons and tranquilizer guns but we paid them no mind. We were after
catfish. Everything was fine until about 2:00 o'clock in the morning.
We heard strange rumblings in the bushes all around us and it was rather
un-nerving because I was the only one armed and that was only with a 410
single shot shotgun. The noise stopped and I dozed off. To my surprise,
this was a night with a full moon. So besides our Coleman lantern, you
could see well. As I was laying there half asleep, it all of a sudden
got dark and it awakened me to see this huge hairy thing not ten feet
above me!!!!! I shiver to this day just writing you about it. All I said
was "oh great, a damned Bigfoot." I thought I was dreaming but
I was not. There it was right above my head. I got to my feet and it took
off into the darkness.
I cannot be sure but
it looked like a female because it had what appeared to be mammaries.
One of my friends was just outside the camp taking a relief and I yelled
to him to look out, he came running back into camp scared to death. Evidently
he ran straight into it coming back to camp.
By this time we were
all wide-awake and my other three friends were armed with nothing but
hunting knives and we all stood guard in all directions. We were boxed
in and no way out until light. Then came that God-awful yell and we were
absolutely scared out of our skins.
The rumbling in the bushes returned and then we heard the fish in the
slew going crazy and we found out why. Not 15 feet from us stood this
huge creature in the middle of the water!!!!!! This thing stood about
9 Feet tall, I know because I stand 6 feet tall and in that water came
right up to my neck but on this creature it barely came up to its waist.
We were terrified
as it stood there looking at us. I did not want to shoot, God Help Me,
because I was not sure. It looked almost human !!!!!!
I was keeping my rifle
pointed at it just in case. Then our lantern started running low on fuel
and we had no backup except our fire. We soon found the bright lantern
light was the only thing keeping it back. Lantern low on fuel, we decided
to build the fire as high as we could and refuel the lantern fast. My
friends did so and I held my shotgun on it. Just as the lantern went out;
it charged straight for me so I fired at it point blank range dead in
this things chest but it did not go down!!!!!!!!!! My friends got the
lantern going again and there it stood holding the right side of its chest.
It Just looked at us and then turned and it cut through the waist high
water on it 25 feet to the opposite shore in seconds and it crashed through
the trees and it started yelling again. About this time it was approximately
4.30 am. We were praying for the sun to rise so we could get out of there!!!!!!!
When morning came we investigated and we found the footprints and we found
blood from whatever it was. We saw the hole the thing made when it crashed
through the trees the night before and it was big enough for us to walk
through, no problem. We did not stick around. We got the hell out of there.
As we made our way to my truck, we saw two Special Forces Agents. One
remarked to the other "well at least one of those guys were smart
enough to be armed." We said nothing. We got the heck out.
Nobody believed us when we reported our encounter to the Police and the
Game Warden. Here is the funniest part. Two days later the Game Warden
tried to arrest me for shooting an endangered species. When I told him,
you arrest me but first you have to tell me what it was I allegedly shot.
He then backed down from arresting me but told me to stay where I could
be found for further questioning. I swear I am not making this up. It
actually happened and I really fell apart two weeks later on my birthday.
My Brother showed me a sketch of what we had seen that was not accurate
deliberately so he would know with my completing the sketch he knew
we had really had this encounter.
To this day it still scares me to death.
I was 31 years old back then, but today I can still see and hear it as
if it were yesterday.
Roger A. Peterson,
Thu Mar 22 00:29:20 2001
Credit Source Tom Akren, Tucson AZ