Athens, Ohio, is a gorgeous metropolis in southeastern Ohio recognized finest as the house of Ohio College (OU). It additionally has a wealthy Native American heritage from Ohio’s mound-building cultures and a geography of closely wooded hills. These final two issues would possibly contribute to Athens’ place as a Bigfoot hotspot … and so would possibly the faculty, with its pranking fraternities. That’s not the case for the most recent sighting – lessons haven’t began but and attendance could also be decreased because of the pandemic. That makes this sighting by members of the Athens Sheriff’s division somewhat extra fascinating.
“Deputies acquired a report of suspicious exercise at a state park. No ODNR officers had been obtainable on the time of the decision. Deputies met with the complainant whom suggested they’d noticed an individual throughout the lake shining a purple gentle of their course. A short while later they noticed a bi-pedal creature round 3 to 4 toes tall strolling close to them and looking out their course, they had been unsure as to what it was however didn’t consider it to be an individual. Deputies patrolled the realm however didn’t observe any suspicious exercise or creatures at the moment.”
That report by the Athens County Sheriff’s Workplace appeared on its Fb police blotter on August 18 and was picked up shortly by native media. The Ohio Division of Pure Assets (ODNR) was known as as a result of the alleged sighting was in a state park – most definitely Strouds Run State Park, which is positioned primarily in Athens County and consists of Dow Lake. That park is lower than 100 miles southwest of Salt Fork State Park, Ohio’s heart of Bigfoot exercise and Bigfoot analysis, and a creature can simply journey between them by way of wooded areas.
“Two males took a drone out to Salt Fork State Park. It’s a park positioned in Guernsey County, Ohio, that’s east of Columbus. Whereas capturing video on the park, the 2 males declare to see a tall creature lined in hair, strolling on two toes and making unusual noises. The manufacturing high quality of the video is fairly effectively finished, and the lads describe their journey by means of the park.”
That’s a pattern of the numerous Bigfoot stories from Salt Fork State Park – this one occurred in February 2020. Whereas Athens doesn’t have hearly as many sightings, it does have a resident researcher – Dr. Scott Moody, Professor Emeritus within the Biology Division at OU. In 2002, Moody was a forensic biologist and investigated a Bigfoot report from the close by Wayne Nationwide Forest of a 7-foot tall white Bigfoot that allegedly left a toe print and a few hair. Moody decided that the toe print was a channel from rain runoff and the hair from a whitetail deer. In 2013, purple hair samples he analyzed turned out to be human or non-ape. He offers quite a few displays the place he admits that what he’s seen are both circumstances of mistaken id, hoaxes or black bears – frequent in Ohio. Regardless of that, Athens County was the setting for “Kampout,” a fictional Bigfoot film.
What concerning the current sighting of what the media known as a ‘juvenile’ Bigfoot in Athens? At 4 toes tall and in a park, that’s most likely a bipedal black bear. Nevertheless, the purple gentle may sign a hoax or a misplaced hiker. Prints or fur or spoor samples would assist, however it doesn’t seem the Sheriff’s workplace regarded that intently … and who can blame them in these instances? Maybe some Ohio Bigfoot researchers will test it out.
Within the meantime, OU college students ought to keep away from the woods, put on masks and hit the books/notebooks, not the paths.