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Bigfoot Sighting Report #93

Town: Port Morris
County: Morris
Type of Encounter: Sounds heard
Sighted on May 11, unknown  2:00AM
Nearest Road: Willow
Weather Conditions: clear

Sighting Details:
It was a few years later [after witness' husband heard strange sounds in the vicinity], perhaps the late 70s. I do remember that it was the day after Mother's day. My husband was working the late shift and I was lying on the couch waiting for him to come home. It was a warm, clear night. I am prompted to send this in because I read the account of the dogs barking in one of the reports on your site.

The night was very still. I heard the distant sound of dogs barking and then suddenly stop. Dogs which were closer to my location would start barking and suddenly stop. Across the main road which goes thru Port Morris (Center St) was a house with two dogs which were penned in at night. They were going crazy and like the other dogs suddenly stopped. At the time we lived on Willow St which was the immediate right off Center St.

Something which sounded like it weighed 1000 lbs ran right behind the house and apparently smacked head-on into a shed which used to be behind the house. My theory is that it jumped the hedge which runs in front of the house which fronts Center St and must have turned around or for some reason did not look straight ahead to see the shed. The sound of the impact made me jump straight up off the couch. My little cat dove under a chair and refused to come out.

Whatever it was it ran behind our house, thru the yard and across the street. The property belonged to my late mother-in-law at the time. Her dog, a Norweigan elkhound German shepherd mix, began to bark, then like the other dogs suddenly stopped. Lucky was no sissy but whatever he saw shut him up.

I looked out but didn't see anything. I turned the porch light on. For some reason, whatever made this commotion turned around and ran around my house again. At this point I was too terrified to look out and can't claim to have seen anything. But just from the sound of it, this creature was incredibly heavy.

I didn't think to look at the shed until a few days later. There was actually a v-shaped indentation in the top lip of the shed's roof. Whatever hit it, hit it hard. I did not find any footprints.

The shed is long gone. I don't know if this report is worth anything. I have no proof. But this area is just a short distance away from where my husband heard the roars and where the young girl saw the creature.

Follow-up:

Witness refers to Report #76, which occurred in 1974. In that sighting a young girl "saw a creature, on two-legs, crossing his arms like a human." The sighting was made on the east side of Lake Hopatcong, which is near the Landing area.

This witness also refers to a report of sounds heard by her husband, Report #92, which also occurred in this vicinity in the early 1970s.


*** Follow-up with witness prompted more info ***

People said at the time it had to have been a horse because there were horses kept at the edge of town. This was running on two legs. It was so heavy that you would think whoever (whatever) it was weighed 800 pounds. My theory is that once the dogs actually saw it, they were afraid. As I said, my mother-in-law's dog was literally fearless. They had to keep him on a chain which was very heavy. He was a good dog, and never hurt anyone, but we could not trust him with others.

I now live across the street from my former house. I am neighbor to the people who bought my mother-in-law's house. Our property extends 300 ft from center st down to a brook which feeds the Musconetcong. We keep it wild and overgrown. We have a deer population back there especially in the summer. I go outside very early on the weekends to garden. They are so still when we are around. We had a large buck sleeping every afternoon in some scrub. We never knew it until he would quietly walk out and stand by me eating my flowers.

A couple of years ago, we had a bear who spent his fall days in the same scrub. You could hear something large move around. But it never sounded like this. Several times, I would get into my car to go to work and he would follow the car up the driveway onto Center St. The point I'm trying to make is that they know how to keep quiet. It's in their interest.

If I can give you a visual, from where the girl saw the creature, across that road to the gas station where my husband was, is the railroad property and open land. The tracks and yard were abandoned then and anything could literally make it's home there and hide easily. Going down thru town, it could cross Center St, jump the hedges and run thru the yard and then across Willow St. From there it would go across the brook to Hopatcong or up into the hills above that area which is Sussex County. (See Report #62)

I only wish I had at least thought to get a picture of the dent it made in the shed. As I said, it was at the top rim of the shed. That's pretty high.

It hit it hard. Unfortunately I have no picture or proof. What scared me most was when I turned on the porch light and it made a bee-line back and ran around my house again. My heart was in my throat.

I think that like bears, deer, raccoon, foxes and all the assorted creatures who live very close to us, these creatures have found a way to exploit us. It is unfortunate, but garbage makes an easy meal and assorted cats and dogs who are let out at night are easy snacks. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to answer and let us know you consider what happened to us interesting. These are things which stick with you and always make you wonder what's really out there.

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