Bigfoot and his kind, the North American Sasquatch, are supposed to be holed up in the Pacific Northwestern portion of the U.S., though his cousin, the Skunk Ape, is commonly spotted in the Florida Everglades and throughout parts of Louisianan. However, with numerous reported sightings in the Cranberry Wilderness section of West Virginia, a location of scientific phenomena, Bigfoot researchers deployed to the Appalachian area, and what they found is shocking. They have confirmed that there are indeed pockets of North American Sasquatch families living deep inside the densely forested area.
The Cranberry Glades is located at the southern most point of which glaciers advanced during the last ice age, before retreating north again as the world climate began its next warming cycle. Because of the glacier’s effects on the environment, you can find vegetation in the area, like several different types of meat-eating plants, that are only otherwise found in sub arctic regions.
The area was once home to a very low security prison that housed mainly political objectors during time of war, or moonshiners, who were cutting in on the local political machine’s profits. The prison closed shortly after WWII, and even back then rumors circulated that despite the low security measures of the prison, no prisoner would dare try to escape into the surrounding Cranberry Wilderness, out of the fear that “Bigfoot” would get them, delivering a worse fate than incarceration.
Many prisoners and guards alike reported hearing strange screams in the night, usually in the spring, coming from what was often referred to as the “haunted forests” surrounding the prison. The claims, even back then, that Sasquatch inhabited the area were written off as hoaxes or the “conjuring of creative minds with little else to keep them busy,” as the guards would often put it.
However, in the 1980′s as tourism began rapidly replacing coal mining in the mountain state as the number one form of industry, and more and more tourists were visiting the area, more Bigfoot sightings were being reported.
The sheer beauty of the Cranberry Wilderness, seen here (above) with the Cranberry River, draws tourists from all over the world. In recent years, more tourists has equaled more Bigfoot sightings.
With too many reports coming from one central location to be ignored, the most credible Bigfoot hunting organization in the world, Bigfoot Research Organization, or BFO, visited the area and did their own investigation. What they found is shocking. There are indeed populations of North American Sasquatch residing in the Cranberry Wilderness section of West Virginia!
From the BFRO reports:
On this expedition indicative sounds were heard each day within a five-mile radius of the base camp. On Saturday night a group of thirteen (13) participants said they were approached and intimidated by 2-3 sasquatches on a trail along a tributary of the Greenbrier. The incident lasted 2 hours. During the encounter there was one brief Class A sighting by Patty Lee (NC-BFRO) when the headlamp of Olof Seaman (VA-BFRO) briefly illiminated a large sasquatch as he (Olof) moved along a trail back towards his group. Those who were present came away very excited (some were slightly traumatized) by the encounter. They were unanimously adamant that the sasquatches were trying to keep them “herded” together, by skillfully throwing large rocks in the paths of those who tried to separate and move away from the group. After two hours the activity ceased.
These notes are from a report the group published after visiting the area in 2006. However, other investigators have since visited the area and garnered similar results.
The Cranberry River and its in flowing tributaries are packed full of native brook trout, which is actually a type of arctic char, providing a constant protein source for Sasquatch.
So, if you happen to be trout fishing, turkey hunting, ramping, or hiking in the Cranberry Wilderness area, located between the small mountain communities of Richwood and Marlinton, West Virginia, you’d better keep your eyes and ears open for something other than simply the trout, turkeys or ramps in which you are in search of.
Yes, your ears and eyes can play tricks on you when you are out in the woods, especially alone. We all know that. But if it happens in the Cranberry Wilderness, trust your senses, because it’s not a trick.
It might be Bigfoot!