Kentucky Bigfoot Research shares bigfoot sightings
Are there really bigfoots in Kentucky?
In a presentation designed to spark the interest and imagination of believers and skeptics alike, Charlie Raymond, founder of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, tried to answer that question when he shared some of his research in a virtual presentation. from the Washington County Public Library.
Raymond has studied bigfoot for more than three decades and has documented more than 300 reports from law enforcement, park rangers, and private citizens across the state. He believes he also saw a bigfoot and formed the organization to protect the species and its habitat.
Raymond says there have been recent reports of young bigfoots, meaning they are breeding and growing in the area.
Raymond says when people hear of bigfoot, they immediately think of the northwest United States and Canada, but Kentucky is third in the nation for sightings. He thinks there is a large population in the northwest due to the mountains and many remote and isolated areas. But Kentucky’s mountains also attract bigfoots, and Raymond reports that there have been sightings in nearly every county in the state. He also said many sightings go unreported because people are afraid of ridicule or a wave of bigfoot fans invading their property.
To back up his claim that bigfoots exist, Raymond says that hundreds of human-like skeletons, eight to twelve feet tall, have been documented in the Ohio Valley. He said the skeletons had huge skulls, double rows of teeth and large proportions.
He thinks bigfoots are more closely related to humans than gorillas. Witnesses describe human-like faces and analysis of hair samples found while various locations were described as “unknown primates”.
While some believe bigfoots are paranormal and may have supernatural powers, Raymond disagrees. He thinks it’s just a species that has yet to be recognized and whose “survival depends on avoiding humans”. He referred to the bigfoots as “forest ninjas”. He says they move quickly, hide behind trees and in tall grass, and can have some camouflage ability.
Raymond noted that many of the images and videos claiming to be bigfoot sightings are hoaxes and said they “unfortunately diminish the real ones”. He recommends reviewing a video known as the Patterson Gimlin Video. Recorded in 1967, it depicts a bigfoot woman walking along a treeline near a creek in California.
During his presentation, Raymond shared a video of an interview with a man identified only as “Turtle Man” who lives along Tick Creek in Washington County. The Turtle Man described an encounter from his youth and retrieved hair from a tree where the encounter occurred. The scientist tested the hair and again tagged it as “unknown primate”.
Another Washington County resident, Joe, of Mackville, said he heard strange grunts and growls early in the morning when he walked to his deer stand to hunt. Additionally, Pamela from Springfield also reported hearing strange sounds in the woods.
Raymond reported numerous other sightings across the state, including several sightings over a two-year period along a small stretch of highway near Sandy Hook, Ky.
He shared photos and information about a possible shelter found by a ranger in the Bernheim forest. Trees and rocks had been used to build the shelter in a remote part of the reserve and just outside the shelter was the skeleton of a deer. Another park ranger reported seeing a bigfoot in a remote part of the forest.
Many of the photos and thermal images he shared were very difficult to see on screen, and the audio recordings were difficult to distinguish the sounds he wanted audiences to hear. These would probably have been better and perhaps more compelling in person, as opposed to a virtual presentation with the footage displayed on a TV screen behind Raymond.
Raymond asks anyone experiencing an encounter or sighting to submit this information to Kybigfoot.com.