A BIGFOOT hunter has admitted that something might be out there after receiving reports of alleged encounters with the legendary beast.
Investigator Les O’Dell, of West Virginia, claimed people have told him that they’ve heard creatures crashing through the bushes.
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is an iconic ape-like creature that is said to live in wilderness areas of North America, but there has never been any independently verified and documented evidence of it existing.
O’Dell told WCHS that he has become a proxy-believer after hearing countless tales.
He said: “Some of them may be made up, there may be stories they’re just telling you, but when you find stories that have similarities to other stories from different areas, whether it’s across the United States or in Canada or across the world, you tend to believe a little bit more.”
O’Dell believes the creatures may be the “master of their domain”.
He admitted that he wants the mythical figure to be an “undiscovered primate”.
West Virginia has a dedicated bigfoot museum that pays homage to the purported ape-like beast.
Billy Humphrey, of Danese, claimed he had an encounter with the creature in October 2019.
The former coal miner told WV Explorer: “I didn’t believe in bigfoot.
“I one hundred per cent didn’t believe it and I said that people who claimed they saw it were crazy.”
He created a hunting blind and put out food in a bid to lure the beast.
Humphrey said: “I knew I had some raccoons, and we’ve got deer and bear, but whatever it was, it was everything, and I was determined to find out what was going on.”
He revealed that a shadowy figure moved behind the blind before it darted across the light.
And, Humphrey’s wife Sheena claimed she had two encounters – one in Babcock State Park, and the other near a mountain range.
O’Dell revealed that he received reports of alleged sightings from people in the southern part of West Virginia.
He said: “There seems to be a couple of hotspots across the state but the southern third of the state may be the largest.”
O’Dell speculated that terrain may be a potential factor behind the reported sightings.
A series of alleged encounters have been reported across the country.
Bigfoot fanatic Suzanne Ferencak, of Ohio, claimed she heard howling from the woods.
She said she had proof that the beast exists after recording the noises.
A so-called analyst told the Mansfield News Journal said: “The first howler has a brassy tone to its voice that can be indicative of (Sasquatch).
“There are a couple features in the execution, such as shifting to an ‘AA’ phoneme at the end of the call that are (sic) indicative as well, most noticeable in the last two howls.”
Video taken in July 2021 convinced some to claim that Bigfoot was seen carrying Michigan’s Cass river with a baby in its arms.
The footage was submitted to the Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization by a person identified as “Eddie V.,” who claims his cousin was kayaking at the time.
He said: “Not sure what it is, but I have sent it to a few people to see what they say,
“Some say it’s Bigfoot carrying baby Bigfoot. Others say it’s Bigfoot carrying a deer.”
And, two hikers have claimed they may have come across Bigfoot while strolling through a park in Ohio in February 2020.