Tales of Bigfoot sightings go back to the 19th century and have occurred in nations around the globe.
The creature goes by at least 58 different names including Sasquatch, Yeti, Wendigo, Grassman, and Monkey Man.
There have been hundreds of these encounters over the years, but on rare occasions the story that gets told become that of legend. This usually happens in regions of the world where the most Bigfoot sightings occur.
One of these areas is California’s Mendocino County.
Back in 1963, a group of children camping at Piercy’s Cooks Valley Campground were playing on the playground there when they noticed a “God-awful smell,” according to MendoFever.
Trailing the smell, a mixture of rotting deer carcass and skunk, the kids ended up coming face to face with Bigfoot.
Standing near the treeline, the creature was eight feet tall and covered in brown hair from head to toe. The children had caught the wild man watching them play standing near the base of a redwood.
The children studied the Sasquatch, both strangers to each other. The creature hung tight to the tree line. Most kids in those parts had been told tales of Bigfoot. This was no bedtime story.
And then, it was over. Sasquatch simply turned around and walk into the dark, redwood forest.
This particular Bigfoot encounter, like dozens since, was recorded and investigated by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).
According to one of the witnesses, “We were all playing and having fun with a bunch of people at the Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy. A bunch of the kids were rough-housing and playing, making a lot of noise, when we all took notice of a terrible stench. It smelled like the carcass of a rotting deer and skunk combined. It really stunk!
“We looked around to see where the smell was coming from, and there at the edge of the tree line stood a huge ape that we here in Garberville recognized immediately as a Sasquatch. He had been standing there watching the children hard at play. He never made any attempt to come into the campground any further, but just stood there watching all the activity on the playground. At the nearest, the Bigfoot was about 50 feet away from the closest child. He was brown, hairy and stood at least 8 feet tall.”
The BFRO categorized the 1963 Mendocino County Bigfoot encounter as a Class A sighting.
“Class A reports involve clear sightings in circumstances where misinterpretation or misidentification of other animals can be ruled out with greater confidence,” the BFRO website explains.
There have been 12 more officially recorded Bigfoot sightings in the county since 1963, six of which were also categorized as Class A. One of these, where several sheep were killed and mutilated, occurred just three years later.
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