Viewing Report

Sighting Year
2002
Category
Sighting
Nearest City
Chadron,
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Country
United States
State
Nebraska
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Describe what you were doing at time of sighting
I was driving around the National Forest,located southwest of Chadron, Nebraska when I stopped to gonto the bathroom in the ditch of the desolate trail road. It was about 3:30 p.m. on the 11 of December.
Describe what you heard / found / saw
I heard this load growl noise and looked up. I was very startled and it sent chills down my spine. Thennoise was a very deep roar. I smelt a strange odor in the air, it was like when you scare a skunk, but itndidn't smell like a skunk. I climbed up onto a hill and tried to see what could have made such an awfulnnoise. I was in a pretty dence area of trees, however, so it was hard to see really good. I did make out anvery large form of a dark brown, hairy animal somewhat gallopping over the large hill in front of me. Inhave lived here for four years and have never once heard of anyone seeing a bear. At this point I wasnvery frightened and climbed back into my vehicle to speed off. I came strait back into town and just satnin my house contimplating what I had just witnessed. I then started researching other Sighting andnfound this sight. I will do anything that I can to help out an investigation.
Describe the time of year and the environment
It has been a very mild winter for this area, located in the Pine Ridge. Usually there is always lots ofnsnow, and cold weather, but this particular afternoon was very nice, about in the 40's. The air wasndence, as it usually is this time of year, and clouds were starting to move in as if there was a cold frontnmoving in. The enviroment was a rocky terrain, covered in an assortment of trees and undergrowth.
Have there been any other reports ro talk in your area
I had heard small talk about such animals being around, but always played them off as someone tryingnto intimidate a college kid coming into this small town which hosts a campus of about 3000 students. Indidn't know if people were serious or not.
Additional comments
I am really sure of what I saw that afternoon just less than a week ago. Please feel free to contact me atnany hours to answer any questions, or to help in any way. The best time to reach me is around 7:30 a.m.nMountain Standard Time. Thank you for reviewing my report.
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