Viewing Report

Sighting Year
1996
Category
Sighting
Nearest City
Dodge,
LAT/LONG
Country
United States
State
Texas
County
Describe what you were doing at time of sighting
Driving home between 10 and 15 miles an hour-the dirt road was icing over.
Describe what you heard / found / saw
I had to watch for falling ice-heavey trees and animals on the road ahead of me. I had my hi-beams on. Insaw a large brownish-red wet lump of hair towards the side of the road. I thought it was a dying deer ornbear, until it stood up and began slowly walking away swinging its long arms. It took large, long slownstrides. I was about fifteen feet away from it at a dead stop with my mouth open. It never looked at me.nIt went over onto its knuckles and disappeared behind the trees.
Describe the time of year and the environment
1996-three days before the big freeze and we were frozen in our house-everything was covered in ice.
Have there been any other reports ro talk in your area
If there were-no one would admit it.
Additional comments
I was close enough to see that it had no hair on its palms. I was close enough to see that the lightncolored under hair was not wet like the stringy-top layer. My reaction was to go get my father and thenshotgun and drive the area looking for it. So we took the light and we did look for it. After I thoughtnabout my idiotic reaction for a couple days, I went back to the site after my fear subsided and the roadnwas better. There was one right foot print. I stuck my foot in shoe and all. It was bigger of course. I stoodnthere for about ten minutes contemplating the money and the fame. Then I smeared it out because Inrealized I should leave it alone. I've been taught to track and hunt all of my life and this is somethingnthat should be left alone. Believe me, seeing a mountain lion walking up the road toward me onensummer day did not even compare. I'll just deal with the night noises at certain times of the year. Itndidn't attack. It made no move toward my car. It looked cold and lonely and nearly human.
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