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Cryptids Visited Pennsylvania in ’08

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 28th, 2009

Investigator Stan Gordon has filed an overview of the strange things that happened last year in his corner of the world.

Two short sections are about the reports of Thunderbirds and Bigfoot encounters in Pennsylvania.

Giant Bird Sightings

Rick Fisher of the Paranormal Society of Pennsylvania received a report which occurred in February [2008] at a rural location outside of Harrisburg. The driver of a vehicle, who was also an active hunter, saw a huge bird-like creature drop from the trees and approach his vehicle. The man stopped and got out to take a better look at the creature, which seemed to soar or glide without flapping its wings. He hesitantly told Rick that what he saw looked, “prehistoric almost.”

Researcher Jim Brown investigated an incident which occurred on the afternoon of May 20, [2008] on a major roadway in Washington County. Motorists reportedly pulled off the road to watch as a huge dark colored flying creature that looked more like a giant bat than a bird, circled low, and passed over some cars. One witness noticed that the wingspan extended beyond the edges of the two lane highway. One man was seen taking pictures of the giant flying creature. That person has never come forward.

Bigfoot Sightings

The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society (PBS) received a report from Warren County in May [2008] that a woman had seen such a creature climb up her lattice and onto her back deck. She watched it from her patio door as it climbed over the railing and departed. In August, [2008] from rural Warren County, I received a report that a man and his son observed a 7 foot tall, hair covered creature with very long swinging arms cross a roadway with very long steps and enter a wooded area.

I also received reports of strange screaming sounds coming from along the Chestnut Ridge near Latrobe. An experienced woodsman came across 18 inch long, five toed footprints, unlike anything he had ever seen before, while hiking in the Forbes State Forest above Rector on August 22, [2008].

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


5 Responses to “Cryptids Visited Pennsylvania in ’08”

  1. Jordan Warner responds:

    Interesting to hear such recent reports of the Thunderbird in PA. Thanks for posting Loren.

  2. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    “One witness noticed that the wingspan extended beyond the edges of the two lane highway.”
    Wow, the typical lane width for a two-lane highway is 11-12 feet, so the total width of the roadway would be 22-24 feet, so this creature has a wingspan of +22-24 feet!!!! That is one huge bird.

  3. cryptidsrus responds:

    Also, what is very interesting to me is the fact that the Bird sighted near Harrisbug was described as looking almost “prehistoric.” Could it be possible this is not a Thunderbird but a Pterodactyl? Who knows…?:)

  4. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    Yeah, if those reports are true and accurate, it definitely seems to identify one massive bird-like creature, I would sure hate to have a run-in with it.

  5. bbowser responds:

    I remember when I saw one the first time I went to central america. People were playing with their kites and I was relaxing when I saw a huge animal flying over me. It had to be bigger that a schoolbus. But the strange this is that people seem to never see the animal. If I could ever see the thunderbird again. I know that its real.



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