Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 12th, 2007
The Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation was the site last year and at the beginning of this one of several close encounters with what appeared to be a large Bigfoot (often called “Big Man”).
Various individuals have contacted me, via backchannels, from the southern South Dakota area, with news of their Bigfoot. All wish to keep their identities guarded, due to their various positions within the community and their links to the law enforcement units operating there. Nevertheless, the time seems appropriate to share the new notes that are being sent, as they appear to have overlapping tidbits of confriming information of interest here.
The Pine Ridge Police have had a low level of activity all winter. A lot less reports than last mid summer, but still one of two a week. Mostly b.f. “peeping tom” 911 calls of something tall and dark looking in windows.
It should be noted that law enforcement on Pine Ridge is a bit different than most areas. Pine Ridge is bigger than some New England States (2.2 million acres), and covered by less than a hundred officers. So officers will live all over the Reservation and if far from headquarters, deploy from their homes. Calling into dispatch when they start up their units (which are taken home) and then go out and patrol their district. So it can be 2-3 days before the officers way off on the far edge of the Reservation makes it in to headquarters. So when a report is investigated, it can be several days before the responding officer can be contacted.
So right now [in March 2007] there is a low level of continuling activity. But probably more is occurring outside, but due to the crummy weather in southern South Dakota, with people staying inside, it is a time when less is heard.Near Resident, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
I live in Pine Ridge and was there when the sightings were going on. I know many of the people who have seen it. As for the rumor of “it” being shot, I’m sure I would have heard that since one of my closest friends is the granddaughter of one of the men who supposedly shot it.
There are no myths or hoaxes going on here.
I did not believe this [creature] so much myself, at first. I would not leave my home because I was terrified I would see it [due to] all the sightings.
We called the police and we told the officer who came what we had just heard about this “it.” In the end it made us sound crazy. We didn’t think the officer would believe us. But then he told us he had just came from chasing it. So then I believed it.Self-named Informant calling himself “Real Indian,” Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
I do have some good news for you. We had [in January 2007] received 5 calls of a “large individual” causing a disturbance at a residence in the hill and pine covered area of the reservation in Wounded Knee, which is located north east of the village of Pine Ridge. My patrol partners and I have witnessed tracks measuring some 13 inches in length and 8 1/2 inches width. The first call was on the second snow fall of [January 2007].
We responded to a call of an “unknown large individual” causing a disturbance in the yard of the residence in question. The reporting party described a 7 to 8 foot tall, thick hairy man with no face and long hair as it would sway with the wind. The subject was said to take an interest in the pole yard light as it would look up at it and circle it. Their dogs were scared and hid under cars and the porch and were there upon our arrival. The family was so scared that we transported them to relatives in Pine Ridge.
We carry individual tape recorders in our units and pockets, and have recorded a yelling or scream. We also now carry digital cameras with some intresting pictures of prints with Tribal units and officers in the background as we were investigating.Tribal Police Officer, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Will the forthcoming motion picture on Wounded Knee (the red dot on the map below) stimulate new interest in these mostly overlooked Bigfoot sightings?
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.