Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 6th, 2006
Recent sightings of Bigfoot have again occurred at the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The weekend has been busy for police, due to the Oglala Nation Pow-Wow, which ends today, Sunday, August 6, 2006. Bigfoot activity has been relatively calmer than last weekend, but, nevertheless, now comes word of a report this morning.
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An image of Bigfoot as drawn by Paul Smith, and sepia-colorized by Simon and Schuster designers for the cover of my book. The sightings from South Dakota appear to match the classic Bigfoot descriptions from the Pacific Northwest.
First, most recently, just a note that on Friday night, August 4, 2006, several young women reportedly had a sighting of a Bigfoot, although the full details are still forthcoming.
Then, during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 6, 2006, a new close encounter occurred. This breaking info was appreciated, having been heard on the police radio scanner and shared by my correspondent near there, Donovan Lone Hill.
Here’s the latest:
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At 1:20 am, a new report is heard crackling across the Pine Ridge Reservation police radio, conveying that a Bigfoot sighting is being filed to the police dispatcher at headquarters, north of Pine Ridge. A lady reports that a "tall, dark, smelly, hairy man" is being seen. The woman says that the Bigfoot is standing on the road, and would not move out of the way of her car.
The dispatcher asks the officers: "Who wants to atl Bigfoot?" (The phrase "atl" means "attempt to locate.")
An officer responds and says: "I’ll do it, 10-8 North." (The police radio code "10-8" signifies "officer on duty" or "in-service." "North" may be the name of the officer, or the direction he/she took, in-service.)
The officer arrives at the site, then comes back on the radio and tells the dispatcher: "The dogs chased something down by the creek. Dogs came running back scared."
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Officer apparently did not attempt further pursuit.
The report from the field ended there, at 1:55 am.
Meanwhile on the investigative front, from Colorado, BFRO team member Dave Petti will be coming to Pine Ridge Reservation today, Sunday, August 6, to begin to examine what is occurring. A member of the Lakota Nation is driving out there with him, and a local tribal policeman will be driving them to areas of recent sightings.
Petti wrote me this morning: "I have been in discussions with a few people there, including police, and will be meeting with all….I plan on staying through Tuesday morning. I’m not aware of anyone else visiting currently."
I have learned from another source (not Dave Petti) that Petti is a good tracker, and had his own personal sighting some years ago. Best of luck to him for discovering some credible evidence and gathering specific details of these recent Pine Ridge encounters for the record to be shared with all researchers.
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.