Braxton Beast Mystery Photo Enhancements

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 9th, 2005

Below are several enhancements of the Braxton Beast mystery photo submitted by W.M. Mott.

Braxton Beast

Do you see anything in these not seen in the original?

Braxton Beast

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34 Responses to “Braxton Beast Mystery Photo Enhancements”

  1. 2400bc responds:

    Does anyone get the impression that this is a female, perhaps even pregnant (or well-fed)?

    What at first appear to be white-colored arms seem like a seperate object in the adjusted photos. Maybe this creature is carrying something on its shoulders it killed like a sheep or goat?

    This thing reminds me of “Alf.” Maybe we should call her “Alfie.”

  2. carlos a lopes responds:

    Sorry for changing the central concept of this forum. But, for me it´s just a picture from a spirit. It´s a being from another dimension.


  3. Judas responds:

    It looks like a leaf that fell from a tree in front of the camera trap. The color and shape match, the context matches, there are similar colored objects on the ground, and I somehow doubt a BRIGHT ORANGE bipedal ape would go unnoticed, even in the most rural areas of the country.

  4. edson responds:

    This is a fat men that was walking. it’s not Several animal.

  5. Andre Pessoa responds:

    can´t anyone notice what it really is ?? Remember guys, it’s Xmas time !!! It’s Santa Claus !! He is only strolling around looking for the owner of the camera to give him his Xmas gift !!

  6. rdzotto responds:

    Yes, the leaf idea seems reasonable! I don’t know what is it … but for sure isn’t a beast!

  7. alexpoars responds:

    it’s always like that. everytime that someone has a picture of a “monster” or something like that the picture is never well focused. always has a blur or something for hide the truth. i believe that this picture is a fake, what a camera would do in the middle of nothing, shooting nothing ? and why everything in the picture is well focused except the “monster” ?? Please, let’s be honest, how could you believe in that ?? show me just one genuine picture of a real “monster”.. can’t u see that it’s just a fake ? I challenge the owners of the site to send me a picture where you can really see (not supose) a real real “monster”! thank you !

  8. rodrigo_brasil responds:

    Eu acredito que seje o OSAMA passeando pelos bosques americanos …
    Ou quem sabe mais um lunático vestido de alienigena….
    Mistério, ou será o algum dirigente do futebol brasileiro se escondendo se bem que esta mais para umdos integrantes do pt depois de tanta corrupçao. bem é isso.
    Saudaçoes coloradas (canoas-rs)

    (Crude translation to english)

    I believes what seje the OSAMA taking a walk bristles forests Americans … Or who knows one more lunatic dressed of alienigena…. Mystery , or será the any directing of the soccer Brazilian if hiding even though esta mais about to umdos integrantes of the pt after silly corruption. well that is it. Salute paprika ( canoes rs )

  9. warmowski responds:

    I have figured it out. This is a photo of one of Virginia’s most unfortunate cultural legacies — the Hillbilly Bears. The photo clearly captures Paw as he slouches off to the left.

    Comparison photo.

  10. Yan Solo responds:

    Chewie? It’s my chewie!!!

  11. vderlei responds:

    What creature is that? Only there in the United States, it is seeming VARGÍNHA here in the brasil that appears some ET’S once in a while!

  12. Cameron responds:

    This appears to be yet another case of pareidolia.

  13. claru responds:

    Achei interessante essa foto. Vc tem uma seqëncuia de imagens???

    para mim é evidente, até que me provem ao contrário, que o registro aconteu no momento da queda de uma folha

    Se vc tiver a sequencia da imagem podemos até discutir, caso contrário, fica provado que você e a foto são uma farsa.

    O que aparece nessa imagem é claro e evidente que uma folha caindo.

    (Crude translation to english)

    hello , Got it interesting this photo. Is there only one sequence of images??? for me is clear, since me provider on the contrary, what the registry become of at the moment from decline from a sheet If is if he may have the sequence of the image can but also discuss , otherwise fica proved what you & the photo são a farce. The one to appears in that image is clear & clear what a folio falling.

  14. Marck_Inho responds:

    It’s an alien…

  15. rmichaelsen responds:

    I agree with carlos a lopes. If you look for the feet of the creature, you’ll realize that it has no feet! For me this creature is an Elemental or another kind of spiritual entity.
    Eu concordo com o carlos a lopes. Se vocês olharem para os pés da criatura, notarão que eles não existem! Para mim, esta criatura é um Elemental ou algum outro tipo de entidade espiritual.

  16. frogman1975 responds:

    Being a native of the eastern Kentucky/West Virginia region, and given the color scheme of this critter and time of year, I’m going to guess what we have here is someone caught trespassing/poaching or someone who accidentally wandered onto this land while hunting. Nothing else is that vivid orange color (as one friend quipped on seeing the photo, “oh, so Bigfoot back home evolved a hunter orange color to keep from getting shot).
    The thing is, the arms look paler, as they would if someone were wearing an older orange shirt, or a shirt of different material, underneath a set of hunter orange coveralls. That could also explain why the rest of the body looks so thick in comparison to the arms.
    Poster “2400bc” also noted that it looked like it could be carrying something over it’s right shoulder (shoulder furthest from the camera). This could easily be a gun (blurred through movement) or even a bow. It seems to have an orange/white color to it as well, but orange/camo tape for wrapping guns and bows are not uncommon. Nor are cases designed to protect bows as the hunters hauls them into a tree stand.
    While it is not common to carry guns in the woods with such cases on, in case something were to spook out as you were getting to your stand, but since bows are less effective from the gound in such rugged terrain, it isn’t unheard of to carry a bow through the woods in a case (especially if you don’t want to knock off your pin sights, etc.)
    While Braxton County is a wild place with a rich history of strange phenomenon, I’d need more evidence before I could call this a hairy biped. More photos, or photos and other corroborating evidence such as plaster cast or a history of sightings. But as it is, a bright orange “something” tromping through the WVa woods in the fall isn’t out of the ordinary. In fact, it’s quite common this time of year.
    Jeremy D. Wells
    Austin, TX

  17. Brindle responds:

    It almost looks like one of those prehistoric fertility carvings. One of those with, uh, exaggerated attributes. But it could be a truly unfortunate picture of a hunter.

  18. Kurt responds:

    I like the hunter / poacher idea. The white where the arms are could be a small deer slung over his shoulders.

  19. mithirldefense responds:

    What creature is that? Is a human? Not, not is a human, but, his legs are small and his sholders are smaller too. This camera is really adjusted? Can be a human or can be a estranhous creature. In Kentucky/West Virginia region are very probabilly can be a not human, but he or she have two legs.

  20. wmmott responds:

    It is a leaping flame.

  21. wvteddybear responds:

    i live in braxton county. and i would have to agree with the hunter theory. looks like a blurry picture of a person in blaze orange. but saying that this is a strange place to live. there are animals. aka black panthers that people living here have seen but if you ask the forestry officers they claim there are none in this state

  22. H3LX responds:


    It looks like the rear view of a doe. The white light highlight on the sides, the poor quality of the image doesn’t help but I would gather it’s intended to be in poor quality.

  23. jmsage responds:

    The “legs” are obviously in motion, more so than the rest of the body. And The proportions do not appear to be human, however the image is decidedly humanoid moving from right to left from the camera’s perspective.

    It is not a falling leaf as the figure is behind the tree and the motion blur does not indicate a downward trajectory. Had it been a leaf, the image would be evenly blurry, but the “legs” are disproportionately blurry than the rest of the image.

    The “hunter/Poacher” theory is interesting as there appear to be dark breast pockets. I don’t know many poachers who would wear bright orange, however. It could be a hunter (I don’t know the hunting season schedule for that area) but if it is, and the “pockets” are visible, then a gun strap would also be indicated as well I’m guessing. I could be wrong.

    It is interesting to note that the “legs” appear to be disproportionately short for the overall frame of the figure from the foot to the pelvic joint. At first I thought it might appear that way because the “hunting jacket/vest” hung down below the waist. But a closer examination reveals that the bottom edge of the “jacket” is the actual waist of the figure.

    It should be noted that it is very uncommon to hike with hunting gear and not swing your arms. The image suggests little or no arm movement.

    Based on these observations, I can not agree with this being of the pareidolia phenomena. However, it is very difficult to conclude who or what the image actually is of.

  24. jmsage responds:

    In response to “alexpoars” post on December 10th, 2005 at 11:43 am, it is worth nothing that it is not uncommon for the Forestry Service to place motion sensitive cameras in protected areas to monitor animal behavior, among other things, including migratory patterns. The cameras are often placed in a lock box called a “hide”.

  25. wolfmansbrother responds:

    Maybe it is an “authentic” physical object. Maybe it is a large wood carving. Wood pile to the right. No sign of movement.

    There are lots of possibilities, but only one answer. If he is real, I want to buy him a beer.

  26. wvteddybear responds:

    hunting season. least for deers starts in late october here in braxton-bow hunting- it continues through out november and is still going on now

  27. aklein responds:

    I still like the out-of-focus leaf idea. Let’s face it, it’s the right color. And it’s blurry – everything else in the shot is pretty crisp (look at the orig.). Far away things are clear; close-up things, thus, would be blurry.

    Although, for a motion-sensitive wildlife shot, one would hope for close-up focus for nearby bait shots. The motion-sensitive pics of animals I’ve ever seen are practically in their face.

    It just seems like the item in question doesn’t fit with the landscape, so it’s either outside the depth of field, or it’s a fakie.

  28. vpvn responds:

    It could be an extraterrestrial being.
    His small spaceship is parked on the right side.

  29. Blade responds:

    Looks like a bird to me. A Brown Thrasher. Working its way around the tree trunk eating bugs. I can see its head, back, wings with white bars that curve back-not arms of a little man. Its tail is probably twitching and is therefore blurred.

  30. Tsmola responds:

    Couple comments I’m seeing here, I just wanted to note some things. First off these type of cameras are not motion activated, I own one, and they use an infared motion detector to detect heat in motion, not just motion. I’ve never heard of a game camera that was just motion activated, otherwise you’d be getting pics everytime something moved near the cam. I think it could be a hunter, but someone else thought it was a hunter with a deer slung over his shoulders, as a deer hunter I know nobody who would do something as foolish as to carry a deer like that, it’s just asking to get shot.

    Aside from that, I really do think it’s nothing, camera error perhaps?

  31. publius responds:

    (I posted the following first to the original story — looks like the discussion has moved here …)

    I believe some others have suggested this, but the first thing I thought was “that’s the rear end of a deer.” I DO live east of the Miss. River, and I have seen plenty of whitetail deer (walking or running away from me as well!). The poor quality of the photo has given a reddish cast to the entire creature (and picture), so I wouldn’t expect a bright white tail — what I would expect is a relatively lighter patch, which I do see.

    What do you think?

  32. doc007 responds:

    Do you guys have any woodpeckers in that in area? It looks like part of the bird is still on the other side of the tree??

  33. Blade responds:

    Its a bird.

  34. doc007 responds:

    Yes, its a bird………..

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