Exclusive: Pine Ridge Bigfoot Road Encounter

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.

Past recent accounts – first documented at Cryptomundo – have involved police sightings, another series of a Bigfoot peering into houses, and other encounters at Pine Ridge.

Paul Smith Bigfoot

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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."

* * *

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 About Loren Coleman
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.

22 Responses to “Exclusive: Pine Ridge Bigfoot Road Encounter”

  1. lastensugle responds:

    All of this Pine Ridge situation is really interesting, thanks for the updates, looking forward for more news. I believe this could be a real breakthrough …and maybe make up for some of the joke that was the “Johor bigfoot”

  2. Shawshank responds:

    Thanks, Loren, for the benign and supportive tone toward our BFRO team member and his upcoming research visit. Best for us all to take the high road toward our common goal.

  3. Ole Bub responds:

    Thanks Loren…

    Appreciate the update…time to put petty squabbles and differences aside…”it’s about the Big folks…not us”…JMHO

    No bucks…No bigfoot…

    ole bub and the dags

  4. ufosrhere responds:

    Very interesting stuff……but be aware that indeed many people were in this area for the Pow Wow celebration.

    A perfect opportunity for hoaxers to get some quick press and 15 minutes of fame. I always look for the hoax first….the story about the Bigfoot in the road is interesting…..but inconclusive as it has been reported.

    We need better evidence than this to go on! But….keep the news coming!

  5. One Eyed Cat responds:

    Whether the Pow Wow brings in a hoaxer seems to me to depend on the attitude of the people there and the cultural respect – or lack of — a hoaxer would have, not just for BF but for the people.

    Nice illistration! Always good to see the work of a good artist.

  6. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    assumptions, assumptions. assuming that it is a hoax first makes for poor investigating. bias wont allow for through questioning. taking in info without a preconceived idea allows for the blind justice way of weighing evidence. assuming a hoax will do nothing but allow you to rationalize away things you may other have thought about or considered.

    you may very well find some are a hoax but you can assume before even any evidence is brought forth.

    talking thru pictures is one thing but come on. assuming a hoax is as bad as thinking everything is a real bigfoot.

  7. wolftrax responds:

    I wouldn’t expect too much out of this. Many of the people in the area have a lot of respect for sasquatch. There isn’t a need to prove the sasquatch’s existence there, and even more of a taboo to shoot one.

  8. Chicago Dan responds:

    Thanks for the extremely timely updates on these events at Pine Ridge. I don’t see a lot here yet but maybe when Dave Petti arrives on the scene we will have more information.

    I have to agree with the camp that proposes that only a corpse or living specimen will definitively end the mystery. The media and most science as well as most in the general public will pay little or no credence until a body in on a slab. This may seem unfortunate but this is about how zoology works. Yes there are known species that have been recognized without the corpse but none of those has been surrounded with as much hoax, false starts etc. as the Bigfoot situation. There is just too much mud in the water to accept anything else.

  9. Loren Coleman responds:

    Thank you all for keeping these comments on-topic, specifically about whether or not you have any news from South Dakota, about new Bigfoot reports, reagrding insights into the history there, and your opinions about what might be happening at Pine Ridge.

    Posts that are racist, demeaning to others or their thoughts, profane, and yelling about the obvious (that physical evidence is the ultimate proof) will be deleted.

    Thank you.

  10. twblack responds:

    Well this could be something.

  11. Sky King responds:

    Loren, I have your book (cover pictured above), which is great.

    Everytime…I look at the drawing, and I have to ask: is BF wearing SHADES in that picture?

    That’d be SO cool….

  12. Sky King responds:

    ufosrhere Says:

    “Very interesting stuff……but be aware that indeed many people were in this area for the Pow Wow celebration.

    A perfect opportunity for hoaxers to get some quick press and 15 minutes of fame.”

    Have you ever been to a powwow? Do you realize such a hypothetical hoaxer would be in severe mortal danger? And that the Indians in question know that BF exists in those environs, as do the Lakota? First you find you a seven-foot Indian, or a stranger to the reservation, and put ‘im in a BF suit, among armed Lakota and tribal police, and then you start placing bets on if he will survive the night…

    It’s just ridiculous to postulate that! 🙁

  13. crypto_randz responds:

    Looks like another hoax. Maybe someone will capture but how?

  14. cabochris responds:

    I agree! If this were a one-time sighting, a hoax it could be. But multiple sightings over several days? The person in the monkey suit would have to be very bold, knowing police, possible firearms and dogs are involved! Why my pitts are fearless and would chew that suit right off and more! And also, not to get out of the way of a car? Very interesting indeed.

    Perhaps this is the real thing? But then again, could it be a collective publicity stunt for the Pow Wow and Nation? I hope not. It will be interesting to hear what the tribal police will have to say. And are there any footprints? Sure wish I had time to go there with video gear!


    Bigfoot seems pretty comfortable roaming around these parts it seems. When my dog “franky” was in his prime the only 2 things he was afraid of was the vacuum cleaner and the back tire of my Mom’s car, (she ran over his tail once). I’ve never heard of police dogs being scared.

  16. ilexoak responds:

    Sounds like these folks should’ve got a real good look at the big guy. Hope a full description will be forthcoming. Assuming it wasn’t a prank/hoax.


  17. Mnynames responds:

    While I would never want to be the one behind the gun, I think most of us would be pleased if a body came our way somehow. BUT, I for one hope that this situation is NOT the one that gives it to us. These people have been through enough already without having someone kill a sacred figure in their belief system on what little land remains theirs and then cart it off like so much meat to be poked and prodded.

    Any researcher needs to be both mindful and respectful of the beliefs of the locals, be they Native Americans, urbanites, rural farmers, nature-lovers, believers, skeptics, or your so-called gun-toting rednecks. It pays to work with them, rather than against them.

  18. shadowparks responds:

    Maybe the pow wow has some how perked bigfoot’s curiousity. Could be that the big guy likes pow wow’s. He may like it just as much as the native americans.

  19. zola responds:

    Big Foot or this being is there at Pine Ridge. I was in Kyle during a time of draught five years ago. I taught at a private school and lived there for 40 days. The children told me about this hairy creature. A grandfather of one of them said he peered at him from behind some bushes. Both were equaly startled. Why would anyone want to kill this harmless creature who and his kin have lived in the hills for a long time according to locals? There are other tales as well. The little people who live in the Black Hills and who came to help the Lakota. There is a sacred site and petroglyphs. The mother of one of the children told me about a ship which hovered over Kyle more than ten years ago. It was the size of a football field and was apparently in trouble. Saucer shaped vehicles raced around as vapor was emitted from what I surmised was the “mother ship”. The story was verified by other residents and photos are available at the local police station. In the fall of the year fleets of space ships fly over Pine Ridge. So if “Big Foot” lives there, leave him and his family alone. The people at Pine Ridge are the poorest in our country. They call it the “Government Jail.”

  20. Mausinn responds:

    This rash of sightings in the Pine Ridge area are certainly interesting. Perhaps the reason for so many recent sightings can be directly attributed to the Pow Wow activities going on now. The more folks in the area, the more eyes to see. Knowing the reverence with which Sasquatch is held by First Nation poeples, he more than likely feels a certain comfort level in his movements, and therefore folks have a better than average opportunity to see him, with him not feeling threatened. All the controversy about the BFRO aside, I am hopefull that a seasoned investigator such as Mr. Petti will have luck in bringing forth some great substancial evidence one way or the other about the recent activities. Any time we can get a person with experience and background in such an area of fresh sightings we all reap the rewards. Good luck to you Mr. Petti. I hope he and the BFRO will keep us all informed of any results, fruitful or not.

  21. cabochris responds:

    Does anyone have the phone number to the tribal police or e-mail? Someone should contact them for a short interview and post the findings here. Perhaps if the interview was done gently, we would learn more?

  22. shumway10973 responds:

    When I read the officer’s account about seeing the dogs running back scared, I had to laugh. I’ve been hunting before when my dog was hot on the trail of a buck. I was running as fast as possible, only being able to catch glimpses of my dog now and again, when my dog came running back right at me. His tail was between his legs and he was yelping up a storm. He was so frightened, he didn’t see me. If I wasn’t already in mid-jump over a log we would have collided. I only took me a second to realize the buck had enough and was now in attack mode. So, rule of thumb, when dogs run, it might be a good idea to get somewhere safe. I will say though that this is typical of dog vs. big foot stories. I read of one in Washington, I believe, where something was climbing the metal telephone poles ( the ones used when distance is needed). Animal control was called in. Thinking they had a bear (like they can climb those), they brought in specially trained bear hunting dogs. The dogs were released and they went full throttle into the area, and then returned quickly, scared. I do hope for the best out there.

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