The Short Bigfoot Flap of 1981 in Waterford, NY

Posted by: Steve Kulls on November 18th, 2014

I first learned of this, almost thirty years after the incident happened in 2010 while examining one of my heroes of the Bigfoot mystery, author John Green’s database. There was a reference to the Troy Record reporting on a rash of Sasquatch sightings in Waterford, NY. Huh?

So my first step was to visit the Troy Public Library, where they have a robust microfilm library of newspapers dating back to the early 1800’s. Sure enough there was an article written by Staff Reporter Jonathan Hodges, detailing several sighting reports dating back to early August 1981.

Well this kicked my interest up so I filed a Freedom of Information Act on the Waterford Police Department and sure enough, I got a phone call, saying my documents were ready. I hastily rushed down to the station where I was politely given my documents for a nominal fee.

Back in August 1981, there was a series of Bigfoot sightings that occurred in the town of Waterford that made the local papers.

The first report was on August 4th, 1981 in which at 12:38 A.M. the Waterford police had received a report of a woman seeing the creature in the village and had growled at her.

Read more about it here and see some of the documents recovered.

Steve Kulls About Steve Kulls
Steve had a lifelong fascination with the Bigfoot phenomena since an early age. In 1998 after reading "Monsters of the Northwoods", and learned that there were numerous sighting reports close to his residence in upstate New York. He began to investigate extremely skeptical but soon changed his mind. was the creation of Steve Kulls, aka "The Squatchdetective" Steve launched with a national outlook in December 2005. In September 2006 he created Squatchdetective Radio. Steve has appeared on numerous local news programs around the country and national venues such as Fox and Friends, and interviewed in print in over 100 newspapers over the last ten years. Steve has appeared on the History Channel the National Geographic Channel, featured on several programs, and authored two book, "Fifty Large," and "What Would Sasquatch Do?" Steve is a former Licensed Private Investigator, in New York, and a former retail investigator of 18 years, a Firefighter and Paramedic

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