03/10/2013 08:05 BST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 GMT

'Bigfoot' Sighted By Woodsman John Stoneman in Bradford, Pennsylvania (PICTURES)

If you go down to the woods today… watch out for a seven-foot-tall Bigfoot!

The woods of Bradford, Pennsylvania, to be precise.

These shots were taken by hiker John Stoneman a fortnight ago in Kinzua State Park.


John Stoneman snapped this creature striding through Pennsylvania's Kinzua State Park

The 57-year-old and his girlfriend were driving along a main road when they spotted a beast striding through the trees.

Slowing down, they edged along, shooting further images before traffic forced them to move on.

“I’m a sceptic myself, I'm not a believer, but this was not a bear and you can see fur on it,” he told Caters News.

He said: "It's wider at the shoulders and tapers down. Whereas a bear is bigger in the middle and stands differently with its paws out, this was standing like a man, like a Bigfoot.

"At first, some people discredited it and said it's just a root ball at the bottom of a fallen tree, but I've been back to the exact spot and there is no root ball there.

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"We do have black bears, but they are considerably smaller than this, it was standing about seven-foot tall."

The day before the sighting, Stoneman said there had been a “Bigfoot calling contest” organised as part of a local festival - raising the possibility of how the beast came to be lured out of the depths of the forest.

He said: "This was 200 yards from the road, it was too narrow for me to be able to pull over without stopping traffic but I got as many pictures as I could.

"I actually dropped the camera casing so I couldn't see what I had got until I got home and put them on my computer, I was surprised at what I saw.

"I looks more like a Bigfoot than anything else, I've already had organisations asking me to send them copies for verification."


Stoneman - who is a member of an outdoor pursuits group - said he had never seen anything like it in the woods before.

He said: "This area is known for Bigfoot sightings but this is the first time I have seen anything like this, I am in the woods every week, I hunt and go hiking.

"I went back to the exact spot where it had been and there was nothing there, just years and years of leaves on the floor."

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is the name given to an ape-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid.

Last month a PhD student created a map to show every sighting of Bigfoot in the United States in 92 years.

bigfoot map

That's 3,313 sightings in total

Josh Stevens at Penn State observed: “Right away you can see that sightings are not evenly distributed. At first glance, it looks a lot like a map of population distribution. After all, you would expect sightings to be the most frequent in areas where there are a lot of people.

“There are distinct regions where sightings are incredibly common, despite a very sparse population. On the other hand, in some of the most densely populated areas Sasquatch sightings are exceedingly rare.

“I don’t have a really good explanation for this... But it’s clear that if the legendary biped is real, it’s thriving out west.”

In 1951 American Eric Shipton photographed what he described as a Yeti footprint in the Himalayas, beginning a spate of sightings and print finds throughout the 20th and 21st century.

Over in Siberia, academics hunting the Yeti last year announced DNA analysis of mystery hairs collected from a cave in the Kemerovo region which revealed they came from "an unknown mammal closely related to man."

According to the tests, the hairs come from a “human-like creature which is not a Homosapien, yet is more closely related to man than a monkey”, The Siberian Times reported, citing an official website of a regional government in Russia as its source.

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