LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)— It all came about after a Bullitt County family’s yard was torn up. Jim and Darlene Howard found dozens of unexplained holes and patches of sod turned upside down in their yard-- but no footprints or markings to offer an explanation. So the mystery is who or what has been destroying their property.
Some blame it on wild animals while others say it could be the mythical creature, Big Foot . Was it a raccoon? Was it a pig? Or could it have been Big Foot?
Nearly half an acre of their property off Bardstown Road in Mt. Washington was damaged over the past three weeks. They've heard many theories.
Howard said: "Deer looking for salt rocks, raccoons, possum or Kentucky Yeti (laughter)."
One man said: "Might just be a hairy man who ain't shaved in some years or something."
Another man said: “It's probably a dog or something. They ain't seen it and come up with Big Foot."
The Howards say they even hid behind trees in the middle of the night with a flash light to get a glimpse of whatever was eating up their land.
"I was thinking, ‘Uh oh! Flying saucers. They're going to land and take us away’," said Darlene Howard.
Alex Wimsat is the reporter who wrote about the mystery for the Pioneer Newspaper on Halloween.
It all started as a tongue-in-cheek story, but a so-called eyewitness sketched a hand-drawn picture of Big Foot in Bullitt County and sent it to Wimsat.
"I think people are fascinated by the unknown or the mystery," Wimsat said.
The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group claims there are dozens of Sasquatch, Yeti and Big Foot sightings around the Bluegrass State. Their investigator told Wimsat this probably wasn't one of them.
"Not indicative of Sasquatch behavior. He even described their diet as fruits and nuts and deer meat,” said Wimsat. And Wimsat was told by the expert that Big Foot has an unpleasant smell which he described as "hot garbage and wet dog."
But for Howard, whatever is digging holes in her yard, she hopes it stops soon.
At least their theories made for a good laugh.
"Hopefully whatever they're digging for they've already got and won't come back anymore," said Howard.
The Pioneer News says their news article on the alleged Big Foot sighting has been the talk of the town. More people have been buying their paper than normal.