Bigfoot Sighting in Pittsburgh
Mystery Casebook Published: 11:35 AM - 02-20-11

It was early Tuesday morning February 8th 2011, Sam was just exiting route 60 at about 7:45AM and about to turn into the PA turnpike when something odd caught his attention.

The intersection was in the middle of a rolling landscape with hills on every side. The tenacious winter weather of the season had coated the hills with much snow, and every hill was glistening white in the early morning sun.

But to his left a large dark brown figure stood out in stark contrast to the colorless background. It was a massive dark brown humanoid figure, trudging its way effortlessly through the deep snow that covered the hillside to his left.

Sam was shocked and amazed. The figure was familiar to him, he had seen it so many times before on documentaries and cable television specials. He was watching a Bigfoot creature first hand from about 100 yards away.

At the initial glance, his car had continued on the ramp, Sam quickly put it in reverse and backed up a few feet to get a better view.

The large figure was dark brown, like that of a dark tree bark. It was very tall and lanky, and with three quick strides it disappeared from sight into the trees to its left.

Its movements were hulking and lumbering, with its arms swinging side to side as if to aids it great mass up the hillside. The creature moved incredibly fast, for within an instant, it was gone. The whole sighting lasted anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds.

Within the hour Sam was on the phone with Eric Altman, Director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society to relate what had transpired.

On Friday February 11th, Eric and Chris Brinker began the on site investigation. Following are some excerpts from his preliminary investigation:

“Based on a map of the area and the witness description of where he stated he was, we found a back road above the hillside from where we thought the witness sighted the creature. We arrived at 10:30 am. We parked the vehicle on the side of a snowy road. Weather conditions were 12 degrees, aproximately 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground and sunny.

We loaded up a video camera, 35mm camera and bincoulars. We entered the woods from above after walking a short distance on a private driveway. The majority of the area is private property and we were able to find a location that was not.

We walked approximately a quarter mile down the wooded hillside to the open field where we believed the witness sighted the figure. Upon initial observation, we saw an abundance of animal tracks.

We saw multiple deer tracks and large canine tracks which we assumed were coyote or large dog.

After walking around the area we also discovered small boot prints in the snow. We could clearly see they were boot prints and within the past day or so.

Looking around we discovered what appeared to be very large impressions in the snow that resembled the shape of human prints and they were bipedal. The tracks were old and had snow blown over them. There was a thin layer of ice and snow on top so we can not say for sure if they were human or something else.

However, they did definitely resemble the shape and size of large, human like prints and were bipedal.”

“ We followed the tracks around the bottom of the hillside. They went both up and down in almost a zig zag pattern around to the right around the front of the hillside. After a while, we lost the tracks.

Continuing to walk, we discovered them again, and what may have been two sets of tracks. They were headed up the hillside through brush and small tree sapplings. Chris and I followed the tracks. I photographed them and Chris video taped them.

The track size was consistent, 16 inches in length and 8 inches wide. The stride range was 27 inches going up the hill, and on flat surfaces and 21 inchescoming down. Our stride measured 17 to 19 inches as we walked.

What was peculiar about these tracks were the fact that following them they did not go around the trees and brush, but through them as if the person or individual didn't avoid them. Stepping right through, while it could have easily stepped around to the left or right to avoid the briars, branches and brush.

While following the tracks we found a pile of frozen feces. Although small in size, it resembled cow feces and it was right where the tracks were, lying on its side in some brush. If it were cow feces, it was about 100 feet outside of a fenced in area that held beef cattle. We collected the sample for testing as we could not positively identify it and were unsure if it was in fact cow or something else.”

“We continued to follow the tracks up to the barbed wire fence. The tracks followed along the perimeter of the fence for a great distance. Then the turned and went down the hill towards where we started our investigation.

We followed the tracks to a small stream where they turned to the left and up into the wooded ravine we came down. This portion of the ravine was extremley steep and a very difficult angle for us to walk up without assistance or on two legs.

Another peculiar thing we discovered was that these tracks continued to walk up the hill without slippage or any signs of the individual using trees, brush or its hands to pull itself up. Meanwhile, as we followed up the steep ravine we found ourselves having to take our time and use these things to pull ourselves up.”

“Once on top, we followed the tracks again through brush and small sapplings not around them. The tracks led us back to the road, where they stopped about 75 feet from the road. They turned right and walked to the driveway we pulled into and backed out of when we first arrived. The tracks stopped and the individual turned and walked back the same way it came, sometimes stepping in vicinity of where it had originally walked."

"We followed them a short distance and noticed they travelled back in the same direction from where they came, which may explain the second set of tracks we originally discovered.”

Upon reading of Eric’s investigation it dawned on me that the way the creature wandered, it was if it was surveying the area. While talking about the case with him, Eric told me that he and Chris had noticed that also, “It seemed like he was following along the same path that many of the animal tracks had moved, as if it were foraging for food.”

While not ruling out that these footprints could be from humans, the behavior was at the very least, odd. They meandered for over a mile and a half, and even further. If it were not for time constraints the team could have pursued the tracks to their eventual end...if that were possible.

If it was a human making the prints, what was its purpose? Eric offers up some further conclusions in his report:

“Why did this individual walk through brush, trees and thick briars? It could have easily walked around them as we did. (No we did not find any hair on the branches, briars, and twigs but we did find lots of broken branches). Why did this individual have such ease going up the steep embankment while it took us a while to get up and we had difficulty navigating the hill without assistance.

Why did this individual stop 75 feetfrom the road and then turn to walk to the driveway and then turn and walk back the same direction it came from walking in the same patter it originally did?”

The investigation was not 100% conclusive by any means. While investigating further the team did come across some other tracks that moved up an adjacent hill toward a cellular phone tower. Those prints stopped at the fence around the tower where florescent survey tape was tied. These footprints continued along the fence to another tape tied to the fence.

There was another set of prints parallel to these on the inside of the fence, one was unmistakably made by a work boot. Did the witness mistake a survey team worker covered in protective gear, walking up this hillside?

After checking back with the witness to make sure of the exact location of his sighting, it was determined that the original set of meandering prints were the proper location of the incident. The secondary tracks were probably just coincidental.

What did Sam see that Tuesday morning? Was it Bigfoot, or a lone surveyor who from such a distance that it looked inhuman? The two print paths did not join up, and 7:45 AM is a bit early for workers to be trudging in the snow. But it is still not out of the question.

The PA Bigfoot Association has the fecal sample and is looking for a lab to do a proper analysis of the sample. Any assistance from qualified individuals or companies would be appreciated.

In the meantime, there is evidence that something odd is lurking in the Pennsylvania woods.

If you would like to participate in a Bigfoot investigation, The Pa Bigfoot Society will be holding a public Bigfoot outing for the weekend of February 25th, 26th and 27th, 2011.

The area will be in western Central Pa in the Clearfield County area. The make up date will be the following weekend March 4th,5th and 6th in the event of bad weather on the prior weekend.

This is a public event and the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society will provide guides/organizers to take small groups into areas of historic and recent sightings and reported activity for day hiking and night-time observations.

They are taking the first 25 people who are interested in attending the weekend. After that, we will keep those interested posted on the next outing that they planning some time this late spring early summer.

If you are interested in attending, or if you have a Bigfoot sighting of your own, contact the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society at

Source & References:Pastor Swope is a writer, minister and a seminary-trained demonologist and exorcist. His stories have been featured on various paranormal news Web sites such as Coast to Coast AM, The Anomalist, Cryptomundo and About.

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