LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man fired shots while at a campsite in central Kentucky after telling campers they were looking for Bigfoot, a local television station reported.
Brad Ginn and Madelyn Durand, a couple, told WBKO-TV that they were awakened up in the middle of the night Sunday as a man approached them and told them something destroyed their campsite at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park.
The man told the couple that “it was Bigfoot country,” Ginn said. He then warned the couple to be careful and said he was searching for whatever destroyed the camp.
“He said ‘I hope you have weapons’ and then he flashed his gun at us and was like ‘I have this so if anything happens to you then just yell and I’ll come,'” Durand told WBKO-TV.
After heading back to their tent, the couple heard gun shots. They then called police and hiked five miles back to their car to meet up with park officials.
“Mammoth Cave Law Enforcement Rangers responded to an incident involving an individual with a firearm at one of the park’s backcountry campsites at approximately 2 a.m on Sunday, July 28,” spokeswoman Molly Schroer told the Courier Journal.
“Park rangers made contact with all parties involved and no injuries occurred.”
Mammoth Cave (Photo: CJ file photo)
Schroer added that no threat remains in the park and that the incident is still being investigated by park law enforcement officials.
She said also clarified that firearm possession within the park is legal as long as individuals follow Kentucky state laws and do not take them into any federal facility, cave tour, cave tour buses or in any concessions.
However, the discharge of a firearm within the park is “strictly prohibited.”
Ginn and Durand did not immediately respond when contacted by Facebook message.
The man that the couple encountered was not alone in claiming to have seen Bigfoot.
There have been close to 400 alleged Bigfoot sightings in Kentucky, according to records kept by the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, a “non-kill research group which seeks to prove the existence of, and protect of, these magnificent creatures.”
At its website, KentuckyBigfoot.com, users can submit reports to the site about Bigfoot encounters, and the site’s investigators will write notes if they followed-up with the source’s submission.
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The page for Edmonson County, which encompasses Mammoth Park, notes four people have reported Bigfoot sightings at the park.
In one alleged encounter from the early 1990s, a man said his dad worked for Mammoth Cave National Park and saw “a large hairy creature down on what he thought to be all fours walking.”
“Fearing that he may have ran into a bear he began to slow down, when the creature raised up on two legs standing somewhere around 8 foot mark looked at him on the four wheeler and turned and ran into the darkness on two legs,” the man wrote.
In a footnote, a site administrator said: “This account was brought to us by a friend, we spoke with the witness and he verified the account. We believe this account to be true.”
Another user, named Brent, said that he and his daughter were camping at Mammoth Cave National Park in August of 2015 when they encountered Bigfoot. He said that activity began around 1 a.m. when something stepped on their camper and continually hit and pulled at it.
Brent also posted an audio clip of his encounter.
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In a follow-up note, Charlie Raymond, founder and lead investigator of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, said that though the area has been “very active” with Bigfoot interactions, after listening to the audio, “we do believe the moans were feline in nature.”
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