Bigfoot in Connecticut?

March, 2017 by Ray Bendici
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Probably like a lot of you, one of the things that really got me interested in Fortean phenomena and the unexplained was Bigfoot, especially the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film shot at Bluff Creek in California. Here's a nice cleaned-up version from the Discovery Channel:

Ahh, the Zapruder film of cryptozoology—hoax or not, has any other 17-second piece of celluloid outside of JFK's assassination ever been more hotly debated and analyzed? It has launched the imagination and curiosity of millions, to say the least. I, for one, have always been fascinated by the stories of Sasquatch, as the Native Americans called the creature; I find it interesting that there are similar legends of a wild man around the globe, be it the Yeti (the abominable snowman) in Tibet, the Yowie in Australia, the Orang Pendak in Indonesia or the Skunk Ape in Florida.

People love the Bigfoot, no doubt. Remember how much hype and publicity surrounded a story a few years ago about two men in Georgia having shot one? The subsequent press conference was actually carried by CNN.com. Sure it turned out to be a gorilla suit in a freezer, but hey, Bigfoot was in the mainstream press!

I once saw an article at American Chronicle that theorized that since no Bigfoot remains have ever been found that the elusive creature may be some sort of multidimensional being, able to teleport between universes, visiting various spots and jumping away before getting caught. (Before you raise your eyebrow too high, this theory has actually been around for decades!) It would explain why it's been seen pretty much everywhere, you know, like Elvis.

Of course, in terms of this universe and this website, the big question for us (after the question if it exists at all, obviously) is whether Bigfoot is a visitor to Connecticut.

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The large majority of Bigfoot reports in North America tend to come from the Pacific Northwest, where there are thousands and thousands of square miles of dense forest that could potentially serve as a habitat for a small population of undiscovered primates. At first blush, a state as small and as densely inhabited as Connecticut doesn't seem to be a likely place for Bigfoot. Yet there have been sightings here, including a few in the 21st century.

For those interested, a few websites with alleged sightings from around Connecticut:

  • Bigfoot Encounters reports a few sightings, the most recent being a "young" Bigfoot in Bristol in 2005, one crossing Route 169 in Woodstock in 2004 and one seen in Barkhamstead Forest in 2002.
  • The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization has a 16-inch footprint found in Hartford County in 2003 and a harrowing Bigfoot encounter where it chased a horse and rider in 1997.
  • The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has one sighting near East Hampton in 2004 and one over in Norwich in 2005, among some older sightings.

And of course, how could we possibly forget Animal Planet's legendary "Finding Bigfoot" show? Bobo and the crew visited Connecticut in 2012 for the season three episode "Bigfoot Loves Barbeque" (because who doesn't?). However—insert my shock here—they never found Bigfoot. Unpossible!

As with any mystery creature, until someone catches or kills a Bigfoot anywhere in the world—let alone Connecticut—the debate will continue.

In the meantime, you may have to get your Connecticut Bigfoot fix from Rocky Hill-based Synthetic Cinema International, who released the independent film Assault of the Sasquatch, filmed on location in Connecticut! 

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Submitted by Winemaker (not verified) on
Hope it was their last encounter...

Submitted by Jim (not verified) on
To answer Vince; It was off of the main trail that leads in from where Echo Valley Rd in Newtown ends. We were off to the right of that trail and atop of a ridge that follows a steep drop of maybe 100 feet as I recall. Haven't been there in years now, but that's what I recall.

Submitted by Vince (not verified) on
Jim let's go? I am near by.

Submitted by W Gagnon (not verified) on
I've been a Ct. Resident and an outdoor recreation person my entire life. When I was a young kid , 9 or 10 yrs old I went camping at Lone Oak Campground in Cannan with my friends family, we were on the farthest tent site out. One night we heard strange noises off in the woods that scared the crap out of us ( it was far from my first camping trip) and to ease us my friends uncle told us it was cows from a farm down the road . Well, the next morning my friend and myself went exploring as kids do and found very clear humanlike footprints but WAY too big pressed apx an inch or more into pine needles. The grown ups didn't believe us and refused to go look for themselves. I know what I saw, and have been a firm believer ever since. That was over 30 years ago, as an adult I've spent thousands of hours in woods hiking and or large game hunting from Madawaska Maine down to Salem Ct and have NEVER seen anything like that since. So that's my story and I swear by it

Submitted by keith (not verified) on
Bigfoot lives only in the hearts and minds of those who wish to believe and nowhere else.

Submitted by J. S. C. (not verified) on
I lived in Connecticut for my entire life, until 4 years ago. I spent a lot of time in the woods...in southern Connecticut, where you wouldn't expect to see Sasquatches. It wasn't anything I would have ever even thought of when I was out walking, and I'm a woman, and would walk trails by myself. I will tell you this.....they ARE in Milford CT...or maybe just cutting through the state to somewhere else,(like the Finding Bigfoot show said), but I spent some time in the woods there, along where the high power lines go for miles in clear cut. I was being watched by one that was behind a tree. No one will ever tell me that it was something other than a Sasquatch. I know what was there! (it was 1998) Also, I just learned, by watching Youtube, about the little structure markers they build, by bending over saplings and using branches to create patterns in trees. After watching a few Youtube videos on that, I'm absolutely certain I'd seen those exact types of things in the woods in Fairfield County. I used to ponder who on Earth would put those branches like that? Who would bend that sapling like that, into a circle, and it was still alive...and I knew it couldn't have grown that way. These things looked deliberate, and out of place, but in places in the woods that it would be stupid for any human to go out and do that. So, I don't know if they are just cutting through the southern part of the state, or if they live there. I now completely believe, however, that they are there, at least some of the time. There is a lot of woods in S. Connecticut, even if there are lots of roads cutting through. Go up to the area of the Audubon Society on the Easton/Fairfield line. More highpower lines cut through that property too, with 100's of acres of woods, and farms beyond that. It isn't inconceivable that Sasquatch could be there.

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Submitted by FindingTruth (not verified) on
What happens if what we call Bigfoot is very intelligent and just because its not looking like us does not mean its an Animal type being or creature. Also I do not like the idea unless we capture or kill one we will not have proof etc. How would you like it if a what is called Bigfoot said oh unless we kill what is Human we will not know enough about Humans. Who is the say the thing we label befoot which is most likely not even what it is but what investigators call them. Maybe they have a family and communicate with each other as we do our families only in a different language unknown to Man. I believe we have them living or travelling through parts of CT and the reason they stay away from us because the first thing we will do to them is shoot first and ask questions later.Because we have alot of fear of the unknow.When we confront our fear then we can maybe communicate and not run away or try to shoot one. Thats my 5 cents for what its worth.

Submitted by FindingTruth (not verified) on
What happens if what we call Bigfoot is very intelligent and just because its not looking like us does not mean its an Animal type being or creature. Also I do not like the idea unless we capture or kill one we will not have proof etc. How would you like it if a what is called Bigfoot said oh unless we kill what is Human we will not know enough about Humans. Who is the say the thing we label bigfoot which is most likely not even what it is but what investigators call them. Maybe they have a family and communicate with each other as we do our families only in a different language unknown to Man. I believe we have them living or travelling through parts of CT and the reason they stay away from us because the first thing we will do to them is shoot first and ask questions later.Because we have alot of fear of the unknow.When we confront our fear then we can maybe communicate and not run away or try to shoot one. Thats my 5 cents for what its worth.

Submitted by aida (not verified) on
In reference to Scott No. 14, "The Wildman of Winsted" does exist. I saw him along with my husband who was driving. I was in the front seat and my sister & her husband who were seated in the back saw something on 2 feet cross the road. I wasn't looking straight ahead but out the passenger window and they all said "what was that"? I looked to the right and saw a very tall red-brown fur ape like human, about 7'+ slightly bent over with long arms hanging to its knees, and it was standing still in the woods. It was dusk, we took a right on Old North Road heading East between Winsted and Colebrook, down the hill to Deer Hill Road near Losaw Road where in the 1800s the Wildman of Winsted was seen by a prominent politician. We took the back roads to Old Route 8 to the "New Boston Inn" in Sandisfield, MA for my birthday on a Friday night, October 15th, 2004.

Submitted by kathryn kalina (not verified) on
did you ever stop to think that "bigfoots" are actually HUMANS suffering from Hypertrichosis & they retreat to isolation to escape severe prejudice? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202841186409831&set=a.1088225764983.14652.1206612636&type=1&theater

Submitted by v (not verified) on
If any of you want to give more detailed info on locations of these encounters or want to check it out with me I would be grateful as there is nothing to do in this boring state.

Submitted by Michael Amato (not verified) on
I'm looking forward to seeing the new movie Sasquatch Assault this year. It looks like a fun movie to see,

Submitted by Anthony (not verified) on
I live in lower CT. and while fascinated, I remain unconvinced of his existence in the state. I’m under the opinion that the “squatch” would much rather prefer an area such as the Sierras. I plan to do my own investigating and come up with my own conclusions here on home turf (deep CT.forrest), once it warms up a bit of course.

Submitted by Michael Amato (not verified) on
Anthony, please keep me updated on this site about your investigation. I'm very interested what you find whether pro or con about Sasquatch in Connecticut. Years ago while camping in the Northwest hills of Connecticut, my friend & I heard a loud screech that we never heard before or since. I know it could be a number of animals that produced the screech. I'm looking forward to your updates.

Submitted by Anthony (not verified) on
Michael, I recorded loud screeches (video) on my IPhone. It turns out it was a red fox. That doesn't mean what you heard was the same, just my own personal experience. I'm planning a trip in the spring before too many bugs have sprung. Probably a one night trip, I haven't cased a site yet. I have been to India, China, and Nepal recently (for work unfortunately), its funny how every culture has a similar tale to tell. Thanks for taking an interest. Anthony

Submitted by Michael Amato (not verified) on
Anthony, I was in Vietnam in 1968-69 & the Wildman of Vietnam is also well known Some American soldiers actually saw him. I was not one of them. I agree it may have been a red fox that we heard that night. Keep me informed about the results of your trip. I hope you find something.

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