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Was Bigfoot hiding in the woods of the Mammoth Cave National Park? Source: lubomira08 / Adobe Stock.

Bizarre Bigfoot Incident Leads To Gunshots In America’s Mammoth Cave National Park

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A camping trip in the back country of Mammoth Cave National Park played out like a horror movie for a terrified couple.

Two years ago I spent a weekend camping in the remote north Highlands of Scotland staking out a legendary ‘ big black cat ’ associated with the slaughter of scores of sheep, as reported in this article in the Independent. Armed to my eyeballs I intended to shoot the ravenous creature once and for all and finally capture it – on film.

This mysterious beast actually exists, but at no time did I think of bringing a rifle or deadly weapon with me, unlike the man who woke up a pair of sleeping campers in Mammoth Cave National Park saying that “something had destroyed his campsite,” according to a report on WYMT Mountain News .

Mammoth Cave National Park where the Bigfoot incident occurred. (kindellbrinayphoto / Adobe Stock)

Mammoth Cave National Park where the Bigfoot incident occurred. ( kindellbrinayphoto / Adobe Stock)

Bigfoot at Mammoth Cave National Park?

Mammoth Cave National Park sprawls over Edmonson, Hart, and Barren counties and Brad Ginn. One of the campers, said the manic stranger, in the night, yelled “it was ' Bigfoot country’” and Ginn thought this “seemed a little weird”, but not so much as when the man declared he “was searching for whatever had destroyed his campsite” before warning the pair to be careful.

The shooter claimed his campsite was damaged by Bigfoot. (Guy Sagi / Adobe Stock)

The shooter claimed his campsite was damaged by Bigfoot. ( Guy Sagi / Adobe Stock)

But it was no cryptozoological monster that the pair of campers had to be careful of for Madelyn Durand, another camper said, "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”.

Running From The Mountain Monster

After the commotion the couple headed back to their tent but were stopped in their tracks by the sound of gunshots, the Bigfoot hunter must have spotted something! The couple immediately dialed 911 and then hiked the five long miles back to their car where they met Mammoth Cave National Park Law Enforcement Rangers and shared their story.

Mammoth Cave's Public Information Officer, Molly Schroer, told the  Courier-Journal on Wednesday that: “Mammoth Cave National Park Law Enforcement Rangers responded to a reporting of an individual with a firearm in one of our backcountry campsites in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 28. The rangers made contact with all the parties involved. It is an ongoing investigation at this time”.

An article in Newsweek says “Mammoth Cave isn't really a hotbed of Sasquatch activity, according to the  Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization  (BFRO)” whose database holds over a 100 reported Bigfoot sightings throughout Kentucky. The last reported incident was in 2003 when the curator of the BFRO database recorded the cry of what he said sounded like “a woman being brutalized” while on vacation with his family.

Those Who Never Got Away

This ‘ Bigfoot incident’ comes only five months after The Moscow Times announced that Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office  announced it was “reopening an investigation into a cold case that has stumped Russians for more than 60 years” - the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Like the American campers, on January 23, 1959, nine students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute set off on a fun hiking trip through the northern Ural Mountains in Russia. Having failed to return home rescuers eventually came across a “tent cut open from the inside” which had been abandoned in a hurry and the nine bodies were then found in clusters “two or three miles away from where they had set up camp”. Some of the bodies were found almost naked with no shoes or socks on and while the inquest concluded that six had died of hypothermia - “three died of major external injuries”.

The group's tent was found abandoned in the snow, cut open from the inside. (Dominikmatus / Public Domain)

The group's tent was found abandoned in the snow, cut open from the inside. (Dominikmatus / Public Domain )

In May 1959 the investigation was called off and the official cause of death was recorded as a “compelling natural force” leading to a wide range of inspired conspiracy theories from the group having seen a secret weapon being tested to more outlandish theories involving supernatural forces and an attack by a group of Bigfoot type creatures . However, this TASS article from February this year says that “from an official list of 75 theories the investigation will only be considering three theories: a hurricane, snow slab, or avalanche”.

Returning to the USA and the recent incident at Mammoth Cave National Park ; with no “hurricane, snow slab, or avalanche” to be spoken of, might it be the case that the gun wielding man’s campsite was indeed ripped apart by a semi-feral creature that had been in the woods too long? I just hope they capture that creature before he accidentally shoots someone.

Top image: Was Bigfoot hiding in the woods of the Mammoth Cave National Park? Source: lubomira08 / Adobe Stock.

By Ashley Cowie

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