Manatee County, FL report for April

Manatee County, FL report for April

Go200mph
Go200mph

April 6th, 2010, 5:06 pm #1

I am a casual contributer and mostly spectator on this site and have been for a number of years. Having done a moderate amount of "BF hunting" in the Central Florida area, which means when I go into the woods I look for signs and when I go canoeing, I check out different areas. I haven't had the fortune to actually witness one of these creatures or find much physical evidence in support of these creatures. This report really intrigues me since I work and live on a youth ranch in Manatee County, FL and our ranch is three hundred yards from the Manatee River, just about a quarter mile below the Lake Manatee Dam. Having had an interst in these creatures for some time(since I was a kid)I would really like to contact these researchers to see if possibly we can expand the research. I have lived out on this ranch in the Rye Perserve for the better part of two years and the biggest tracks I've seen are Coyotes and Panther tracks and the ocassional Hog track. I walk the woods every time I get and have on numerous ocassions performed tree knockings and with no response.
I am familiar with only three rivers in Manatee County, The Manatee, The Braden and the Myaka Rivers. The Braden and the Manatee are the only ones with real development close by, so I would believe it would have to be one of them. If any further information is available or if the moderator can provide the reporting party with my contact information, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Nellie
Nellie

April 7th, 2010, 5:52 pm #2

because I was looking forward to more info on were the report happened. I'm in Sarasota County and was hoping it was a place to check out since it's close to home. I Googled maps for Manatee river and found a boat ramp on a Fort Hamer Road and you can get a street view right down to the river. Almost looks like what they're talking about. It looks like a nice place to check out. I figured he mentioned a boat ramp so I looked for a boat ramp.
I'm not sure how far north the Peace River runs but by the map it looks to run into Manatee County also.
It would be nice if the person submitting the report read the MB's chat and posted where exactly they were...but then they may want the location kept secret from other researchers.
Hopefully my info helped somewhat.
Btw...back in the late 70's and early 80's there was a lot of Skunkape sightings just east of where I live (Venice). One sighting was only a ten minute drive away from home. One thought I can give you was that not only the Myakka River being a few miles out east...
the city landfill was out east of town too. Good food hunting area for a hungry swamp monster. I remember reading of Skunkape sightings that were in the east Sarasota area near their dump also. A city dump might be a good place to research...I've been trying to find a streaming webcam site of a city dump online...heck of a thought huh... sit in the comfort of your home and watch for a swamp monster to raid a city dump. LOL
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April 7th, 2010, 9:12 pm #3

A man I knew drove a dozier digging and burying garbage at a land fill...he told me on several different occasions about seeing something bipedal run from the new piles of garbage before he got to them...

Another man mentioned seeing something large run from the local dumpster while driving home one night...a few times while in this area I walked looking for any sign...saw quite a few dog and coon tracks but no Monsters...

While dumping some trash I spoke with the land fill man...he claimed while driving home one night something large and dark jumped from an embankment slamming his hood with it's hand or paw...he also mentioned while coon hunting one night something ran his dogs out of the woods and followed him to his pickup...

I can't recall how many times I have spoken with people who either work or live in rural areas tell me of seeing or hearing something unidentifiable...
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RubyRed
RubyRed

April 7th, 2010, 10:07 pm #4

It has always amazed me when I hear stories about how Sasquatch creatures follow people out of the woods back to a fire lane road (a story you told about a hunter, MH); or to their trucks/cars. The big shadow which followed might strike their vehicle with a fist, but it didn't strike the person in question.

We probably won't learn a reason why unless we observe behavior over long periods in their natural habitat like Jane Goodall or during an autopsy of a Sasquatch brain discover inhibitors to immoral behavior like killing humans. Could Sasquatch instinctively realize that "heat" will rain down upon them and their families IF they ever harm a human being? Is Sasquatch showing some form of courtesy to humans? For example: you didn't at shoot me, so I won't break your neck. I've always wondered why people in Sasquatch areas were only "escorted" from the woods; not personally harmed. I also know it's impossible to get a scientific answer at this time...

So, MH and other members of this board...what's your opinion regarding "the menace 'em but don't harm 'em" approach Sasquatch has taken toward some humans when human's have been in their territory?

Inquiring minds, like mine, want to know
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April 7th, 2010, 10:48 pm #5

Being in their habitat at the wrong time or curiosity...maybe both...I do know from experience they are curious of us...stand in the thickets and watch...one afternoon Bobby and I were sitting at the edge of the small field here...I noticed movement to my left back in the tree line...this creature was pacing back and forth...he would walk five to ten yards turn and walk back...after I showed Bobby the area this Monster walked down the tree line where Bobby and I both saw it...we didn't see this Monster again but across the field standing behind a small pine was another watching us...the one we saw first appeared to be a smaller Monster then the one behind the pine...

I do believe we may have interrupted their hunt...but to be honest...I have no idea...
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Nellie
Nellie

April 8th, 2010, 4:34 am #6

A man I knew drove a dozier digging and burying garbage at a land fill...he told me on several different occasions about seeing something bipedal run from the new piles of garbage before he got to them...

Another man mentioned seeing something large run from the local dumpster while driving home one night...a few times while in this area I walked looking for any sign...saw quite a few dog and coon tracks but no Monsters...

While dumping some trash I spoke with the land fill man...he claimed while driving home one night something large and dark jumped from an embankment slamming his hood with it's hand or paw...he also mentioned while coon hunting one night something ran his dogs out of the woods and followed him to his pickup...

I can't recall how many times I have spoken with people who either work or live in rural areas tell me of seeing or hearing something unidentifiable...
A great way for a hungry monster to nab some fish cleanings and soggy sandwiches.
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chattahoocheebigfoot
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April 8th, 2010, 11:17 am #7

It has always amazed me when I hear stories about how Sasquatch creatures follow people out of the woods back to a fire lane road (a story you told about a hunter, MH); or to their trucks/cars. The big shadow which followed might strike their vehicle with a fist, but it didn't strike the person in question.

We probably won't learn a reason why unless we observe behavior over long periods in their natural habitat like Jane Goodall or during an autopsy of a Sasquatch brain discover inhibitors to immoral behavior like killing humans. Could Sasquatch instinctively realize that "heat" will rain down upon them and their families IF they ever harm a human being? Is Sasquatch showing some form of courtesy to humans? For example: you didn't at shoot me, so I won't break your neck. I've always wondered why people in Sasquatch areas were only "escorted" from the woods; not personally harmed. I also know it's impossible to get a scientific answer at this time...

So, MH and other members of this board...what's your opinion regarding "the menace 'em but don't harm 'em" approach Sasquatch has taken toward some humans when human's have been in their territory?

Inquiring minds, like mine, want to know
...the bigfoot escort me somewhat back to my vehicle. this is most certainly a strange trait they possess and it always amazes me.


Jeff
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go200mph
go200mph

April 9th, 2010, 2:09 am #8

because I was looking forward to more info on were the report happened. I'm in Sarasota County and was hoping it was a place to check out since it's close to home. I Googled maps for Manatee river and found a boat ramp on a Fort Hamer Road and you can get a street view right down to the river. Almost looks like what they're talking about. It looks like a nice place to check out. I figured he mentioned a boat ramp so I looked for a boat ramp.
I'm not sure how far north the Peace River runs but by the map it looks to run into Manatee County also.
It would be nice if the person submitting the report read the MB's chat and posted where exactly they were...but then they may want the location kept secret from other researchers.
Hopefully my info helped somewhat.
Btw...back in the late 70's and early 80's there was a lot of Skunkape sightings just east of where I live (Venice). One sighting was only a ten minute drive away from home. One thought I can give you was that not only the Myakka River being a few miles out east...
the city landfill was out east of town too. Good food hunting area for a hungry swamp monster. I remember reading of Skunkape sightings that were in the east Sarasota area near their dump also. A city dump might be a good place to research...I've been trying to find a streaming webcam site of a city dump online...heck of a thought huh... sit in the comfort of your home and watch for a swamp monster to raid a city dump. LOL
I too looked at the google earth of Fort Hamer road boat ramp but fail to see a bridge they mentioned. The Manatee River has a bridge up river a bit but that is at the entrance to where my youth ranch is located on Rye Road. There is no boat ramp at that location but there is a place where boats can pull up and people can disembark but they can't launch there, motorized anyway. There is a bridge at the lower end of Lake Manatee that has a boat ramp at a fishing camp but no real woods near that location. I am perplexed at the location they are describing and will continue to try and find something that matches what they describe.
Good to know there are a few BF believers around these parts. I've talked to many folks in this area and they think I'm a complete fruitcake for bringing this up. We have a part-time security guard that patrols the Rye Preserve and the campground on the weekends. I've got to know him a bit and we talk sometimes when he is on and he patrols the youth ranch property on the weekends. He just laughed when I asked if he has seen anything out here and said, you really don't beleive they exist do you. That kinda throws me off my game since I've never seen one. I don't have the personal story to relate to, so I just drop the subject.
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Chuck L
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April 9th, 2010, 3:39 pm #9

I have been an interested party since 1972 when I was a boy in Alabama. Back then some strange things happened over on the other side of the mountain from where I lived. Livestock taken; dogs found with their necks broken. A FULL GROWN HOG found with it's neck broken! (No human could accomplish this; a bear maybe but here had no bear sightings in that part of Alabama in 75 years). There were "man-like" footprints found as described by the newspaper. Hell, I remember they formed a posse of sorts that scoured the woods for a day and a night after the attacks. I clearly recall sitting on my front porch watching their lights move through the woods at night. After about a week the excitement died down and nothing else was said.

Then my dad described an incident that happened to him when he was a younger man. He had been out hunting and something he described as walking on two legs followed him for a couple of miles as he made his way out of the woods. He claims he never saw or smelled anything (I figure his own smell might have clogging his nose =)).

From that point on I have been fascinated by this. Before I leave this mortal coil I would like to see one for myself.

Now I live down here in Southwest Florida; Fort Myers to be exact. I have ready access to the Everglades and its surrounding areas. I can reach 2/3's of the state in under 5 hours. My biggest drawback isn't lack of enthusiam but lack of knowledge and other people who want to go out and beat the bushes with me.

I do not have weeks at a time to take off nor infinite funds to allow this as well. One thought I did have was to identify a likely area and go there regularly even if it was for only a couple of days at a time.

Any thoughts on this?
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Nellie
Nellie

April 9th, 2010, 9:22 pm #10

I too looked at the google earth of Fort Hamer road boat ramp but fail to see a bridge they mentioned. The Manatee River has a bridge up river a bit but that is at the entrance to where my youth ranch is located on Rye Road. There is no boat ramp at that location but there is a place where boats can pull up and people can disembark but they can't launch there, motorized anyway. There is a bridge at the lower end of Lake Manatee that has a boat ramp at a fishing camp but no real woods near that location. I am perplexed at the location they are describing and will continue to try and find something that matches what they describe.
Good to know there are a few BF believers around these parts. I've talked to many folks in this area and they think I'm a complete fruitcake for bringing this up. We have a part-time security guard that patrols the Rye Preserve and the campground on the weekends. I've got to know him a bit and we talk sometimes when he is on and he patrols the youth ranch property on the weekends. He just laughed when I asked if he has seen anything out here and said, you really don't beleive they exist do you. That kinda throws me off my game since I've never seen one. I don't have the personal story to relate to, so I just drop the subject.
I Googled maps again and discovered a few other places.Where FL 64 and Bradenton Arcadia Rd merge there is a Rutland Rd with a boat ramp( you can see ramp from FL 64's bridge). How about where Upper Manatee River Rd meets N. Rye Rd there seems to possibly be some sort of area where you can get down to the river with your vehicle next to the bridge. And another place could be on Verna Bethany Rd there is a bridge next to what looks like some kind of small boat launch.
Since these maps were posted there probably have been all kinds of new construction, boat ramps, bridges and roads added so it's going to be a tough job trying to find that place....doggone it.
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