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Canadian farmer recalls 'terrifying' Bigfoot encounter

By T.K. Randall
May 1, 2022 · Comment icon 48 comments

The creature did not come across as particularly benign. Image Credit: Steve Bexter / Pexels
The creature, which was spotted at a horse farm in Manitoba, prompted an armed response from the locals.
There are few cryptozoological mysteries as enduring and widespread as Bigfoot - a mysterious hairy hominid that many people believe roams the wilds and woodlands of rural North America.

One woman who believes that she encountered one of these beasts first-hand is Jacqueline Lange - an ex-farmer who, at the time of the sighting in 1981, had been working at a horse farm in Manitoba, Canada.

One winter night while she was going out to the oat shed, she heard what she described as a sudden "wham" sound against the wall, which frightened the daylights out of her.

"I then heard shuffling next to me in the shadows behind the shed," she said.

"I backed up until I could see a head and shoulders taller than the line of the shed. It looked one way, then the other and turned back staring at me."
The creature growled at her in a low rumbling, menacing sort of way, which prompted her to quickly bolt from the barn and seek assistance from the other farmhands.

"We both ran back with pitchforks and it was still there, it again looked one way the other and came back looking at us and growled again," she said.

"We were screaming at it and it leaned and jumped into the paddock and ran off."

Later that night they were awoken by the police who told them that their horses had escaped. It turned out that the animals had been so fearful that they had taken out the entire fence while trying to flee.

There was also a report in the local newspaper about a policeman who had witnessed a "tall, hairy thing" leaping over a 10ft fence.

"This encounter was almost 40 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday," said Lange.

Source: Daily Mirror | Comments (48)

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Comment icon #39 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
They have to be all fake, because it only takes ONE such report to be the truth and that proves that BF exists. And I know you don't want that.      
Comment icon #40 Posted by Resume 2 years ago
No, they don't all have to be fake; some could just be mis-identifications, etc.  Here are your words: Also, I wish you'd stop strawmanning my positions: You have no clue as to what I want What I think is that the footie hypothesis is silly, as is the pseudoscience which surrounds it.  Now, as any skeptic should, I would eat those words if sufficient evidence surfaced (like a body, a piece of a body, bone, fossils, etc) but I shall not hold my breath for fear of turning purple.  I am confident there is no bigfoot, though not 100% certain, because I do not believe in complete certainty, b... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Resume 2 years ago
Thanks. A link to that claim would have cleared things up.  
Comment icon #42 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
I don't think so. This is why it was important to look at the states where bears exist and where they don't. It is clear that in states where there are no bears, we still get BF reports in nominal amounts. So let us forget about mis-identifications, shall we? Besides an actual BF sighting, that leaves only the one explanation... fakery. I am not at all confident that all BF reports are due to fakery. Can't go there.   
Comment icon #43 Posted by Resume 2 years ago
No, we shan't, that's just laughably absurd; bears aren't necessary for mis-identifications, a blackened tree stump will do.  All sorts of things are mis-identified all the time.  You can't just wave away this possibility.  For crissake, a self-proclaimed footie expert mis-identified moose prints as those made by footie-foo-foo. Nope, false dichotomy.  (Apologies to that one poster who dislikes me pointing out this particular fallacy) And no reasonable person I know would suggest all footie reports are faked, so no need to really go there.
Comment icon #44 Posted by openozy 2 years ago
They don't seem to jump the border into Mexico..
Comment icon #45 Posted by Resume 2 years ago
Ahem . . .  post #32.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
I see. Do tree stumps and shadows roar like a freight train and run like a deer? At some point you have to agree that many sightings of BF include accounts of said beast running, roaring etc. Also, voice recordings and footprints are sometimes great evidence, depending. There's a lot going on there and just sloughing off evidence without examination is not really kosher, IMO   That's a relief. me tired :-)
Comment icon #47 Posted by Resume 2 years ago
Nope.  But deer run like a deer and in addition to people mis-identifying things they also mis-hear things.  This is observed, verified phenomena.  You know what isn't a verified phenomenon?  Three guesses. First let me call out your tautology here: Alleged footie sightings, until such a thing is independently.  Secondly, who says people don't hear and see things that aren't there?  Again, this is mundane, observed phenomena. They would be when such footie behaviors/attributes are reliably observed, verified and attested to independently.  Right now they're just more unverified, untesta... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Imnsho the older the "story" the more likely its mule muffins, and people who wait decades to tell a tale have hurt their credibility and integrity with me. In the 70s as a young bat i loved reading about weird stuff and one tale that stuck with me was a newspaper story of "Jacko" claimed to have been captured in a cage and likely a young bigfoot but when this happened the term "bigfoot" hadnt come out yet that had to wait for the wallace hoax tracks which true believers still denounce as being a hoax. I admit i was crest fallen when i learned the Jacko story was made up likely to sell papers ... [More]

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