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October 20, 2012

Lykens Sasquatch hunter says Bigfoot found him first

LYKENS — Bigfoot may be on the prowl in central Pennsylvania.

A Dauphin County man claims the creature may be responsible for recent damage to his Winnebago.

John Reed, of Lykens, said Sasquatches are on the loose in the woods in the region and that one smashed the rear window and taillights of his 1973 motor home and stole camera equipment. Reed filed a report with state police Friday.

Troopers dutifully issued a press release about the incident, but described the damage as “criminal mischief.” The episode caught the attention of media nationally, including the popular police/crime website The Smoking Gun, which posted an image of the police report on Friday.

Reed and his girlfriend, Shawnee Rudy, were playing cards in the Winnebago about a month ago when they saw something go by a window, he said.

Something that was “very large, brown in color and ... hunched over,” Reed told police.

The next thing Rudy and Reed — who are members of the Lykens Valley Sasquatch Hunters group — knew, the Winnebago was being pelted by rocks.

“There are acorns out there that could have fallen, but this was a lot louder than that,” he said. “The next thing we heard it sounded like a tree branch or something was being thrown at the trailer.”

“It looked like an animal at first,” Rudy said. “But it was hunched over and you couldn’t really see it.”

The couple turned on a light outside the trailer to get a closer look, but the creature fled into the night, not wanting to be spotted, Reed said.

“It was trying to knock down the light,” he said.

The couple installed cameras outside the trailer, but didn’t catch any footage before the cameras were stolen, Reed said.

That’s when Reed called police.

Reed said he’s a firm believer in Bigfoot and Sasquatches, which he’s been interested in ever since he was 10 years old.

“I’ve seen them; I’ve experienced them,” he said. “I’ve been trying to experience that again for 30 years now ... I started reading books, studying them.”

Reed and Rudy often spend weekends looking around for evidence of Sasquatches — which Reed said are drawn to the area by the woods, which provide shelter and food, and the Appalachian Trail, which gives the creatures a way to migrate South during the winter.

Rudy said she had never heard of Sasquatches before she met Reed.

“Before I met him I never believed this stuff,” she said. “But now, I believe him.”

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