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Bigfoot in New Jersey

Is that General Ursus peaking at me?
Peeping bigfoot or guy in a gorilla mask?

In June of this year I emailed famed West Coast psychic Nancy Bradley (www.nancybradley.org) after reading a very interesting account of a Bigfoot encounter that she had as a girl while vacationing at her family’s summer cabin in Lake Owassa, NJ. For those of you who are unfamiliar with New Jersey, or who’s only familiarity with the Garden State is driving past the reeking factories along the northern stretch of the NJ Turnpike while passing through, you might be surprised to know that much of the fifth smallest state (and most highly populated per square mile) contains many miles of woodland and farms. The densely forested Pinelands in south Jersey actually covers about 1.1 million acres.

My family and I happen to live in the more populated and congested area of northeastern New Jersey, about 20 miles outside of New York City, but western NJ as you near Pennsylvania is another very rural and wooded part of the state, and this is where Ms. Bradley’s tale takes place. If you’d like to read her original article, here’s the link: www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/bigfoot-of-lake-owassa-new-jersey). In my email to Ms. Bradley, I told her that I enjoyed her article very much and that my wife, Debbie, had a strange experience while in that part of the state a couple of years ago. Here is Debbie’s story as I recounted it to Ms. Bradley:

We live in the northeastern part of the state, not far from NYC. I’m a website designer and my wife, Debbie, teaches special education. Each June she accompanies her seventh grade class for a 3-day outing at Stokes State Forest, which is in Sussex County and pretty close to Lake Owassa. Well, one night one of the students staying in the same cabin as Debbie had a severe asthma attack. The girl’s parents didn’t bother to notify the school about her condition and neglected to pack her inhaler, so my wife ran out of the cabin at about 3 AM and proceeded to cross the compound to the infirmary where the nurse slept. As she ran toward the nurse’s station she heard an awful yowling/screeching noise. It was high-pitched and very loud, and unlike anything she’d ever heard before. It frightened her greatly. She did what she had to do, however, and alerted the nurse about the young girl’s condition and an ambulance was called (the girl recovered, fortunately).

The horrible screeching and yowling continued for several minutes after Debbie arrived at the nurse’s station, and when a NJ State Trooper arrived alongside the ambulance, my wife described the horrible sounds that she just heard and asked the officer if he’d heard them or if anyone had reported them. He looked at her and in a very serious tone said, “there have been a lot of Bigfoot reports in the area over the last few nights”. After my wife told me this, I began doing some research and found a surprisingly large number of Bigfoot reports in New Jersey.

I had always associated Bigfoot sightings with the Pacific Northwest and certainly wouldn’t have thought there would be any similar reports in such a highly populated state as ours, but apparently people in the more rural northwestern part of New Jersey are familiar with these sightings. In this part of New Jersey the sightings are frequent enough to have garnered the big furry fellow a nick-name of “Big Red Eye“.  This is because witnesses often describe the creature as having glowing red eyes (not sure if this is specific to New Jersey sightings, as I don’t recall hearing about this trait having been reported elsewhere). Weird NJ has a couple of interesting articles about Big Red Eye that you might want to check out at weirdnj.com/stories/big-red-eye and weirdnj.com/stories/bizarre-beasts/bigfoot-and-the-big-hairy-man.

In the course of my research I also came across a couple of websites that had audio recordings of what was thought to be Bigfoot vocalizations, and when I played them for Debbie she remarked that  that was exactly what it sounded like. Recently, the Discovery Channel aired the excellent “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science” and at one point they played an audio recording that was supposedly from a Sasquatch, and again my wife said that what she’d heard sounded just like that.

I just thought I’d share that experience, even though it wasn’t exactly firsthand. My wife is very level-headed and not much of a believer in anything paranormal or out of the ordinary, so I was impressed by the fact that she was so shaken by this and that she would even entertain the idea that it could have been Bigfoot.

Ms. Bradley was kind enough to respond to my email and even went so far as to invite my wife and me to explore the area around Lake Owassa with her and her husband when they visit New Jersey next year. Obviously, I said “yes” to that immediately, but my wife’s response when I told her of Nancy’s offer was predictable: “No way”, she said. Debbie does not share my interest in the unexplained and was sufficiently shaken by the experience that she has no desire to seek out whatever it was that was source of those unearthly screams. I’ll post an article after I explore the area around Lake Owassa with Nancy and her husband, and let you know if there was anything interesting to be found.

If you live in New Jersey and have had a Bigfoot encounter, I’d love to hear about it.

UPDATE: As a result of this article my wife was interviewed for the Star-Ledger Newspaper and a video interview was conducted as well, which you can view here:  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/08/03/Locals-Big-Red-Eye-stalking-New-Jersey/UPI-40581312390904/.  My lovely wife appears about 80% of the way through the video. The fat bastard next her is yours truly.  This little article has also been quoted in three books thus far and I was recently interviewed for a scene in an upcoming fictional film in which I appear in as an expert witness being interviewed. It’ll probably get cut.

218 thoughts on “Bigfoot in New Jersey

    1. My sons are still in high school so we’re not going anywhere right now, but eventually I would like to move south. Yeah, housing is much more affordable down your way. The further away you get from New York City, the less expensive of course.

  1. John, consider living in the villas.You can get a really nice affordable waterfront house for under 100k.You will be around all the areas you love.You can drive throughout the pine barrens and be minutes to any beach without high prices.This is my opinion only and subject to review.

  2. When I moved into this house,it was a summer day.I went into the house to cool off.My dogs started barking,so I went out to see what was going on.There was a wild boar charging at some vegetables.I was really confused at this point,so I went into the house to evaluate the situation.I come back out to find the boar ,now with a ram both eating away.Now its getting bizarre as I am thinking maybe I am having a heat stroke.I finally let one of my dogs out and he chases the boar and ram to an adjacent farm.Moral of the story is you never know what type of animal you will see on any given day.

  3. Its filled with predators,the hawks come down at 60 miles an hour and swoop up groundhogs and other small animals

    1. Yes, it’s a beautiful area of the state. I’d like to eventually live down there or maybe even further south, in southern Ocean County or Atlantic County. I grew up in Bergen County in the northeast. Nice area, but too congested and expensive. I want to be able to go out my front door and romp in the woods.

  4. I am down here in jackson, 600 acres of woods behind my house,600 acres of woods across the street.Its a squatch paradise here.Foxes,herds of deer,wild turkeys,coyotes,vultures,black bears sometimes.

  5. I am going to install i trail cam on the back of my barn.I am then going to tie some food about 8 feet off the ground in a tree.I am going to get some squatch pics.There is about 600 acres of woods back there.I am hearing howls.Now whether these are coyotes I dont know.

  6. Bring a pair of pliers,if a tooth acts up,pull it.The dentist want you to fix them for repeat business,what a scam

  7. I think the huge fascination with bigfoot is people dont understand how they can live without our amenities.Deep down people want to live like sasquatch.Deep down people dont want cellphones or cable.Every day commercials and keep up with the jones mentality is embedded in our brain.When people see a sasquatch walking by a river, they say that is the way to go.

    1. I think so too. In our culture we look upon people who live simply and self-sufficiently as being inferior and less evolved. I think I’m eventually going to go squatch in my old age. Probably just live in a hut in the woods and hunt & forage for my food. I’ll probably be unshaven, and I am pretty large, so I could easily be mistaken for a Bigfoot.

  8. John ,they are exactly my thoughts.Who amongst us can say they dont love barnabus collins and dark shadows, not to mention hee-haw.

  9. Bigfoot could very well be extraterrestrial .They seem to be exponentially smarter than people due to the fact they they have completely bypassed the need for modern inventions.They live in peace and have maintained the laws of nature without disturbing nature.They also have a higher amount of physical strength because they do everything by hand the way it is supposed to be done.Eventually when our system collapses we will live like bigfoot again.

    1. Are you saying technology doesn’t equal progress?! What??!! I thought the more gadgetry a civilization has, the more advanced they are! Seriously, good point, Squatchmeister. An advanced species might progress beyond the need for the technology that we’ve come to rely on so utterly and completely. Our society’s total dependence on technology and the separation of labor (someone to manufacture this and another to provide that) really is a house of cards that may — and probably will, IMO — come crashing down at some point. Maybe a more advanced species has already gone through the technology-dependent phase and have come full circle to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

  10. I see the upcoming events unfolding in this way;in the very near future a squatch is injured or sick and brought into captivity.The people will ask well where are they living?They dont have homes or huts.The government then says we think they live underground,in the earth.There are massive underground alien bases on the china indian border,submerged unidentified objects,numerous first hand reports on many injured bigfoot when mt st helens exploded.The army rounded up all the injured bigfoots and took them to a secluded shelter.I think an abundance of bigfoot live in mt saint helens.

  11. They live underground and come out occasionally.I believe the opinion that the inner earth is mostly solid is skewed.It is interesting that the scientists who have said we have only discovered 20 percent of living creatures on this planet in plain view,can tell you what the earth is made up of.If there is a core,it would be a nearly 4000 miles trip to get there.So making claims as to there being a core is the stuff science fiction is made of.Sure it would be nice to know what the inner earth is made of.But,unfortunately we have to wait until an exploration is completed before we will find out.The inner earth is home to an abundance of life.

    1. I’ve always found the inner earth theory interesting. I met cryptozoologist Adam Davies in NYC on his return from a Bigfoot expedition in Washington. He and his team met Bigfoot researcher Lori Simmons and she took him to an area in the forest where she believed a squatch lived. He said it was at the base of a tree and that it might have lived underneath there in some kind of burrow. This made me wonder if there were interconnecting tunnels or cave systems that they use for travel and shelter, which then brought to mind the inner earth idea. It’s a thought. Both Adam and Lori are on Facebook if you ever want to get in touch or read up on their findings.

  12. Joe D. Interesting story..I wonder how much morre your wife has remembered..If you took her back to the area I wonder if it would refresh more memories..Happy Holidays

  13. Hi john, great site!
    Of course, right now i cannot find the sights that had two reports from southern middlesex county, one specifically naming cottrell rd, old bridge as the nearest main road, and the other describing to a tee the dead end street my wife grew up on a mile or so away. Those reports were from ’66 and ’73 i think.
    They were a rural family by today’s standards, she played in the woods and swam in the creek alone as even a small child.
    When i told her the story of the reports in her neighborhood she got a little freaked out and didn’t speak for a few minutes. Then she told me her “imaginary” friend as a little girl was an ape man named “Bear”.
    Little bit odd.
    Btw an Algonquin name for bigfoot is son of bear, and she does posess 25% native american blood. Hmmmmm

  14. Hi john, great site!
    Of course, right now i cannot find the sights that had two reports from southern middlesex county, one specifically naming cottrell rd, old bridge as the nearest main road, and the other describing to a tee the dead end street my wife grew up on a mile or so away. Those reports were from ’66 and ’73 i think.
    They were a rural family by today’s standards

  15. Lets bring a keg of beer just to due our part in stimulating the economy and keeping beer workers employed.God bless America.

  16. Lets put a team together.The first ten people to commit are in.The split is a cool million apiece.I think we can find the down at bass river .

  17. With spike tv and loyds of london new tv show is offerring 10 million dollars for bigfoot proof,it is time to deliver.The exact terms werent dislosed.I wouldnt want to harm one .10 millions clams is a lot of beer

    1. Anthony – This has come up a few times on this blog, but so far no one has followed through and organized anything (as far as I know). Please let me know if you receive any replies.

      — John

  18. Hello all!
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    I recently shot a feature Bigfoot horror film in Vermont, and am looking to augment it with interviews of people who have seen/heard/encountered Bigfoot, or Bigfoot researchers/experts.
    We are aiming to conduct interviews next week, so we can submit the film to Sundance!
    This will be a great platform to get your story heard and to help us demystify these amazing creatures.

    if you are interested, ,please contact me:
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  19. I had an encounter I think was a big foot when I was staying with my boyfriends family in Medford Lakes. It’s been so long, but I think it was the summer of 1969 or 1970. I remember going to bed one night and something watching me in the window in the middle of the night. I turned over and happen to see it in the window, and thought it was some friends of my boyfriend playing a joke, cause it looked like a gorilla. Ii thought someone had a mask on. It was so intent on looking at me. The window was closed and airconditioning was on so I didn’t hear anything. I played like I was asleep and hoped it would go away. Finally I did fall back to sleep after a few minutes of peeping out of squinched up eyes. WhenI question him the next morning, both his mom and him thought I had a nightmare. There were no footprints.

    1. Elaine — I’ve gotten quite a few comments on the blog and emails sent to me telling me about sighting and encounters in the Pine Barrens. There’s a whole lot of woods down there, so I don’t think it’s that farfetched. Thanks for telling me about your experience. — John

    1. Dave — I’m working hard on finishing up the redesign of this site and I plan to have a forum section that will include various topics like cryptid and Bigfoot sightings. I think this will be a better setup for reporting experiences and sightings and discussing particular topics. Hopefully we’ll get more feedback once that’s up and running. The Paranomalist has been somewhat dormant because I’ve been trying to get caught up on overdue projects and personal stuff, but I’m looking forward to devoting more time to it in the near future.

  20. Imagine how much a full grown squatch could bench press.It could be well over a thousand pounds.That would be a highly impressive feat of strength.

  21. I am working on a hypothesis on how many sasquatches are in the united states.So lets say there is roughly 3.8 million square miles of land mass.If there a family of ten bigfoot for every 380 square miles,that would put the bigfoot count at 100,000 in the united states.It seems like a good count to me.Any opinions on this,and is my math correct?

  22. Occasionally they do cross over the gsp ,and are detected.If you look at williams sighting on this site,great creek rd is right off og the gsp,sighting number 14143 on the bfro site,and numerous sightings off of 539,The picture becomes more clear.They know their boundaries,but get curious.I also think they like to be seen,they get mischevious.

  23. I have a new theory on the sasquatches in the southern pinelands.The theory is that they are using the west side of the garden state parkway as a travel route..When the gsp becomes route 539,that marks the travel route heading north.They have a major compound down there,with sasquatches running amuck.

  24. Did anyone see the youtube video called a Sasquatch in the pinelands: a true life account.Sasquatch helped a lady get her car out of the mud .Some of these sasquatches are really wonderful.

    1. Just found it. Here’s the link for interested readers: Sasquatch in the Pinelands.
      Yeah, Joe – that was mighty nice of Sasquatch. Who needs Triple A when you have a friendly Bigfoot around? I don’t think it was very polite of this lady to complain about his odor, however. She probably didn’t even tip him.

  25. Wow, incredible blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you make blogging glance easy. The full glance of your website is great, let alone the content!

    1. Thank you. Launched the blog Fall of ’09. I’m a professional web developer and designer, so that helps. I’m going to be uploading the new version very soon. I appreciate the positive feedback.

  26. Mr. pavlik was a defense contractor who made his liviving at the base,he is now 80 years old.He has knowledge of the pinelands….

  27. John,I missed the trip down to bastso village,I will take the trip soon.I was so dissapointed I couldnt go.Mr.pavlik, however can show you the exact spot on the fence where the alien was recovered at fort dix.

  28. John,I looked at the map of this sighting off of route 539,this greenwood forest which sits on one side of route 539 is 29,000 acres of forest loaded with deer.On the other side of 539 is brendan byrne state forest.I just read the sighting from William,near the area.These are 2 reports that have just surfaced within the last few days.How many sightings are not being reported from this area?I think it has become very clear this area houses a vast amount of sasquatches.I am actually taking a day trip to batsto village tomorrow ,which is a little southwest of these sightings in the pinelands,in wharton state forest.I will bring a camera and report back with any squatch findings or any other unusual activity down there.

    1. Joe — 539 goes through Bass River State Forest, just southeast of Wharton State Forest, where Batsto Village is located. Very familiar with both areas and been to Batsto many times — last time being the weekend of that freak snow storm at the end of October. It actually rained all day that Saturday in South Jersey, but I was holed up in a nice heated trailer watching DVDs and drinking beer with my brother. Sunday was gorgeous and we did some hiking in and around Batsto Village. Got a bunch of photos of this on the Paranomalist Facebook page in fact.

      Considering that there are over a million acres of dense forest there in the NJ Pinelands, it seems as if that would be a good habitat for them. If you read through the other comments, there are some interesting claims about sightings in this area of NJ. Let me know if you see or hear anything interesting in when you’re there.

  29. A man just told me of a sighting he had 2 years ago.He said he was leaving barnegat and at 330 a.m. he was heading north on route 539.An 8 ft squatch ran across the rd.I will try to get him to give you a full report.

    1. Joe, check out the comment just above from William. Great Creek Rd is in the Barnegat area. I camp & hike down there often. I’ll have to check out the area soon. Now that the nice weather is here I’m planning on hitting the Pinelands and northwest Jersey for some good day trips and overnight camping. I’ll keep my eyes open and a camera on hand. That would be great if he could me a report. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  30. I’ve seen it. Two months ago on Great Creek Road heading east between Wrangleborro and Pitney. It seemed that the creature was rather timid and meant no harm. But it did seem rather curious about me. I was riding my bike when I noticed something moving in the woods off to my left. Being that I love nature I stopped to see what it was. All I saw was a creature approximately 7-8 feet tall standing next to a creek. We looked at each other for about 25 seconds and it ran off. It happened at about 6 p.m. and the weather was rather warm for the time of year.

    1. I’m familiar with the area. Lots of pines and cedar forests along that road, right? It’s along the south end of the Pinelands around Galloway, NJ. Okay, William, give me the details. Build? Approximate weight? Fur color? Sounds like you had a pretty good look at it. How far away when you saw it? Could you describe the facial features? If so, more apelike, humanoid, or in between. Were you able to discern if it was male or female. Any further information you can provide is appreciated! Thanks for checking in with this. — John

  31. Hi John, im a young bigfoot hunter and im wanted to know if you could give me somed tips on calling them im haveing so trouble makeing it long. I cant seem to get it right could you help me out . THANK YOU
    from raeann.

    1. Hi Raeann — I’ve never actually heard a Bigfoot call in the wild, but supposedly my wife has. There are quite a few websites that have audio recordings that may or may not be Bigfoot vocalizations, and I recall that a few of them — one in particular — made my wife very upset when I played it. She said that recording sounded just like it. I’ll try to find it and ask her which one it is when she gets home later. When I get it, I’ll send you the link. Also, we were watching “Bigfoot: When Legend Meets Science” on the Discovery Channel, and there were a number of recording that they played on that show that got to her. I believe it’s a long, yowling, screaming sound. It doesn’t sound completely like an animal. There’s definitely a human quality to it, which makes it that much more frightening and unnerving. I think it probably takes a lot of vocal power to produce that kind of sound. Maybe a voice coach would be able to help you. If you’re still in school, maybe your music or chorus teacher can help you out with this. That’s one idea just off the top of my head. My brother-in-law and his young daughter are fans of the “Finding Bigfoot” show and he does the call very well, but he’s a trumpet player and music teacher, so he has the vocal training and lung power to pull it off. I think that’s the key to doing a good Bigfoot call. Good luck! I’ll email that link to you when I find it. — John

  32. Hi,a great site you have going here.When I challenged myself to come up with a physical number of sasquatches that live in new jersey,I come up with at least 300 minimum.Based on the amount of sightings and this perfect environment for them,thats the answer I come up with.I think there is a substantial population living in the pine barrens.I think there may be sasquatches living in the woods behind my house in ocean county.There is a handmade structure of pine needles,branches…It is pretty intricate.It is in the middle of the woods.Together with the very loud whoop calls periodically,it may be squatches.I dont believe they would want to migrate with deer,wild turkeys,foxes,occasional black bears now.It is teeming with food sources.The pine barrens is a nirvana for the squatches.You combine the sightings with probably the biggest protected forest in the country,you have a perfect combination for the squatches.

    1. Hi Joe — I love Ocean County, especially the southern part that includes part of the Pine Barrens. People who are not from the state don’t realize how much protected woodland that we have in here in New Jersey. The pinelands are so large and dense, almost anything could be living down there. I plan to do a lot of hiking and camping there this summer and as always, I’ll have my eyes open for anything out of the ordinary — including the jerseysquatch. Let me know if you hear or see anything unusual. Thanks!

    1. Hi Joe — That doesn’t sound like an unreasonable number to me. Like any animal species, there would have to be substantial enough population for breeding, unless we’re looking at a migratory creature that doesn’t necessarily mate and reproduce here. Could be that they’re passing through on the way north or south. Are you basing that number on any specific criteria or experience?


  33. Hellooo BigFoot; Well John thank you. Hunters rights, and Conservation, Feed the hungry in NJ. zero wasted. lol. Also in the record books. Hunted rams, black bear, brown bear, ….ect. Know that your hunting Amen. Bigfoot like John said, two legs sounds like murder to me. What I saw was on two legs and big , black, very fast like a race horse. Not a man, bear, wild boar,deer, dog,…..ect what ever it was did not want to be seen.

  34. I’m so glad I’m able to hide and outsmart you. I fear that a whole slew of us would come up DEAD because of selfish human beings like the ones that need to hunt all the time. It’s ridiculous, hunting is NOT a sport. Hopefully, animals and creatures are becoming SMARTER then humans. Leave well enough alone. HUMANS always meddling trying to kill and create problems, leave us ALONE!

    1. Thanks, Bigfoot. For the record, I’m okay with hunting if it’s for food, but I abhor trophy hunting. And I wouldn’t shoot you anyway because killing something that walks on two legs sure seems like murder to me. Be careful out there, and thanks for reading my blog.

      — John

  35. I live in SJ all my life. Love to bowhunt, My story. about 9 or 8 yrs ago in Oct I was hunting with friens in Weekstown, near Green Bank. My buddy Mike let me hunt out of his deerstand early in the mornin around 430am. This was my first time hunting out of this stand it was off a fire lane about a 24 min walk in. Saw one deer around 7am . Got down around 930am to meet up with the guys at the trucks. About 10 mins into the walk to the right side of the fire lane stood up about 50yrs in front of me. It was black and scared the shit out of me, I do not scare easly. I have walked in the woods before with no flashlight. back to the thing, well it happened fast. This thing crossed the fire lane and was out of site fast. it was very fast!! First tho was a bear ? It was not a bear. I never talked about it but only to Mike. The more time went on the more I tho about it, I know what I saw but in NJ? BF? never seen it again, I still hunt.

    1. Russ — I’ve received several accounts about Bigfoot sightings in the Pine Barrens area. It’s such a heavily forested area that it wouldn’t surprise me that there so many reports about sightings and encounters. Thanks for letting me know about this one.

  36. John,

    Just reading through all these accounts and suddenly realized that what I heard in mid January 2012, a sound I had never heard before in the woods surrounding my property, may have been a big foot. I have hunted the area along Old Mine road between Milford bridge and Dingmans bridge for over 30 years. I purchased a property in Montague 12 years ago, and this borders state and federal lands. I thought I knew every sound in the woods, but on this occasion, at around 8am, I was in my bathroom when I heard what sounded like a loud shrieking noise, like a woman screaming, coming from the woods behind the house. I heard it 3 or 4 times before I ran out to investigate. I walked the woods for a while but found nothing. I could not beleive what I was hearing. I processed the sound trying to assoiciated with anything I knew in the woods, and came up with 0.

    My home and property is very private and secluded, set way back off the beaten trail. I will be extra alert now when grilling at night or heading to the wood pile !

    And on another topic, yes there are mountain lions in NJ.

    1. Tony, Joe — Both very interesting comments! Got my nose buried in a project right now, but I’ll address them both later tonight. And you too Darnell, if you’re reading.

  37. Thanks john for your fast response-
    I have read of 2 incidents in the past in west milford-One was in the monksville resovoir and another from employees at a paint ball company. I think they are on the BFO site.
    If you have ever been up this way and really drove around the area as well as newfoundland, hewitt and ringwood as well as Warwick NY which all surround this area you would really see and get a feeling that this area could inhabit such a remarkable creature if it really exists. If anyone has any type of encounters or information of any in these areas I would really enjoy reading about it.

  38. Hi John, I just read all the comments and really just started getting very interested in the possibility that this creature exists. im very open minded and really feel that all these sightings and sounds ect… cant all be a hoax. I just recently moved to west miford nj (passiac Cnty) and was wondering if anyone has had any sightings in this area, It sure looks like such a creature could exist in this area. I enjoyed reading all the information from everyone who has posted-please keep them coming.

    1. Thanks, Vinny. A good friend of mine is in West Milford — beautiful area. I’m only around 45 minutes southeast of there. I agree, there seems to be something to these stories and the people who have told them seem to be very sincere and believable. I’ve even spoken (off the record) to some state troopers who have had sightings in the northeastern part of New Jersey, and a few in the Pine Barrens. West Milford is very wooded, so it could be worth looking into reports of any local sightings. Let me know if you hear of anything! — John

  39. Hey I’m extremely interested in searching for the creatures and going across the globe, is there any groups to join or anything to be a part of to persue this dream? Email me if so, I am 22 and from NJ.

    1. Dennis — There seems to be a lot of interest in this lately, especially in doing some kind of local expedition. I think I may just post an open invitation to meet up somewhere this spring here in New Jersey. I’m thinking out in Sussex County, possibly in Stokes State Forest, High Point, or Lake Oswego. Or, perhaps down in Bass River State Forest or Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands. Doing some local expeditions would be a good place to start getting some field experience, in my opinion. There are no groups that I know of offhand, but I’d be glad to use this site as a place where these ideas can be discussed. Let me know what you think. — John

  40. Mike,

    Being a Bigfoot enthusiast living in NJ and having read just about every report in the state (and probably 75% of all reports nationwide) I am pretty sure I am familiar with your work in the “field”. At least as far as follow-up reports go.

    That being said, do you have any thoughts on what’s going on with the NJ Bigfoot website/reporting center? I understand that all NJ reports are to be referred to NESRA, but as far as I’m concerned they are a joke.

    I know you are trying to gather the troops through a couple outlets (bff too right?) But what else is being done? Has there been any recent nj reports that we are incapable to accessing due to this whole NESRA takeover (or lack thereof )?

    Sorry for using your comments section as a semi-forum John. Just had to. That bein said, I Love your work.

    1. No, no problem at all. I don’t know much about NESRA, so I can’t comment on their organization. I have met Drew Vics of the NJ Bigfoot Reporting Center, but it’s been over three years since I last spoke with him and from what I understand he’s no longer maintaining the NJBRC site — which is a shame. I don’t know if Drew is directly involved with NESRA or if he’s just forwarding links to his site over to theirs.

      If you and/or Mike would like me to post an article about getting some researchers together, I’m more than happy to put that on the front page of the Paranomalist. My site gets roughly 10,000 visits a month and around 4,000 unique visitors, so I’m sure you’d get some eyeballs. If you guys are in touch with one another and want to work something out, let me know and I’ll put it on the site.

      Thanks for checking in and good luck. — John

  41. I am looking to team up with serious,and like-minded people to put a crew together and do research or an expedition for Bigfoot in the Bass River area near New Gretna. If you look at any and all Bigfoot reports in NJ, a good amount of them are reported in the Bass River/New Gretna area,and this goes back for years all the way to the 70’s. There has to be something to it. It is a highly concentrated area of sightings,and anybody that knows that area, knows that it is dense enough to provide a safe habitat and cover for Bigfoot.Anybody that might be interested, let me know

  42. Hi John.First time on here.Being an avid Bigfoot enthusiast since I was a kid these sightings in NJ fascinate me.Not sure what to think about the whole Bigfoot phenomenon.So many people have seen these creatures over the years and other than the Patterson-Gimlin film,there is really not a lot of hard evidence to support the existence of these man-like beasts.I feel some sightings are hoaxes,some misidentifications,and some outright lies.But there are a few that are so intriguing that it really makes one stop and really ponder a bit.Any way,as a NJ resident I think it’s fascinating that they are being spotted in my home state.God Bless.

    1. Hi Joseph — Thanks. I’ve received a lot of pretty intriguing comments and emails about Bigfoot sightings in New Jersey. A few years back, before I looked into it, I would have only considered Bigfoot (if he exists) as being found in the Pacific Northwest and Canadian wilderness, but there are a lot of very densely populated states that report quite a few sightings each year. I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, but a couple of researchers I’ve spoken with have suggested that they might be a migratory species and may sometimes pass through more populous areas like NJ. Or, all these reports might be misidentified species or outright lies. I have heard some fascinating stories from very sincere-sounding people, however.

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