As I was walking, I saw a black object out of the corner of my eye, and it seemed to be peering out from behind a large tree to my right. It was at the tree line. It moved as if it had anticipated my next move by paralleling my intended line of travel. Like an idiot, I stopped abruptly and stared at the tree. I saw the movement, and it appeared to be a head ducking back behind the tree. I thought that was strange because it was too tall to be any man. Then it appeared on the other side of the tree as if it was watching me, but didn’t want to be seen. It appeared to be human but was very large. However, I was still too far away to make any clear assessment.
“I can see you.” I called out. “What do you want?”
There was no answer. Now that I knew where my observer was located, I felt confident I would not be way-laid. So, I started walking towards the tree. “Are you lost? Are you hungry?”
It must have been standing sideways with its shoulder to the tree, because it turned to run back into the thicket on the hill. It was a good three feet from shoulder to shoulder. It was then I realized I was not looking at any person or any bear. It was the Mogollon Monster!
It looked huge. I stand nearly 6 feet tall, but if I would have been next to this guy, I would have to look up to see into its face. It had to be seven to eight feet tall. I estimate it would have to be a good 400 pounds. It had hair or fur on its body, but this changed to hair as it progressed up its back to the head and shoulders. The head was shrouded in long hair. It reminded me of a African lion’s mane.
It moved quickly. It moved up the hill into the thicket and disappeared. I was in shock and awe as to what I had just seen. I could hear it for quite some time moving though the thicket to the top of the hill, and then it got quiet. It was then I realized that it had moved to the top of the hill away from me before I had even realized I could have been in danger. But, I realized that it had made no aggressive moves or gestures. It seemed to only be interested in watching me fish. Regardless, I was in my car and headed for civilization.
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