Nov 21, 2018 I Nick Redfern

“No Known Animal That I Have Ever Encountered”

One of the most fascinating of all Bigfoot reports dates from July 1969. It was made public by the witness, himself, J.W. Huff, who worked in the field of mining, and who shared the details with the Bigfoot research community shortly after it occurred. The location, said Huff, was on land near the Bradfield Canal, Wrangell, Alaska. Huff began: “I have been working for another mining company during this past season and one of my camps was in the Bradfield Canal general area. We were flown in by helicopter later in the afternoon and as soon as the ‘copter was unloaded it immediately departed for Ketchikan. We started to get our camp up and prepare for the coming operations. While working on the camp shortly after the departure of the ‘copter I happened to look up on a ridge about 300 feet higher than we were and about 500 yards distant. I saw a man standing there watching us…”

Huff’s initial thought was that this was just a regular person, that the land had already been claimed, and that – as a consequence – he and his colleague would have to leave the area. It turns out that this was no regular person, after all. It wasn’t a person, at all. Huff continued with his story: “My partner and I watched this man for ten or fifteen minutes expecting him to come down to our camp and visit with us and inform us this was his area and, of course, we were prepared to tell him we would leave the next day. He stood absolutely motionless and we had a good look at him and he appeared to be extremely large.”

That was not the only odd characteristic of the man: “As we kept watching him he seemed to have no hat of any kind and looked very dark and we had the impression he had no clothing on. After watching him, I resumed my work in getting the tent up while my partner continued to watch. He then yelled to this man and waved to him whereupon this man took off with a lumbering gait rather rapidly and soon disappeared over the ridge from our sight. We looked several more times expecting him to appear somewhere else coming down to our camp but no further sighting was made. We did not have our radio antenna up yet, or I would have recalled the ‘copter to investigate further.”

Although nothing dramatic occurred during the night, the story was not quite over. Come the next morning, Huff and his colleague decided to do a bit of exploring, and see if they could track down the giant man – if a man he was: “We had to decide where we were going to start our prospecting so we decided we might as well start where we had seen this huge man. It took us some time to get there as we had to take a roundabout route and were prospecting all the way. It was very warm and rainy so the rocks were pretty slick and we were taking our time. When we got to the place where this man had been standing, there were no tracks, of course, as it was bare rock. Nearby was a snowfield and we searched this area but could not find anything we could definitely pin down as tracks. There had been goats up on that same ridge the day before but we could not find their tracks either due to the melting condition of the snow.

“We did find some depressions in the snow that would require quite a bit of imagination to definitely call them racks. This snowfield was rather small and once across it bare rocks were once again encountered. What this thing was that we saw I do not know except that it was no known animal that I have ever encountered and all I can say is that I have never seen anything even approaching this thing. We were in that camp for about three weeks and never again saw a trace of him.”

Huff signed off: “I am writing this letter in answer to your request for information and have related these experiences to you just as I saw them and whether or not they are believed I personally could care less as I know what I saw or at least what I appeared to see. I am fully positive that there is no reason that these Sasquatch could not exist as there have been too many reported sightings of similar man-like creatures.”

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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