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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2007 12:00 am

Whether or not local deer hunter Rick Jacobs captured Bigfoot on film, the sighting was not the first, and is not the last.

There has been credible sightings all over the state, according to the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. The society's Web site describes three credible sightings in McKean County since 1985, four in Potter County since 1970, five in Cameron County sine 1977, and one in Elk County in 1992.

Bigfoot was spotted in McKean County in 1995 during hunting season, according to the society. A man spotted a large dark creature walking around a hillside 80 yards from him at a face pace. The creature eventually disappeared.

The most recent Potter County sighting was June 28, 2002, near Crossfork. A man standing on a pipeline spotted two creatures crossing the pipeline. One creature was between seven- to eight-foot tall and was covered in dark grayish-brown hair. The other creature was about three foot tall and was covered in brown hair. The man saw arms swinging as they walked, according to the society.

A man was woken when he heard the heavy footfalls of a large animal at a campsite near Grove Run, Cameron County, in July 2001, according to the society. The eight-foot-tall creature walked between the man and the campfire. The creature was covered in "glistening long black hair" and walked on two legs. The witness could not see the creature's face but noticed its arms hung to it's knees and heard the creature making heavy breathing sounds. The creature down the hill towards the creek and disappeared, according to the society.

Bigfoot was witnessed by three campers near the State Game Lands in Elk County in August 1992, according to the society. One camper saw the legs of a hairy, bi-pedal creature with six to eight inches of "glistening black hair." One of the campers tried to snap a photo with a flash camera, which scared the creature. It ran up a plateau above them and began screaming a loud, high-pitched, and drawn out scream. Another attempt at a photograph was unsuccessful but red eyes could be seen reflected from the flash. The campers got into their truck and saw a bi-pedal creature cross in front of them where the campfire was, according to the society.

Bigfoot sightings can be submitted to the society by contacting them by phone, e-mail, or through their web site. A society researcher will then contact the witness, preferably in person, to determine the credibility of the report.

If the story sounds credible, researchers will go with the witness to the sight where the Bigfoot was spotted to look for physical evidence, including footprints or hair samples. The society may then camp out in the area to see if the creature can be spotted again.

The witness's story then appears on the Web site with no specific location or witness information.

The society fields a number of sightings, including 15 in the week since the Jacobs pictures appeared in The Era, said Society Director Eric Altman. The sightings on the society's Web site have been determined credible by a society researcher, he said.

"We usually can pick up pretty quickly if a story has been made up," said Altman, who has been researching Bigfoot for 27 years.

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