Fouke Monster sightings...
Newspaper accounts first brought regional attention to the creature starting in May of 1971. The sensational stories were mainly published in the Texarkana Gazette, but were also picked up by the Associated Press and distributed to other newspapers around the southern U.S.
In 1972, following the release of Charles B. Pierce's classic film, The Legend of Boggy Creek - which was based on actual sighting reports - the creature was launched to worldwide fame due to the movie's overwhelming success.
Many people believe that sighting reports of the creature stopped in the mid-1970s after the movie mayhem died down. HOWEVER, the sighting reports DID NOT STOP, nor did they truly start in 1971. Sightings of a large, hairy man-like creature in the Fouke area date back to the early 1900s and continue right up until today.
The following is a list prominent sightings in the Fouke area. All sightings were investigated/documented by Lyle Blackburn unless otherwise noted. (The book, The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster, includes details about these sightings plus many more.)
new › indicates newly researched sightings that have been added to the list.
new › 2014 November / near Fouke, Arkansas - A local resident was driving along a backroad near the Sulphur River at approximately 9:30am when she saw a bipedal, ape-like animal come out of the woods and stop in the road. The creature was approximately 5 feet tall, covered in brown hair, and had dark brown eyes. It gazed at her momentarily before running into the thick woods on the other side of the road.
new › 2014 January / near Fouke, Arkansas (Doddridge) - While gathering firewood near Mercer Bayou, a local resident surprised a four-foot-tall bipedal ape-like creature (presumably a juvenile) as it made a moaning cry in the woods. When the creature ran, the witness attempted to follow, but lost sight as it ran into the murky water and dense cypress trees of the bayou.
new › 2013 February / Fouke, Arkansas - Local resident sees a large, ape-like creature crouching near a County Road in the early morning hours before sunrise. It was seen a second time in the same vacinity a few months later.
2012 October / Fouke, Arkansas - Local resident sees a hairy, ape-like creature run across a County Road a few miles south of Fouke during daylight hours. The witness felt that the creature fit the description of the Fouke Monster and was confident that it was not an ordinary animal. The sighting occurred near a location where other sightings have been reported over the years.
2011 September / Fouke, Arkansas – Nearby resident sees a large, bipedal creature with dark fur standing next to a hay bale as she drove down a County Road late one evening. As the car approached, the creature suddenly darted across the road running very fast on two legs. The creature came within 3-4 feet of the car, causing the driver to hit the brakes, before it disappeared into the brush on the other side of the road.
2011 May / near Fouke, Arkansas (Genoa) - While driving in the early evening, a husband and wife see a strange bipedal creature run across the road and disappear into the woods (headed in the direction of Old Bitty Lake). They described it as being "about six feet tall and very stout with huge legs and feet." It was covered in reddish-brown hair that had "dirt and debris stuck to it." The husband promptly stopped the vehicle, at which time the couple could smell a rancid stench coming in through the open car windows. (Lon Strickler)
2010 May / Fouke, Arkansas – While driving late one evening, a married couple sees a large, hairy creature run on two legs across the road. Light precipitation was falling, but the figure was visible in the headlights as it made its way across the pavement and into the trees beyond. The couple turned the car around to get a better look but was only able to get one final glimpse of the creature standing in the trees before it disappeared in the darkness.
2009 near Fouke, Arkansas - A wildlife photographer witnessed something run across the road in the afternoon at a location between Smith Park and Long Slough boat ramp. She described it as being tall, covered in hair, and running on two legs. It bounded the road in a few short steps and disappeared into the woods.
2001 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Two young girls encounter a "hairy monster" while riding bikes in the evening hours. When they returned home and told their mother, she contacted the authorities.
2001 near Fouke, Arkansas – Hunter comes face-to-face with a large, ape-like creature while hunting near Mercer Lake.
2000 Winter / near Fouke, Arkansas – A coonhunter encounters a hairy "creature of immense size" late at night while hunting with his dog. It made a hissing sound and splashed water on the hunter while making deep, throaty sounds. (TBRC)
2000 October / near Fouke, Arkansas – A bowhunter sees a "big black figure" approaching his tree stand before dawn. The creature reached up and grabbed his arrow with a "large black hand, very similar to the hand of a gorilla."(TBRC)
2000 January / near Fouke, Arkansas – Hunter observes a "hairy man-like creature approximately eight-foot tall" walking in a wheat field during the late afternoon. The wheat field was approximately two miles from the Sulphur River along Boggy Creek. The creature was also described as having a musky smell. (TBRC)
1998 July / near Fouke, Arkansas – A woman babysitting some children sees a "very large, hairy creature." She watches them from the edge of the woods while on a morning walk. Frightened, she quickly returned to the house. (GCBRO)
1997 September / near Fouke, Arkansas –While working on his car in the driveway, a man sees a "large, dark-brown creature" standing in the woods watching him. He approached the creature and observed it for several minutes. Deciding to retrieve his gun, he went back to his house. When he returned, the creature was gone, but he eventually spotted it again, sitting in woods. He continued to observe the creature until dusk made it too hard to see. (GCBRO)
1996 Fouke, Arkansas - A young boy and his sister see a large, hair-covered creature walking on two legs through the woods as they played near their house. (Boggy Creek runs right through the property where the house was built.)
1993 Near Fouke, Arkansas – Four hours after the previous sighting and only a half mile away, a woman sees an animal fitting the description of the "Fouke Monster" cross County Road 10 in the early morning hours. (Smokey Crabtree)
1993 Near Fouke, Arkansas – Five people (two men in a truck, a couple in a car, and a man in a semi truck) traveling on Highway 71 at approximately 2:00 a.m. stop their vehicles to observe a large, hairy animal standing on the side of the road (much like the sighting of October of 1992). The creature stood approximately 100 yards from the witnesses and was described as being ape-like, yet it moved on two legs like a man. After observing the growing crowd of people for a few moments, it turned and darted into the woods, running fast on two legs. The witnesses discussed the sighting before leaving the scene. (Smokey Crabtree)
1992 Near Fouke, Arkansas – Man sees a hairy, upright creature standing beside the road as he drove at night. It crossed the road behind the car.
1992 October / near Fouke, Arkansas – Six people (five young men in a car and one man in a semi truck) traveling on FM 134 around 11:00 p.m. stop their vehicles to watch a large, hairy animal walk upright across the road. The creature was estimated to be seven feet tall with a bulky frame covered in thick, bushy hair. It was clearly silhouetted in the headlights as it crossed the pavement and walked into a field where it disappeared into the darkness. All six witnesses got out of the vehicles and discussed the amazing sighting before leaving the scene.
1991 November / Karnack, Texas / 52 miles from Fouke – A large skeleton is discovered in the woods by two hunters. The specimen is completely intact except for a missing head, tail, and claws. Suspecting that the bones might belong to the alleged Fouke Monster, the hunters take the bones from the property and give them to (Smokey Crabtree)
1990 October / near Fouke, Arkansas – Two men from Oklahoma smell a pungent odor while driving on Highway 71. They pull over and see a tall, man-like creature covered in shaggy black hair, running toward the south bank of the Sulphur River. The creature was described as walking "upright just like a human, not like a bear or gorilla." (Texarkana Gazette)
1986 Fouke, Arkansas – A local landowner was driving a representative from Miller Brewing Company to a wheat field located on his property. Upon reaching the back gate, the landowner stopped the truck and got out to unlock it. At that point he noticed a tall, hair-covered figure walking toward them approximately 80-100 yards away. When the creature saw the men, it immediately turned and headed toward the trees near Boggy Creek.
1981 February / near Fouke, Arkansas – Teenage boy sees a tall, man-like creature with scraggly fur and long arms walking on two legs near the family's fishing pond.
1977 near Fouke, Arkansas – Young man sees a large, hair-covered creature as he was fishing near some gravel pits (near Days Creek). The creature was eating a flowering plant that blooms on the trees.
1974 near Fouke, Arkansas / 7 miles from Fouke – Two brothers are driving their truck toward home one evening when an ape-like creature jumps into their trailer and begins thrashing about. The men stopped and the creature fled into the woods.
1973 November / near Fouke, Arkansas – Local man, known to be a skeptic, sees a four-foot-tall, hairy bipedal creature creep across his field early one morning. (Texarkana Gazette)
new › 1973 Summer / near Fouke, Arkansas – Two girls see a large, hairy creature step into the road as the rode in the back of a pickup truck. The creature lingered a few moments before walking off the road.
1971 Fall / Fouke, Arkansas – A family first hears some strange howls, then sees a sasquatch-like creature walk from the woods. They were parked at one of the Mercer Bayou boat ramp, preparing to go boating. Three nearby campers came out of their trailer with shotguns, but did not shoot the creature. It only lingered a moment before running back into the woods.
1971 May / Fouke, Arkansas – Three well-respected local residents see a "monkey-like" creature with long arms and dark hair run across Highway 71 near Boggy Creek. (Texarkana Daily News)
1971 May / Fouke, Arkansas – Bobby Ford, Don Ford, Elizabeth Ford, and Charles Taylor claim to see a seven-foot tall, hairy creature several times during the night as it approached their rent house and stuck a hand through the window. Investigators later found evidence of scratches on the house and three-toed tracks in the yard. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / near Fouke, Arkansas – Three people see a "tall hairy creature with red eyes" during the evening hours. It appeared to be "squatting" on an embankment at the edge of the woods, across the street from their home. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / near Fouke, Arkansas – Child reports seeing a "monster in the woods" near his house. Same location as the previous report. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / Fouke, Arkansas – Woman sees a six-foot-tall, hairy creature walking through the woods near Willie Smith's soybean field during the late evening hours. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / Fouke, Arkansas – Two men from Kansas report seeing a strange, two-legged animal standing on the side of the road. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / Fouke, Arkansas – Two local residents witness a creature fitting the monster's general description "slouch" across a gravel road in front of their car early one morning. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / Fouke, Arkansas – Several women and children report seeing an "ape-like creature" in the area. The women had come to the area to view the tracks in the soybean field. (Texarkana Gazette)
1971 June / Fouke, Arkansas – A trail of three-toed tracks are discovered in Willie Smith's soybean field. The trackway appeared to have been made by a bipedal creature walking upright. (Texarkana Gazette)
1970s Exact year unknown / near Fouke, Arkansas – Man and his son see the alleged monster running on two legs across their field. The creature appeared to be wounded. As told to director Charles B. Pierce.
1970s Exact year unknown / near Fouke, Arkansas – Farmer sees a large, man-like creature covered in scraggly hair walking in his pasture. (As told to director Charles B. Pierce.)
1968 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Woman sees an upright, ape-like creature twice in the early morning hours. It was first seen eating scraps from a hog pen and later seen licking food remnants from a dog's bowl. She described it as having hair all over its body with a flat, brown nose and canine teeth like a dog or baboon.
1967 Spring / near Fouke, Arkansas – While driving late one night, a teenager (who later became a Grammy-award winning musician) and his cousin see a hair-covered, bipedal creature running along Highway 71. They were residents of Texarkana and had never heard of the Fouke Monster or Bigfoot. The teenager didn't realize what he seen until years later when he saw The Legend of Boggy Creek.
1967 near Fouke, Arkansas – Man sees hairy, man-like creature run across a road while driving on a rural road near his house.
1966 Various occurrences / Near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Smokey Crabtree reports that the alleged monster, on several occasions, approached his house at night, was heard screaming, or would disturb the dogs - although it never harmed any animals. (Smokey Crabtree)
1966 Fouke, Arkansas – School bus driver sees the alleged monster cross the road early one morning. (Smokey Crabtree)
1965 near Fouke, Arkansas (Mercer Bayou) – Hunter sees a seven-foot tall, hairy man-like animal in the woods. As he approached, the creature disappeared into the thick underbrush.
1965 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Woman deer hunting sees a dark, hairy ape-like figure running on two legs along a pipeline.
1965 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Teenage boy encounters a hairy man or ape-like beast near a lake on his family's property. It was described as seven-foot tall with "reddish-brown hair about four inches long all over its body. It stood upright like a man, but had extra-long arms." As the thing approached, he fired at it with his shotgun three times and then fled. (Smokey Crabtree)
1965 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Another teenage boy sees the alleged monster in the woods while deer hunting. He fired his gun at the creature before running away.
1964 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Teenage girl sees a tall, hairy, two-legged creature lurking in the yard of her rural home one evening.
1955 near Fouke, Arkansas (Mercer Bayou) – Experienced hunter/trapper sees a large gorilla-like creature while fishing in a river. It appeared to be washing its hands before it walked off on two legs into the trees.
1955 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Two adult residents see a hairy, man-like creature cross the road one evening while driving near their home. They noted that it "walked like a man, but was too hairy to be a man."
1955 Fouke, Arkansas – Man sees a large, hairy ape-like creature near his house on Boggy Creek. He shot at it 15 times with a rifle, but apparently missed. (Victoria Advocate)
1946 near Fouke, Arkansas – Woman sees a strange animal in the field by her house. According to the local sheriff, she said "it looked kind of like a man, and walked like a man, but she didn't think it was a man." (Texarkana Gazette)
1932 near Fouke, Arkansas (Jonesville) – Man sees a hairy, man-like animal from his porch. It quickly moved out toward the fence on the property and disappeared into the woods.
1908 near Fouke, Arkansas – Woman is reported to have seen a creature fitting the description of the "Fouke Monster" when she was 10 years old.
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