How appropriate that– just in time for Thanksgiving– there’s a recent Bigfoot sighting in West Virginia from the Cranberry Wilderness! That’s right, there’s a enigmatic, geographically, topographically, climactically unique Post Ice Age region in Appalachia called The Cranberry Wilderness.
Obsession with the unknown can no longer be considered just a “Cryptozoology Thing”: It’s innate in all of us. As humans, we’re all drawn to stories of the supernatural, tales of monster-like creatures that may or may not exist, and we possess a fundamental curiosity about just what may be out there we’ve yet to discover. As our world becomes increasingly smaller thanks to technological advances and a greater global community, it seems highly plausible that we will one day discover the answers to questions about creatures such as the loch ness, monster, bigfoot, chupacabras, & The Mothman , to name but a few. Admittedly, sightings of Bigfoot have always piqued my interest. I’ll be the first to watch documentary about the illusive ape, no matter how cheesy. Hell, I even made a movie about it! Wanna see it? Here it goes…
Recent reports of DNA evidence of bigfoot and continued photographic evidence of Sasquatch Sightings have continued to crop up, most recently in reports from the Cranberry Wilderness section of West Virginia. While sightings are more commonly reported in the Pacific Northwest, along with encounters of a close cousin, the Skunk Ape, this area of Appalachia has seen its share of unusual phenomena, and it may just be that Sasquatch Stomps Here.
The Cranberry Glades are located in southern West Virginia and are a 750-acre grouping of peat bogs resembling some
Canadian bogs. The land is highly acidic and supports plants commonly found at higher latitudes, including cranberries, skunk cabbage, and two carnivorous plants (purple pitcher plant, sundew). The peculiarity of this area is the nature of environment … think bogs, peat moss, layer upon layer of decayed matter and limestone. Why? During the last ice age, glaciers covered most of this area before retreating during a warming cycle, exposing never-before-seen, remarkably preserved remains of ice age human beings who roamed the earth before the time of Christ.
Bigfoot Sightings in Appalachia are hundreds of years old. And as they say, where there’s smoke…you’re gonna find a fire. In fact, during WWII, the Cranberry Glades were home to a very low security prison that housed political objectors and moonshiners. It closed shortly after WWII, and even then rumors circulated that no prisoner would dare try to escape into the surrounding Cranberry Wilderness, out of the fear that “Bigfoot” would deliver a fate worse than incarceration.
Getting back to our story, however, many prisoners and guards reported hearing strange screams in the night coming from what was often referred to as the “haunted forests” surrounding the prison. The claims, even back then, that Sasquatch inhabited the area were written off as hoaxes or wandering minds, but something was wandering, and not just minds.
As tourism began to replace coal mining in the mountain state as the number one form of industry, and more and more tourists visited the area, more Bigfoot sightings were being reported. So many, in fact, that it prompted the Bigfoot Research Organization, or BFO, the largest organization dedicated to Bigfoot research in the world, to visit the area and conduct their own investigation.
According to their findings, there are indeed populations of North American Sasquatch residing in the Cranberry Wilderness section of West Virginia. During their expedition, sounds were heard each day along with sasquatches sighted on a trail along the Greenbriar River. Researchers reported that the sasquatches attempted to keep them “herded” together, by skillfully throwing large rocks in the paths of those who tried to separate and move away from the group. After two hours the activity ceased.
So this Thanksgiving, as you enjoy a little cranberry on your Turkey, don’t forget who may live and walk among those cranberries! America’s favorite obsession: Bigfoot.
J.L. Mann (Bubba) Cromer is an Attorney in Columbia, whose practice focuses on DUI Defense, Criminal Defense & Probate Administration and Estate Planning. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, California & The District of Columbia, “Bubba” has been in practice for 26 years. In addition to his Solo Practice at Cromer Law Offices, LLC, Bubba Served as the only true Independent In the S.C. Legislature from 1990-1998. For the past 16 years, he has Served as the Reading Clerk of the House.Bubba resides in Columbia, S.C and Rosman, N.C. where he built a cabin 4 years ago. Bubba lives with his Hungarian Golden Retriever Casper.