On 04/13/2014, the 3 primary investigators returned to the Trimble County habitation area to continue our investigation. Thomas Shay and Rodney Adams lead investigators, and Bob “Wolfman” Bratcher biologist and science writer of the Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group of Trimble County Kentucky were accompanied by Rodney’s daughter Cierra Adams. The investigation began at 12PM and the team returned to our main habituation site following a different route for safety due to turkey hunting in the region adjacent to the habituation area. In route to the area one new print was noted.
The team found little new activity in the area from the previous investigation theorized due to all the recent hunting in the area. The jar of peanut butter that remained the previous expedition and was nearly empty but some PB remained, was missing and unable to be found in the entire habitat. The new baiting technique of a bag of apples suspended above the trail remains untouched as did the rock structure. Photos from the trail came left in the locus tree will be evaluated but the previous photos again appeared to have been blanked out as if a hand was covering the camera lens. High wind made hearing anything difficult, but the team split up in
groups to cover the different ridges. Tom Shay and Robert Bratcher heard a single scream and heavy walking on one side of the ridge but no visual sighting occurred and only the one vocal and possible heavy walking was heard.
The second portion of the excursion consisted of investigation the predation of a yearling calf on an adjacent farm. Tom Shay had been contacted by the landowner and told that a few weeks ago a yearling calf had been killed and dragged in the woods. The farmer stated that what ever dragged the calf had to be large to drag a year old calf off. Sunday's investigation revealed extensive evidence of unusual predatory behavior unlikely related to coyote or dog or the rare mountain lion seen in the county, bear have not been reported. The front legs of the calf were completely pulled from their sockets, skin pulled back and meat removed. The neck had also been completely twisted severing the animals spine. Examination of the remains by Robert found that the musculature of the shoulders, legs and chest cavity had been pulled free after the skin was pealed back, and the rib cage remained intact. The fur had been pulled half off the calf like it was partially skinned. Examination of the internal abdominal and thoracic cavity shown where all the organs including heart, lungs, liver and intestine were removed. The remaining ribs and leg bones show no evidence of candid teeth marks with characteristic punctures by sharp canines. The rib cartilage was intact and untouched, unusual for predators such as cats or canine.
The carcass was 120 yards away from the main pasture and no evidence that it had been dragged. No disturbed substrate or ground cover was noted and it appeared the calf had been thrown against a tree as fur and tissue from the yearling was seen higher on the tree as was a bow from impact. Fifteen feet away one hind leg was found and had been chewed upon. Several possible prints were found in the area and a single 18.5 inch print was found partially washed out in the stream bed. Also two snapped trees marking the area were found.
Videos posting soon and a return expedition is scheduled soon with expanded overnight research in the planning at two locations.
The Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group