A couple camping in a Kentucky national park said a man woke them up and said he'd seen Bigfoot. Minutes later, they heard gunshots.

Teri Virbickis/ShutterstockBigfoot country?
  • A couple that went camping in a Kentucky national park last weekend said they’re shaken after a man fired shots near their tent, saying he’d seen bigfoot.
  • Madelyn Durand and Brad Ginn told media outlets the man had woken them up and shined a flashlight in their tent, before showing them a gun and warning they were in “Bigfoot country.”
  • Durand and Ginn went to investigate after they heard the shots, but found no sign of the mythological creature – or any other creature.
  • The National Park Service confirmed to INSIDER that authorities found a man with a firearm that night.
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A couple camping in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park say a stranger woke them up late at night to tell them he’d seen Bigfoot traipsing through the campsite. Roughly 10 minutes after the man left, they heard gunshots.

Madelyn Durand and Brad Ginn told CNN the man had shined a flashlight into their tent and told them his campsite “had been destroyed by someone or something.”

He also showed them a gun on his hip and warned that the area was “Bigfoot country,” Ginn told WBKO.

Durand and Ginn told CNN that roughly 10 minutes after the odd encounter, they heard the man and his son yelling, “I see it!”

“We saw the flash from his gun, and he shot maybe 20 yards from the side of our tent into the pitch-black darkness,” Durand said.


Mammoth cave national park kentuckyAssociated Press/Ed ReinkeIn this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 photo, visitors arrive at the visitor center in Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky.


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The mythological creature Bigfoot, also known by the names Sasquatch or Yeti, has long been the subject of fascination in forests and mountains around the world. According to The Courier-Journal, hundreds of Bigfoot sightings have been reported across Kentucky since the early 19th century.

The National Park Service said they found a man with a gun

Durand and Ginn said the incident left them shaken at how close the gunfire came to striking them. Beyond that, the couple said when they poked around the area, there was no sign of Bigfoot or anything close.

“It was scary to know there was a man out there shooting a gun at nothing,” Durand told The Courier-Journal.

The couple said they called 911 and hiked back to their car once the man and his son left.

Mammoth cave national parkAssociated Press/Bryan WoolstonA sign near the entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park in Cave City, Ky., Friday, June 22, 2018.

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A National Park Service spokeswoman, Molly Schroer, confirmed to INSIDER that rangers responded to the incident and found a camper with a firearm. She added that it’s legal to possess a firearm within the park, but it’s illegal to fire it.

She also said no one was injured in the incident, and that an investigation is ongoing.

It’s not the first bizarre Bigfoot claim made in recent months. The Indian Army was mocked on Twitter in April after tweeting photos of large footprints in the snow at the Makalu Barun National Park in the Himalayas.

The army tweeted that the footprints were from the “mythical beast ‘Yeti'” and measured 32 by 15 inches.

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