Pennsylvania Mayor Recalls ‘Life-Changing’ Bigfoot Encounter

“It was definitely something on two feet, and I could hear it snapping sticks as it walked.”

Credit: JD Mullane

“It penetrated, went right through me,” said Greg Stokes in an interview with Courier Times.

This is in response to a scream the Riegelsville Mayor witnessed while camping with his girlfriend in Pike County, Pennsylvania, in July 1984. Stokes claims that he’s been haunted by that experience since.

It’s been 37 years now and he’s researched, searched, and read plenty of books and written work about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or whatever you’d like to call the strange bipedal creature. He’s even chatted with people with similar experiences to see if he could get a better understanding of what he heard.  

Credit: JD Mullane

“I’m 99 percent sure it was Bigfoot,” said Stokes. “And I leave the one percent of doubt only because I didn’t actually see it. That scream was life-changing.”

It all happened on July 4,1984. Stokes was camping in a remote valley with his girlfriend along the Delaware River — about 50 miles north of Riegelsville. 

“I was not drinking or doing drugs, I was in the military at the time,” said Stokes. “About quarter to 10, when it was good and dark, something walked up on our campsite. It was definitely something on two feet, and I could hear it snapping sticks as it walked.”

He stoked the campfire until it blazed, and did not get any sleep. At daylight, he searched the area for about 45 minutes.  

burning wood above rocks
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“I’ve been caught off-guard in the woods,” said Stokes. “I’ve had pheasants blow out between my feet. I had a grouse blow out from bushes right beside my head. Deer jump and run. Those are startling encounters. This one was terrifying. I could see where something big had gone through bushes but there were no footprints. There had been a drought and everything was quite dry. I didn’t know what I heard, but I knew what I didn’t hear — any animal found in North America. I’ve heard wolves and bobcats in the wild. I know the crazy sounds foxes make, and mountain lions. And it wasn’t a bear. Bears don’t make noises like that.”

Now, Stokes believes Bigfoot is a remnant of another age, possibly a —Gigantopithecus blacki — an extinct nine-foot-tall ape-like hominid that tended to hang out in parts of Asia between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago. 

“It’s not hard to believe that some of them came across the land bridge and spread into North America, where they survive,” said Stokes.

You can check out the full interview at buckscountycouriertimes.com.

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