Purported Extraterrestrial Footprints Discovered in Rural Kentucky

Purported Extraterrestrial Footprints Discovered in Rural Kentucky

Editor’s Note: the entire story is now posted, including several measurable images of the footprints and new photos of the alleged creatures. Read: Have the Kentucky Goblins Returned?

May as well return to regular updates with a bang, right? We’re looking for a little help on this one.

A man in eastern Kentucky is convinced that his family is being terrorized by a race of cave-dwelling creatures that he believes to be extraterrestrial in origin. The gentleman, who we’ll call “David” (who would prefer his identifying information kept private, for now), claims that his property has been the subject of almost nightly attacks by beings that he describes as “the size and stature of a small child, devoid of any facial features save for large, oily eyes and lipless mouths”.

David insists that these visits have been occurring regularly for the better part of nine months, increasing in intensity to the point where his dog was carried away by the creatures, and they began peering into his daughter’s window, frightening his children and prompting his family to flee the residence. He recalls the moment that he first glimpsed the beings in an email sent to the paranormal investigation group Ghost Hunters, Incorporated:


Standing in the flower bed just to the bottom left of my window was a small, humanoid figure, with sickly pale skin, completely hairless, standing roughly 4′. It was looking in the direction of the shadows, and had clearly come from around the left side of the house opposite the porch and had not noticed me as far as I could tell. It’s face was devoid of features, save for large round eyes, very reminiscent in shape and color of a bird’s eye. It had no nose to speak of, and only a small slit for a mouth. It didn’t appear to move it’s mouth as it chirped, sounding more as if the noises originated from it’s throat. It was most certainly not a “wild animal” and even more certainly not a child. I was too terrified to move, and watched as the creature hopped to the others, and together they scrambled into the woods on the right side of my property. It was clear that there were at least five in the group.

David believes that the alien cave-dwellers are climbing out of an abandoned mine shaft located at the edge of his property, and has reached out to the paranormal investigation team for help.

Though I’m armed, I’m afraid that I’m far too frightened to enter the mine by my lonesome, and cannot convince any sympathetic friends to accompany me, though I cannot blame them. I am convinced that the only answer is to collapse the mine.

Well, dear reader, this is where you come in. Just last evening, David sent along some photographs that he believes are the creature’s footprints, and well, they’re definitely strange. We’re hoping that someone out there might have an idea on identifying them. Perhaps we could gain a cryptozoologist’s perspective? Maybe someone versed in extraterrestrial visitation has seen something similar? Anything is better than our first deduction of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

So, take a good look at the photo, share it with your friendly neighborhood monster hunter, and give us your feedback. Stay tuned for the rest of the photo set and a full report of our own deductions of the case, including our email correspondences and the striking similarities to the 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter that occurred in the same area. And maybe we’ll go blow up a mine.


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Nah, it’s cool. I never needed to go back in the woods anyway.

The footprint isn’t real. A foot doesn’t stamp directly into the mud like that, a creature walking requires momentum and the foot moves in its footprint. That one looks like it was pressed directly down and removed by lifting it straight back up. I thought the guy said the creature hopped – wouldn’t there be a set of prints in that case?

I disagree. It looks like the heel was dragged from the rear of the footprint (as if in motion) and the “ball” of the foot behind the toes was “rolled” forward as you suggest… the toes are shallower than the rest.

Holy shit! That is def one weird footprint. Im going to cry if this turns out to be a hoax. Alien Cave Base Task Force FOREVER


Who invited James Randi to the party?

Strange. The creases like almost reptilian. Looks like a giant lizard footprint. I’m curious to see the rest of the images. Hurry it up!

Looks like pig tracks, from what I could find. Kentucky is full of wild pigs and pigs step in their own tracks, often modifying them. So it just looks like three toes. Behind the rounded bit looks like a mud sink from the pressure of the fatty pig, giving the illusion of a print larger than it actually is. Or it’s el chupacabra.

I was thinking the same thing; a two toed animal stepping in its own tracks. Problem is these tracks look nothing like the wild pig tracks I have seen or can reference. They also do not have the tell-tale signs of multiple tracks.

Your right Brian, those are not pig tracks.Pigs are cloven hooved. You guys are in for a surprise I tell ya, and I’m 12,000 miles south. There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than any man has dreamed of in his philosophies.

NUH. I’ve killed hundreds of pigs with firearms to knives alone and a dog to lug em up.That aint no hog nor group of them. I’m pretty sure I know what that is….. it walks on two legs and its toes so its legs look a bit like a dogs back leg with a smaller thigh and they can jump like all shit. You guys are in for a shock LMFAO.Especially the cynics, their closed minds crumble the best.

The most illuminating thing for me was when David says, ” ..I’m far too frightened to enter the mine by my lonesome…”

Didn’t realise contemporary Americans actually talked like that, thought it was only characters in ’50’s westerns!

I sent the photos provided in the story to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife; here’s hoping they can provide some insight. However, according to this site, fw.ky.gov/pdf/trackidguide.pdf, the tracks don’t appear to match any of the more common animals in Kentucky, at least to these untrained eyes.

I live in Kentucky; I don’t suppose you could give us more of an idea where David lives?


To me, this looks like the outline of an Angel, you can clearly see it’s wings. I think you should concentrate on finding out who stomped it into the ground. I’m guessing it was Satan.

If someone would take the time and make the effort, he will find an article published many years ago in Fate magazine that describes a man and his two daughters who were frightened into their house by a three toed creature. They had seen the humanoid standing a little way down the lane with a dead dog under its arm. The father and the two girls drew a picture of the creature and sent it to Fate magazine. Later on the Chief of Police made plaster casts of the a fotprints that were found after the creatur disappeared. I believe… Read more »

I call fake simply because everybody I know in “Rural Kentucky” has at least one large caliber firearm and some idea as to what a ginuwine alien skin would be worth in cash.

Hmmmm, I live in Kansas city but will drive to where ever to check out that mine. I’m experienced with mines…sorta and ain’t afraid of nothing

Good on ya Chad.Go smash brother.Take a side arm. Be careful these are not fake.Drop the cave with Molinite, taped to an electric detonator in turn attached to some orange cordite cable.Run the det wires back and extend them if needed (the yellow wired dets will be good enough) and set it off with a car battery whilst staying away from the line of detonation and taking volume of detonation into account. You will need 7 sticks of Molinite., and it wouldnt hurt to pile up a good mound of soil as a protection mound on your side of the… Read more »
The description sounds quite similar to the 1977 case of the Dover Demon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Demon The reports of the Dover Demon and this latest purported sighting of an unknown creatures share many similarities: small-statured bipedal humanoid creature described as about 3 to 4 feet tall; a face with large round eyes(1) and few other visible features; pale hairless skin; also John Baxter’s drawing of Dover Demon depicts a three toed creature(2). I think I’ll post this on Cryptomundo’s link to this article (http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/kentucky-footprint/) and see if I can get an opinion from Loren Coleman who interviewed Bartlett and some of the… Read more »

The Kelly-Hopkinsville incident happened in Kelly Kentucky, in Western Kentucky. Those creatures reportedly left no footprints.

Looks like hog tracks. They do tend to step into their front foot track with their back foot. Examples:



May even be “human-altered” hog tracks.

In the mid ’70 Foulke monster brouhaha the Texarkana Gazette published a very similar picture of a three toed print in a soybean field attributed to the Foulke monster.


Personally, I think the whole thing is just one big-hoax and that at some point someone is going to come forward and show how “clever” they are because they got-one-over on Whoforted? Grant Wilson has a lot of time on his hands these days; he was probably just bored of sitting around knitting Ghost Hunters T-Shirts.

This person won’t feel so clever when the Alien Cave Base Task Force shows up at their house with 3 dozen people ready to kick alien ass. Or the ass of the person that lied to them.

My response has been noted in the comments above. When I see three-toed tracks like this I instantly think of Fouke Monster, Momo the Monster, Dover Demon, and other Cryptids that has three toes. However, the two former sightings were of Bigfoot-like creatures, the latter a very similar alien-like creature was described. My other thoughts were of an animal stepping in its own tracks. Several have mentioned wild pig. We do not know the size of the print since there is no reliable reference in the photo, but pig tracks are a lot smaller than people think (even large boars).… Read more »
Interesting story from this family and the picture looks familiar to me. I live in Arkansas and hear stories from my family members that go hunting around our parts about hearing weird noises and swearing they hear something walking around their camps, not the kind of sound deer’s make. But next morning they cant find a single footprint. I hats hearing other bloggers or reporters mentioning the only choice we have is to kill them or blow up there homes. I totally disagree! Leave them where they are. I still don’t get from the story what exactly the ET’s are… Read more »

I have a pack of dogs, so if anyone or anything tried to carry one off they’d be immediately attacked by the others; but regardless, you try and take my dog and you’ll be treated as a deadly threat by me, I guarantee it.

Well I see a thumbnail print where a thumb should be! The middle finger is two fingers, thtas why it is wider. A Hoaxxxxxxxx!

I am curious as to where this sighting took place, The article says eastern KY, but Kelly/Hopkinsville is in the west central part of KY south of Louisville. That is nowhere near eastern KY, so is this guy in Eastern Ky, or is he in Kelly? I am from Eastern Ky and if the Hopkinsville goblins ever saw the KY mountains they must have hitchhiked about 3-4 hours to do it.

9 months and not one photo or video of these creatures?

Sorry, I don’t buy it.

Scott McMan

Since James Randi was mentioned, I will use this opportunity to make a couple of comments about skeptics and particularly skeptics like Randi and Joe Nickell. Being a skeptic is the easiest job in the world..All one has to do in deny everything! The skeptics seem to disparage people who witness paranormal or cryptological entities. Their explanations are often much more ridiculous than the sightings. We all know the explanations commonly used such as the planet Venus, swamp gas, it was a bear….etc. They also completely reject eyewitness reports because they are so unreliable. It is amazing that a person… Read more »

Just playing devil’s advocate here, but eyewitness testimony IS extremely unreliable, and the fact that it is sometimes used to convict people of crimes is more of an indictment on our legal system than proof that it should be taken more seriously. Convictions based on witness testimony alone are more and more rare, as it should be.

Give me a chance to see it. In person and I’ll get the evidence you need to prove truth. If it is true why would anyone blow up the mine where they are. But sounds like Sci fi to me

I grabbed the pic, and tossed it into photoshop to bring out some detail. First and foremost is the “ball” of the foot (or the actual lack thereof). Look at your own foot, where the big toe attaches to your foot. Notice that big honking mass of flesh and bone? In the pic, this spot is inverted- instead of the depression formed by what on our foot would be where the big toe is….. there’s a cup on the bottom of whatever this thing’s foot is. Second… I cannot agree with the “a pig stepped in it’s own tracks” theory.… Read more »

Im curious why he and so many others assume things like this are automatically extraterrestrials. I could be wrong of course, but any creature capable of interstellar/dimensional travel would probably live a lot less like naked wild animals in a cave.

With a name like ‘Who Forted’ he expects to be taken seriously?

Send name, location and contact info and we’ll all know the truth very soon.


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Hmm.. Those certainly don’t look like “pig tracks”.. Anyway. Small child-size washed-out-looking-creatures that live underground, mess with & move stuff and come out at night, maybe looking for something to eat?! I’m surprised nobody’s yet mentioned, not just Deros – but Morlocks?! (The latter being a fictional creation of HG Wells, in his unforgettable novella, The Time Machine. And, to those that only watch movies, the *original* Morlocks were child-sized. As were the Eloi, their prettier above-ground counterparts – and prey.) Who says fiction can’t be reflected by real life?! Only the Morlocks had white hair/fur: these things are apparently… Read more »

Great blog, btw (and I do LOVE the name! 🙂 ) So what do you think, Greg? Could it be Morlocks? That’s what I thought of first:rather than HPL as on the bigger thread!

Looks like someone used their “knee print” combined with artistic finger impressions to fake this.

get mne into that cave!!! i wanna see!!


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