Hairy "Dogman" Creatures Attack Campers in New York Forest

Witness Report: Hairy “Dogman” Creatures Attack Campers After “Strange Lights” Fill New York Forest


A new report makes it way to us from southern New York, where a man writes in to tell us that he and his fellow campers were attacked by a group of large, hairy, dog-like creatures. As if that wasn’t strange enough, he says that his terrifying brush with the beasts comes after a possible encounter with a UFO.

As usual, I’ve edited the post for grammar, but in this case I’ve also redacted the exact location until Dana Matthews and I have had a chance to investigate the area ourselves. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here’s the full report:


I saw you on Finding Bigfoot, and I know you like investigating weird shit, so I thought about you when something weird happened to me last week. Me and two friends decided to go camping in [southern] New York, up on [redacted] Mountain. There was a dirt road that runs right down the mountain and then off of it are a lot of smaller off road tracks that have some good camping spots. I don’t know if you’re really supposed to be camping there or not but there’s a lot of fire pits so people do it anyway.


Anyway, we set up our tent and get a fire going, have a couple beers, and are bitching about our women, and the sun goes down. We all looked at each other because the woods got real quiet. You couldn’t even hear crickets. Everything just went dead quiet. It felt like there was a lightning storm coming because you could feel the static in the air and all the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Jamie started saying that he felt like the air was humming and then all of a sudden there was a real deep bass noise and this bright light in the distance that flashed up and lit up the whole woods. It looked like the light when a real big firework explodes for the first few seconds, but it lasted for probably a minute before it split up into 3 or 4 other lights and shot back down into the trees. We could see all the lights glowing out in the woods and then there was a big gust of wind and it was gone. Everything smelled like it had just rained but it never did.

We didn’t know what to do but figured we would just wait it out, but nothing happened. We thought maybe it could have been a meteor or something so we left it alone and went back to bitching about our women. At about 2 in the morning we decided to turn in so Jamie and I went to go sleep in the tent, but Dan said he was going to sleep by the fire. An hour later I wake up because Dan is in the tent shaking us saying that there is something big watching the camp. He said it was about 50 feet from the fire and he thought that it might be a bear but that it was standing on two legs and bobbing back and forth like it was trying to get a better look at him.


While he was talking we heard a loud scream. I’ve never heard anything like it before as long as I’ve been alive. It sounded like a pig being slaughtered, but deeper, and so loud it made your ears ring. Next thing I remember was hearing 3 or 4 more things come running toward the camp site and the embers from the fire kicking up and landing on the tent. The things, or creatures, or whatever they were, kept running up to the tent and grunting and running back into the woods. Every once in awhile one of them would scream again and pull on one of the tent poles, dragging the whole tent a foot or two.

The tent was collapsing on one side and we didn’t know what else to do, so we just started screaming as loud as we could. Only took a a minute and then everything was quiet again, so we made a run for the truck as fast as we could and hit the gas. When we were leaving we saw one of those fuckers in the headlights standing in the road. I told Jamie to gun it and the thing straightened up and puffed up its chest. It must have been 8 feet tall. Had dark gray hair all over its body except the front. That [hair] was white or yellow around the chest. Its face looked kind of like a dog but not really. I know what Bigfoot looks like and this was way different.

It didnt even move when we drove at it. We had to swerve around it or we would have run right over it. We drove back down the mountain to the highway and parked the truck in a gas company parking lot. We were going to go tell the cops what happened but we didn’t know if we were camping somewhere we shouldn’t be, and we had been drinking all night and can’t afford a DUI, so we just waited for the sun to come up and sobered up. When we drove back up to get our stuff there wasn’t anything there. Everything was gone. No tent, no cooler, nothing.

We told some of our friends what happened and they wont believe us since we’d been drinking so we just decided to forget about it. If you want to come check it out I’ll take you right to the place it happened. Theres still tracks from where we peeled out and lots of big gashes in the dirt where the tent was but nothin’ else. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the lights we saw but it was the weirdest damn thing any of us had ever experienced. That was no bear.

A pack of upright canids attacking a campsite after a UFO sighting? Pretty wild.

First off, let’s address the alcohol. Yes, it’s easy to lean back and laugh about how a bunch of drunk dudes saw a monster, but when was the last time you hallucinated from drinking beer? I’m not saying they couldn’t be mistaken, just that I doubt alcohol could make three people all hallucinate a physical attack by big hairy monsters.

While he doesn’t explicitly call the creatures by the name, it sounds like the witness is describing an encounter with “dogmen”. These encounters happen a lot more than you might think, in fact, Michigan and Wisconsin are pretty famous for rashes of dogman sightings. Michigan even has an entire conference dedicated to the creature. New York isn’t uncommon for the occasional dogman report, but they don’t usually come along with sightings of strange lights. A UFO? The elusive “Green Flash”? Who knows..

We’ve taken him up on the offer to check out the alleged “attack site” in person, so we’ll do our best to get to the bottom of the case when we get boots on the ground. Stay tuned.

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  1. Raven Storm

    06/10/2016 at 5:29 AM

    The thing that sticks with me on the description is the lights. It brings to mind an encounter a family in Palmyra, ME had with 5 creatures around the end of May several years ago. Would be interesting to know if the mountain in your article is part of the Appalachian trail.

    • Kev Mapley

      06/11/2016 at 5:11 PM

      There was a similar story involving strange lights and dogman type creatures surrounding a woodland house on sky TV’s paranormal witness.

    • CryptoOutlaw

      09/01/2016 at 4:55 PM

      I think the Palmyra, Maine story you are referring to was first brought to light in Linda Godfrey’s 2010 book, Real Wolfmen. Which is an excellent book by the way, especially for anyone interested in the Dogman phenomenon. Linda is by far the foremost Dogman authority in the world. It was also an episode of Paranormal Witness. I believe the episode was called The Wolf Pack. And you are correct, the family in Palmyra had witnessed strange lights in the swamp behind their home prior to the sighting of the upright canines outside of their home. Very possibly could be a connection here.

  2. Cristine Fireheart

    06/10/2016 at 2:11 PM

    Reading this gave me 10am anxiety. I have never told anyone, but back in the early 90’s my best friend and I saw *something* standing in a ditch on a country road near Dunkirk, NY. Even in the deep country ditch, its head was at our eye level driving in a small truck, so it was pretty f-ing big. We both saw it and we slowed down thinking it was a dog going to cross the road, but when we got closer we realized that it was huge and standing much lower than the road, so NO dog. We joked about it for years, but it was just to make ourselves feel better about it. Really freaking me out still, 25ish years later.

    • ken

      06/29/2016 at 10:56 AM

      in Louisiana it is called the Loup Garou

  3. Ren

    06/11/2016 at 5:09 AM

    I am an investigator of lycanthropic legends and sightings. Please have someone from your team contact me. Thank you.

  4. Jane Keller

    06/11/2016 at 10:12 AM

    Excellent story.

  5. Ron

    06/13/2016 at 5:46 AM

    Everything going silent is a very common theme in high strangeness whether creatures are involved or just UFOs. I do think these are related but is it a direct relationship? The air humming with electricity and the smell of ozone are important clues. Can’t wait to hear about the investigation.

  6. Garron

    06/13/2016 at 6:28 AM

    About the alcohol-


    I always wonder why people so often ask or say:
    “Were they drinking?”
    “They must have been drunk”.

    Since when does alcohol,especially beer,
    cause mass hallucinations?

    The beings must have done all this just to steal
    their cooler full of beer-
    after all,
    that stuff must be pretty powerful!

  7. Ashley

    06/14/2016 at 5:03 AM

    I wonder why all their campsite stuff disappeared? What would a pack of dogmen do with a tent and a cooler? Maybe some “human” thieves took all the stuff left behind? It definitely sounds like something the local police need to be aware of. A report should be filed as well.

  8. EC.Chapman

    06/15/2016 at 2:17 AM

    I live in New York near Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park. After you have had a chance to check it out can you please let me know where this took place? I have been an investigator of Ufo and Bigfoot for many years. This Dogman cryptid has got my interest. Many sightings in nearby PA but have not heard of many here. Thank you

  9. Dean

    06/15/2016 at 8:11 PM

    why would the dogmen take the camping gear? They were in pup tents!! LOL

  10. ken meaux

    06/15/2016 at 8:40 PM

    Werewolves are REAL!!

  11. Josh

    09/27/2016 at 2:45 PM

    Does anyone know of a sighting such as this near NE GA? I used to live in Hartwell, GA and saw a dogman/werewolf type creature when I was 14. I’ve got the whole thing typed on a forum, see if I can’t find it so I don’t have to type it all out again.

  12. NiceButOdd

    12/21/2016 at 1:58 AM

    Sounds like exactly what happened in the Paranormal Witness episode Wolf Pack; the lights, the pack of bipedal canids, the show of aggression without an actual attack. Interesting and scary.

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