WANSTEAD: Is 'Bigfoot' on the loose in woods?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Could a Bigfoot-like creature be loose over the Wanstead woods?. Picture by Paul Revoir Could a Bigfoot-like creature be loose over the Wanstead woods?. Picture by Paul Revoir

PARK officials have denied a bigfoot-like creature is on the loose in Wanstead’s woods after a “strange and hairy” bear-like animal was spotted by a fisherman.

Trainee fitness instructor Michael Kent said he was “stunned” when he saw the “hairy, dark creature” during an evening fishing trip in the Hollow Ponds area of Epping Forest, on the border between Wanstead and Leytonstone.

Mr Kent, 18, said: “I was there with my dad and brother. I was walking over to where my brother was when I heard this rustling sound.

“I looked over and saw this strange, dark figure that resembled a bear. It was hunched over and I could see it had a really hairy back. I think it must have heard me and scampered off into the bushes after a couple of seconds.

“It was getting dark but I still managed to get a good look at it. It was about 4ft tall, so it was too small to be human, but not the right shape to be a deer, it didn’t have long legs or anything like that.

“I’ve been fishing in the area since I was five years old, and I’ve seen deer, dogs and even a cow before but never anything like this.

“It definitely looked like a bear. My dad and brother weren’t so sure they just laughed but I really do believe I saw one.”

He added: “It would be good if there bears around here because it would mean we’d have some other wildlife round here to enjoy, as long as they didn’t go around attacking people.

“I’m going to keep my eye out for it and perhaps i’ll see it again.”

But not everyone is convinced by the sighting.

Ian Greer, a park keeper in Wanstead’s Tarzy Woods said: “I doubt he saw a bear. The biggest animals we’ve got in the woods are foxes.

“Sometimes we get deer but there are no bears around here.”

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10:46am Tue 11 Nov 08

Bert Small says...

Keep taking the tablets son we all believe you....honest!
Keep taking the tablets son we all believe you....honest! Bert Small
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4:44pm Wed 12 Nov 08

Martk says...

Sounds like my mate, Chewy
Sounds like my mate, Chewy Martk
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