7 Foot Cryptid Owl

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  1. Debi

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    The following account was forwarded to me by a colleague. This encounter occurred approximately 10 months ago in the Spring of 2019. We have attempted to contact this witness for more specific information, but have been unsuccessful so far. I am presenting it here 'as is.' If anything else turns up, I'll add it to this post:

    I live in the US Midwest (possibly in Illinois - Lon), 30 miles from Lake Michigan. I don't scare easy or believe in much unexplained, but there's definitely a undiscovered species of giant gray owl that cut through the neighborhood and woods where I use to live. I later assumed it migrates because I staked out the spot for a month afterwards, armed and with a night vision camcorder hoping to prove what I had told a few people. A few believed me because I'm not a bullsh!ter and I'm also willing to help people.

    The first time I was told about something strange in this area, I didn't believe it myself. It happened in the very same spot I saw this owl. I really didn't care for the person that said he'd seen a 4 ft owl so I dismissed it completely and enjoyed making fun of him when he'd bring it up. I grew up in the area and was more of an outdoorsman than most adults. My grandfather taught me skills other kids didn't get. He was a WW2 survivor and as a teenager he was enlisted by his mother. He made me tough as nails hoping something like that wouldn't happen to me.

    A friend and I were cutting through the same patch of woods that divides to a dead end street, with lots of acres of woods. We were halfway through this patch of woods, not saying much, then we hear a raccoon scurry away. It was loud because it was early spring. No leaves were on the tree and last year's leaves were laying on the forest floor. It was dark but our eyes had adjusted by then. I'm walking ahead when I first hear what sounded like a heavy person jump off a wood diving board. I stopped walking, looking and listening for the source. About 10 yards ahead and about 20 ft up in a full grown oak tree this branch is whipping like something very heavy had jumped off. Reaching in my pocket to see if I even had a pocket knife, which I did not. I look back at my buddy real quick to tell him the first thing that came to mind, which was that it was probably a bobcat. He rolled his eyes at me, turned back to scan the ground.

    Then out of the corner of my eye, while looking down, I see something diving from the tree. In disbelief, this huge owl is standing in front of us. I'm 6'1" and this owl was pushing 7 feet plus, with outward curving ears. It had dull yellow eyes the size of baseballs with 3-4 inch thick black rings around the eyes...almost the size of volleyballs. Thats how big its head was. The chest looked like somebody took a sheet of silver and shredded it into shavings. These were the strangest feathers I've ever seen. I was mesmerized by the sight.

    My legs didn't work for the first time in my life...I must have been in shock! The owl was within 8 to 10 feet of grabbing me. My legs slowly started to work and I began to scramble backward, not wanting to take my eyes off the owl. I bumped into a large tree, then quickly got behind it. If I would have had a gun on me, I would of taken a shot at it. It back-peddled like a hummingbird, but sounded like a helicopter blade in the distance with no engine noise. It came around the tree to get me as I positioned myself in order to avoid it. I remember not wanting to take my eyes off it just in case it came back after me. I was looking for a log I could swing if it did come back. I never looked at my friend's reaction. I told him to find a big stick also, but he kept tapping my shoulder from behind telling me to look at something. I remember being kind of pissed, thinking to myself that this was more important. I finally did turned to him and noticed what looked like 6 or more baby owls in the tree, each about 3 ft in height. That was it! We ran like hell and got away. I felt fortunate that we got out of there in one piece." JF

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    Wonder if this varmint's ancestors ever spent much time in West Virginia and Kentucky?
     
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    I was also thinking that! lol
     
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    I once encountered what most likely was a very large owl in Southern California during the mid 1990's. I posted on this way back. It appeared directly before my car as I was making a turn onto a main road from a side street very late at night and in extremely fogging conditions along the coast. I'm going to try to make a better estimate of its type and size here. I should also note that my encounter occurred all in a matter of seconds before the creature flew away.

    I'm sure that my imagination added more height to it than it actually had, especially under those conditions. But nonetheless, I was in a car, kind of a low car. and my head was thus probably no more than 4 feet above the ground. Yet, at what couldn't have been more than 15 feet in front of me was a bird with an unmistakable presence. I could see the yellow reflection of its eyes. And, at that estimated distance, I was also certainly looking down at it from an angle. So this bird couldn't have been more than 4 feet tall. Of the owls in that region, the Great Horned owl can grow up to 25 inches in length. That's only 2 feet. But my mind wants to insist that it was much larger. So at what seemed like no more than 15 feet of distance, I'm giving it a realistic minimum height of 2 feet and a maximum of 3 feet. According to Wikipedia, the Great Grey owl can reach 33 inches in length. That's almost 3 feet. However, it's numbers are small and it does not range into Southern California coastal regions. So if I were to place a bet, I would say that it was an exceptionally large Great Horned owl, perhaps exceeding 2 feet by several inches. There's no reason why that couldn't be the case as these numbers are never absolute and there are always outliers. But in any case, unless my perception under those conditions was really distorted, it was definitely no less than 2 feet tall.

    In light of my own owl encounter, I don't really know what to think about a 7 foot owl. According to the story, the witness was in a dark, wooded area. He was also startled, afraid and, as a result, ran from the creature. Those are not optimal conditions, either physical or mental, from which to make clear and accurate observations. So if I were to place a bet here, it would be that the witness also encountered a very large Great Horned owl. And that the owl settled on a branch or fallen tree that he could not clearly see that was several feet above ground, thus giving the owl the appearance of being much taller.

    This has also always been my alternate theory of the Flatwods Monster of West Virginia lore.
     
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    I was once leaving the camp of a friend in the Atchafalaya basin, and on the dirt road stood a 3.5 foot owl and it did not want to get off of the road so we all got out of the car with the head lights still on it and walked up to it within about 4 feet of it, this looked like a pinguin it was so big with a diameter of about 15 inches. After about 10 minutes it walked to the side of the road and we left.
     
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    That's a bold owl. It kind of reminds me of the geese around here. They seem to have little fear of humans and will assertively stand their ground.
     
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    Owls will as well. I've stood face to face with one in the wild who had a stare down with me. Never budged from his perch. They are predator birds so not much spooks them.
     
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    A seven foot owl is getting into Mothman territory. I wonder what the wing span would be and if it would fly silently like an owl.
     
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    The largest owls in the U.S. are the Snowy Owl and the Great Grey Owl. Both can have wingspans up to 5 feet across, and both can reach close to 3 feet in height...normally about 2.75. Pretty impressive for a bird. There are bigger owls, but not in this country.
     

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