Unidentified animal seen on trail cam

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Can you help identify this animal from the picture shown here?

It is unclear if this is an unverified picture of a “Bigfoot.” It was recently discovered on a “trail cam” placed in the nearby mountains.

It was surprising, to say the least, when I discovered the image on the camera’s disc. What in the world can this be?

Carefully scrutinizing the image, it appears that the right arm shows fingers as the animal grasps the base of the tree stump. It also has elongated feet similar to a man’s appendages. Its fur is matted on the back but thin on the arms and legs. Unfortunately, the head and face are not shown by the image taken.

I think it must be a bear. It has to be a gear, does it not? I hunt this area annually and have seen no sign of a Bigfoot. I have seen bear scat and tracks before, so I can identify them.

No unidentified tracks, droppings, or any other indications of a large upright predator in the woods have ever been found, that I know of.

There were no discernable tracks on the leaf-covered ground near the camera where it was picked up. The mystery remains!

Your input would be appreciated.



148 Responses to Unidentified animal seen on trail cam

  1. Jen

    September 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Probably a chimpanzee, someone was raising and no longer wanted and has since then let loose. These animals are not meant to be raised as “pets.” Leave them where they are most comfortable, quit trying to domesticate them!

  2. Abu Shaheem Ali Rah

    September 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Bear right poor one zoom n on pic u can c hiz nose down towards the right wear az he’s dign at tha stump.

  3. Suzanne

    September 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Gibbon’s don’t have tails.

  4. Joe

    September 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This is definitely a black bear. The hip, back arch and proportions of the limbs and plantigrade feet are dead giveaways. The timestamp betrays that the bear may be molting. The seeming appearance of “no hair” on the arm may be due to a combination of molting, the angle of the shot and how the camera processed the light and shadow. Cameras of that type are not typically very high resolution and are prone to making areas of low contrast appear to be of one consistent shade thus making the arm look hairless. What may also be playing a part in the appearance of the condition of the fur is a type of mange caused by a type of mite that is affecting larger populations of bears recently. In Marion County, Florida more than half of the black bear population suffers this condition, and appear even stranger than the one in this photo.

  5. Jessica

    September 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Definitely a black bear. You can see the top of its head and nose over the top of the right foreleg. It’s either recently been in water, so the hair is matted down, or it’s unhealthy. The fur looks light, but black bears have a ruff on their shoulders that looks like this when they bend down.

  6. molly

    September 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    That’s obviously a bear.

  7. chris

    September 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It looks like a ape of some kind or a large cat because I think I seen a tail between the back legs!

  8. Jeff

    September 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Its a squatch! Call the Matt Moneymaker with the BFRO!

    • Joyce

      September 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

      I agree with Jeff. Send this to the BFRO team and Cliff Barackman.

  9. Robert

    September 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Southern Swamp Bear..

  10. doc hall

    September 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    its a bear zoom in

    when looking at leg claws show digging

    when you overlay a black bear in same position–match–

    but let your imagination run wild–big foot

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