We all know that Bigfoot has many names – Sasquatch, Yeti, Yowie – but one of the lesser known aliases comes from West Virginia where the elusive cryptid is called the Yahoo. Bearing no relation to the internet search engine, the Yahoo’s described as a cousin of Bigfoot, a distinct subspecies of the cryptid known around the United States. A group of Bigfoot researchers recently set out on the trail of the Yahoo to capture footage of this regional Bigfoot.
The group, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), are dedicated to finding the strange and mysterious creatures believed to live in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas. They’ve set their sights on the Yahoo and are dedicating their time and efforts into acquiring definitive proof of its existence.
The name itself, Yahoo, comes from the creature’s unique form of vocalisation which sounds like the word ‘yahoo’. As funny as that may sound, this creature has a reputation for being particularly nasty and dangerous. Thought to weigh approximately 1000 pounds, if you encountered one, it would be wise to avoid the temptation to snap a selfie with it as it’s considered one of the most aggressive cryptids in North America.
In a video posted to Youtube, the AIMS team discusses their sightings that took place in Clay County, West Virginia. A quick look at the BFRO database reveals no sightings in their records for Clay County but the neighbouring Nicholas County does have sightings listed.
One such sighting came from a man travelling from the Monongahela National Forest after a camping trip around midnight. At first, he thought a strange person, wearing a monkey suit, was standing in the middle of the road so he beeped his horn. The creature’s reaction brought him to the realisation this wasn’t a drunken prankster.
It quickly ran away, taking great strides and at a speed no human could have achieved. He had pursued the creature for about a quarter of a mile before it vanished into some elderberry bushes. The witness returned the next day and observed evidence of the creature’s passage through the bushes along with prints in the mud by the road. He described the creature as around six feet tall, covered with reddish brown hair and not wearing any shoes.
Another report from Nicholas County dates back to 1987 when three friends were near Krofford Hole on the Gauley River. They too saw a dark brown, hairy creature watching them and when their dog saw the creature, it stood completely motionless. The trio were some distance from the creature but, from their estimation and judging by the surrounding vegetation, it stood around seven feet tall.
Obviously, there is something lurking out there and best of luck to anyone attempting to document evidence of its existence.