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Bigfoot’s backyard? ‘Sasquatch’ sighted in Prospect Park

Peekaboo: A still from the video purporting to show Bigfoot taking a stroll in Prospect Park.
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Bigfoot might live in Prospect Park!

A Fort Greene videographer claims to have shot footage showing the legendary Sasquatch lumbering around a wooded area of Brooklyn’s backyard near the Prospect Park Zoo during Monday’s snowstorm.

“I don’t know what it is, but it looks like Bigfoot,” a man going by the name Russell Strark said. “I don’t know what to say, man, I’ve never seen something like this.”

Strark said he was working to launch a YouTube channel featuring time-lapse videos of Brooklyn and had set up several cameras to catch the snowfall on Monday. But he said he never bargained for what turned up on one of the memory cards.

The clip shows a still forest scene with snow falling around 7 am. Enter a tall, dark figure on the left side of the screen. It crouches to dig in the snow for a moment, then walks down a hill in the center of the frame and out of sight.

The bipedal beast walks with a distinct hunch, and Strark said the way it scoops up the snow reminds him of an animal digging for nuts, or a rodent digging a hole. It is unclear if the humanoid-or-simian creature is wearing clothes, but Strark said he takes the dark material covering its body to be hair. He rejected the notion that the being might be a homeless person, or his buddy dressed up in a Bigfoot costume.

“I think it’s his posture, and the way he doesn’t have on anything that looks like a mask or a jacket,” he said. “He’s covered in hair and looks like he’s scavenging around. I don’t think it’s just some bum.”

Strark said he is far from a conspiracy theorist, but has no other explanation for the figure his camera recorded.

“I don’t believe in the horoscope let alone a f------ bigfoot,” he said.

Strark is a bit of a mystery himself. The video is the first on his YouTube account, and profile photos accompanying that account and his e-mail address picture NBC News investigative reporter Jeff Rossen. Searches for “Russell Strark” on Facebook, Twitter, and whitepages.com did not yield any results, and Strark did not immediately provide further proof of his identity upon request.

Sightings of large, hair-covered, humanoid animals have occurred in the wilderness areas of North America for more than 400 years, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

The supposed Bigfoot sighting comes on the heels of two coyote incursions into the distant island of Manhattan.

A spokesman for the Prospect Park Alliance, which manages the park, declined to comment. The Prospect Park Zoo and the Field Researchers did not respond to requests for comment.

Bigfoot isn’t the only animal — living or dead — that can be found Prospect Park. Brooklyn’s backyard is also home to squirrels (both grey and white), goats, turtles, ducks, possums, swans, red-tailed hawks, raccoons, and most famously, Canadian geese — which are frowned upon by the government.

It is unclear how the illusive Sasquatch — which is believed to be about eight-feet tall — could have made it to Brooklyn undetected, but there were 101 sightings of the beast in New York state in 2011, and it is plausible that it took a taxi from Manhattan on Halloween, as long as it had the cab fare.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019: Important context added.
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