I was just recently sent the above photo by Ryan. It was taken in Maryland on 4/26/16. Some may not know there is a legend of a goatman in Maryland. We also have a very similar legend here in Kentucky. If you have seen the news recently, you might have seen that we had a woman killed while researching the Kentucky Goatman legend. The lady and her boyfriend were from Ohio and were investigating the Kentucky Goatman. You can read that story Here or just search the web for it.
As for this new report from Maryland, I was contacted by Ryan via email. He also sent me two photos that he took. I will include various enhancement during this post. Here is what he told me about his sighting.
"I'm in DC for the GRC summit starting yesterday and was playing tennis Saturday (23rd) morning at Montpelier Park while some friends played golf at Pawtucket Greens.
As we were packing up we saw something on the forest bordering the park. As I took out my camera phone it came up onto two feet and I realized it was a goat. I told some people back in DC about a goat waking on two legs and they said it was some old Maryland Goatman legend.
I called WBAL in Baltimore and talked to someone about it but I don't think they believe me. They think it's a bear holding a freshly killed goat. They ran the story yesterday concluding that but I think there's more to it. I started looking into cryptozoology and found your site so I'm sending them to you."
Here is a link to the short report done by WBAL - you can view it Here
Here is a brief overview of the Maryland Goatman Legend:
According to urban legend, the Goatman is an axe-wielding half-animal, half-man creature that was once a scientist who worked in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The tale holds that he was experimenting on goats, the experiment went awry, and he began attacking cars with an axe, roaming the back roads of Beltsville, Maryland. A variation of the legend tells of Goatman as an old hermit who lives in the woods, seen walking alone at night along Fletchertown Road.
The story seems to originate with an alleged sighting in 1957. The Goatman is also said to have murdered a number of hikers in 1962.
I was able to follow up with Ryan about his sighting and pictures.
I ask him about the height of the creature, and how long he seen it, here was his reply.
"I watched it standing for a few moments and then it came down on all fours and disappeared into thick forest. This photo was taken with my phone zoomed all the way in and, if I had to guess, I was about 30 yards away. It stood probably about 7 feet tall when it was on two feet. WBAL determined it was a bear with a goat in its jaws but that wasn't how I perceived it."
Here is another photo that Ryan took.
Here is a zoom on the figure, you can clearly see the horns and the goat looking head.
Now, I can't see this being a bear with a goat's head in its mouth. I can't see this as just being a goat standing on it's back legs. The witness said it would about 7 foot tall, no goat standing on it's back legs would be that tall.
So, we are left with the possibility that this IS a Goatman. I will be the first to admit that I'm just not sure what this is but it does not appear to be just a bear or just a goat.
I also did a short video on this image, but all of the information and more is covered here in this post. If you would still like to watch the video, you can do so at this link. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTucQwHJIuc
Now, I have to ask ...if anyone has more information about this recent sighting of a possible goatman or if you have also seen it in this area, please contact me.
UPDATE - I guess I should have also included the following information but it slipped my mind. I ran these two photos on some software that detects edited images. There was no obvious signs of anything like Photoshop. Here is some of the Meta Data - size 4032 x 3024, 72 dpi. I also ran an error level analysis and it didn't reveal any thing unusual. Please keep in mind that many of these test are inconclusive and that photoshop is sometimes difficult to detect. I'm not saying this is or isn't an altered image, I'm just saying I didn't find anything that suggest it was altered. The witness has been very open to any questions that I have ask him and seems to be just looking for answers.
UPDATE 2 - So, after reading this report JR, who lives near the reported area, thought he would go out and see if he could find the exact location this picture was taken at. Here is what JR report to me.
"I went to the park that this guy talked about and walked completely around the 3 wooded sides and nowhere do I see the 2 trees that are on the ground where this goatman was. I walked it twice. I think I need more info from the guy who took the pic. ....... The only thing I can say is I would probably have to talk with the guy or him email a pic of the park with the location marked of where he saw it. I did see one print in the mud outside of the wooded area about 12-13" long and took a pic of it.
It was about an 1" deep but it is muddy and I could not see any toes on this print....."
I ask JR if there was a chance the downed trees had been moved, here is his reply: "I don't think any trees were moved. I would really like if u could get this guy to email me or find out where he was in the parking lot when he took the pic. It appears to me in the Montpelier park the only place he could have been 30 yards from the animal would have been near the entrance to the park. Ask him if this is where he was parked. Also if u would confirm that he was at that park and not at the tennis courts at the golf course. I will go back. By the way I don't know if u saw where I posted it but my wife grew up in this area and spent all her life there. She said when she was a kid there were reports of a goatman she remembered and it scratched a car all up. That was over 50 years ago though. "
So, I email Ryan, the man who took the picture, and as him for more information on the exact location he took the picture. Here was Ryan's reply: "Yes, I took it while we were leaving. It was a ways back so I walked into the woods a bit to take the photo. I don't live in Maryland, I was there for a risk assessment conference. Next time I'm in that area of gladly meet someone and show them the exact location."
Now, hopefully, the next time Ryan is in the area we can have JR meet up with him and they can go to the exact spot where the pictures were taken. I thank both Ryan and JR for their help and information on this case. Maybe we can find more clues and answers in the weeks to come.
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This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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