OHIO, KENTUCKY, AND INDIANA CRYPTIDS
What is a "cryptid"? "Cryptozoology" is the study of an animal or animals that have yet to be recognized by science or animals that are recognized, but are thought to have been extinct. Therefore, a "cryptid" would be the subject of that study.
At TriState Bigfoot, our primary focus is, obviously, on Bigfoot research and investigations. We do however investigate reports of any other strange animals you may see. You will not find all cryptids on this list, partly because these cryptids are popularly reported in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.... partly because not all cryptids are reported more than once, if at all. We make no claims either way regarding the cryptids listed on this page.
If you believe you've seen a cryptid of some type, let us know: Sighting Report
CRYPTIDS REPORTED IN OHIO, KENTUCKY, AND INDIANA
Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch
Reported all across the world, Bigfoot is said to be a large, bipedal, hairy, man-like ape. They have been reported with hair in various colors like black, brown, red, gray, and even white. Most reports claim the creature to be anywhere from 6 to 10 feet tall. It is said to have a large, muscular build similar to that of a large gorilla but have been reported in different shapes and sizes and even have been reported with either male or female features. This creature is suspected to live in heavily wooded areas and feed as an opportunistic omnivore. Most reports seem like harmless encounters, however, there are claims of attacks and/or aggressive behavior towards human beings and occasionally pets as well. Bigfoot creatures are associated with loud screams, howls, grunts, and growls. They are also reported to have a foul odor that often accompanies sightings. If you wish to read a more in depth bio on Bigfoot, check out our History page.
Bigfoot are often called "Wildman" or "Wildmen". In Ohio even sometimes referred to as "Grassman". At TriState Bigfoot, we are examining the possibility that these may be two separate cryptids. Of the popular theories out there, most Bigfoot descriptions sound similar to descriptions of Gigantopithecus Blacki, Neanderthal Man, and/or Homo Hiedelbergensis. Being as nothing regarding Bigfoot is proven to be exact, we like to keep all options open when investigating sightings.
Thunderbirds is the name given to abnormally large birds that are seen in all three states of TriState Bigfoot's coverage area. Thunderbird legends have appeared in Native American folklore and reports still come in today of similar birds. Some reports are of large birds that are partially scaled pointing towards extinct flying dinosaurs like the Pteranodon. Other reports give these birds features similar to that of modern day birds of prey just much, much larger. In some reports, Thunderbirds have been said to carry off humans thus, if they truly exist, making them pose a threat to human beings.
Werewolves, aka Wolfpeople
Yes, werewolves! Believe it or not, werewolves are reported almost as much as Bigfoot! Sure it might sound far fetched, but all 3 of TriState Bigfoot's coverage states have reports of bipedal wolf or dog-like creatures. It is not known if these are werewolves like those of folklore that are human during the day and wolf monsters at night (or during a full moon, etc.). However, these creatures are reported at 5 to 10 feet, covered in fur, muscular... very close to descriptions of Sasquatch except these creatures are reported to have razor sharp claws on their hands and feet as well as sharp teeth and an elonged canine snout. They are reported to howl and make other noises associated with canines. They are typically reported to show aggressive behavior to humans and would pose a threat to people.
It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie but Lizard People are reported in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana as well. These creatures are reported to be bipedal but reptilian in appearance. They are sometimes claimed to be amphibious. One popular theory associates Lizard People with UFO sightings and alien abduction cases. Lizard People appear throughout time in folklore and stories in many cultures including the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. These creatures are reported anywhere from 4 to 12 feet tall, sometimes appearing with clothing, sometimes with or without tails and/or wings. Typically they are reported with green or dark green skin. Depending on which theory you subscribe to regarding Lizard People, and whether or not you believe in their existence, would determine whether or not they pose a threat to human beings or not.
Alien Big Cats
"Alien" in this context doesn't mean from another planet. It simply means that these large felines are not native to the area they are being reportedly seen in. These are usually black panthers or mountain lions, etc. that appear way outside of their native range. ABCs are reported in all 3 states of TriState Bigfoot's coverage area. Most state's Departments of Wildlife claim that these sightings are utterly false but the fact remains that large felines were at one time found in these states and could still exist in small populations. It is also possible that the known habitat of certain big feline species is increasing since as their numbers increase, their range expands as young felines span out in search of new food supplies and mates. It is also extremely plausible that the big felines being reported are simply purchased and released into the wild by irresponsible owners.
CRYPTIDS REPORTED EXCLUSIVELY IN OHIO
Loveland Frog Creature(s)
The Loveland Frog Creature(s) first appeared in Loveland, Ohio in 1955 and again in 1972. They were claimed to be 4 feet tall and in a group of 3 to 4 creatures. The creatures were said to have a face resembling that of a frog but standing upright. In the original report from 1955, the creatures were said to have a spark emitting device. The 1972 "sighting" was debunked by the police officer who was claimed to have filed the report. He was quoted as saying the event was "blown way out of proportion" and that he had merely seen an escaped pet lizard and it did not walk upright. All signs point to the Loveland Frog being a hoax or misidentified sighting of a known creature, yet, sightings do still come in from time to time and others have reportedly seen a creature with the same description.
Bessie, aka Lake Erie Monster
"Bessie" was first sighted in 1817 and has since been reported more frequently each year. The creature is said to be 30 to 40 feet long, gray colored in appearance, and having a snake-like body in most reports. Bessie is said to roam the South Bay area of Lake Erie. Creatures like Bessie are also claimed to have been seen in the Ohio River as well, but those sightings are not as often nor as popular as the Bessie sightings in Lake Erie. There have been reported attacks on swimmers that some have attributed to Bessie, therefore if such a creature exists, it would pose a threat to human beings in or near the water.
CRYPTIDS REPORTED EXCLUSIVELY IN KENTUCKY
Pope Lick Monster
The Pope Lick Monster is an alleged half-man, half-goat bipedal creature residing beneath a railway tresle in Louisville, Kentucky. There is no clear explaination on how the legend started but there are various stories. The creature is said to pose a major threat to any human it encounters. It is claimed to lure potential victims to it's location with noises, calls, and by mimicking familiar sounds and voices. Although this creature appears mostly to be an urban legend, sightings are still reported. There was even a short film made about the cryptid called "The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster" in 1988. In addition to the Pope Lick Monster, other Goatman creatures have been sighted in Kentucky and other areas of the United States.
CRYPTIDS REPORTED EXCLUSIVELY IN INDIANA
When we began compiling a list of cryptids, we decided to omit certain things like giant snakes and what not due to the fact that "giant" is in the eye of the beholder. However, when we looked into exclusive Indiana cryptids, there were no major famous cryptids exclusive to Indiana except for Giant Turtles (which we did not see anywhere else) so we decided to add them to this list. Very little is known about these cryptids and reports claim these beasts to be anywhere from 8 to 12 feet.