The Delta Discovery in Bethel isn't taking sides on whether the fabled Hairy Man -- a Y-K Delta version of Bigfoot -- is a "real animal." But last week the paper published the first in what it says will be a series of accounts of alleged sightings, and it's calling on locals to share accounts they may have been keeping to themselves. Understandably, the paper is offering anonymity to its contributors.
Here in the Bethel area, many people's introduction to Hairy Man was through the creature we came to know of as "Gabriel Fox" in the 1960s. It's the story of a young boy who ran away from the Children's Home near Kwethluk and survived in the wilderness by turning into a Hairy Man. But big questions remain: How could a boy turn into a hairy creature that lived in the extreme wild? Was it really Gabriel Fox, and not a young Bigfoot that was starving and raiding fishcamps for food when it was caught? Why did the military and/or the US government say nothing about him after they took him away? And most importantly, why didn't they return him home? ...
Some sightings are of the creature itself. Some reports are of the tracks it leaves behind, its glowing eyes, its repugnant smell, the rocks they throw toward people, or the sounds it makes. There are stories from Chevak to Kotlik, and from Kotlik to Pilot Station. Some sightings are also along the Kuskokwim River, from McGrath area to Bethel, and up the Johnson River. But the greatest numbers of sightings are between the mouth of the Yukon River to Pilot Station, and around Tuluksak, a village that is sort of situated all by itself between Akiak and Kalskag.
Read more at The Delta Discovery: Hairy Man in the Y-K Delta