It's in movies all the time. A trail of clothing in the woods, a kid's toy left abandoned, shoe prints. But what if you weren't watching a movie? What if you were there?? Reddit user GenesisProTech describes a time when all the weird stuff - was real.
"There was a group of teens that hadn't been heard from after their scheduled return time from a camping trip. A good friend and I head out in the general direction the teens had set off in. We'd been hiking for most of the day and seen nothing. We're about ~35km into the woods at this point when we start noticing odd things. Sticks carved like spears stuck into the ground, weird carvings in the trees, a child's stuffed animal hanging from a noose up in a tree. The really eerie thing was that everything was freshly carved. We kept on hiking and eventually made camp for the night. We get up with the sunrise and pack up the gear when I noticed a bit of shirt that had caught on a small tree along with some shoe prints. We then get a radio call that the teens had just been found 20km east of us."
Seriously - how could you sleep with all the strange things around you?
Hiking alone and staying the night in the woods is not exactly what I call comforting. Especially when you could very easily become a cougar's next meal. Not sure what smokeythemarshmallow was thinking but now there is a story to tell.
"I was hiking to an old shelter and had that creepy being watched feeling. I had seen fairly fresh cougar scratches and scats along the trail but that's pretty common up here. That night I camped at the shelter, which only had three walls and a roof. I felt uneasy all night and hardly slept. The next day I found FRESH scat and scratches on the trail I had hiked in on. About a mile past the shelter I found a mostly-eaten deer in some dense brush off the trail. Cougars often keep kills stashes throughout their territory for later snacking. Now a cougar won't usually tangle with a human but here I am a 5ft tall, 100 lb sack of flesh and bones at least 13 miles out from any other humans. I decided to cut short my trip. The last 2 hours of hiking through dusk in a dense forest was the most hair-raising hike I've ever had."
"I was surveying a remote restoration site near an old trail and I heard someone walking up a nearby path. All the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. I turned the corner and there was a shirtless guy swinging a crowbar around in circles, and when he saw me he started yelling,'I'VE GOT A CROWBAR! I'VE GOT A CROWBAR!' I think I nodded at him, squeaked something like, 'nice crowbar,' and then ran the mile or so back to my truck. And that's the reason why I carry mace and a big knife now."
These school kids thought they came across a common find. Truth is, they were on to a lot more than that. As told by hipposaurus_rex.
"Our park lets kids from school in so they can look for animals in the forest and the streams. One day a kid finds molars. The teeth looked like human molars, but the teacher said was a deers. Two days later, they found a corpse with a smashed skull and jaw in another part of the park. All its teeth were missing."