Apparently the creature has also been seen on a few occasions over the last six years, K102.5 reports.
The creature has been described as "a bat-like humanoid" and a "winged man." In a recent K102.5 article, from June 7, they note that a recent sighting occurred in Calumet Park, which is near the Illinois/Indiana border.
The report says:
"May 5, 2017 - 8PM - Calumet Park, Chicago, IL - Law enforcement officer and his son - witnessed by others in the park - Flying humanoid about 6 feet in height per witness' estimates. Blackish/grayish in color and had an enormous pair of wings that must have been 8 to 10 feet in width."
The sightings of the creature this year apparently began in April, according to a post on Coast to Coast AM from May 25. Three people separately saw the creature on the same evening. A father and son saw something like the thing described above in the report of the encounter of the police officer and his son. During this other father and son encounter, however, an "unsettling sound akin to the breaks of a train" was heard as well.
Lon Strickler has covered the reports on his Phantoms and Monsters website, including one that happened on May 19th: A woman, her friend, and the friend's boyfriend heard a "loud screech" that sounded "completely out of this world." A few seconds later, they heard another. They then saw a "large bat" coming "from the direction of the bridge that holds up the Lake Shore Drive." They said the thing was flying low and then "shot up into the air as it came over the water." The witnesses saw it fly in a large circle and they heard it screech again. Then, another "large bat" came into view. The two "bats" were flying in figure eight's around each other, and the witnesses thought it looked "like they were dancing in a strange sort of way."
The witnesses boyfriend then arrived and "scared the living bejezzuz out of us." The two "bats" apparently heard this and flew away and out of sight. The encounter lasted about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
|Is it some sort of giant bat?|
Lon Strickler has also put up a Google map of the areas where sightings of the creature(s) have occurred. Right now, there are 15 sightings mapped on there. You can see it here.
I'll be following this story more, and if there are any more reports of strange flying things around Chicago, I'll update things.
What could this mean? If the reports are true, has something like the Mothman returned? If it has, what does it mean, if anything? Many people think the appearances of the Mothman in the '60s had something to do with the horrible collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. Could this be another warning?