July 27, 1987

Article at The Sydney Morning Herald

NEWS | Woronora Dam’s ‘Ape Man’ makes his appearance

WILSON da SILVA

A group of eight young people say they were terrorised at the weekend by an ape-like creature near Woronora Dam.

The ‘creature’ left behind a stripped carcass and fresh tracks. 

Engadine police were today expected to patrol the bushland road near the dam, which is west of Waterfall.

Constable Alan Wendt, of Engadine Police, said last night that since the incident locals had told him of a “wild man”, a tall Polish immigrant, who has lived near the dam for several years.

“He supposedly lives on raw meat, so that could be what they saw the other night,” Constable Wendt said.

“I’m not saying it is or it isn’t, but it might make a bit more sense than a yeti.”

The creature, seen by seven of the young people, strolled down from a rocky hill and crossed the road carrying a carcass, in full view of the group.

The group retrieved part of the carcass and took it to Engadine Police at 11.30 on Saturday night.

Two constables decided to investigate, and said that at the scene they heard noises from the bush. They also found tracks, which they described as fresh.

“(The witnesses) seemed pretty genuine,” said one constable.

“You don’t get eight blokes coming down to the station with a carcass unless they’ve got good reason to.

“They obviously saw something, but what they saw - who knows? It could have been anything.”

The policemen searched the area for almost an hour, at one stage drawing their pistols when thuds were heard from a ravine.

“They told us to stay behind them, and one of them went into the track a little way,” said Jim Kikovolis, 22. “They were as scared as we were.”

The youngsters have been going to the isolated spot for a number of years, since one of them heard what he described as “werewolf-like growls” from the bush.

“We heard the growls again last week, but this is the first time we’ve actually seen something,” said Tom Jugovic, 18.

The group arrived at about 10 pm on Saturday, and waited for what they said was now a regular show. When the sounds began, Tom and another youngster attempted to get closer.

The creature crashed through the scrub towards them and scrambled across the road.

Tom and his companion fled in fear, while his friends shone a spotlight on the creature and watched it go into a ravine, dropping part of the carcass.

“If it stood up straight, I say it would be seven feet tall,” said Michael Kiriloff, 21.

“It just strolled across the road, covered it in four steps and went down in the bush there.”

Yesterday, the Herald examined the area with some of the witnesses. We found the remains of the carcass, thought to be that of a wallaby, and some ill-defined tracks.

Further down a ravine was a cave, containing three freshly-stripped pieces of bone.