Via New England Folklore:
Before there was Bigfoot, there was the Wild Man. Like Bigfoot, he was large, hairy and often naked, and he lurked in the woods and lonely meadows, emerging only to terrorize and amaze those who witnessed his emergence into the civilized world.
One particularly famous Wild Man has haunted part of Connecticut for nearly a century. His name? The Winsted Wild Man.
Here is a timeline of his appearances…
The folklore surrounding “wild men” intersects not only with Bigfoot but also with fauns, satyrs, and other uncivilized creatures of the untamed wilderness in folklore and mythology from around the world.