Early settlers reported encountering ten foot tall, hairy creatures; they referred to them as Yahoos. Daniel Boone himself mentioned shooting one of these creatures in his memoirs. The event occurred in 1782 along what is now the Montgomery and Powell County border, Kentucky.
Most Bigfoot encounters occur in the Northeastern area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Carter County has had the greatest number of sightings, although they appear to be the same individual each time, All these occurred in the Carter Caves State Park area. The appearances have become so frequent that the creature has been nicknamed Big John. Big John is an exceptionally large Bigfoot for Kentucky. He is described as being about ten feet tall and covered in white hair. He is usually spotted digging through dumpsters.
The word "yahoo" was coined in 1726 in Jonathan Swift's book "Gulliver's Travels" who spoke of a race of brutish wild men he called yahoos. Early settlers applied that word to sasquatches.