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DATE: NOT KNOWN
COUNTY: Tulare County
LOCATION DETAILS: MONACHE MEADOWS----SOUTH FORK KERN RIVER
NEAREST TOWN: BLACK ROCK
NEAREST ROAD: 4 X 4 JEEP ROAD
OBSERVED: Around 1979-----Norm and I hunt the Monache Meadow area, we had camped at Summers Ridge that night. About 2:00 in the, morning, this loud howl of immense volume, coming from one the meadows, yes it did have sad tone to it, but did not seem threatening. We got into the jeep, and started spot-lighting the meadows. After hour of this, the loud howl went away. We re-treated to our camp, for some un-nerving sleep. But ever sence this encounter, our group looks for signs, of this big creature, up on south fork of the Kern River. Then ten years later what happen to bridge builders, 3 miles from our encounter.
Monache Meadows is at 8,000 ft. High, and very cold at night.
The south fork of the Kern River runs thru--it
It has lots of deer, bear, cougars, fish and now bigfoot.
ALSO NOTICED: We got a 3 pt. buck
OTHER WITNESSES: Just Norm and I
OTHER STORIES: I have now
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 2:00 a.m.
ENVIRONMENT: Meadows, with surrounding mts.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:
I spoke to the witness by phone on August 28, 2005, and can add the following details to the report:
• The vocalizations woke the two men at 2 a.m. The volume of the calls was considerable.
• The vocalizations were similar to the Ohio Howl, but of longer duration. The witness described them as more of a “bellow” than a scream. The animal would vocalize, stop for a few moments, and then vocalize again. This lasted for more than one hour.
• Except for the vocalizations, it was very quiet.
• The witness described the weather as “cold as hell,” and estimates that it was between 15 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
• The witness saw no other hunters during his stay in the area.
• Being an experienced hunter, the witness is very familiar with wildlife sounds. He does not know what could have made these sounds, so he reported them to the BFRO.
About BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Guitar) -- Cal. State Long Beach
- Professional educator with more than a decade of experience.
- Attended many public BFRO expeditions since 2005 (Redwoods, Sierras, Arizona, Southern California, Vancouver Island, Mendocino).
- Attended and/or led numerous non-public BFRO expeditions (CA: Bluff Creek, Blue Creek, Stanislaus NF; WA: Stevens Pass, Olympic Peninsula, Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest; Ohio: Beaver Creek; Florida: Green Swamp)
- Led the 2007 and 2008 California Sierra Nevadas Expedition (public), and the Oregon Expedition (public) in June 2008
- Can be reached at NorthAmericanBigfoot@gmail.com