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COUNTY: Daggett County
LOCATION DETAILS: Drive south, out of Mountain View, Wyoming. The highway turns east just on the outskirts of town. Drive to a dirt, forest road that is marked "Hoop Lake". The road goes south into the North Slope of the Uintah Mountains.
NEAREST TOWN: Mountain View, Wyo.
OBSERVED: In August of 2004, my family and I were camped at Hoop Lake, in the Uinta Mtns of Utah. Just south of our camp was the outflow stream of Hoop Lake that cut a very deep gorge, some 100+ feet deep. Along that gorge runs an ATV trail, that we rode along quite often during our four-day camp. The ATV trail ends on the shoulder of a mountain, and overlooks about 3,000 acres of meadow and climax forest.
On the morning of the incident, my wife, myself and two of our nephews took an ATV ride along the trail. We ended our ride at the shoulder, and turned off the vehicles. We had been talking about sasquatch sightings and I had expressed the sentiment that I thought it would be awesome to see a sasquatch. My nephews asked me if it made sounds, and I said that it's vocalizations had been recorded. They asked what it sounded like, and I told them that I would imitate it.
I made as loud a vocalization as I could, trying to recall the tonality, and pitch of the recordings. When I stopped, the sound echoed off of the walls surrounding the meadow, and down a nearby canyon. It was quite eery to hear the echoes. They asked me to do it again, and I did. The third time I made the call, something answered back from the forest next to the meadow. The hair stood up on the back of our necks, and we decided that we had heard enough.
As we started to leave, one of my nephews shouted "What's that Uncle B.....?" I turned and saw a cow moose bolt out of the trees on a full gallop. As it ran it continued to look back into the trees.
I am not necessarily convinced that what I heard was a sasquatch, but I have heard many different animals (bears, coyotes, elk, deer, hawks, falcons, eagles, and wolves), and the sound that I heard didn't match any of those sounds.
OTHER WITNESSES: My wife and two nephews. I was imitating Sasquatch vocalizations.
OTHER STORIES: I have heard of sasquatch sightings in the Uintahs. The most noteworthy was the sighting in the Cuberant Lake Basin, in the '70's or '80's. Cuberant Basin is about 45 miles to the west of Hoop Lake.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 10:00 am
ENVIRONMENT: We were on the shoulder of the mountain, looking westward onto the meadow and climax forest. The meadow was about due west, while the forested area is about south-west. The shoulder that we were on stands about 300 feet above, and about 1/2 mile from the meadow.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
After exchanging emails I spoke with this witness on the phone and a few details can be added:
-The vocalization they heard lasted 3-5 seconds starting in a low pitch and ending higher in an "oh-ah" sound. He described the sound as much bigger and louder than his call which was his best imitation of alleged bigfoot recordings.
-The cow moose running from the direction of the vocalization concerned him, he has been around moose in the wild and found that they don't scare easily.
- Only one vocalization was heard but they quickly left on their ATV's and may not have heard any additional calls over the sound of the vehicles.
About BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
Tim is a residential Manager for an electrical contractor. He attended the 2006 Arizona Expedition and the 2006 Wisconsin Expedition. Tim helped organize the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Arizona Expeditions and the 2011 New Mexico expedition. Active Investigator since 2005.