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DATE: friday & saturday
COUNTY: Coconino County
NEAREST TOWN: payson or Heber az
NEAREST ROAD: interstate 260
OBSERVED: in sept of this year my son and myself and brother innlaw heard Loud whoops and screams in the Woodscanyon area near lake at midnight...i have heard same sounds and have made other reports....in other Northern AZ....i own the BFRO vocalization Cds and these whoops and screams were the same....
OTHER WITNESSES: my 22 yr old son 40 yr old brotherinnlaw..and myself 45
TIME AND CONDITIONS: latenite....midnite i would say
ENVIRONMENT: pine forest...Mogollon mountain.....both times we heard these sounds were late atnight..and close to the camp grounds
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
I spoke with the witness on the phone for about 45 minutes which provided additional details;
They stayed at the Lower Spillway campground, which was full or nearly full.
The camp was disturbed at night a couple times during their stay. They assumed it was a bear. During the Saturday midnight episode other campers woke up to question what the sound was. Their dogs were barking in response to the sounds. The sounds seemed to come from the southwest, near the lake
The witness is an Arizona resident, an avid hunter, outdoorsmen and has experience with native animal sounds. He keeps a camera and plaster with him on his camping and hunting trips.