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COUNTY: Mason County
LOCATION DETAILS: [The directions to the private were provided in the original submission but were removed before posting, for obvious reasons. The general location is Lake Cushman]
NEAREST TOWN: Hoodsport
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 119
OBSERVED: I was out on the small lake fishing with a friend and we heard something big running through the water by the shore. It was not a deer or elk as it was running fast and heavy through the water. The ducks and heron in the water flew off and then everything was dead silent. When we turned the boat around, to go back to shore on the other side of the lake, I looked back into the inlet where we heard the running. I could make out something very big on two feet standing in the shadows of the trees. It was standing up and it was swaying from side to side. I tried to watch it for a while before my friend made us go back.
Also my house is not far from the lake and almost every night between 1a.m. and 3a.m. I hear this roaring sound that is not any animal I ever heard and once in a while something answers back.
ALSO NOTICED: The birds flew away, then everything was quiet, no frogs or chirping birds. Then the smell was really bad.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just my friend was with me. We were sitting on the lake in a small boat fishing.
OTHER STORIES: Back in January of 2006 I was driving home late at night and something ran fast across the highway in front of my car. That thing looked liked it jumped across the road and was moving fast on two feet. It looked like it stood at least almost 7 feet tall or better. Also many people hear that roaring from the lake and they don't know what it is either. I have had other people say they saw something at times too.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about an hour from dusk and still light enough to see everything quite well. It was a sunny, windless day. Around 76 degrees.
ENVIRONMENT: It's a small lake surrounded by steep inclines. It's almost impossible to get around the sides of the lake without a boat
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:
I spoke with her by phone for roughly 40 minutes.
She said she first spotted the legs of the animal in shallow water, under overhanging tree cover at the edge of the lake. She followed the shape upward and noticed movement and could see enough to discern the figure swaying from side to side. She emphasized “What I saw was big and facing towards us.”
About BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:
Small Business Owner
Special Interest in Field Sound Recording
Attended the Washington (Oly Pen -2) expedition.