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STATE: New Jersey
COUNTY: Passaic County
LOCATION DETAILS: Ringwood Ave, south boat ramp to Monksville Reservior, just norht of the dam. Easy to locate on Google Earth.
NEAREST TOWN: Ringwood, NJ
NEAREST ROAD: Margaret King Blvd/Ringwood Ave
OBSERVED: I was fishing from the south boat ramp at Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood, New Jersey in August 2000. It was about 2:00 AM - 2:30 AM. I was fishing from shore when I heard a scream-wail from behind me, on the far side of the gravel parking lot.
It sounded kind of like an elk bugle, but not really. When I found this website, listened to the Washington state recordings, it was almost exactly as I remember it.
I ran to my truck, threw my pole in the bed and bolted.
When I spoke about what happened the next day to one of the road foremen, who is a 'Ramapough Indian', he immediately said it was probably Old Red Eye.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the noise. I didn't stick around or go back to look after that.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me.
OTHER STORIES: I read some reports in Weird New Jersey magazine, along with those posted on this site. Location is not far from Federal Hill.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2:00-2:30 AM, clear, calm, dim moonlight
ENVIRONMENT: Fishing from a concrete baot ramp. Gravel parking lot behind me. Then mixed forest heading upa knob.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:
I spoke with the witness over the phone on January 15th 2007.
The vocalization came from behind him at an estimated distance of 75 yards. This area of New Jersey is very wooded consisting of mainly deciduous hardwoods and conifers. The terrain is mountainous and connects with Southern Upstate New York.
The Washington recordings the witness makes reference to are the 1973 Whoop-Howl from Puyallup, Washington and the 1978 Whoop-Howl from Snohomish County, Washington. Both these recordings are similar and the witness was sure this is what he heard.
Click here for the Puyallup Recording
Click here for the Snohomish Recording
About BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:
Mike is a long time New Jersey resident. He attended the 2005 and 2006 New York Adirondacks Expeditions, the 2006 Ohio Expedition, the 2008 Maine Expedition, the 2008 Pennsylvania Expedition, the 2009 Pennsylvania and New York Expeditions and the 2010 New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania alumni expeditions.