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DATE: 2, 3. 4
COUNTY: Whatcom County
LOCATION DETAILS: Nooksack river area east of Deming WA
NEAREST TOWN: Deming
NEAREST ROAD: Mt. Baker Hwy
OBSERVED: On February 2nd, I went outside to get some stuff out of the truck and was listening to the night sounds. The night was clear and cool and there had not been any rain for about a week. So it was pretty dry. I breathed in through my nose to smell the fresh air and to my surprise the smell I got was of wet fur with a sickly sweet smell to it. It was almost to the point of being nauseating. I looked around for the source of the smell. I could not find it. It was about 8:00 P.M. I went back inside the house and tried to think of what it could have been.
About 11:30 P.M. February 3rd, I stepped out of the house. There were many dogs barking throughout the area and I wondered what all the comotion was all about. It was clear and no wind. As I listened, I could hear the dogs at the farms down stream beging to bark. Then at each consecutive farm, coming up stream, the dogs would start to bark. About a quarter mile from the where I was standing, I heard the neighbor's dog start to bark. There was a lot of noise in orchard and the neighbors trying to get their dog to come back. It finally quieted down, then I heard what sounded like a long call, an eerie call, kind of high pitched. It was followed up by a second call across the river. There was a five to six second delay between the calls. The call sent shivers up my spine. I am an advid hiker, have been a hunter and have spent the majority of my spare time in the mountains and I had never heard a call like this one. I immediately went back inside.
February 4th, I was up late that night. I could not sleep. All sorts of things going through my head. I wondered what I had heard and smelled the past couple of days. Thought that I may have just imagined the whole thing. I decided to step outside and listen again. Down by the river, I heard a strange noise. It was like someone taking a big rock and hitting a tree. It sounded like "bam, bam, bam, bam, pause, bam." Thought it was kind of strange to hear that. A few seconds later, in the distance I heard another knocking of "bam, bam, bam, pause, bam." I then went inside to check out this site. I sent a comment/question out to see what your researchers would say. They emailed me back to see if I had heard a fox. I went through all the sounds of the foxes, then went back to the sight and heard the noise again. This time it most matched the "1978 Whoop-Howl from Snohomish County, Washington". I spoke to a few people around here and they have stated that there is activity in this area. Last night was quiet and there were no sounds.
ALSO NOTICED: On Saturday afternoon, I went for a walk down to the river. As I entered the woods from the road, I felt like something was watching me. I walked along the fire road for about 100 yards and saw something moving down below me in the trees along the river, about thirty yards away. Thought it might be an elk, it was big. Now, not too sure. It was shaking a few of the smaller trees. Then it stopped and I think what ever it was, may have seen me. It seemed to duck into the brush and disappear. I continued on my walk and did not see anything the rest of the hike. I did feel like I was being watched though.
OTHER WITNESSES: No other witnesses with me.
OTHER STORIES: I have not heard of anything else in the area. I have only been here for about a year.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was a clear, cool night. The moon was coming off of being full on Thursday. There was no wind. The time was between 8:00 P.M. and midnight.
ENVIRONMENT: Mixed conifer and hardwood near river bottom, apple orchard nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Boudousquie:
I met with the witness and he recounted the events of his experience in detail. I found the witness to be very believable. He stated his reluctance to file his report for fear that he would not be taken seriously. The witness stated that he was confused by what he was experiencing because he felt the location was too close to human activity for any type of Bigfoot encounter. He was not aware that historically there have been other reports of Bigfoot activity in the general area where he lives. The witness was reluctant to enter the river bottom after his experience and was still reluctant to enter with me accompanying him.
We spent about five hours walking the river bottom near his home where the events took place. The witness pointed out the area where he felt something was watching him and throwing small objects like rocks and sticks at him. I scrambled up to the top of the ridge where the objects were coming from and found a slightly discernable trail leading down the ridge to the river bottom. I found no other trace evidence on the ridge. There is plenty of cover and concealment in the area for wildlife to hide undetected by nearby hikers or fishermen.
The North Fork of the Nooksack River experiences several salmon and steelhead runs during the course of any given year. At current, a run of steelhead are migrating to their spawning grounds further up river. The area is popular with local fishermen. We found plenty of signs from beaver and deer as well and saw numerous ducks rise up from the backwater sloughs and beaver ponds. There were abundant Chinook and Chum salmon carcasses deposited from recent flooding. We also found a number of trees in a single location freshly marked by a cougar.
The witness later contacted me to state that on a recent evening while out enjoying some fresh air, he saw the cougar cross the road near his house. He also stated that he has continued to hear occasional wood knocks and vocalizations off in the distance late in the evening coming from a southern direction. He described the vocalizations as being "just like the 1978 Snohomish recording on the BFRO website".
Additional note: The witness continues to experience some strange activities that could be attributed to possible Bigfoot activity. I have visited the witness on a number of occasions and find him to be credible. I am currently working with the witness in an attempt to gain additional corroborating evidence.
About BFRO Investigator Jim Boudousquie:
Jim Boudousquie is a life long outdoor enthusiast, fisherman, and hunter. Jim received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1980 and has served in the U.S. Army Infantry. Jim attended the WA Cascades 2006, 2008,2009, WA Olympic Peninsula 2008, 2009, and Utah 2007 Expeditions. He lives and works in Whatcom County WA and actively conducts bigfoot research in Washington State, primarily in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.