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COUNTY: Habersham County
LOCATION DETAILS: This is only 10 to 15 miles away from another site in Helen. Both which back up to the National Forrest.
NEAREST TOWN: Helen
NEAREST ROAD: Ga.Hwy 255 &Ga.Hwy 197
OBSERVED: In Sept.2006 my 18 year old son and a friend were camping out off of hwy 255 in Habersham Co. (next to the National Forrest and right beside WhiteCo.) They were frightened and run off by howls and growls they swore were not human. High pitched Ape like sounds then VERY LOW long growls. The horses were huddled in a "defensive" stance then at the high pitched sound would run as if they were stampeeding. The boys said they could hear something walking near them but when ever they looked out nothing was there.
The next week I went to feed alone and NONE of the 7 dogs that live there would go to the pasture with me. THIS WAS TOTALLY OUT OF CHARACTOR! I could hear something following along beside me but each time I stopped to look it was as if a flash of dark just ran by. I wasn't scared, but I KNOW something was there.
January 2007 8 of us went to the barn late at night we heard the sounds the boys had heard and all people and dogs were accounted for inside the barn. While we were in there one old horse that stays in at night was in his stall and he would NOT calm down for anything, not even food! He circled in his stall yelling for 45mins. While he was doing that 2 of us were in a stall with an other horse and something hit the outside of the barn right at that stall. This happened 4 or 5 times until some of us went to look. NOTHING WAS THERE! It was very dark and my son started throwing horseshoe in the direction of the noise. He threw 5 one at a time. We heard 3 hit the ground or trees or bushes, 2 NEVER HIT ANYTHING, BUT WE HEARD GRUNTS RIGHT AFTER HE THEW THEM!
Febuary 15,2007 my friend Cathy and I have been on several websites looking for clues as to what we are dealing with. We have found 3 foot prints, these are NOT "giant size", but they are much larger than human. There are 2 different Areas that look as if something large has been bedding down there. There are trees that look like the markings of territory shown on some of the web sites. One of the most increddible things we have found is an area by a little stream where an oak tree was down, still fresh, and some of the bark had been shreded and appeared to have been chewed. The gorund around it was totally dry, but the "chewed" bark was slimmy wet, like spit. I brought some home and put it in a baggie and today it is STILL moist! It looks as if spit bubbles are in it.
After picking this up and heading back out of the woods we knew something was following us. We heard the high pitched howls, sticks beating together and trees and bushes moving. Still we could not see anything. HOwever I told her to take 3 stepps together and stop with out talking, we did BUT WHAT EVER WAS FOLLOWING US DID NOT!! Then we REALLY got some vocals.
We don't wish this any harm, but we do want to know what is there. We are planning to stay out in the woods near this site This up coming weekend. We would love to have a pro with us!
ALSO NOTICED: Yes, this area is usally loaded with small animals, rabbit, deer, squrrell, birds etc... If nothing eles I always see tracks of animals. WE DIDN'T SEE OR HEAR ANY OF THEM.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 to 7 others each time. WE were feeding or cleaning horses. Then just hiking through the forrest.
OTHER STORIES: Several people who live around there tell me aobut all the farm animals getting in their defence stance and howling and acting scared every night just before dark. Most that I have talked to say it is either wild hog, bear, cougar or deer. I KNOW IT IS NOT! If nothing eles I know my horse! He acts scared at night and he never has before.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Beautiful cool day in the high 50's around 3 in the afternoon until 5:30 in the evening
ENVIRONMENT: Abandon hunting camps are in this area, but it is mostly Rodadenronds and mountian laurels in a beautiful forrest area. Lots of creeks and heavey wooded areas, for miles!
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
I have spoken with the witness who submitted the report and her son many times over the last few years, and have visited the property and surrounding forest where these incidents occurred; just to the east of the White/Habersham County border, in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley.
The witnesses heard characteristic vocalizations, found large man-like tracks in the area, and experienced stalking behavior on several occasions.
I find the witnesses to be credible and reliable, and their stories bear a remarkable consistency to other incidents; not just in this particular valley, but in other river valley communities across the continent where these animals occur.
The initial on-site investigation was conducted by Georgia-based independent sasquatch researchers Leigh Culver and Wayne Ford.
The Sautee-Nacoochee Valley has produced observation and encounter reports each winter, without exception, for the last several years. I strongly suspect that as wild edibles become scarce during the winter, resident sasquatches will come closer to areas of human habitation and exploit human food resources in addition to their natural diets. Moreover, more deer occur in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley during winter months than in the surrounding forested mountains. To learn more about the BFRO's research into the connection between deer and sasquatches, read this article.
In the incidents that are reported in North Georgia, the majority of warm-weather reports occur in higher elevations in the mountains along densely vegetated creeks and headwaters; places where wild edibles (like blackberries, persimmons, muscadines, etc.) are abundant seasonally.
Many of these Sautee-Nacoochee Valley winter reports are given to me directly, as I have established a strong network of contacts in White County (having grown up there, and having conducted a great deal of field research there).
I would like to encourage more people who are experiencing activity in this particular to report those incidents via our Report Submission Form.
About BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
Matt Pruitt grew up in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, and has been conducting active sasquatch research for several years in various parts of the country.
Matt has attended/organized the following expeditions:
North Carolina - 2007
South Carolina - 2007
North Carolina - 2008
Georgia - 2008 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2008
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2008
Georgia - 2009 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2009
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2009
Oregon - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2010
Georgia - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Oklahoma - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (1) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (2) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
Arkansas - 2012 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
North Carolina - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
Matt is a trained visual tracker. During the summer of 2007, Matt co-instructed a tracking course for BFRO members in the Southeast. In 2009, he co-instructed an updated version of the same course for BFRO members in Utah. He currently lives in Northeast Georgia.
He can be contacted at Georgia@BFRO.net