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COUNTY: Chelan County
LOCATION DETAILS: it was up a dirt road that wound up hillsides into woods. very close to downtown chelan.
NEAREST TOWN: chelan
NEAREST ROAD: not sure
OBSERVED: in july of 2005 my friends and I were staying at the caravel hotel in chelan. We were staying with a friend and his family. After the few days were up, my friend and I decided to stay another day and sleep in the car that night. That night we drove to the top of a hill through some pretty thick woods on some really unkept dirt road until we reached a small clearing. We hung out for a while sitting on the hood of the car smoking cigarettes and watching shooting stars, looking for UFO's, and listening to animal noises. We'd often hear something then speculate what it was. Then all of the sudden we heard a very loud raspy scream/roar. I immediatley expected it was a cougar but about 1 second after the screech we heard 3 deep thuds in the earth as if someone was slamming a huge tree trunk against the ground. the thuds had an even rythem like someone knocking on a door. These thuds were immediatley followed by another scream and 3 more thuds, then a 3rd scream and 3 more thuds again. after the 2nd scream we immediatly started scrambling to get into the car. We sat in the car silently, listening for quite a while. Then began speculating what it could have been. I am extremely skeptical by nature and did not allow myself to seriously consider the possibility that the animals was a sasquatch or bigfoot or some other unexplained creature even though i could not explain to myself what could have caused the scream in conjunction with the loud thumps. Trying to seem level-headed and unafraid, I just decided to go to sleep. An hour or 2 later I was awakened by my friend who seemed to be panicking a little bit. He told me he heard another sound and that we had to go. As we were driving he explained that he had to piss really bad for a while but didnt want to go outside the car. Evetually, he just decided to get out but was startled by a rustling in the bushes nearby (this time to the right of the car) and another scream (i'm not totally sure he actually heard another scream). we then drove all the way back down at 3 or so in the morning and slept parked on the side of the road. I'm aware that animals can make some pretty weird noises at night but this was just insane. the thuds were the most confusing part though. Unless maybe a 10 foot tall grizzly bear was slamming a tree against the ground? It sounded fairly diliberate, as if warning us. It couldve been a human just messing with us but we were far from houses or any good reason to be in the woods. I also really doubt a human couldve made the screaching noise because it was extremely loud and primal sounding. I never thought about reporting it because it just doesnt seem possible and i figured there HAD to be a logical explanation. -Chase S.
ALSO NOTICED: i saw a deer on the way down the road. thats about it.
OTHER WITNESSES: myself and my friend Jensen
OTHER STORIES: no.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: it happened between 11 and 1
its been a while so the time is especially hazy. however the other details have not changed at all.
ENVIRONMENT: just a forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Derek Freel:
I talked to the witness over the phone and I believe the encounter is legitimate. The events of the night are still quite vivid in his mind. He believes the source of screams and pounding was around 25 yards away from their location. He assumes that the sounds began approximately two hours after they arrived in the area. They where sky watching, smoking cigarettes, cracking jokes and generally having a good time. He was adamant that there was no alcohol or drugs involved. The witness mentioned that there was some heavy rustling in the brush leading up to the initial screams; they thought it was a raccoon or some other kind of animal.
About BFRO Investigator Derek Freel:
Derek Freel grew up near Okanogan, Washington, and currently lives in the Kennewick area. He has studied the subject of sasquatch for many years, and was very lucky to have encountered the animals on several BFRO Expeditions. Derek is taking an active role in bringing these animals into mainstream science. He attended the 2005 Washington Expedition, 2006 Redwoods Expedition, 2006 Oregon Expedition and the 2006 Washington Expedition.