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LOCATION DETAILS: Riviere Noire
NEAREST TOWN: Fort Coulonge
NEAREST ROAD: 148
OBSERVED: Several of my neighbours and I heard the screams late at night for a year in 2004-2005. There were 6 of us at seperate times but we all heard the same very spooky long howl growl that was as loud as a dinasaur. I first heard it the night of the moon eclipse in late November. I was watching the eclipse outside the cottage and heard 2 screams, 1 within 30 yards. All these screams are within a 2-3 km radius at our remote cottages in Quebec. We are up the Riviere Noire just north of Fort Coulounge.
I might add that all the people who heard this have either hunted, fished, or lived up there or in the region for over 25 years and had never heard anything like this. We have also seen footprints in the winter and have many pictures of these unbelievable prints. We don't make a big deal because it's to weird and it's best to leave things like that alone. I just thought I'd let you know.
ALSO NOTICED: Creepiest thing I ever heard. I have heard most northern animals except cougars, wolverines, and badgers.
OTHER WITNESSES: None that night but 4-5 other separate incidents.
OTHER STORIES: 4-5 other incidents throughout the year. People were at their cottages and went outside at night or were at campfires and then heard sound. One guy was sleeping with his window open and it woke him up. One guy was in a hunt camp trailer and had gone out to relieve himself.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9:10 P.m. clear night with total eclipse of moon. Screams (2) happened right at eclipse.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine and hard-wood forest, lake shore/river shore.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Todd Prescott:
Spoke with reportee at length on Feb 7, 2008, and he provided the following additional details:
At least six people heard vocalizations (howls/roars/screams/ growls) over a ten-month period starting November 2004 and ending September 2005. The area where the sounds were heard is dotted with seasonal cottages. Only one person resides there year-round. The gentleman who made the report described the sound he heard as somewhat of a howl (similar to a wolf) that modulated to an unnerving roar. He felt that the sheer volume of the roar indicated an animal of large proportions. The howl had started in the woods close to his cottage at an estimated distance of 100 yards. Within a few seconds, a roar of immense volume was heard close to his truck some 25 yards from his cottage. He was perplexed by how quickly the "sound maker" (if indeed it was one animal) travelled approximately 75 yards.
The permanent resident (who lives in close proximity to the reportee) also heard the same sounds and other unusual sounds that he could not identify over the ten-month period. Fellow seasonal residents also heard unusual, unidentifiable sounds periodically. Both the permanent resident and seasonal residents talked with one another about the vocalizations and concluded that they were probably made by the same unidentified animal. One of the residents is a veteran hunter and well-versed in animal vocalizations. He was dumbfounded as to what made the sounds.
Footprints were found and photographed in December of 2007 in the same vicinity as the vocalizations occurred. The reportee kindly emailed copies of the photos, which show what appear to be bipedal tracks traipsing through the snow. The prints are not fresh, and consequentially show expansion as the deep snow has melted and re-frozen. Reportee stated that the snow was very deep (perhaps two feet or more) and felt that whatever made the prints would not have had an easy time walking and/or running through the snow.
Although inconclusive, the prints are nonetheless intriguing. The BFRO will further analyse the photos and a future update may be forthcoming.
The area around Riviere Noire (Black River) is quite rugged and heavily forested. The cottages surround a small lake. There is very little human traffic through the area, as it is quite remote.
About BFRO Investigator Todd Prescott:
Todd Prescott, B.Ed, B.Mus, has been researching the subject of bigfoot for well over 20 years Todd attended the 2006 and 2008 B.C. Coastal Expeditions, 2008 and 2011 Pennsylvania Expedition, 2010 Pennsylvania Mini Expeditions, the 2007 Ontario Expedition and he hosted the Ontario 2009 Expedition. His research has taken him as far as Alaska to PA, Northern Ontario to BC, including a 2-week solo expedition throughout the Bella Coola (B.C.) region. Most recently, in August of 2012, Todd had the honor and privilege of spending 4 days/nights with Mr. John Green in BC where he was granted permission to peruse Mr. Green's extensive files dating back to 1957. Todd also had the unique experience of researching with Mr. Green near Harrison Hot Springs one evening. Currently, he is working on several books pertaining to the subject of sasquatch.