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COUNTY: Lane County
LOCATION DETAILS: McKenzie Valley
NEAREST TOWN: Blue River
NEAREST ROAD: McKenzie Hwy. 126 E
OBSERVED: I was out side going to the bathroom by a creek (aprox. 20 feet away) and from across the creek (35 yds away)I here a hooting/ howling from a crop of trees. I immediately go inside. we heard the sound from inside the Yurt (25 feet from creek)2 more times. later that night (30 min) I went outside with a flash light to survey the hill side, when I seen a faint outline of something duck behind a group of trees. I immediately go inside. The next morning I went outside to check things out and there was a footprint leading towards the front door of the yurt. It is a very steep hill leading to the Yurt so the print was only the ball of the foot and the first 3 toes. embedded in the muddy print were several small white/brown hairs that I collected. there was also a hair on the door. My friend and I have been hearing this sound for months but much deeper in the mountains, never this close. My friends dad has been hearing the same sound from deep in the mountains since he moved there in 1984.
ALSO NOTICED: the same sound has been heard periodically until the present date. also previously described footprint and hair... if possible please help me get the hair tested
OTHER WITNESSES: Me and 3 of my friends. we were just hanging out watching crappy zombie movies
OTHER STORIES: For years we have heard whoops and howls from deeper in the mountains but never this close
TIME AND CONDITIONS: aprox. 9:45pm, minimal moonlight, light rain
ENVIRONMENT: wooded hillside
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Geoff Robinson:
After interviewing the witness on the phone and in-person, I found him to be lucid, articulate, and consistent. He recounted the event and described the sheer bone-rattling volume of the close-in subject vocalizations while the witness(es) were in the yurt (a type of tent but stronger). Because of private property issues, the witness declined to visit the site of the event with me. He did give me one very small indeterminate hair sample collected adjacent to the trackway, which appeared to be brownish-red, curled, and missing follicle material. Further analysis yielded inconclusive results. The witnesses' encounter is consistent with previously collected reports, and merits further in-depth field investigation.
About BFRO Investigator Geoff Robinson:
Geoff Robinson is a software engineer and manufacturer's representative. As a teenager Geoff spent many nights in remote Georgia forests raccoon hunting. Mystified by seemingly inexplicable events during that time, Geoff has pursued explanations in the Pacific Northwest via study of an elusive bipedal primate that leaves tracks attributable to the taxon Anthropoidipes ameriborealis
Since those early experiences, Geoff has had encounters at his home in Granite Falls, WA, at the 2008 and 2009 WA Cascades expeditions, the 2009 Olympics expedition, as well as a number of smaller outings in WA and OR. He currently resides in Portland, OR with his wife and two sons.