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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Avery County
LOCATION DETAILS: heavy wooded area around campground
NEAREST TOWN: Linnville falls
NEAREST ROAD: st rt 221
OBSERVED: While on vacation, my family and I were camping at Linville trailer lodge and campground in Linville North Carolina. On June 15th, 2010 we were all sleeping in our pop up camper. At 2:00 am I was woke up by the sound of an animal to the south east of our camper. Its calls were 4 short whoops followed by 1 double whoop. After listening to that for a couple of minutes I heard another one calling from the North West. Its call was 3 short whoops followed by a double whoop. While listening to that one, another from the North West started calling. Its calls were 2 short whoops followed by a double whoop. After a couple of minutes I could hear them calling and moving towards the north east. It sounded like they were with in 100 yards of our camper but I was the only one that got woke up. On June 17th we got ready for bed about 9:00 pm. around 9:30 pm I could hear the same calls as the second and third animals from 2 nights before, they were much further away this time. My 8 yr old daughter heard them also and asked what kind of animal makes that sound? I did not answer her. After we got home I got onto your web sight and played the whoops and knocks from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, my daughter came running from her bed room and said that is what I heard the other day. Then I explained to her what it was she heard.
ALSO NOTICED: dead silence except for creature
OTHER WITNESSES: myself and my 8 yr old daughter
OTHER STORIES: unknown
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 15th 2:00 am
17th 9:30 pm
ENVIRONMENT: mountain elevation 3400 ft.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tommy Poland:
I spoke to Tim today on the phone. He and his family actually live in Ohio, and were just vacationing in the mountains of NC, specifically at the Linville Falls Trailer Lodge & Campground.
The interesting thing about these whooping sounds is how close one of the subjects was to Tim's campsite. He said at least 100 to 200 yards, close enough that the whooping sounds actually woke him up. He also said, that at one point, he could actually hear them walking around near the campsite.
He stated in the original report that his daughter heard the sounds a couple of nights later and even had asked "what kind of animal makes that sound", but, he actually heard her saying that to herself, and not directly to him. He didn't want to scare her, so he didn't reply to her questioning.
When they got back home to Ohio, he was playing the sound clips from the Sierra Sounds and his daughter came running in saying "That's what I heard the other night at the campground!".
Tim's story is credible, and I feel he was privileged to experience what he did here in the mountains of North Carolina.
About BFRO Investigator Tommy Poland:
U.S. Army Veteran with training in Combat Infantry. Stationed in Camp Casey, Korea, Ft. Lewis, Washington and Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Currently employed with a Fortune 500 Company as an IT Security Analyst. Attended the North and South Carolina Expeditions in 2007 and North Carolina Expedition in 2008, 2009 and 2010.