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COUNTY: Siskiyou County
LOCATION DETAILS: Right after the turn off to Yreka (8 mile bridge) and before the houses on that strech of Hwy on the mountain side of the hwy we were on the river side.
NEAREST TOWN: Yreka
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 96 and I-5
OBSERVED: On December 3 , 2011 we were heading east on hwy 96. We live in Happy Camp Calif. We left around 6pm we were going to Redding Ca. to pick up my son from the Grey Hound Bus station We passed a few cars coming the oppiset direction so every so often I had to dim my head lights. We were about one and a half hours in to the drive. I had to dim my head light's again and as we just passed,8 mile bridge I figured that I should hit the brights lights as we went around a vary slight curve (thats when) I hit the brights at that same moment a large rock (bolder ) stood up (straight up). It looked at us (me) It was a light grey color and had long shaggy hair. It had big eyes that looked yellow ( from the head lights would reflect off an animal?) I drive a 2001 Jeep Cherokee it was a lot bigger (taller) than my Jeep 4x4. It stood vary still except for its head it fallowed the car. When it stood up my mind went blank and I took my foot off the excelorator, we had a vary good long look at him maybe about 15-20 seconds it felt like forever. The Jeeps head lights were on him the whole time! He seemed vary startled like we spooked him. To me he looked like he was trying to blend in with the surrounding mountain side I wrote a letter and a map I tried to paste it on this form. I had 4 of my children with me and 3 of them had seen him the 4th was asleep this time of year their are lots of rocks all over the hwy we were almost to the I-5 on ramp. When I came back to my senses I screamed so did everyone else and hit the gas and got out of their quickly we drove to the rest area and I had to get out of the car to breathe and stop shaking we all had to calm down. Now any time we have to go to town my son asks me if we are going to Yreka way if so he gets vary afraid. I know what we had seen that night .His body shape was that of a runner vary tall and slim and muscular not fat lean strong. I will take a lie detector test....I do not know what else to say I'm probally forgetting something.
ALSO NOTICED: It just looked like a great big bolder on the side of the road we probaly woulent have even seen him if he stayed stil.
OTHER WITNESSES: 4, sitting in the Jeep talking One was a sleep she dident wake up until I started screaming.
OTHER STORIES: Yes durring the fires in 2009 there were a lot of fire fighters campping all around Happy Camp Ca. and we were almost evacuated a woman reported that a big male bigfoot was living next to a stream by her home eatting her dog food. Also there was a woman that was taken years ago her grandsons tell the story of their Grandmother picking blackberries with a female relitave his Grandmother went to releave her self and they all heard her scream they tryed to fallow but could not keep up, they lost her some time later over 30 days the Grandmother stumbles in to the home stead starved and suffering from exposure she tells the family she was taken by The Monkey Man ( thats what they call him around hear) took her he tryed to feed her dead rabbits and other such things that she could not eat. She died soon after. This was long ago and the Karuk People keep to them selfs and the athorities do not care much then things were not reported. Also in Hoopa 8 years ago a little 2year old (my family) was inn bed it was warm weather all of a sudden she started screamming when her mother came in she asked what happened she said"the monkey man was trying to get me" the mother was angrey she thought the old neaighbor man was trying to get her daughter she stormed down to the old mans house yelling of corse he said it was not him she stormmed off back home when she got close to the house it hit her she noticed how high off the ground the bedroom window was. she walked over underneath the window ther was no latter or rocks to stand on she got a light and went back out and flashed the light on the ground (a flower bed roses) and saw a foot print larger than any she had ever seen, it had no shoes on she could see the toes. They lived on Indain TishTang in Hoopa Ca. Near the Hospital and the Airport. Not to far from Bluff Creek I asked her why she did not report it she said "who would beleave it" she moved the 2 year olds bed away from the window and kept the bed room door open and she never left the window open agin when she was not in the room.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: around 7:30pm it was a vary clear night no clouds. Good moon light.
ENVIRONMENT: Moutains, some low brush at some spots taller brush lots of rocks and boldrs. the river was next to the Hwy a very narow part of the hwy and the moutain whare it was standing went striaght up and the only way it could get away was to cross the road in front of us or walk along side of us or run ahead of us so it was kinda stuck.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tom Yamarone:
I spoke with the witness and her daughter (who was also a witness) by phone. They recounted the sighting in a very straightforward manner and seemed to be more affected by the trauma of actually seeing the creature. There are a few additional details to add.
- The witness was focused on the large, yellow eyes. The face followed her as she drove slowly by the upright figure.
- The daughter noticed that the subject had long arms.
- Their car passed within 10 feet of this creature as it stood straight up and watched them pass.
As I mentioned, the family was very frightened by the incident. There is certainly a lingering sense of trauma from merely seeing this creature so close to them. It did not threaten them or make a sound.
We know that on that December evening, one was caught out in the open along Hwy 96. Multiple witnesses had a clear view at close range.
About BFRO Investigator Tom Yamarone:
Tom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He conducts field work primarily in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains and in Humboldt County.