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COUNTY: Pulaski County
LOCATION DETAILS: Approximatley .5 miles from the Gasconade River. Four water supplies with in 1200 feet, abundant deer and wild life. We don't hunt the land. Approximately 100 acres, minimal population.
NEAREST TOWN: Richland
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 7 South
OBSERVED: Highway 7 South, Richland, MO
2158 September 4, 2012
My daughter who had come to visit me was getting ready to leave. We were taking a last minute look at my garden which is very close to the house. We had only been out there a couple of minutes and then we heard the most unusual screaming sound. My daughter asks if it was a coyote and I said NO and ushered her back to the house. The call came less than 150 feet from the house. It was loud and remarkable. The dog that usually barks and runs after everything ran under the house. I did not say what I thought it was to her; instead we looked on the internet for sounds that might occur, like coyotes, panthers, fox, Barn owls, etc. After going through the whole directory. She asks what the sound was. We then listened to recorded sounds from Big Foot recordings. Our stomachs turned. Yes, that is exactly what it sounded like. I have lived in the country most of my life. I grew up listening to coyotes and the occasional panther, bobcats, owls, Ferrell dogs and deer they all can make weird sounds. But this, this is crazy. I never thought that I would hear something like that in my woods. I live in the river bottoms and I remember when I was young we heard the same sound, that was over thirty years ago.
When I thought back on what happened, I realized that before we left the house my inside dog and cat were acting strange, pacing and panting. When we exited the house to go to the garden I should have known something was not quite right. There were no night time sounds.. No crickets or frogs .. Just silence..
I finally put on my brave face and escorted my daughter to her car and pretended like everything is ok. I could still hear snaps and cracks in the woods. I watched her drive off then quickly got back in the house. In the morning......I'll go look for other evidence, for now you couldn't pay me to go outside and I don't spook easy at all!
When I calmed down I am sure I will wish I had walked towards the sound, but for now... I am glad I am inside.
OTHER WITNESSES: My daughter was here, she is over 20.
OTHER STORIES: None noted, however this just happened a couple of hours ago.......so I guess we will see
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2158-dark only security light. No visual detected, only vocalization.
ENVIRONMENT: Hills and creek beds, mostly oak trees and cedar. Incident occured on northern side of hill. No moon light visible. 2 days of rain prior after prolonged drout...many failed crops and devistation to wildlife has occured. Exact area supports wild life.. water sources remained ok even in extensive drout conditions
A & G References: 12-2
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
I spoke with witness for nearly 2 hours regarding this incident. She has lived on the 130 acres of property since the mid 1970's, and is quite well versed as to the sights and sounds of wildlife. There have been other incidents in the past, and she had related these to her older daughter (not the younger one present at this occurrence), and she was met with avid skepticism from her.
She works for the government, and is very meticulous and precise with her recollections, as would be required in a government position. She was also raised by a military parent, so her observations of nature, and life in general, are precise. Previous experiences will not be delved into here, as they are distant, though probably relevant to her recent report. Witness is articulate, educated, and in tune with her surroundings.
The extreme drought of this past summer did not affect the water supply on her property, (spring fed?) thus creating a better support system for food sources. Also the lay of the land is caves, many hills and valleys, heavy woods, and creeks which all merge in various places on her property.
As stated in her original report, she was almost positive as to what it was, yet did not indicate her assumption to her daughter. I asked her to try and describe the vocalizations she heard. She explained, "It was two parts consecutively. There was a short whoop, like the woman's scream that lasted about a second and a half then a pause then it cut loose with a really long deep howl. That was the gut wrenching howl that sent me, my daughter and the dog in the house. It was up close and personal in the wood line about 250 feet away."
They did listen to BFRO recorded sounds, Sierra sounds, and other sources before both coming to the conclusion as to what they heard.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. BFRO Public Expeditions: 2010 Missouri, 2012 & 2013 Iowa. 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions.