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DATE: dont remember
COUNTY: Coconino County
NEAREST TOWN: camp verde 30 miles
NEAREST ROAD: 260 5 miles
OBSERVED: I was hunting deer with a friend in area 6A north on 260 from Camp Verde then left on fs149 left on fs142 right on fs142D where we set up camp in 1989. On the third morning right at dusk we headed out to hunt some deer, I told my friend to hike up this mountain and follow it until he comes down on the other side, and I would hike up mid way and do the same in hope of spooking up some deer. We were to meet on the back side at the bottom the mountain and top side of a wash.
After about 10 minutes into the hunt I saw a Fox to my right and ahead of me, he was about 70 yards away and heading in the same direction but in front of me . I kept watching him and ever so often he would stop and turn around the opposite of me and look back. I looked back over my right shoulder and about 120 yards away I saw this figure brownish black in color about 7 to 8 ft tall and very broad walking down in the wash. It was looking at me and continued walking deeper into the wash to where I couldn't see him any more. I only saw him for about 5 to 8 seconds. I wish until this day that I would have used the scope on my rifle up and got a real close up. I told my friend about this but nobody else until about 15 years later.
The creature seemed to not want anything to do with me and I of it. I think that the fox was spooked from the creature and surely not me. We hunted that same area for a few more days and several years after that and I never saw anything like it since.
ALSO NOTICED: just the fox that was spooked
OTHER WITNESSES: Just myself that saw it
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about 6:00 to 6:20 AM the sun was just coming up.
ENVIRONMENT: Ponderosa pines, forest and a few scrub oak
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
I spoke with this witness by phone.
For many years he hunted this area for bear, elk, deer and turkey prior to this sighting and for a few years after. During one of his hunts he had a very close encounter with a black bear, this witness is very familiar with wildlife and is confident with what he saw.
While following the fox he noticed the fox looking back and off to the right. Looking in that direction he saw a large, dark brown biped covered in hair. He saw the animal look back in his direction as it walked down into a ravine moving away from his position. He had a full body view at about 120 yards, as it walked into the ravine he lost sight of it.
The sighting lasted about 5-8 seconds and took him the first few seconds to realize what he really was seeing. He continued his hunt and met up with his partner as planned who was coming from the other side of the mountain. He did not consider following or returning to look for tracks.
Other than his hunting partner he did not see anyone else or other vehicles in the area during the hunt.
About BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
Tim is a store manager for a medical mobility retail store. He attended the 2006 Arizona Expedition and the 2006 Wisconsin Expedition. Tim helped organize the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Arizona Expeditions and the 2011 New Mexico expedition. Active Investigator since 2005.