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COUNTY: Missoula County
LOCATION DETAILS: Please DO NOT provide any of this information online. This is for BFRO research only.
NEAREST TOWN: Alberton Montana
NEAREST ROAD: Interstate 90
OBSERVED: Loud screaming vocalization heard in Alberton Montana July 2008. I was asleep with my husband. Approximately 3:30 AM. We could hear it running across the property - aprox. 30 acres
on the Clark Fork River. It screamed 4-5 times. My husband grabbed his gun. We had never heard anything like this. In addition my mother saw in July 2009 what we call the strange hairy man on the property approx. 3:00 AM. It was taller than our 6 foot totem pole, long hair over the entire body, about 4 feet wide. A dead rabbit was out front where the hairy man was seen. I haven't reported sooner as family members don't want our location of the vacation cabin revealed. Many elk use our property as a crossing. At night one can hear the baby elk yelping.
ALSO NOTICED: 2008 - the septic tank overflowed and had to be pumped
2009 - a dead rabbit was found
OTHER WITNESSES: 2008 - 2 people. We were sleeping
2009 - 1 person. She was sleeping but heard noise out front
OTHER STORIES: A person made a report to your organization July 2008. We heard the vocalization during the same week. We did not know about that report until the following year. This location is about XXXX down the road. This is a vacation cabin and not utilized year round.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:30 AM dark clear night
3:00 AM outdoor lights were on
ENVIRONMENT: Property includes river frontage, pine forest, aprox. 10 acres farmed.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
The family has a summer cabin on the Clark Fork River. They have 30 acres, some of which they grow alfalfa on in the summer.
Around July 21, 2008 around 3 AM, the couple where woken by several loud screams. They had never heard such a loud animal noise before. They knew it was not a coyote. The sound began near the river and traveled toward the house, past the window and toward the mountains. By the second scream the husband, a former police officer, had his gun drawn. The screams continued away from the house; when they looked out the window, they saw nothing. They have never heard a sound like it before or since.
Earlier that day their septic tank had overflowed in the yard next to the house. All day, they could not use their bathroom, and used the outdoors instead. The smell of the overflow was very strong all night, and the wind carried the smell down the river. It could have attracted many things.
The following summer, the witness’ mother claimed to have seen a huge “hairy man” one night outside. It was standing near a 6 ft tall totem pole they have in the yard; it was much larger and broader in the shoulders. It was holding its arm above its head and waving an object it had in its hand. She woke up her husband, but it was no longer there when they returned to the window. The following morning, a baby rabbit that had been pulled apart was left in the place it seemed to have been standing. Unfortunately the mother did not want to discuss her sighting with me.
After the mother had her sighting, the witness researched the area to see if any other bigfoot reports were nearby. She discovered that a week after they heard the screaming, a bigfoot had been reportedly seen east of town, crossing Hwy 90.
Outdoor Life article
Also see BFRO media article #563
The witness then looked into the sounds bigfoot make. She found one that sounded very much like what she had heard and played it for him without telling him what it was. When he heard it, he agreed that it was almost exact. She then told him it was thought to be a sasquatch, known as the Snohomish Howls
During the summer alfalfa is grown around the property. Elk come down and give birth in the fields. The mother elk cross the river, and many times the babies are too frightened to follow. They hear the mothers calling across the river for the babies and many times hear predators attacking the babies. They do not know what kills them.
About BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
Re Monteith has had a life-long interest in Bigfoot and has an extensive background in outdoor land and ocean survival as well as mountaineering. She has tran-sailed the Atlantic, backpacked in remote places throughout the world and has climbed three of the seven summits. She studied International Relations at Florida International University, and is a Financial and Real Estate Consultant. She has participated in many private expeditions as well as the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 BFRO North Florida Expeditions and the 2013 BFRO UP Michigan & Alabama Expedition. She also organized Florida's 2017 Town Hall Meeting. She was an Executive Producer of the documentary film, "Skunk Ape Lives" and featured as a Crypto Expert on The Science Channel's television show, Strange Evidence for seasons 2 - 5.