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COUNTY: Vilas County
NEAREST TOWN: EAGLE RIVER
NEAREST ROAD: CHAIN O'LAKES RD
OBSERVED: I and two other friends were sitting in their vehicle at Eagle Lake during the evening. I was sitting in the back seat and our side window was rolled down. We heard an erie yell, it sounded to me like a bigfoot call. Only two of us heard it, as I said, our window was down. We only heard it once, which was enough for me. I went back the next day with the other friend and found a trail leading to an area with pole-sized trees downed by something, with some going one way, others another and on top of each other. I don't go on that trail anymore, not even during the day. That yell was inhuman.
ALSO NOTICED: A KIND OF TRAIL LEADING TO AN AREA FULL OF POLE-SIZED TREES KNOCKED DOWN OR TORN UP
OTHER WITNESSES: THREE WITNESSES (ONLY TWO HEARD THE YELL)
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10-11pm
ENVIRONMENT: HEAVILY FORESTED AREA AT EAGLE LAKE (WITH PLENTY OF DEER IN THE AREA FOR SQUATCH FOOD)
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Robert Barhite:
On June 28, 2013 I spoke with Daniel regarding the recent incident. At about 10 pm he and two friends drove out to the parking area at Eagle Lake to hang out, not party. Daniel was in the back seat and the windows were down on the passenger side. After about fifteen to twenty minutes he and the passenger heard a loud, very distinctive scream-like howl, which was more human than animal, and that lasted for about thirty seconds. The howl sounded like it originated in a heavily wooded area between the parking lot and a boat ramp to the east, and not too far from the shoreline. Whatever made the howl sounded to be about fifty yards away because it was very loud.
The next morning Daniel and the other witness went back to the location to see if they could determine where the howl came from, and found a spot about fifty yards from where they were parked. Several small trees recently had been physically torn out of the ground and strewn about or snapped off. The damage didn't look at all like storm damage, rather as if someone pulled some of the trees up out of the ground and tossed them aside.
Daniel added that the only time he's heard a howl like the one he heard was online which prompted him to file the report.
I visited the area with some direction from the witness and took some photos, this is the parking lot where Daniel and his friends were parked when they heard the howl:
The area near the shoreline where the howl was heard and several trees had been twisted and snapped off:
Eagle Lake is a 575 acre lake located in Vilas County, eighteen miles south of the Wisconsin-Michigan border. The area is densely wooded with an abundant deer population.
On 7/16/2013 Dan and his girlfriend went back to the location just after twilight time to check out if they could hear the creature again. They parked east/west, which would give them a clear view of a footpath leading from the lot and to a boat ramp. His girlfriend shut off the ignition, and after about thirty seconds she started up car and left right away. After driving for about three miles she explained that she saw something very large and appearing to be covered in hair, walking on the path. It appeared to be about fifty yards away and was walking upright towards the car.
The path where the tall figure was seen:
Unfortunately the now ex-girlfriend was unavailable when I attempted to interview her.
About BFRO Investigator Robert Barhite:
A native of far northeast Iowa, Robert has always had an intense interest in Bigfoot and exploring the great outdoors.
His first expedition was the 2012 BFRO Iowa Hill Country Expedition He the 2013 Iowa Big River Expedition, 2013 Oregon Cascades Expedition, 2013 Michigan Upper Peninsula Expedition, 2014 and 2015 Wisconsin Expeditions, 2014 Iowa Expedition, and the 2015 Iowa Spring Expedition. Since 2012 Robert has participated in several private expeditions in Iowa and in Wisconsin. In addition to expeditions, he has conducted numerous solo research trips in Iowa and Wisconsin throughout 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. And for the last two years has been a guest lecturer at the request of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Robert led the 2016 Iowa Spring Expedition and is assisting with the 2016 Iowa Fall Expedition and is scouting locations across North America for 2017 expeditions, and continues to monitor activity in a long-term study location in the Midwest.