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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Coos County
LOCATION DETAILS: This happened on the farm we manage just outside of Errol, NH. We are 2.2 miles past Errol, heading towards Colebrook, NH.
NEAREST TOWN: Errol
NEAREST ROAD: Rt. 26
OBSERVED: Possible vocalizations on the 1400 acre farm we manage. This happened in the fall of 2014. I was outside on the deck and was listening to the coyotes out back. They were quite loud. I heard a howl like I have never heard before. I heard it 2 more times and then quiet. I have been out in the woods for most of my life. I have hunted extensively and never heard anything like this.
ALSO NOTICED: I was on the deck and heard a pack of coyotes going crazy. It sounded like quite a few and we regularly see lots of tracks. I heard another noise that I did not recognize, a howl, but one like I have never heard before. It was loud and deep. I heard this howl 3 times. My daughter heard it once. Right after that, the coyotes stopped and didn't bark or yip anymore that night.
OTHER WITNESSES: It was myself and my daughter. My wife stepped out just after it happened and did not hear anything. She did however note that the night was very quiet.
OTHER STORIES: We recently attended the Town Hall meeting for the "Finding Bigfoot" show in Bretton Woods, NH. There have been sightings all over NH. Closest to us there was one in Umbagog Lake...about 9 miles away. Sightings in Dummer...about 15 miles away.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was in the late evening. The moon was quite bright.
ENVIRONMENT: The environment is farmland. Clear Stream runs behind our house and what we heard seemed to be on the other side of the stream. There is a path that parallels the stream and there are woods along the stream.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Crystal Panek:
A.J. owns and operates a 1400 acre buffalo and elk ranch in Errol. Clear Stream runs directly through his property. A.J. indicated that the incident took place in the fall of 2014. He couldn't remember the exact date - but indicated that it was either September/October time frame.
A.J. stepped out onto his back deck around 6:30 - 7:00 pm - not quite sure the exact time - but, it was getting dark - it was a clear evening. He could hear a pack of coyotes howling and yipping fairly close to his property - just on the other side of the stream. He indicated that it was approximately 200 yards away. (He did indicate that they do sometimes take carcasses of deceased animals to a pasture on the other side of Clear Stream on their property.) The area for the elk and buffalo is surrounded by a 9 foot tall fence and he does have to go around and look for breaks in the fencing. Moose have been known to take down the fence.
While standing on his deck listening to the coyotes he indicated that he heard a very loud vocalization. He heard a total of three vocalizations each probably 10 seconds apart. He heard the first one and then went to the door and told his wife and daughter to come out. His daughter, Zoe, 9 at the time - was able to hear one of the vocalizations with her father. After the first vocalization he did not hear the coyotes anymore.
A.J. is a hunter and familiar with the woods and the sounds of the forest. He has heard coyotes, bobcats, fisher cats, bears, & moose and knows the sounds they make - he indicated that this vocalization was very strange and almost sounded "backwards".
He even attempted to imitate the vocalizations for me - but, said that he couldn't do it with the force that this animal had. The vocalizations caused his chest to vibrate.
A.J. indicated that he did not investigate what made the sounds but, did go out he next morning to look for sign but didn't see anything since the ground was starting to freeze.
If he has any other experiences or hears any vocalizations he will let us know.
About BFRO Investigator Crystal Panek:
Crystal lives in southern NH with her family. She has been fascinated with all aspects of cryptozoology since her first encounter as a child while living in upstate New York. She loves the outdoors, hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, to name a few. BFRO Expedition - MA, 2015, BFRO Expedition - MA 2016