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COUNTY: Del Norte County
LOCATION DETAILS: just across the Smith River from the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park campground
NEAREST TOWN: Hiouchi (near Crescent City)
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy. 199
OBSERVED: I am the Manager of the Visitor Center at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. During the winter of 2001-2002, my family and I were the camp hosts at the park, and lived in the park full time. One evening in mid-December 2001, I and my two children, ages 11 and 10, were in our travel trailer reading when we heard the a sound that made us cower. It was something between a human "cat-call" and a cow mooing, a kind of "Ah-oooo" that just echoed through the woods.
I have served as a docent naturalist for the California State Park System. I have hiked the woods of California all of my life and I have never heard anything like this before. I have heard bear, mountain lion and elk, and this was nothing like those. What impressed us most was how loud it was. We have heard groups of humans in the campground hooping and hollaring and their noise level was not even close to this. We were inside of a travel trailer that had the windows closed up and the noise was clear and strong. We estimated that it had to have come from just across the Smith River from the campground.
I decided to make this report after hearing what seemed to be the same kind of sound on a recent rerun of "Sightings," a recording by Matt Moneymaker.
OTHER WITNESSES: Three witnesses total: myself, my daughter and my son.
OTHER STORIES: Since this episode, I have been collecting Sasquatch stories from visitors to the visitor center in the park. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and the surrounding Redwoods National Park have both been the location of numerous Sasquatch stories. One of our park aides also told me that he aided in investigations of reports, and encouraged me to make this report.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was around 8 p.m. and the weather conditions were drizzily. It was dark with no moonlight due to weather conditions.
ENVIRONMENT: The environment is dense old-growth redwoods and fern forest.
Follow-up investigation report:
After talking to the reporting party I feel that this report is credible. Having walked this area before, the report finds are consistent. Party could not believe how loud the sound was, given the fact that it emitted from across the river, a distance of about 200-300 yards. Incidently, this area is not far (2 miles) from the 'Playboy' (?) report on Walker Road.