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COUNTY: Bonner County
LOCATION DETAILS: Highway 57 behind the rest area. My wife has had incidents while hiking in the spring with the dogs. I've had other encounters if you would like to contact me.
NEAREST TOWN: Coolin, Idaho
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 57
OBSERVED: I did not see anything just heard. I was out hunting in an area called Brooks Marsh, after walking a fair bit around the marsh on the trail about 4 miles. I came across a turtle shell that had been crack in half as if it had been picked up and slit in one go. I went just a bit further to where the trail split and sat down to wait for deer before I got to my spot I saw another turtle that had been cracked around like taking the chocolate off the outside of a reese's cup. After setting in one place I started to hear oooop it was different tones in five different spots, 2 down below me to my left rear, 2 off to my right along the road and, 1 further down almost to the end of the marsh. The loader of the ooop was from the one at the end of the marsh and to two to my left. The 2 along the road sounded as if lower tones and up in the trees. I stayed there for about 15 minutes listening, some of the sounds vibrated through the valley. I stood up and headed for my rig when everything went dead silent no sound from anywhere but what I made. I walked along the trail for about a 100 yards I heard a crack as if a baseball bat hit a bat with a wosh, wosh, wosh and hitting the brush. Because I was hunting deer and nothing larger I continued on my way. I felt as if I had went the other way I would have seen something.
OTHER WITNESSES: It was just myself and I took my wife there when she was off work the following weekend. She saw the turtle shells
OTHER STORIES: About 30 miles further up at Lion Head my wife found foot print in dirt that were human like but very large. The local fish and game said the were from a logger. Although no logger I know would be in the woods in that area without boots. Also knuckle prints and foot prints in the mud before snow hit this year for hunting season.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: it was over cast day about 11 or 1 in afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: Its evergreen surrounding a marsh. It is sitting behind a rest area with trails that are blocked off for walking only
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone.
While hunting near a marsh, the witness found two broken turtle shells he thought about two to three days old. The first was broken in half as if a piece of toast was broken in half. The bottom shell was not pulled from the top shell. The second shell had one leg hole opened wide. Each shell was on a log. The logs were thirty to forty feet apart. No scratches or bite marks were found on the shells.
After the witness sat down, he heard whoops from five different locations. Some seemed to be coming from up in the trees. There was always one whoop with ten to twenty seconds between each. This lasted for fifteen minutes and stopped when he stood up. He is confident it was not ravens.
Then he heard a whack as if a baseball bat hit a baseball.
He thinks a piece of wood broke off and flew through the brush as he heard the whoosh about forty feet away.
The witness hunts this area often. I find him very credible.
His wife submitted a report regarding the prints she found, and we will publish once we have finished the investigation.
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives and works in Eastern Washington. He has been a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University. He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and Oregon in 2015, Montana 2017.