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COUNTY: Bonner County
LOCATION DETAILS: It's just north of the 2. The road that leads to Freeman Lake. It's the ranch just before the bend.
NEAREST TOWN: Priest River
NEAREST ROAD: 2
OBSERVED: I was in rural Idaho, just north of a small town called Priest River. My friend and I go up to his ranch every year or so and just live there for a month. He has a dog that we bring along and like every other dog, he has the occasional need to relieve himself. So it was nighttime and it was my turn to take the dog out so I picked up an old Ruger 10-22 and brought the dog out for him to urinate. I was waiting outside when I saw a dark figure just beyond the tree line. It was massive, easily twice my height, and it just stood there, watching me. I would have taken a shot with my rifle but a tiny .22lr round wouldn't do anything to a creature that size. I just stood there looking back at it, when suddenly it broke out into a stride along the length of the tree line and it silently disappeared into the night. I was frozen in place until the dog tugged on the leash, beckoning me inside. I quickly gathered myself and rushed in through the door. I never saw clearly what was lurking in the darkness but I'm sure that it was Bigfoot.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me and the dog but I told my friend right after.
OTHER STORIES: A neighbor that lives down the road said he saw a big animal walking on two legs but that's it.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was at least 8:00 and it was a new moon so it was hard to see. It had been snowing that winter so there was a thick layer of snow on the ground but the weather was clear that night.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest north of the ranch.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone. He has been going to his friend's sixty acre ranch since fourth grade. The ranch has a stream and hay fields surrounded by pine forest. A salt block for deer is on the acreage but not near the sighting.
He recalled the moon as at least half or more. While the dog was around the corner of the house, he observed for one to two minutes a milky brown figure 100 feet away. It was next to a tree with a long arm holding onto the tree. Due to limited light, he could not see facial features. He described it as burly, eight feet tall, a rounded cone head sloped to shoulders just under three feet wide. It appeared bushy, so he estimated hair length at three inches. His best guess for a weight would be 500 pounds or more. He is unsure, but thought he saw moist exhaled air at one point.
The figure then turned and walked very fast with fluid arm swing 150 feet before turning into the trees. It headed north toward another secluded acreage. It was just inside the tree line and the witness saw it pass behind only a couple trees. The dog never barked.
The next day the witness looked for tracks but only found imprints in the snow that had been distorted by the wind.
He wears a size eleven boot and the imprints were twice the length, two and one half times the boot width. The imprints were two feet and more apart.
The nearest neighbor is about one quarter mile away. Two years prior, a neighbor said he saw a big animal walking on two legs.
I found the witness very credible. He summed up the encounter by saying, "it was the longest two minutes of my life."
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 in Eastern Washington.
Recently retired, he was a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University.
He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018. He was co-leader of N.E. Washington 2019, Washington 2020, 2021 #1 & #2, and Montana 2020, 2021expeditions.