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COUNTY: Okanogan County
LOCATION DETAILS: Small lake west of Palmer Lake, it about 10 miles WSW of Oroville.
NEAREST TOWN: Oroville
NEAREST ROAD: Chopaka Creek Road
OBSERVED: June 1994, West bank Chopaka Lake, 2-3am. I awoke to the most god-awful "animal" voice I've ever heard. My friends slept through it and teased me the next day when I described the sounds. However, they stayed the next night after I left and reported to me later that they were awakened as I had been and were quite frightened by the same sounds at around the same time. Just today I first heard of sightings by others at the lake in '96. The sound I heard was very loud, echoing across the lake and the hill on the east shore. It originated from the NW corner of the lake. The "call" was a good 10 secs long each time starting off with a very low register bellow like the bellow of a bull or elephant, then morphing into a cougar-like snarl and then finishing similar to an eagle screech, several octaves rise in a single voicing! There were a couple obnoxious bulls in the area in the daytime but their bellowing was normal and familiar.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The region is relatively remote, even by E. Washington standards, and is adjacent to the Pasayten Wilderness to the west and the extensive Okanagan National Forest to the west and south. The witness described the call to have originated at a distance of about 300'. He was impressed not only by the range of timbres it traversed, but also by the power which caused far-ranging echoing from the adjacent mountainsides.
About BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
Hair analysis since 1965. Field work since 1989. Sasquatch courses given in Oregon and Arizona (3-10 weeks duration); Published in Cryptozoology.