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COUNTY: Lane County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was at Kitson Springs, near the Willamette Divide
NEAREST TOWN: Bend, Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: State Hwy 58
OBSERVED: My veterinarian sister, former girlfriend, and myself had been on a road trip and had finished eating dinner at the Sizzler in Bend, when we headed south to find a camping spot for the night.
We were heading south and then west when we stumbled onto Kitson Springs, a deserted place when we arrived. We basically threw our sleeping bags on the ground and went to sleep. In no more than 10 minutes we heard loud rustling by the spring about 20 yards away, then a series of loud stomping, then a blood curdling shrieking and howling that lasted nearly 20 minutes.
If you are familiar with the Puyallup tape from 1974, this will give you an example of what we heard. We could not see the creature. I had to cover my ears and my two companions panicked, so I told them to play dead. We were scared stiff anyway. I whispered to my sister, the vet, if she thought it could be a cougar which she thought was ridiculous. She suggested it sounded apelike.
The "creature" ran at tremendous speed up the hillside screaming the whole way and we heard the shrieks in the distance for at least another 10 minutes. We somehow fell asleep and awoke in the morning not quite sure of what had been there. I found NO tracks, but had little time to look; since my sister threatened to drive away without me if I didn't get in the car. How we fell asleep, I don't know.
OTHER WITNESSES: 3 persons total. We were tring to get some sleep.
OTHER STORIES: On another occaison I had found and photograhed bigfoot prints on the trail at Coffee Creek in the Trinity Alps. I also have seen literature regarding Sasquatch at the ranger station at Castle Crags Park in northern California.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1:00AM dark, warm evening. clear sky.
ENVIRONMENT: Forest, mountains and streams
Follow-up investigation report:
Contacted Paul regarding sightings report dated in 1978. Paul has a BA in Anthropology and has worked as a archaeologist with the California Department of Transportation. He studied under Rosalind Ribnick who exposed Paul to the bigfoot phenomenon in great detail...she is convinced of the Giganopithecus theory.
Paul did NOT have what we would call a "BFRO Sighting" as other people report. Paul had what I would call a "Bigfoot Encounter" where BF is heard shrieking, howling, and stomping in the night.