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COUNTY: Polk County
LOCATION DETAILS: Rugged canyons and thick cover at the time.
NEAREST TOWN: Valsetz Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: Black Rock Road
OBSERVED: I was walking on a logging road, stopping to eat huckleberries. I heard some racket up behind me and thought it to be deer or elk, possibly a bear. Many of these species thrive in this area.
I was very suprised to see the next thing that happened. Many large rocks were thrown in my direction. None that close though., rocks that weigh up to 10 pounds or more. This is the first I have spoken of this. It has been at least ten years now. I never saw anything but heard alot of noise above me. I was quite disturbed and thought maybe some pranksters were around. So for my safety I split.
ALSO NOTICED: It was very quiet, no wind, no bird noise or even squirrels.
OTHER WITNESSES: No I was alone
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning some light fog and crisp.
ENVIRONMENT: At Fanno ridge right next to Fanno Peak
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The witness states that also some of the rocks hit his tent, set up close to the road, and were of up to good baseball size. When the largest rocks were thrown, he was in his tent and did not care to stick his head out. He estimates that they came from a minimum distance of 100' (dense cover) on that occasion and that no other hunters were in the area at the time. The area has undergone substantial clearcutting since 1991.