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COUNTY: Stevens County
LOCATION DETAILS: 1/4 to 1/2 mile W of Lake Roosevelt. 5 miles NW of Old Dominion Mt.
NEAREST TOWN: Orient
NEAREST ROAD: Gravel road adjoining our property
OBSERVED: On Kelly Hill Mt., my 16 year-old son left an evening family Barbeque group to go grouse hunting in the immediate vicinity. He ran back to the group a few minutes later, white around his lips, very shaken up and scared to report: "I just saw a tall, dark, hairy thing step over the fence (4-wires high)." After a few questions as to "where and when" it happened, my son-in-law, my son, and myself headed out to the location.
We all noted a very strong, pungent odor in the area of the occurence. Upon looking in the tall grass, we saw where the grass had been pressed down but saw no clear print(s). We were all well-armed and searched the area for several minutes, only to find nothing......except to smell the pungent odor, which lingered. Whatever had been there had left the vicinity.
My son told us the "thing" was walking upright, had long hair "all over" and said "it stepped over the fence" and was "real tall". He said it "walked like a man".
We three went back up the hill to our barbeque and decided it would be of no use to tell the locals, because they'd laugh at us. For certain though, we told other family members at the fireside, all five of them.
ALSO NOTICED: Pressed down grass where steps (tracks) had been, strong pungent (sickly) odor. Creature had quickly left the area where sighted.
OTHER WITNESSES: Having a family Barbeque. Myself...wife...my 16 year-old son...my daughter...my son-in-law....2 grandsons, ages 6 & 8. EIGHT OF US, all total
OTHER STORIES: A Bigfoot had crossed HWY. 395 at the Bossburg area, and a local, Colville Veterinarian had a Bigfoot print (approx. 16" x 6") hanging on the wall of his business, taken at the site. An interested group had come to the Bossburg site, taken print-casts, and set up cameras to capture possible future croassings. This occured prior to my son's episode & a few miles (5) NW.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Summertime, (6:00 PM) clear weather, before sundown. Plenty of light for my hunter-son to be safely out-and-about and still good daylight....else I would not have allowed him to leave the campsite alone. (The sighting was only about 100 yds. from our campsite).
ENVIRONMENT: Forested area, about 1/2 mile east of the Kelly Hill Gravel Quarry and westerly, uphill from the Columbia River about one mile.
A & G References: Pg. 118, C2
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with R. B., David's father about the incident in the report. He had a few things to add:
1. The smell was likened to "rotten eggs and old gym socks".
2. The son estimated the creature's height to his father as 7 - 8 feet.
3. This was his son's 2nd close encounter with this type of animal. R.B. will either post the 1st encounter himself or have his son do so. The first encounter had a similar animal press it's face up against the bathroom glass window to look in.
4. There was a large (50sq yard area) of wild blackberries that his son was near when encountering this animal. He may have interrupted the animal's visit to the site.
5. The grass where the tracks of this animal seemed to be was 8 - 10" high.
I found the retelling of the incident by the father to be very compelling.