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Submitted by witness on Thursday, August 27, 2009.
Campers making animal noises in forest experience booming screams in reply
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COUNTY: Clackamas County
LOCATION DETAILS: I can not disclose , but if you want to send someone to help me investigate, I will escort.
NEAREST TOWN: Estacada
NEAREST ROAD: will not disclose
OBSERVED: ok, I'm 34 so what I'm about to tell you , I am still having trouble accepting, I've wondered about this since I was little. Now I KNOW,.....
August 25, 2009 my girlfriend, her two boys and I went camping at my usual spot. This location was picked due to the isolation factor; it's 10 miles up logging roads near Estacada, Oregon. I will not disclose the GPS cords. or even close to prox., This is MY spot.
Nothing abnormal occured over the day or night of the 24th, and the day of the 25th was normal events like gathering wood for the coming night. We had put the boys down for the night just after sun down. We were hanging around the fire chatting and poking the fire. Being who I am, I began making noise to hear it echo through the trees. You know, rooster noises and some whooping, basic idiot noises (approx. 1130 pm). I do this at times to keep bigger game from coming through camp. Well, I got one hell of a shock about 15 minutes later. We were walking back toward the fire from the truck, the fire was only bright glowing coals at this point, and BOOM, shock to the system!!!! Out of the pitch black night....one of the most unreal sounds I've ever heard in my life came rushing through the dark. It was a hair stiffening scream that at that moment I couldn't match in my memory of noises over the 20 years I've been going into nature to escape. This was the first time in my life that I felt a need to get out of nature, QUICKLY.
The sound pushed through the trees like the trees were not even there. Even the air around us seemed to vibrate. From experience I have had in the woods through my life, and tracking sounds and distance, I'm estimating that this scream was being produced about 200 yards away. It was so loud that nothing I know of could make this big of a noise. There is no animal I have come accross that has the lungs to produce such a loud, long and vocalized sound as this "creature" produced. Let me put it this way....if someone told me they heard it, I would be trying to put a K9 responsible, but hearing it myself and knowing of nothing I've ever encountered could make that sound.
Now, I did not stand there much longer. I think I may have pushed my girlfriend up into the truck so I could get in ASAP. As soon as I was in, the lights were on and the horn going for about 3 seconds to try to keep it from getting closer. It seemed to work because the volume started to fade a bit. We decided to get camp up and get out. over the minutes it took us to completely tear down camp, maintain a track on movement of the screams and shove camp into the truck, the screamig continued and moved. From the time it started ,it was at 2 o'clock from the camp. While we were packing up, it moved clockwise around to about 5 o'clock from camp. This all took about 30 minutes before we were on our way down hill. The screams continued even on our way out.
To make it completely clear, I've done alot in my life. Anything from solo hunting at the age of 12 and up to my time in the military, Iv'e never been spooked even with rounds wizzing past.....BUT that scared me to the point of every hair from the top of my toes to the top of my head were at attention! Now, after the fact, realizing what it was.....YES, I am going back with recording gear. Let me tell you, after 34 years just now experiencing what we did has completely changed my thinking process while out in these woods.
OTHER WITNESSES: One other than me. We were just hanging around the camp chatting and poking at the fire.
OTHER STORIES: We checked online after getting home.It was almost a comlete match with the 1978 recording from Washington. Same vocalization just different
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1130 pm
ENVIRONMENT: It was comfortably cool with a slight breeze. No cloud coverage
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kristi Sanders:
The witness is very educated in outdoor knowledge, and was very sincere. Here are additional details to add to the above report:
"I am 34 and have been hunting since I was 12. I can hunt, track, and stalk anything, and with the years I have had in the woods, I've never heard anything like this."
"[The scream] did not fade off; it stopped abruptly, and I am now a believer. I always wondered about this, and my brother told me of a Wyoming experience on a ranch that he could never explain, but I never in my life dreamed I that would encounter anything like this."
"For the first four days, the feeling I had about the incident was like the feeling when somebody dies; it was so unreal. I had a hard time accepting it. The sound was 100 to 150 yards away, if even that. It was extremely close."
Due to the nature of the vocalizations that the witnesses heard, this investigation thinks that the most likely animal that generated the sounds was a sasquatch.
Read the witness' girlfriend's report here.
About BFRO Investigator Kristi Sanders:
Kristi Sanders, a twice-qualified National NPC bodybuilder, personal trainer, gym owner, and business CE lecturer, was raised in a hunting and fishing family. When Kristi is not working, she is camping with her daughter (rain or shine) and exploring the Pacific NW to pass on her love of the outdoors to the next generation. Kristi attended the 2009 WA Cascades Expedition.