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Submitted by witness on Sunday, October 26, 2003.
Observer yells at dogs from window and hears return scream
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COUNTY: Linn County
LOCATION DETAILS: It is located on Hungry Hill off Hwy 226 .
Take Hwy 20 from Albany,Ore go east 7 miles and go left on Hwy 226 go another 6.5 miles to Hungry Hill Rd and go left take first driveway to the right go to top and you are there
NEAREST TOWN: Scio,Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 226
OBSERVED: It was the middle of the night and I was woken up by the dogs barking, I opened my bedroom window and yelled "shut up" and when I did something screamed, I mean SOMETHING SCREAMED - I have never in my life heard what I had just heard. I went to get my husband up as he had fallen asleep on the couch that night. I was in the living room and could hear the dogs barking frantically in the back yard which is backed up to a mountain. I opened the window to call the dogs back and heard what ever it was moving along the back side of the yard. It was a definitely a very large animal by the sounds it made while running. I yelled for the dogs and what ever it was stopped and I could hear it breathing. It was a raspy sound and very close. It was too dark to see but Im sure it was stopped looking back at me from a distance of approximately 75ft. It then ran up the hill. By the sounds of its running I'm convinced it was on two legs, not four and that scream was nothing I had ever heard before or ever want to hear again. My family has been hunting my whole life I know what a cougar sounds like and a bear and elk and what I heard that night was none of those. We live on six acres backed up to a mountain range also we are within 5 miles of the cascades. I believe in my heart bigfoot was in my yard that night. Also we found footprints on top of the mountain several months later that I photographed but I did not measure properly for which I kick myself for being so stupid. The prints were huge, at least 18 to 20 inches long and when you put your hand down in the print you could feel where the toes and ball of the foot were. What ever made these prints was very large and heavy. I can scan the pics and email if you want them.
ALSO NOTICED: When we first moved here in 1988 my friend came to visit and said she seen a tall black figure run up the mountain. She said it was huge and ran very fast. Our mountain goes straight up and is very hard to climb. Also in or around 1992 while hiking on the top of the mountain there was a gross smell I could not identify.
OTHER WITNESSES: First encounter I was the only one to hear the scream. By the time I got my husband up it had run up the mountain.The footprints were found by my son and his friend while hunting. The whole family went to see them; there were 4 prints in all.
OTHER STORIES: There have been several sightings on Snow Peak which is about 5 miles from here. Snow Peak is a mountain that goes into the cascades
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The first incident was in the middle of the night and very dark. The footprints were found in or around Oct. of 2001 and the photos taken in daylight
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded, surrounded by creeks and river is close, mountain ridge is right here as are the cascades within 5 miles.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The location is on the S.E side of Hungry Hill, on a short spur road off Hungry Hill Road. The sides of the hill are steep in places, and it is wooded, with some scattered houses around its perimeter. The witness has encountered an intense stench and "uneasy" feelings while with children on Hungry Hill collecting leaves for school projects. Found and photographed was a substantial footprint. The witness was very conscious of the two-legged gait of the creature retreating in the dark from her house. She imitated for me the stertorous breathing of the animal when it stopped (unseen). She is aware of activity reports by neighbors over many years.