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Report # 7363  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, November 10, 2003.
Family Encounters Red Eyes and Unusual Smells
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YEAR: 2002

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: August

DATE: 30

STATE: California

COUNTY: Sierra County

LOCATION DETAILS: We were in Ramshorn Campground in the upper campsite area.

NEAREST TOWN: Downieville

NEAREST ROAD: Highway 49

OBSERVED: We had driven from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sierra County for a camping trip. When we arrived, our usual campground was full and we went to a less popular campground which was a few miles further down the road. By the time we arrived it was already dark and we hurried to set up camp for the night. Our intention was to camp at this campground for the night and look around the surrounding area for a better site closer to the water the next morning. Since we has children with us they had to go to the bathroom and my friend (who had spent his youth camping in the area and this campground) took the girls to the closest outhouse while my husband and I started setting up camp. They came back and everyone was talking about how horrible the area around the outhouse smelled and we laughed saying it was close to end of season and about time to clean out the vault toilets. Soon we finished setting up tents and unpacking the few things we would need for the night. I decided I should visit the outhouse and my daughter (who had already been with our friend) said she would show me the way. We set off down the trail and my husband decided to join us. We walked down the trail slowly because it was very dark and I had only brought a small flashlight that I always keep in the jeep since we hadn't fully unpacked. The outhouse was located in an area that was about 10 feet below the trail from the campground. My daughter finally found the trail down and I flashed my light down into this gullky to look for the outhouse. I found the outhouse and also found two red eyes looking back at me. The eyes which were reflected in my flashlight seemed to crouch down. I decided that I didn't need to go to the bathroom after all andmade the decision to walk back to camp rather rapidly. When we got back to camp my husband and friend decided to go back and look around with a better flashlight but found nother although both noticed that it didn't smell as bad as it had before. The next morning I got up and decided I had to go to the bathroom no matter what was there! When got to the outhouse I realized that the eyes I saw reflected back at me had stood about 7 to 8 feet off the ground. Also on further investigation we found some small trees uprooted and pushed over in the outhouse area. And most important of all, the smell was gone.

OTHER WITNESSES: Three people actually saw the red eyes, my husband, myself and my daughter. Three others smelled the foul odor and saw the uprooted and knocked over small treets.

OTHER STORIES: In eary August we had had another strange encounter at a different campground in the area. We were camping with many friends and we (the group) were in several different campsites. One group arrived later than the rest of us and set up in a campsite adjacent to ours. That night something raided their campsite and made off with a large closed with a lid tupperware bowl of trailmix and a large pork loin roast. The next morning we found behind their campsite on a small incline the tupperware bowl with the lid placed next to it (no damage at all to either piece of tuppereware) and a large pile of scat that did not look like any bear scat I had ever seen before due to its size (huge!!) and shape. .

TIME AND CONDITIONS: The encounter took place around 10pm. It was pitch black due to the large trees and deserted nature of the area.

ENVIRONMENT: Pine and oak trees. Deserted campground, there were only two other groups camping at this campground and they were both at the bottom area.

Follow-up investigation report:

I spoke with this witness by telephone on 01/30/04.

The witness stated her family had camped in the area many times before, but never at this particular site.

The witness stated the vegetation in the area surrounding the bathroom building had been "trampled down" a good deal.

The witness stated her family has plans to return to this same area later this year, will investigate the surrounding area for any sign, and will report back with any findings.

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