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Report # 16397  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Thursday, October 26, 2006.
Rock throwing incident at Woods Canyon Lake

YEAR: 2005

SEASON: Summer

DATE: sept

STATE: Arizona

COUNTY: Coconino County

NEAREST TOWN: payson or heber

NEAREST ROAD: interstate 240

OBSERVED: well my self and my dad were camped at woods canyon lake in the spilway camp ground.. well on friday around 3 to 4 in the after noon i was fishing on the the the east is a hicking trail that gose up the hill and around the lake..out of no where a bolder the size of a basket ball come flying thru the middle of the pine trees an 10 to 15 feet into the lake.well befor this happen u could hear birds cherping.well when is happen it got quiet quick..another guy saw what i did we bolth looked at 1 and other and he ended up leaveing

ALSO NOTICED: after this happend it smelld like a skunk was up wind from me

OTHER WITNESSES: 1 guy he was fishing about 5 feet from me

OTHER STORIES: yes me and my dad heard whoop sounds and our camp hade been messed with sat night

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3to 4 in the after noon and it was kinda warm out

ENVIRONMENT: pine/mogollon mountain's

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:

I spoke with this witness the evening of 10/31/06. He heard a rustle from a nearby hill to the east and out of the corner of his eye saw movement. He looked to see a large rock that made contact with branches as it flew toward the lake. The rock flew 10 feet or more above him then hit the water 10 to 15 feet out from shore.

It was hard for him to judge the distance and point of origin because he saw the rock in flight but it came from the upslope side of a hill just to the east of the spillway. He quessed that it came from about 100 yards away but that is only a very rough estimate although he did say it was much farther than he could have thrown a rock that size. He didn't hear or see anything else while he was fishing but about an hour later smelled a strong odor.

Also mentioned were the night time vocalizations heard by him and his father, both experienced hunters and familiar with animal sounds. This was the same weekend and matching the description from posted sound report #12795 "Vocalizations heard at Woods Canyon Lake".

About BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:

Tim is semi retired. He attended the 2006 Arizona Expedition and the 2006 Wisconsin Expedition. Tim helped organize the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Arizona Expeditions and the 2011 New Mexico expedition. Active Investigator since 2005.