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Report # 24818  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, September 28, 2008.
Long howls heard just outside Prescott

YEAR: 2008


MONTH: September

DATE: 09/24/08

STATE: Arizona

COUNTY: Yavapai County

LOCATION DETAILS: driving into Prescott on Hwy 69 go west to montezuma and turn left follow the road and it will turn into White Spar stay on this road until you see a Woody's gas station, turn right, this road is copper basin follow it up to Sierra Vista.


NEAREST ROAD: Copper Basin

OBSERVED: September 24, 2008

reporting sound from Prescott, AZ.

09/24/09, 11:30 p.m. My wife and I were sitting in our bedroom with the bedroom window open, we were working on papers for our personal budget when we heard a howl that lasted for quite some time, this occurred several times within a 5 minute time frame. The sound was so out of the ordinary that both my wife and I stopped what we were doing and looked out the window and listened to the howl. Both my wife and I have heard many animals from enjoying the outdoors such as elk, coyotes, deer, and bear, but this howl we could not place. When the howls ocurred the dogs in the neighborhood all started barking. The howls seemed to be coming from quite a distance but they were still very noticable. We live in a quiet rural neighborhood where the elevation is approxiametly 6000' with lots of pine, oak, juniper, and lots of brush. If I were to guess at where the sounds were coming from I would guess from a higher elevation, but not sure. Several days later I had remembered hearing about your web-site and remembered the sound potion of it, so my wife and I listened to the sound tracks and feel that the howls on your web-site and the howls we heard sounded eerily similar.


It was dark, mostly clear with a few clouds.

ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest, lots of houses spread through-out lots of small wash's and creeks, lots of brush, surounded by mountains.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:

I spoke with the witness on the phone the evening of 10/07/08 then met with him and his wife at their residence the evening of 10/9/08.

The sound was heard from the southeast just beyond a residential area and over the next ridge approximately 1 1/2 to 2 miles away. From their house I could see over the residences to the next ridge and the distant national forest mountains. This area beyond the ridge and in the national forest is known as the burn zone which burned several years ago and is now underbrush and various vegetation. It is also a popular deer hunting area. I have hiked around in this area and found a lot of deer sign.

We discussed the type of sound. There may have been more but they clearly heard two distant vocalizations through the open window. Doing his own investigation, the witness listened to sound clips on our website and felt the 1994 Ohio - Moaning Howl was a near perfect match to the type of sound and the duration of the calls.

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.