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COUNTY: Mendocino County
NEAREST TOWN: Redwood Valley
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 101
OBSERVED: Last night, Jan.16,2005, I took my dog outside for a little walk. We live on 2 acres in Redwood Valley, CA. It was dark and about 6:00 with a mod. overcast sky, the moon peeking through the clouds. We have a small dog that will usually bark in response to any other dog barking in our area. Houses are well-spaced on our rolling hillside that's covered with a mix of oak and pines. From Hwy. 101 looking west, you see very few houses on our hillside. Anyway, as I was walking I could hear this very unusual "animal" sound unlike any I've heard before. It was NOT a dog howling and I'm not even sure how to describe it. We have coyotes and mountain lions and the sound would not fit the description of their cries or calls either. It had a yelling/howl quality that lasted about 5 seconds , would break off and then resume about 15 seconds later. I went in the house to get my husband so that he could hear the sound. My dog was not barking which is really unusual because he's inclinded to bark at dogs or other unfamiliar sounds. None of the dogs on our hillside were barking either which seemed odd to me. I was kind of scared . My husband came out and listened. His initial response was, "Anyway, it's on the other side of that hill." I said, "It's not a dog, and our dog is not barking at it." He agreed it was strange but wasn't concerned. Soon thereafter, a dog could be heard barking and our dog started in with his typical barking response. The unusual sound stopped and I didn't hear it again. This is not the first time we've heard unusual sounds that we can't identify. We woke up one night hearing whooping sounds outside the house that I can't connect with any animal I'm familiar with. My daughter has also heard whooping sounds on the same hillside where we heard the unusual sounds last night. My teenage son heard whooping sounds last summer in the manzanita to the north of our house. We had an odd experience last summer. My college aged son and his friends were imitating "Big Foot" sounds that they'd heard on the internet . It was about 11:00 at night when they were fooling around , loudly imitating the sounds. About 1:00 AM, that same night, we were watching a video and we heard a scratching at the window. We all thought my son was outside trying to scare everyone. All of a sudden , water was splashing all over the side of the house. A water sprinkler pipe outside the window had been snapped off, and water was geysering out of the pipe. My son walked out of the bathroom and it turned out he'd been in the house all along. No one had been outside and we still wonder how the pipe was snapped off. Whatever had been scratching at the window had apparently broken the pipe. We all wondered if it was a response to the Big Foot calls that the guys had been making. Anyway, here's a synopsis of a few incidents. We decided to post these after last nights occurrence of the strange, unidentifiable call.
OTHER WITNESSES: My self and husband for last nights event. Previous events included my two sons, and my teenage daughter. One of my son's friends,age 19, was here for the water pipe breaking incident.
OTHER STORIES: Cited in same previous description of last nights event
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Nighttime, about 6:00. Cold, mod. overcast with the moon shining through the clouds. Not raining.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine,cedar, oak,madrone, manzanita and few redwood tree covered hillsides. Houses in our area are well-spaced on 2-5 acre parcels with most of the area undeveloped. Seasonal creeks with larger creeks and rivers close-by. Lots of assoted wildlife: foxes, mountain lions, bears.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jimbo Fay:
I spoke with the witness by telephone several times. The witness sounded very knowledgeable about local animal sounds and calls and very sincere about what they had heard. I went to the general location the night of the 19th and tried doing some calls and wood knocking. No answers were heard. It was too dark to do any field investigating while I was there and the witness has invited me back to the actual property during daylight hours. I have been investigating other sightings along the same general latitudinal line during their experience.
About BFRO Investigator Jimbo Fay:
Jim "Bobo" Fay is well known and well liked BF investigator in the north coast redwoods region (from Sonoma thru Oregon Coast, inland to Bluff Creek and Marble Mts.). He supports his BF investigations through jobs like crab fishing and logging. He was one of the notorious roadies with the rock band Sublime. Before that he was at Humboldt State University where he majored in Political Science.
BFRO Expeditions that Bobo has attended: California 04 (Redwoods - Bald Hills), Washington (Oly Pen -1), New Mexico (Jicarilla Apache), Washington (Oly Pen -3), California 03/05 (Redwoods - Coastal), California 05/05 (Redwoods - Coastal), California 03/06 (Redwoods - Coastal)