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COUNTY: Humboldt County
LOCATION DETAILS: [Location specifics removed]
NEAREST TOWN: Orleans?
NEAREST ROAD: 96
OBSERVED: I have spent a lot of time in the woods. I was a climber for ten years and I have heard it all out there. This was different.
I was with my sons. We all wanted to camp in a bigfoot area, so we we went to a campground near Bluff Creek. We were all in the tent and in our bags, the camp had settled down and all of a sudden there was a whoop! They were loud as if behind us, in succession whoop whoop bah-whoop!! And it seemed that there was more than one, I estimate three, one to the left of us, one behind us, and one off in front at a distance. Also, something either took a large step or jumped off something, and it was big. The one behind us would call first and the one off in the distance would call back. The one to the left would whoop once, but the one behind would whoop three times and the others once or twice. At the start of the whoops would be almost a pucker or click sound. I figure the one behind us was the lead because he would call out and they would answer.
After about ten minutes the lead creature started to move off with the one to the left towards the other. I wanted to look out the tent but my youngest was with me who is 6 and was real scared, because the calls were so loud. I stayed with him and did not get to look till it was over.
I found no evidence in the morning, but earlier that day I noticed there were markings on a tree that was not made by a bear, almost as if the bark had been picked off. I have always followed this phenomenon and believed there was a possibility. This solidified everything.
ALSO NOTICED: While walking earlier I found a small trail, and as I went further I noticed big branches blocking the path. The only problem was that this type of tree was a ways away from which it fell. There was no way it fell through the trees to the ground where it was, whoever moved it was strong or it was about 4 people who did it. The branch I estimate was 500lbs. And this was in more than one area.
OTHER WITNESSES: Chris 14, Zach 9, and Skyler 6 Roasting marshmallows.
OTHER STORIES: No it was our first time there.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 10 p.m.
ENVIRONMENT: Thick wet forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Richard Hucklebridge:
AC and I talked tonight, December 30, 2005, about his incident this past summer. He and his kids were interested with the bigfoot/sasquatch subject so they went to the museum at Willow Creek to ask the folks there about it. They also spoke with a forest ranger they met while camping. The ranger relayed some interesting stories about the "ape-people" said to inhabit the local mountains.
I asked AC about the large branches they found laid across the trail. He emphasized that the branches were really large, and seemed to have been torn from some pine trees and other large trees that had a grey type of bark. The trees that the branches were pulled off of were some distance away from where they were laying across the trail. It was as if something was trying to block the trails. He said those trails lead up into the forest behind the camp site.
I asked if it was possible that the whooping and clicking sounds were made by the other campers. He doubts that because the sounds "started right behind us, and they were way too loud to have been a person." He said he really tightened up when they first started hearing sounds.
I asked how he knew something big jumped or stepped off of something. He said It was just a loud thud type of sound, like something very large would have had to have made. It made that sound just before they left the area.
I asked about the clicking and popping sounds. He said the sounds "sounded like a tongue would make against the roof of your mouth or maybe with the lips.
I asked about tracks. He said they looked for tracks the following day, but the ground was just too hard to find anything.
AC stated that when he and the kids got home, they went to the BFRO web site and listened to the whoop recording from the Sierras. It was similar to what they heard.
About BFRO Investigator Richard Hucklebridge:
- Four years in the United States Navy, 1955-1959 (Combat Air Crewman on P4M Mercator Patrol Aircraft)
- 37 years in the aerospace industry: 33 years with General Electric at Edwards AFB; More than 5 years with the Northrop Grumman Corp. at Edwards AFB (Flight Line Mechanic on the B-2 Bomber).
- During 20 of those years at Edwards he was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the County of Los Angeles.