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COUNTY: Ashland County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was long ago so I don't remember what the area was called. It was an area near Ashland where the Fish and Game stock trout in scattered ponds. They also have camping areas set up here.
NEAREST TOWN: Ashland Wisconson
NEAREST ROAD: It was in a remote park area where there is hunting and many small lakes they stock with trout.
OBSERVED: I had the ecnounter while in college in Ashland Wisconson in 1978. While bowhunting with a friend deep in the woods I took to sitting high in a tree overlooking thick briars. Out of the still and silence of the woods an animal came barreling through the thickest vegetation imaginable. It was thrashing about and shrieking at the highest pitch possible. I was frithened to death and could only stand to try to see it. I could not see it but did see the brush being shaken. Again the shrill sound of its voice filled the air. It was awesome to hear, scary but awesome. My friend who was hunting down from me did see it and it was on two legs and appeared apelike to him. We were too afraid to stick around and never went back. We went to an environmental college and I shared this with one of the professors Dr. V. He never heard of a local animal making that sound. That is my story and I tell it a dozen times a year. Good luck in your research!
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: One and he was hunting with me
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was 7:00ish in the morning on a bright but chilly day
ENVIRONMENT: It was thick briars near an open forest
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Paul Schnabel:
After speaking to the witness on the phone, he told me that he had long since lost contact with his hunting friend. This would have been useful as a corroborating witness. He also couldn't recall the location of the incident and his description could be any number of areas. That being said, his recounting of the incident is still very vivid in his mind. After all this time, the witness cannot explain the sounds he heard that October.
About BFRO Investigator Paul Schnabel:
Paul Schnabel is a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and an EMT for the area search and rescue.
Paul attended the BFRO's 2006 Wisconsin, 2007 and 2008 Michigan U.P. expeditions and the 2008 Minnesota private expedition