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DATE: late in month
COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: As described in my account and in enivronment
NEAREST TOWN: Eatonville
NEAREST ROAD: Mashell Ave South
OBSERVED: Last fall I lived in Eatonville, WA on Mashell Ave S just north of Alder St for about 7 months in an apartment at the edge of town. It was about 8:15pm in late November 2014 so it was dark, chilly, and clear outside. I had just gotten home and walked up to my front door and was about to push my key into the lock when I heard, what I can only describe as, a “hooting” noise like “Hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot” in rapid succession. I paused and turned around slowly and walked to the edge of my doorstep listening closer and it happened a second time “Hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot.” Following the second vocalization, all of the dogs in town began barking and howling incessantly. The noises did not sound very close, but it was extremely loud and sounded like it carried over from the mountain just south of town.
I waited a little longer, but heard nothing more and so retreated to my apartment. It sounded extremely ape-like and I have never heard anything like that before or since. The closest resemblance to those noises that I can find are in vocalization clips found on The Gorilla Foundation website www.Koko.org/vocalizations, only the vocalizations I heard had more “scream” to them and were much louder and very powerful. The sound went right through you and came from something with a huge chest. This was no coyote, elk, owl or otherwise, none of those can make a vocal this powerful. No one else was around at the time.
ALSO NOTICED: None
OTHER WITNESSES: No other witnesses
OTHER STORIES: Not from locals, just on BFRO
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 8:15pm. It was dark, chilly, and clear.
ENVIRONMENT: Eatonville is a very small isolated town location just west of Mt. Rainier so the surrounding areas are mountainous and densely wooded. Eatonville Mill Pond is just south of where my location was and beyond that is thick woods and mountains with a low population of people.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jason K.:
12/15/2017: Spoke with R.D. and heard her recount her experience. She seemed very credible and is a practicing Large Animal Technician who works with horses and cows.
When asked if she thought it could possibly be an owl or another animal she recounted that the depth and strength of the sounds that carried over such a long distance had to be made from a very large chested animal. With her experience as a Large Animal Technician it is reasonable to believe that it was not from livestock. Also, there do not seem to be any farms in the direction she described hearing the sounds.
The habitat in the area she described the sounds coming from includes a pond and river to the south and could plausibly provide food and cover for a large animal.
The BFRO database has numerous published and non-published Pierce County reports.
About BFRO Investigator Jason K.:
Jason has been interested in the Bigfoot phenomenon ever since his first experience in 1999 near Mt. St. Helens.
A business owner with a background in journalism and analytics.
Participated in the 2016 Washington Cascades Area 2 and the Oregon Coast 2017 Expeditions.
Is an experienced outdoorsman and has packed into many of the most remote places in Washington state.