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Report # 28982  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
Wildlife enthusiast records moaning howls near Bainbridge
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YEAR: 2011

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: March

DATE: 11

STATE: Georgia

COUNTY: Decatur County


NEAREST TOWN: Bainbridge

NEAREST ROAD: 10 Mile Still Road

OBSERVED: While vacationing in south Georgia I decided to visit a remote forested area to listen to night sounds and make wildlife recordings. After sun set there were a lot of owls calling and several alligators growling from the nearby river. At one point I heard three wood knocks come from the forest, and as I continued to listen I heard two distant whoops.

The hour grew late and I decided to leave my audio recorder behind, running overnight, to record anything else that might happen. When I retrieved the recorder in the morning I found several distant howls on it.

ALSO NOTICED: For the duration of my vacation I returned to the area daily and continued to leave my recorder running overnight. There may be additional vocalizations captured within those recordings sessions.

OTHER WITNESSES: Two others, brother and his wife. But they had never been out listening for these types of sounds before, and didn't seem to hear the distant knocks or whoops.

OTHER STORIES: Checked the BFRO database and there are no reports in this area, and very few reports in adjacent areas of Florida, Georgia or Alabama.

Speaking with local elders over the years it's not uncommon to hear stories of "panther screams" in the night.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Clear skies, temperature in the upper thirties.

ENVIRONMENT: Southern pine plantations with interspersed native hardwoods, heavy underbrush, swamps, ponds and extensive areas of cultivation. Few homes in the area, and those mostly along well traveled roads.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:

I spoke with the individual who submitted the report about the nature and timeline of the sounds that were recorded on that night. The submitter is very adept with field audio equipment, and several members of the BFRO have spent time with this individual in the field.

Of particular interest to me is a recording of two consecutive moaning howls. This sounds incredibly similar to the 1994 "Ohio Howl" recording. This sustained moaning howl is one of the most commonly reported sounds related to sasquatches. I have heard this call myself several times in a few different places as far flung as Northeast Georgia and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.

I personally think that the moaning howls that the submitter recorded that night were being generated by a sasquatch.

12:05 AM - Moaning Howls

About BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:

Matt Pruitt grew up in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, and has been conducting active sasquatch research for several years in various parts of the country.

Matt has attended/organized the following expeditions:

North Carolina - 2007
South Carolina - 2007
North Carolina - 2008
Georgia - 2008 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2008
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2008
Georgia - 2009 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2009
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2009
Oregon - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2010
Georgia - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Oklahoma - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (1) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (2) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
Arkansas - 2012 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
North Carolina - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)

Matt is a trained visual tracker. During the summer of 2007, Matt co-instructed a tracking course for BFRO members in the Southeast. In 2009, he co-instructed an updated version of the same course for BFRO members in Utah. He currently lives in Northeast Georgia.

He can be contacted at

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