Geographical Index > United States > Montana > Lewis And Clark County > Report # 5627
Submitted by witness on Saturday, January 11, 2003.
Woman reports afternoon sighting
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COUNTY: Lewis And Clark County
LOCATION DETAILS: COMING FROM AVON (SPELLING MAY NOT BE CORRECT. TURN AT DIRT ROAD TO DALTON MOUNTIAN. ALMOST AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTIAN IS A DIRT ROAD TO THE RIGHT, WITH A METAL GATE. GO THROUGH THE GATE UNTIL YOU COME WHERE THE ROAD FORKS OVER A CREEK.ALMOST IN FORNT OF YOU WILL BE AN THE REMAINS OF AN OLD CABIN.TURN RIGHT. WE WERE CAMPED UP ABOUT 150 FT. ON THE LEFT. WE WERE IN A PICKUP WITH CAMPER.
NEAREST TOWN: LINCOLN
NEAREST ROAD: DALTON MOUNTIAN ROAD
OBSERVED: THE SUMMER OF 1994 A FRIEND AND I WERE CAMPED OUT LOOKING FOR GOLD. WE HAD A CLIAM AT THE TOP OF MADDISON GULCH NEAR LINCOLN, MT. I SAW ONE. MY PARTNER WAS DOWN BY THE CREEK AND DID NOT SEE THE BIG FOOT. I WAS CAUGHT OF GAURD. AND VERY SURPRISED. I KEPT BLINKING. I JUST DIDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I SAW. IT WAS NOT A BEAR!! I HAD FELT AS IF I WAS BEEN WATCHED MOST OF THE DAY. IT WAS STANDING UPRIGHT AND DARK IN COLOR AND TALL,AND WALKED INTO THE TREES.IT DID NOT SEEM AFRAID.IF ANYTHING, I WOULD SAY IT SEEMED SURPRISED THAT I SAW IT. IT WAS ABOUT 100 FEET OR SO AWAY.
THE NAME OF OUR CLAIM WAS GRANDBABIES MINING CO. MY PARTERNS NAME WAS CHARLES HASENBECK. HE IS DEAD NOW.
ALSO NOTICED: THE DAY BEFORE MY PARTNER AND I WENT HIKING.FURTER UP. THERE WAS A STINKY ODER THEY SEEM TO STAY WITH US AWHILE. THEN IT WAS GONE. WHEN WE WENT FURTHER AND STOPPED BY A SECOND OLD ONE ROOM LOG CABIN THE ODER WAS BACK. I THOGHT IT MIGHT BE A BEAR. BUT WE COULDN'T SEEM ANYTHING. AND AS WE STARTED BACK THE SMELL STOPPED.
OTHER WITNESSES: NOBODY BUT ME. I HAVE ONLY TOLD A VERY FEW PEOPLE. I FELT AS IF I WAS BLESSED TO SEE SUCH A THING.
OTHER STORIES: NO.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: BRIGHT SUNNY DAY BETWEEN 3 AND 4 PM.
Follow-up investigation report:
During the phone interview, the witness accurately recalled the aspects of the incident, although it occurred over ten years ago. She reiterated the feeling she had of being "blessed to have seen such a thing".
At approximately 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, while her partner was down by the creek, the witness, standing on the gravel road, witnessed a large bipedal animal cross the road approximately 200-300 feet from her. She was "astonished" upon seeing it. She claims that the animal "paused and looked at me". It then continued across the road (towards the creek) at a "nice little walk" and was lost from sight by the thick forest surrounding the area. The witness stated that the sighting lasted approximately 80 seconds.
The witness describes the general color of the animal only as "covered in dark hair" and that it seemed quite tall. Her "astonishment" at the sighting struck her so significantly that she did not have the wherewithal to take notice of the particular details of the animal.
The witness was articulate during the interview and spoke sincerely of the experience without any interest in self gain, notoriety or benefit. Although her description lacked particular detail, I believe the witness to be credible.
Note: The witness did report several instances where she and her partner noticed strong and foul odors emanating from the nearby forest throughout the time period they spent in that area.
She also claimed to have heard unusual screams at night "a couple times" in the same area. And there were times where she hiked that she felt as if she were being watched.