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 Post subject: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:35 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Sunday, August 17, 2008. Possible nighttime encounter while raccoon hunting outside Valley Head

YEAR: 2008

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: August

DATE: 2nd

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: dirt road on a mountain, far from civilization, doesn't see much traffic

NEAREST TOWN: Valley Head

NEAREST ROAD: RT 219

OBSERVED: A friend and I were out training my red-tick coon hound on Saturday Aug. 2, 2008. We drove up a familiar dirt road. We drove to the end and were on our way back when the dog had struck out of the back of the truck. I got out, turned on my mining light, and walked to the back of the truck.

I opened the tailgate and let the dog loose. I stood beside the truck watching the dog sniff around in the road for a minute or so. I was shining my light around in the woods around me, when I saw a set of eyes looking at me. The eyes were a bluish green color and appeared to be 5-6 foot off the ground. I stood and watched it for at least 2-3 minutes wandering what it was. I hollered at my friend who was still sitting in the passenger side of the truck to come and look and tell me what he thought it was. We both stood there watching it, trying to figure out what it was.

The creatures eyes would blink every now and then but it did not show any fear toward us or the dog. It was about 40 yards or so from us just enough so you could not see its body. We wanted to get a closer look so we decided to walk toward the creature.

We only had 1 flashlight and for us to get closer we had to cross a small ditch and a broken down fence. I was trying to hold the light on the creature’s eyes, and hold the light so my friend could see so he did not fall. As we struggled to get across I noticed the eyes disappeared. We hollered for the dog to come with us and we walked approx. 40-50 yards to where the creature was standing but did not see anything.

We stood there for about 5 minutes talking and letting the dog sniff around, but he acted a little nervous. We started walking back to the road. When we got back to the road we were about 60 yards from behind the truck. As we were walking back to the truck, I was hollering for my dog to come on, and I shined my light up in the woods where we left from, and the set of eyes returned.

We looked at it for about 15 seconds then noticed a second pair of eyes this time, The second pair of eyes were orange- red color and seemed to be taller than the first set. At this time we were spooked and made our way swiftly to the vehicle. When we got to the vehicle, we got inside and I shined my light out the window and both sets of eyes were staring at us blinking and showing no fear.

I started up my truck and hollered for my dog to come on let's go. The dog jumped in the bed of the truck, I jumped out, ran to the back, and hooked the dog up. I ran and got back in the truck, I shined the light out the window on the creatures, still staring at us, and my red-tick coon hound seen the creatures standing in the woods and started barking with every breath.

The creatures continued to stare at us blinking and showing no fear. We decided it was time to get going. We started driving down off the hill. We drove a couple hundred yards and the dog was still barking with every breath. From the way the dog was acting, I felt they were following us. I shined my light uphill beside me and sure enough, there they stood. I watched both of them follow us for about 1/2 mile.

ALSO NOTICED: Haven't been back since the incident

OTHER WITNESSES: 2 male witnesses and 1 dog, all were driving in a vehicle coon hunting

OTHER STORIES: Not that I know of

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:00pm or12:00pm
cloudy warm night

ENVIRONMENT: Hardwood forest and mountainous

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

Spoke to the witness on 16 August 2009. His recollection of the event followed his written statement and was obviously off the cuff. I found his statement credible.

He reported the source of the eye shine was never revealed by direct observation. He and his friend estimated the height from about 40 feet away, then proceeded to the spot the creature observed them from and confirmed the estimated height.

The unknown creature was human-size but not human. The eye shine is not characteristic of humans in the visible spectrum, nor would being illuminated by a spotlight without protest. Night hunting is a normal activity for this part of the country. I can imagine no person who would have a spotlight directed at them without a verbal challenge of some sort. First impulse would be to say: "Don't shoot!"

Since the creatures were not observed directly we cannot say for certain what creatures were present. Only that they displayed curiosity and a lack of fear toward dog and man.

About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

Stephen retired from the U.S. Army in 2003. He joined the BFRO in 2004, attended over twenty expeditions, and has conducted numerous on-site investigations.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:37 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Possible whoops heard in logging area outside the Monongahela National Forest

YEAR: 2003

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 12

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: Private property. Edited out at the request of the witness.

NEAREST TOWN: Mabie

NEAREST ROAD: Edited out

OBSERVED: Before I say anything more I would like to say that at the time I never considered that Sasquatch were real. I considered it all to be a hoax. I am a student studying wildlife biology.

The following happen in West Virgina, Pocahontas County, near
the Monongahela National Forest. MeadWestVaco owns and operates 3413 hectares in the Allegheny Mountain range for logging and ecological reseach. It is gated and not open to the public see website.



I was participating in a study project studying the distribution and breeding success of songbirds in forest cutting sites. The study was headed by West Virgina University.

My job was to search for bird nest of particular species and track their progress from egg to fledge. I was familiar with every kind of bird in the area by call, as it was one of my job requirements and hobbies.

I was just coming down from the top of this ridge in a clear cut area with many downed trees, slash and new growth only about waist high. I heard the strangest sound coming from above on a ridge or rock outcropping about 100 yards above. It was a "whooping" sound. It was very loud vocalization. Its sound was resonating through the whole valley below and carrying very far.

The only sound I could match it to was a monkey call in a tropical forest (which I have never experienced).

It was a very alarming call, and I assumed it was some kind of bird that I have never seen or heard before. I scanned the trees, bushes and rocky outcrop for a silhouette of a bird with my binoculars but did not spot anything. The call lasted for about 3 to 4 minutes. The "whooping" was repetitive, about 15 "whoops" and then a pause, and then 10 to 15 more about 4 sets in all. It felt like it lasted a long time. The entire time I was scanning the vegetation looking for a bird. It was so loud and deep I often thought it couldn't be a bird but it was my only conclusion.

When it stopped I made my way up to the spot where It was coming from. It took me about 10 minutes to walk along logging trails and through vegetation to get there. Once I got to the summit of this ridge it flatted out. I remember seeing many game trails and beaten paths. This was common in some areas due to heavy use by deer.

I started walking around looking into the trees which consisted of Eastern Hemlock and mixed hardwoods. I heard nothing. It was strangely quiet, like everything was scared off from the call. I traversed the slope very excited that I may see possibly an
invasive species of bird, but when I got to the top of that ridge I felt very uneasy. I cant explain it. I never wanted to go back up to that spot after this incident.

I wrote down exactly what I heard. When I went back to camp that evening, I told the ornithologists what I had heard and they said the only bird that makes such a loud and similar sound as that was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I listened to sound recordings of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo that night and quickly realized that was not the sound I heard. I also called my father, an avid birdwatcher and told him about it.

Then last month I watched a program on the Discovery Channel about Sasquatch.To reiterate, I was not a believer at that time and am still borderline. Watching the program peaked my interest to search online. I came across this website. I noticed that an expedition was done in almost the same spot where I had worked,
just further north.

I also listened to the audio recordings from the Berry-Morehead Expeditions in the 1970's from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When I listened to the "Whoops and Knocks" audio clip it was the exact call I had heard but in a different sequence.

I was, and still am floored and in awe. The only thing that stops me from believing it was a Sasquatch is not knowing anything about the authenticity of that recording, but I am certain it was that same kind of "whoop".

ALSO NOTICED: I found a bird nest at the top of this slope before this incident. It was an Eastern Toehee nest, about two feet off the ground. So prior to this experience I had visited this place twice and this slope top only once. I was just leaving this nest when doing a check up, I found the eggs predated (common), and the nest destroyed (uncommon), it was torn like something grabbed the side of the nest along with the eggs. Nothing was found on the ground.

OTHER WITNESSES: No just myself.

OTHER STORIES: Yes I had another incident soon after in a different area about a quarter of a mile away. I searched for bird nests in this forest for a total of 3 months June-August Monday-Friday. I was dropped off to search for nests in my assigned plot. This was a mature forest with large mature trees. The trees were mainly Red Maple, American Beech, and similar species. The ground cover had a thick layer of leaves and some sparse vegetation, some downed logs, rocks etc. The tree canopy was thick and let in little light. I was dropped off at this site at 6:30am. The weather was overcast, gray and a slight rain fall.

I walked in about 30 yards and sat facing the road on a log and began to take equipment out of my pack. The ground behind me declined in gradient into a steep slope. There was about 20 feet of forest I could see before it dropped in elevation. I heard light foot
steps approaching from behind me. I assumed it was a red
squirrel because it was the normal sound heard in this quiet forest. I am a deer hunter and am familiar with the sounds of a forest. I can usually tell what is a squirrel and what is a deer. Also I spend a lot of time outdoors camping and hiking.

The footsteps continued to come nearer. I looked back but could
not see because of the decline in elevation and vegetation. I would have had to walk about 20 feet and look down to see what was aproaching.

Soon the footsteps got too close for comfort and I picked up a stick and threw it in the direction down the hill. The footsteps stopped, and then started circling around behind me. I threw another stick. The footsteps stopped and then continued to come
closer. I wanted to yell but anyone who has spent time in the
forest knows this feeling. You don't want to yell because it is so quiet you feel like you are disturbing everything and attracting attention. I was getting that uneasy feeling as I had before. I was weary of black bears and worried that it was a curious bear smelling my coffee thermos. I decided to leave that area and go across the road and search there instead. The entire time I was conscious of sounds and movement and looking for bear. Some other researchers saw black bear and one person had an encounter with one. Some people said they were shadowed by a bear they couldn't see. It moved when they moved, and it stopped when they stopped.

The direction of this incident was towards the Monongahela National Forest. I remember our guide telling me not to go too far in that direction because it dropped down and merged with
the Monongahela National Forest and once someone got lost and it took a day to find them because there are no logging roads.
The steps sounded similar to those from the recording of bipedal
walking in Southeast Oklahoma, the recording from your November 2005 expedition in Oklahoma. It sounded like two feet dragging through the leaf litter. No odor was smelt and I never returned to investigate.

I also heard knocks very far away on two occasions. I assumed they were logging operations.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: Time of day: Afternoon, between 1 and 2 pm.
Lighting and weather: Clear sky, bright sun. Warm 85 degrees. No wind. There were recent rains but everything was dry.

ENVIRONMENT: It was atop one of the highest elevations in the area. I have a
picture of that location . The photo can give you an idea of the
topography and native vegetation (can email if requested). To be
more specific it was a slope of a mountain that had been logged.
From the road to the top of the slope was about 150 yards. I was
about mid-way up about 75-100 yards to the peak or top. Where I
was standing was a clear cut area about 10 to 15 years ago, called 'early successional' habitat in forestry terms.

Within this early successional habitat is much Rubus ursinus (wild blackberry), Betula alleghaniensis (Yellow birch) and Prunus serotina (Black cherry) and Smilax rotundifolia L. (green Brier). This slope had large rocky outcroppings especially near the top where the sound came from. Down below there was a valley
with a stream (have a picture if requested) about 300 yards
below. At the top of the slope all the vegetation was left and
it continued behind and away. Only the slope I was on was clear
cut about 40 acres. Above on the top of the slope were a mix of pine and hardwood forest species, mainly Suga canadensis (L.)
(Eastern Hemlock), and Spruce. The top of this slope had well
beaten down game trails. I remember this specifically because I
am a hunter and look for these kinds of things. There was a lot
of exposed soil, packed dirt. No tracks were seen and no foul smells.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:

This witness first submitted a comment asking if what he heard could have been a Sasquatch. I emailed the witness the following:

What you are describing sounds like it couild be a sasquatch
encounter. To compare the "whoop" calls you heard, please click
on the link below, scroll down the page to "Whoops and Knocks".

Click on "Download the 1974 clip of whoops and knocks from California"

http://www.bfro.net/avevid/SierraSounds/911.asp#911



The witness in this WV incident is an avid outdoorsman and wildlife biology student. He knows his wildlife and birdcalls well. He is now certain what he heard was no bird or common North American animal.



About BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:

Mike is a technical support manager for a multi-national consumer electronics company in New Jersey. He attended the 2005 and 2006 New York Adirondacks Expeditions, the 2006 Ohio Expedition, the 2008 Maine Expedition, the 2008 Pennsylvania Expedition, the 2009 Pennsylvania and New York Expeditions and the 2010 New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania alumni expeditions.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:39 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Monday, January 29, 2007. Possible vocalizations heard by backpackers in Otter Creek Wilderness

YEAR: 2007

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: January

DATE: 9th or 10th?

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: Otter Creek Wilderness area around Yellow Creek. I believe the trail was called Yellow Creek Trail. The campsite was in a small stand of pines approx. 75 yds from the creek.

NEAREST TOWN: Elkins

NEAREST ROAD: Good question. It was a forest road.

OBSERVED: I'll be brief since this was only an audio.

We were backpacking in the Otter Creek Wilderness near Elkins WV. It was the first week of Jan. '07. It was unseasonably warm. We were out for about 4 days, 3 nights. The third night we were camping by Yellow Creek. It was Saturday night at about 4 30 pm. It was starting to get dark and we were working diligently to start a fire. It had rained on and off the entire time we were there so everything was wet. As I used a small log to hammer my hatchet through another log ( splitting kindling), I heard something howling way up the hollow. It was pretty far off by my estimation and at first I mistook it for a coyote. I kept hammering away as my buddy, who works for ODNR Div of Wildlife, was talking. He hadn't heard it. I then heard it again. The same call. This time something struck me as strange. It wasn't a coyote. There are several reasons I quickly came to this conclussion. The call was long and drawn out without the typical undulations and yipping associated with a coyote. It was also very far off. If it had been a coyote, it would have had to been at least 3 or 400 lbs. to produce that kind of volume. I stopped hammering. My friend looked at me and immediately asked what I was listening for. Then we heard it a third time. It resembled the scream of a woman ( for lack of a better comparison ). It was quite long, perhaps 5 or 6 secs start to stop. It definitely resembled a primate call of sorts. Coyote have never made the hair stand up on my neck before and I can identify about every call in the woods in this part of the country.

I looked at him and asked if he could tell me what we had just heard. He said he could not and we both agreed neither of us had ever heard anything like that. I have heard similar recordings on websites devoted to the north american great ape theory aka; bigfoot.

He and his fiance had also taken their dogs. She hadn't heard it but the dogs had been acting strange since we arrived at that campsite, several hours earlier. At one point they were barking at what seemed to be nothing. One of the dogs hair was standing on end from the base of his tail to the back of his neck as he sniffed the wind and repeatedly barked in the upwind direction. This was about an hour before we heard the call. It was still daylight and we saw and heard nothing. It was obvious to me that whatever he was smelling was scaring him.

After going to our tents for the night and the fire had burned down, I heard more noises closer to camp. It sounded as if someone was stomping around in the rotodendrin and was not trying to be quiet at all. I also heard branches snapping and they sounded pretty large. This was in the direction of Yellow Creek. Perhaps on the other side of the creek. My friends did not hear this. They somehow had gotten to sleep. This only lasted a few minutes and then ceased altogether.

OTHER WITNESSES: Three of us and two dogs. Two of us heard the calls. The dogs were acting strange all evening.

OTHER STORIES: I know this area has stories like this as do many other wilderness areas across the country. I don't know of any specifics.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: We heard the call around 5pm. It was cloudy but a high pressure system was moving in and it was windy. There was no snow which is uncommon for the area we were in.

ENVIRONMENT: The area was boggy. Several creeks in the area. Yellow Creek and Otter Creek to name two. Mostly pine and rotodendrin. Very mossy. Mountainous terrain. Monongahela Nat Forest.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

The witness stated that he and his friends were camped near Shavers Mountain, east of Elkins, WV. They had been in the area for several hours performing routine camp tasks.

The sound first detected by one of his friends. It was unique as neither had heard a similar sound. He had two dogs in camp. One was about six months old, the other seven years. The older dog alerted and remained agitated during the night.

The witness felt their camp was approached during the night by an unseen creature of significant weight. The woods were saturated from rain and the animal walking around broke several significant sounding pieces of wood. They departed the campground the following day.

About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

Stephen retired from the U.S. Army in 2003. He joined the BFRO in 2004, attended over twenty expeditions, and has conducted numerous on-site investigations.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:40 pm 
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Submitted by witness Scott Sharp on Tuesday, December 09, 1997. Dolly Sods; Tracks seen, loud screams and strange odor detected

YEAR: 1997

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: September

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: Monongahela National forest-West Virginia- Dolly Sods: Petersburg Forest road 75

OBSERVED: Large tracks spotted, too large to be human, estimated size: 20 in. foot size- occurred september 23 , 1997 at 10:30 am- that night we heard loud, piercing screams in the forest and a strange odor- like a cross between a skunk and sweat- I activated my personal alarm, which apparently frightened the creature away-the next morning, we observed more tracks near our campsite- and some broken branches- needless to say I was a little frightened..

OTHER WITNESSES: hiking/sleeping respectively

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Sept. 23, around 10:30 a.m.

ENVIRONMENT: bogs, windswept plains and hardwood forests.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:41 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Wednesday, November 02, 2005. Sightings by two hunters in tree stands outside Elkwater

YEAR: 1989

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: November

DATE: 23

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: Southern Randolph County

NEAREST TOWN: Elkwater

NEAREST ROAD: (Edited)

OBSERVED: It happened in 1989 on a hunting trip in the middle region of West Virginia. We were on our yearly deer-hunting trip in the remote mountainous area of Randolph County. I was about 24 years old and was in on leave from the military on the family-hunting trip. My family and friends have hunted this area for many years and I was very comfortable and familiar with the area.

The road back had not been traveled for years and was very washed out and overgrows with brush. It was about 7-8 miles back before we came to the impassable areas of the road and it was then that we geared up and proceeded on foot. I would estimate we had gone about another 2-3 miles on foot before we reached the crest of the mountain and decided to find our hunting spots.

The light had just begun to peek over the mountaintop when I cleared my spot and settled in. I had worked up a pretty good sweat on the steady pace up the mountain so it was not too long after setting and listening to the first morning light waking up the rest of the forest, I began to nod off to sleep. After going in and out a few times I decided to get up and move around a little to try to wake myself up.

After about 20 minutes of walking around I stumbled on a very old wooden tree stand. Although I could tell it had been there for many years, I remember thinking it was in the best spot overlooking the very visible and open woods just under the crest of the hilltop. Not too long after I ate the apples and oranges I had brought. After a while the warm morning sun took its toll on me and I nodded off again.

A bad smell woke me right up. The forest was completely quiet around me and all I could think of is what the hell that awful smell is? As I became more alert, I could hear the slight rustling below me and what I thought was some faint grunts and whines. I decided it was time to lean over and get a visual on it.

It was about 25 feet below me on the slope and directly in front of the stand. It was not aware of my presence above it. It was about 5 feet tall with long dark, reddish-brown hair. The hair from its head down its body was of equal length, about 2-3 inches long. The hair went down its arms and hands as well as its feet. I could barley see fingernails and toe nails. Not claws but nails like a human.

Most of its hair was tangled and matted in spots as if it had wallowed the ground or a tree or something. I watched it smelling the orange peels and apple core then tasting them. It looked around at one point as if to wonder where they may have come from. I wondered how long it would be before it became aware of my presence and what it would do when it did.

Then I heard the rustling coming down from the top of the hill, loud rustling, and I could tell something was coming at a pretty rapid speed. I saw the one below me turn and look in the direction of the noise. It froze for a few seconds and looked almost like a statue.

I could not see at this point what was coming down the hill. I was leaning to my right and looking down. I tried to move my eyes to the left but my view was blocked by the trees that was holding up my stand and partially by the full-brim hat I was wearing. I kept my eyes moving between the one below me and the direction of the disturbance coming down the hill.

As it moved toward our position it began to make noises like I have never heard before. I would ordinarily not be able to describe the noise but I have read where other people have described it as a record being played backward. I would have to say that is a very close description. It is as if it were speaking a language but nothing like I have ever heard before.

The one below me sprang to its feet and then moved about 15-20 feet to the right of me. It moved very rapidly, kind of between a run and a leap, all on its feet though. It did not use its arms. It then started to bellow back at the one coming down the hill and it sounded almost like they were arguing. That is the impression that it left me with anyway.

It wasn't until the one above me came into clear view that I started to feeling very scared. As it came into my immediate area it moved toward the first one and began to slow to what seemed to be very cautious movements. Its attention seemed to move between the first creature and its surrounding area. I felt at this moment that it was alert to my presence.

This second one was much larger than the first and it seemed very irritated. The bigger one was covered in very dark hair, almost black. It was very muscular and its arms were noticeably long. It stood with a slight bend but an upright posture. I had to be about 8-9 feet tall. It was much larger than a human.

As these two creatures squabbled (communicated?) back and forth their gestures were extremely human-like. I was under the impression that the larger of the two was scolding the smaller one.

They moved about 40-50 feet to the right of me. At this point the larger one had its back to me I could make out facial features of the smaller one. It had very human-like features but a different nose. Hair covered most of its face but it looked to be thin hair, not like the rest of it.

Then the smaller creature spotted me because it went into a crouched and then squatting position and looked up in my direction. Their chattering began to quiet and then the larger one, with its back still to me, went into a squatting position for a few seconds. The smaller one then began to howl and bellow very loudly. The larger of the one, with its back still toward me began to howl very loud also. The larger creature then pushed the smaller one and the smaller one sprang to its feet and rapidly ran off across the hill to my right. It ran in long leaping strides and moved very fast like nothing I had ever seen. I never noticed it to ever look back.

As the smaller one ran the larger one stood up and slowly turned toward me. It had its arm bent above its forehead as if it were shading or hiding its eyes. It stood very straight and tall and looked directly at my tree stand.

All of the fear from before overcame me again and I prayed that thing did not try to come up my tree. I thought for an instant that I would yell at it, jerk or jump and maybe frighten it away but I could not bring myself to move. I could not even bat an eye. I could feel my legs starting to shake and I became very hot all over. For an instant I though I was going to pass out or become physically ill.

For a brief moment it was looking right at my face. From what I could see it had very large human-like eyes and very large round nostrils. I could not make out lips because of the hair on its face but I would guess that they were thin lips because the hair did not stick out. It did not have much of a protruding mouth or jaw like an ape. It had a flat fairly face like a human.

It put its arm to its side and began to look around. It swiveled at the hips and looked in every direction. After a quick glance back at me it then began to walk off in the direction the smaller one had gone. It did not run or act scared at all. It made very long howls as it walked and turned a few times and looked in my direction as it walked away.

I watched it and listened until it became just a black figure moving through the woods. I could here it howl and bellow for a few more minutes. Then I heard what sounded like something beating a tree or log with a limb or stick or something.

After about 30 minutes I decided that if it meant to do me harm, it sure had the chance, and it was probably safe to get down out of the tree stand. I made my way back toward my friend that I had left earlier that morning. I never even thought to check the ground for evidence or anything.

After about an hour I walked up on my friend and could see his blaze orange through the trees. I very carefully made my way in his direction. As I approached him I could see that he was staring at me. He was sitting against some downed trees and he did not move a muscle. As I walked closer to him I smiled and asked him if he had seen anything. He was very pale and I could tell he was a little scared and puzzled and then he answered to me the he was not sure what he had saw.

I jokingly said, “You look like you saw a Bigfoot!” and he jumped to his feet and asked, “Did you see it?”

I nodded to him, yes, then he began to tell me what he saw. Apparently the larger creature had moved across the hill in front of him crashing through the trees about 40 to 50 yards away. He said at first he thought it was a bear but after observing it, he could plainly see that it was moving very fast and walking up right, like a man.

I said we should try to track the two creatures but it really didn’t take too much for him to talk me out of it.

This really happened, 16 years ago in Randolph County, West Virginia.

ALSO NOTICED: I have never returned to that area of the woods.

OTHER WITNESSES: 2 witnesses. Hunting.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9:00 am. Slight overcast but clear weather.

ENVIRONMENT: Top of the mountain. Open woods, Oak, Maple, Hickory, Beech, Walnut, and Pine trees.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

I contacted the witness on November 25, 2005 and spoke with him about the incident, and about himself. He is credible and I believe he accurately described what he observed that day.

About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:

Stephen retired from the U.S. Army in 2003. He joined the BFRO in 2004, attended over twenty expeditions, and has conducted numerous on-site investigations.


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 Post subject: Family hears possible vocals on summer nights at their home
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YEAR: 2000

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 15

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: The actual encounter was at the base of Mount Port Crayon in a temperate deciduous forest. Pine forests dominate the highlands above the encounter area. And I believe these animals use a specific stream that feeds into Red Creek. All of our encounters have happened in the summer.

NEAREST TOWN: Elkins WV

NEAREST ROAD: 32

OBSERVED: I used to work as a bartender in Canaan Valley WV and lived at the base of Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. On a mid-summer night around probably 3am, I had driven home, which was about a half hour drive. We had no neighbors and there were no lights on as I pulled up. I parked with the left side of my vehicle facing towards the wilderness line which was about 100 feet uphill. I got out of my car and closed the door. Immediately after my car door closed I had the loudest, most intense scream I have ever heard in my life call out from near the wood line. I ran for the door of the house and once inside I grabbed a shotgun, floodlight, and went back to look outside for it, from inside the screen door of course. I never saw a thing or found a sign of anything. This was the first of three times this happened to me, my mother who lived there as well and also worked late had it scream at her several times(she said 4 or 5) as well, and my brother had it scream at him once.

OTHER WITNESSES: None. But the same type of encounter was experienced by my mother on multiple occasions as well as my younger brother on one occasion.

OTHER STORIES: I have witnessed distant baleful howls or moans from within a specific stream canyon dozens of times. Always very late at night.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3am, I don't recall whether it was cloudy or not but it was a pleasant temperature, probably upper 60s. Dark, no street lights, no porch lights on, car lights off.

ENVIRONMENT: The actual encounter was at the base of Mount Port Crayon in a temperate deciduous forest. Pine forests dominate the highlands above the encounter area. And I believe these animals use a specific stream that feeds into Red Creek. All of our encounters have happened in the summer.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator D.K.:

After conversing with the witness, the following information may be added to this report:

The screaming incidents occurred repeatedly to various members of the family over several summers. They also heard other vocals regularly, but very late at night during the summer months. The witness and his brother would listen to distant howling moans for hours and he believes the vocalizer visited the area seasonally, possibly due to abundant food resources in the area.

After reviewing vocals on the BFRO website, the witness learned some of the vocals he had heard were known to others as moan howls, whoops, and samurai chatter. He reports not hearing any incidents of wood knocks, rock clacks, or stone throwing.

He describes the vocals he heard as very loud, as if they were being amplified. They had a threatening quality to them, and he believes the intensity of the vocals could not be produced by any person. Some vocals would often start as a low tone, then quickly ascend to a high pitched snarling scream. He described them as unearthly, almost as if produced by multiple voices, but he is sure it was just one. He and his family only heard the vocals of an individual, and not a group of vocalizers.

His mother, who also heard the vocals, thought it was a werewolf because the calls resembled something from the film "Werewolf in London", with a snarling, growling, howling, scream-from-hell quality.

To hear more suspected sasquatch vocals similar to those described here, be sure to check out the clips linked at the bottom of BFRO Report 32981 "Farmers record interesting vocalizations west of Clare" from Isabella County, Michigan.

About BFRO Investigator D.K.:

D.K. is a business executive with an MS in Systems Engineering. Formerly a linguistic analyst, he applies his knowledge to the collection and study of sasquatch vocals and communication patterns. BFRO expeditions attended: Tennessee 2010, Pennsylvania 2011, Ohio 2012, West Virginia 2012 & West Virginia 2013


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 Post subject: Possible vocals heard from Bear Heaven Campground Elkins
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:01 am 
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YEAR: 2013

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: August

DATE: 14

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: Bear Heaven camp site 7. On Bickel's knob.

NEAREST TOWN: Bowden/Elkins

NEAREST ROAD: US 33

OBSERVED: I heard the whooping and it was very close. Maybe 20 yards at most. It was around 3 AM. There was another off a long way that answered.

OTHER WITNESSES: No witnesses. I was sitting in my truck trying to sleep.

OTHER STORIES: Read about other sightings in the area. I also heard this and wood knocking once before in the area.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3 AM. Pitch black. Clear skies. 50 degrees.

ENVIRONMENT: Mountain ridge. Forested area.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator D.K.:

After speaking with the witness and visiting the location of the incident, the following details can be added to his report:

He was at the Bear Heaven campground on a night when no one else was camped there.

He was sleeping in the cab of his truck, and had not put up a tent or built a fire in his camp site.

At about 3 a.m. he heard a loud double whoop. He believes the vocalizer was there in the campground, possibly no more than 20 yards away, but he could not see it. After a short pause, he heard the vocalizer make a second double whoop. And in the distance he could hear another vocalizer faintly, making a similar double whoop.

The knocks he mentioned were heard in the area at an earlier time, and not part of his experience in the campground. He didn't pay the knocks much attention at the time.

In late August the witness returned with his son to the area, and at about 10:30 p.m. in the evening he heard several distant moaning vocals. He described them as very similar to the moan howls he's heard on the internet.

Also in August I visited the area and walked the roads near Bear Heaven campground. The camp is set high on a mountain overlooking the head waters of the Otter Creek Wilderness area. The surrounding forest is mostly old growth timber with a thick understory of mountain laurel. A generous number of large sand stone boulders abound in the area and provide dramatic topographic relief. The Otter Creek wilderness contains over 20,000 acres of undeveloped forest, and the surrounding area would provide ample forage, water and refuge for a sasquatch clan.

About BFRO Investigator D.K.:

D.K. is a business executive with an MS in Systems Engineering. Formerly a linguistic analyst, he applies his knowledge to the collection and study of sasquatch vocals and communication patterns. BFRO expeditions attended: Tennessee 2010, Pennsylvania 2011, Ohio 2012, West Virginia 2012 & West Virginia 2013


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:53 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Woman and daughter recall their close daytime encounter at their home east of Elkins (Show Printer-friendly Version)

YEAR: 2005

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: January

DATE: 13

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: I'am not good with directions but it was on the Job road going to Harman

NEAREST TOWN: Harman, WV

NEAREST ROAD: Route 33

OBSERVED: It was January 2005 and I was living in Job, WV with my daughter who was five years old at the time. I was renting the house which was a little ways from the road. It was about 3:30pm and I was walking down the long drive way to meet my daughter to get off the school bus. It had been snowing the night before and it was cold out with a few flurries. Well as I got to the end of the drive way the bus came and stopped and I went across the street to get my little girl off the bus and I turned around and at first was talking to my daughter I didn't look straight ahead in front of me but when I looked up I noticed a very large brown figure standing below my porch which was second story and as I walked up holding my daughter's hand it just stood there staring at first I couldn't figure out what it was I have been in WV all my life and had seen many bear, bobcats and even a cougar. So I knew this was not any of these and it was standing at least eight foot tall with man like features it had kind of a flat nose its eyes were shaped like an owls and it blinked several times it didn't move the whole time we were walking to the other side of my porch to go up the steps. In fact we even looked down on it from the upstairs porch. My daughter threw some pebbles down and it still didn't move we didn't stay outside to see when it walked off but I will never forget what I saw I haven't seen anything else like it since.

ALSO NOTICED: I had felt very uneasy there since I moved in sometimes I would hear knocking on the hill behind my house or strange whomping noises.

OTHER WITNESSES: no other than my little girl who was five at the time

OTHER STORIES: I just heard last week that there was an incident at red creek where a man and his son were hunting and his dad was waiting at the tree stand and the son came running out of the woods saying something was throwing rocks at him and it was a ape like creature they supposedly got pictures their going to make copies they said they turned out good.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: about 3:30pm it was winter so it was getting dark earlier then but it was cold with flurries

ENVIRONMENT: we live in an area with mountains all around us trees and a river across the street.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:

I spoke with the witness several times on the phone about her report. She was very sincere and eager to talk to someone about this incident.

The area around the home is heavily wooded with an old road leading up the mountain behind the residence. This creates easy access to anything wanting to come around for a closer look. The modular home sets on an eight foot block basement with pines lining the entire length of the house.

She described the creature as being as tall as the pines it was standing behind, approximately seven to eight feet in height. It had dark round eyes with a heavy brow ridge, a cone shaped head, broad shoulders, long arms and appeared very muscular. The hair was dark brown to black and matted. She also noticed a pungent odor like a dead animal. She stated she had smelled this around the home before, along with hearing knocks and whoops from the mountain side behind the house on several occasions. She described the skin on the face as dark with some hair on the facial area. The lips were thin but it never showed its teeth. She stated that she did not feel threatened at all by the creature but, she had no desire to go back outside to see which direction it went upon leaving, to look for tracks or to take a picture even if, she had a camera. She could not believe what she had just seen! It snowed that night covering up any possible evidence of tracks.

I told the witness that we are learning from other reports that they are attracted to children and seem less threatened by women than men. While up close daylight sightings are rare, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the creature had been observing them and possibly wanted a closer look and simply froze on being discovered in hopes they would not notice it. The view from the road to where the Bigfoot was standing was partially obscured by her daughter's playhouse and a few smaller trees.

Her daughter, while only five at the time, remembers the incident and was commenting in the background while we spoke on the phone.

I received photos of the house and yard but will not post them here for the owner's privacy.

About BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:

Growing up in Pendleton County WV, Greg has been fascinated with the Bigfoot phenomenon ever since he had an incident while hunting in the early 70's. Though he no longer hunts he and his wife enjoy wildlife watching, birding, hiking, camping, kayaking and all things wild in wonderful WV. Greg is a mechanic by trade in the largest turkey processing plant in the US. He has attended BFRO Expeditions WV 2012 & 2013, Kentucky 2013 & 2014, and North Carolina 2014.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO)Randolph County
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:14 pm 
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Report # 59102 (Class B)
Submitted by witness Paul S. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
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Daylight sighting by fisherman 6 crow miles NE of Elkins
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YEAR: 2017

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 29

STATE: West Virginia

COUNTY: Randolph County

LOCATION DETAILS: It is a road off harpertown road from Elkins, WV. Not sure if the cutoff road name but the area of the sighting is referred to as Lower Cheat by locals. I have a screen cap from google earth that I can provide upon request. 38 58’06N 79 45’40W are the approximate coordinates.

NEAREST TOWN: Fairview

NEAREST ROAD: Name unknown, rural road

OBSERVED: Last summer either end of June or early July I was trout fishing the shavers fork of the cheat river in Randolph county, West Virginia. I was wading on one side of a fork in the river with an island type feature in the middle of the two streams and heard the snap of twigs. I looked to the island and briefly saw a figure that was roughly 60 yds away, very tall and dark brown or black in color. At first I thought it was a person but there was no facial features I could make out at that distance it was all dark I assumed covered in hair. My next thought is that it was a bear, but it walked away out of view moments after I had eyes on it, on two feet, and carried a staff with it. The staff was large, probably st least 5-6” in diameter, larger than I believe a human could or would wish to use as a walking stick. The figure moved to my right, downstream and quickly out of view. I was frozen with fear and unarmed at the time so there was no way I was going to pursue it. I’ve only told a handful of people about it and most think it wasn’t true expect my wife who knows when I am being sincere. Earlier this month I visited my father who I now know is a Bigfoot enthusiast and told him about the sighting. He had urged me to report on this website so now I’m getting around to actually doing it.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Midday, very sunny with partial clouds.

ENVIRONMENT: There is a bridge upstream about 1/8 mile, the “island” where the sighting was is daily heavily wooded.


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Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:

I spoke with the witness by phone about his report. The area he was fishing is stocked with trout and usually has several people fishing there on any given day. Most people fish there in the spring and fall, so being summer, he was alone on the river that day. He stated this encounter was the furthest thing from his mind that day.
He was first alerted to its presence by the cracking sound of a large branch. I asked him if he thought this is what he saw was using as a walking stick when it crossed the river but he was unsure, but said it was possible. There are no hiking trails close to the location that he is aware of, so he didn't think it was someone hiking. It stood facing him but turned quickly upon being spotted and moved into the trees. It had very broad shoulders, was one solid color, dark brown or black, and he was very impressed by its height. He stated he became very frightened and began to leave the area immediately as he was unarmed at the time.
All this being said, here are some things we must ask ourselves about this to try and determine what he saw that day.

1. Why would a person cross the river when there was a bridge an 1/8 of a mile away?

2. If this was a person, why would they be carrying such a large piece of wood across the river?

3. If this was a person, why would they be wearing a dark colored ghillie suit in the middle of summer while crossing a river?

4. If this was not a bigfoot, then what else would be comparable to the height and size of what he saw that day?

5. Why was he struck with such an immobilizing fear if this were only a person?

After talking with the witness and attempting to eliminate all other possibilities of it being a bear, hiker, etc., it is my opinion that he indeed saw a bigfoot that day.

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About BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:

Growing up in Pendleton County WV, Greg has been fascinated with the Bigfoot phenomenon ever since he had an incident while hunting in the early 70's. Though he no longer hunts he and his wife enjoy wildlife watching, birding, hiking, camping, kayaking and all things wild in wonderful WV. Greg is a mechanic by trade in the largest turkey processing plant in the US. He has attended BFRO Expeditions WV 2012 & 2013, Kentucky 2013 & 2014, and North Carolina 2014.



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