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 Post subject: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:03 pm 
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Report # 18325 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Possible sighting and howls heard by deer hunters in John Muir Wilderness

YEAR: 2006

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: October

DATE: 26

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

NEAREST TOWN: Shaver Lake

NEAREST ROAD: 168

OBSERVED: It was late October 2006. My hunting partner and I were deer hunting near Heart Lake, which is located off the John Muir Trail behind Florence Lake. We'd been back there for almost a week looking for the elusive Big Daddy Buck that we've hunted religiously for the last three years. We were high up on this ridge just before nightfall. We were hiking back to our base camp and heard a loud bellowing howl that sent a shiver down our spines. We looked at each other with confused looks on our faces, not knowing what that sound was. We decided to hurry back to camp, but we heard another howl, but closer this time. We saw Big Daddy Buck running down the opposite ridge side, and busting through brush, not caring if hunters spotted him. Then again, we heard that bellowing howl, and saw on top of the ridge a dark silhouette that looked like a bear standing on its hind feet. I brought my rifle scope to my eye to take aim on this so-called bear. As I looked through the scope, I realized it was no bear. I thought it could have been a really tall man in some kind of camouflage suit, but it looked like no man that I have ever seen. It ran down the hill and disappeared into the brush, like it was chasing the deer. So we decided to go and track down this creature. Once we arrived at where it was standing, there was a footprint in the dirt that made my footprint look like a child's footprint. It was four times the size of mine.

We never saw the creature again and never heard that howl, but then again, I've never gone back since then.

ALSO NOTICED: A dead female deer was found hung in a tree nearby. This could have been done by a mountain lion, but is interesting nonetheless.

OTHER WITNESSES: Just me and my hunting partner.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 6:15 pm in low light.

ENVIRONMENT: Mountain ridge, pine forest with creeks and meadows in the area.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

I spoke to the witness by phone on 4/18/07. The following details can be added to the report:

• A howl was first heard at 6:30 or 7:00 AM. It was described as a deep, bellowing howl, rising and lowering in pitch in a bell-curved fashion, and lasting about 1.5 seconds.
• The encounter happened later that evening at approximately 6:00 PM on the ridge line north of Heart Lake.
• The creature was between 150 and 200 yards away when it was spotted.
• When it ran off downhill, it was going at least as fast as the large deer it was following, if not a little faster. Deer can run up to 35 miles an hour. It was due to the creature’s speed that the witness is absolutely positive that this was no man in a ghillie suit.
• The size of the creature is estimated at seven to eight feet tall, with a weight of at least 400 pounds.
• It ran with a hunched-over gait. It easily ducked under tree branches as it ran without losing speed. Its arms swung in a normal, human-like way as it ran.
• The footprint was more of an indistinct impression. Its estimated length was over 14 inches.

About BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

* Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Guitar) -- Cal. State Long Beach
* Elementary school teacher in Los Angeles area for several years.
* Attended many public BFRO expeditions since 2005 (Redwoods, Sierras, Arizona, Southern California, Vancouver Island, Mendocino).
* Attended and/or led numerous non-public BFRO expeditions (CA: Bluff Creek, Blue Creek, Stanislaus NF; WA: Stevens Pass, Olympic Penninsula, Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest; Ohio: Beaver Creek; Florida: Green Swamp)
* Led the 2007 and 2008 California Sierra Nevadas Expedition (public), and the Oregon Expedition (public) in June 2008
* Can be reached at Oregon@BFRO.net



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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:23 pm 
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Report # 17458 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, January 31, 2007. Hikers describe possible stalking and vocalizations the John Muir Wilderness

YEAR: 2006

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 14

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: You take Highway 168 east out of Fresno to Shaver Lake. In Shaver Lake, make a right on Dinkey Creek Road and follow the signs to the Courtright Reservoir. Go across the dam to the camping area. That’s where the 4x4 trail begins. Take the 4x4 trail for like half a mile until you reach the trailhead on the right. That will lead you to Hobler Lake.

NEAREST TOWN: Shaver Lake

NEAREST ROAD: Highway 168

OBSERVED: I would like to start with my background as a backpacker and hunter. I go to the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 1 and a half hours outside of Fresno, California. Last summer around the time of the sighting, I made about 11 trips to numerous places. This is what I do. I feel I have a good knowledge of the outdoors, and I have becomes quite at home in the wilderness.

On Friday, July 14, 2006 my friends, Jason and one other person who has asked me to exclude his name from this report, started out on a backpacking trip to Hobler Lake in the John Muir Wilderness. We started off our hike a little late in the day, about 5:00 pm, on the Maxsom trailhead, just on the east side of Courtright Reservoir.

We were hiking for about an hour, this being about 6:00 pm in the day. It was dusk when we noticed something moving parallel to us in the woods. It was hard to make out what it was because of the terrain consisting of dense wooded areas with evergreen trees. It had a reddish brown color, and in the distance you could tell it was much bigger than a person was. We assumed it was a black bear so we moved on.

Whatever it was seemed quite interested in us. Every time we stopped, it would stop moving as well. This continued for about an hour until it got too dark to see clearly without a flashlight.

We continued hiking to our destination for a while when I started hearing a crackling of branches to my left about 50 feet behind me, maybe less. When I turned around, I saw a black outline of something looking at me from behind a tree. I froze for a second because I was in such shock over what I was seeing. Out of all the animals I’ve seen at night in the mountains, this had no resemblance. It was standing on two legs, was about 7 and one half feet tall, and was 4 feet wide at the shoulders. It had hardly no neck, and very long arms that hung down by its mid legs. It also had a fluffy appearance like it had a thick long coat of fur.

Then I whispered to my friend Jason to shine a flashlight on it. As I said that, this thing must have heard me, because it turned around and started walking off somewhat fast. At this time we decided to load our firearms, which weren’t much because all we had was a 40 caliber pistol and a 22 pistol. For a time, whatever it was seemed to have left the area.

We arrived at Hobler Lake around 10:00 pm. We set up our camp, cooked some food, and rested for a bit. I finally fell asleep about 11:30 pm, but Jason and my other friend stayed up.

When I awoke in the morning, Jason told me that he and bob were by the lake having a cigarette when they heard large objects crashing in the water about 100 yards from them. He described it a like something very large was jumping and thrashing in the water.

The next day we were staying close to camp because of all that went on. We walked about away from camp to explore the area when we heard noise from camp like the clinking of pots and stuff. We ran back to camp to find nothing out of place, but when looked closer some things were slightly moved, but not very far away from where we left them.

ALSO NOTICED: This thing didn’t make hardley any sound at all. Only when moving through brush and tree branches could you tell it was around.

OTHER WITNESSES: 2 other witnesses. They were walking ahead of me in a line.

OTHER STORIES: People talk about long howls that can be heard sometimes, even from Courtright.

ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest, thick. There's a big rock moutain called the Maxsom Dome, that's where we first saw it.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

I spoke to the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:

• While hiking, the group was followed by the large animal for more than one hour.
• The creature’s upper body was massive. The witness described it as having a “Mr. Olympia” build in its shoulders. The thighs were also commented upon as being very muscular.
• The hair color was reddish brown and matted into dreadlocks in some areas.
• The creature’s gait was smooth and quiet. It swung its arms in a human-like fashion, but slower.
• The witness was awakened at approximately 4 a.m. by a low-pitched series of howls. The howls were of varied lengths, some short and others long and drawn out.
• When gone from camp the next day, the items on the table appeared to have been shuffled around, but nothing was apparently taken from the area.
• The witness has invested a good amount of his own money into equipment to do more research in this and the surrounding areas.

About BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

* Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Guitar) -- Cal. State Long Beach
* Elementary school teacher in Los Angeles area for several years.
* Attended many public BFRO expeditions since 2005 (Redwoods, Sierras, Arizona, Southern California, Vancouver Island, Mendocino).
* Attended and/or led numerous non-public BFRO expeditions (CA: Bluff Creek, Blue Creek, Stanislaus NF; WA: Stevens Pass, Olympic Penninsula, Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest; Ohio: Beaver Creek; Florida: Green Swamp)
* Led the 2007 and 2008 California Sierra Nevadas Expedition (public), and the Oregon Expedition (public) in June 2008
* Can be reached at Oregon@BFRO.net



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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:25 pm 
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Report # 12165 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, July 25, 2005. Camper hears nightime vocalizations near Florence Lake

YEAR: 2005

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 23-24

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: Jackass Meadow campground, on the outskirts of camp.

NEAREST TOWN: Huntington Lake

NEAREST ROAD: Kaiser Pass Road

OBSERVED: Camped at Jackass Meadow just below Florence Lake. I was tired from a long day of fishing and driving to Lake Edison, so I ate and fished a little more and retired for the evening. It was a full moon out and everything was really calm for a campground. I went to bed in my tent fairly early and woke up several times during the evening. Every thing was quiet and I got up to store my food in the bearboxes around camp. I didn't hear anything or see any thing when I was awake. I went back to bed and nodded off. I awoke again from my sleep to a noise that I had never heard in the mountains. It was late, and everyone to my knowledge was asleep. The noise was coming from the east of the campground i'd say approx. 1/2 a mile to a mile. I would say that it sounded the same as someone blowing through a conch shell mixed with and large mammal of some sorts. I heard the noise two times after I awoke in five second intervals, right after one another, and then silence. It was fairly loud and I knew that it was off in the distance because there was no other noise in the woods. I have been camping/hiking/and mountaineering all over the West Coast and I have never heard anything like that sound.

ALSO NOTICED: None

OTHER WITNESSES: asked two people I was with but they were asleep inside a car and didn't hear.

OTHER STORIES: Similar stories of noises from friends, but very few details.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late at night (1am-- 3 am). There was a full moon, clear skies, and no wind.

ENVIRONMENT: Dense forest, with sections of large granite boulders/mountains.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

I spoke to the witness by phone on 7/26/05. The following details can be added to the report:

• The witness awoke several times during the night, but is usually a deep and sound sleeper. He heard the vocalizations after one of the awakenings.
• The witness is an Eagle Scout, and has extensive experience in the mountains.
• The two vocalizations lasted about three to five seconds each, with a pause of the same duration separating them.
• The vocalizations changed in pitch over their duration. It started at a lower pitch, raising the pitch slightly, and then went down again before tapering off.
• The witness said the calls had the same tone and pitch as the Ohio Howl, as heard on the BFRO website.


About BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:

* Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Guitar) -- Cal. State Long Beach
* Elementary school teacher in Los Angeles area for several years.
* Attended many public BFRO expeditions since 2005 (Redwoods, Sierras, Arizona, Southern California, Vancouver Island, Mendocino).
* Attended and/or led numerous non-public BFRO expeditions (CA: Bluff Creek, Blue Creek, Stanislaus NF; WA: Stevens Pass, Olympic Penninsula, Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest; Ohio: Beaver Creek; Florida: Green Swamp)
* Led the 2007 and 2008 California Sierra Nevadas Expedition (public), and the Oregon Expedition (public) in June 2008
* Can be reached at Oregon@BFRO.net


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:25 pm 
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Submitted by witness J.D. on Thursday, September 09, 2004. Hunter has daytime sighting near Huntington Lake

YEAR: 2001

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: October

DATE: 25

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: Near Keiser pass east side of sample meadow

NEAREST TOWN: Huntington Lake

NEAREST ROAD: Keiser pass road

OBSERVED: I was hunting at sample meadow above Huntington lake, I had just walked through a marshy area and had gotten into some dense pine trees when I spooked two deer up and I got a glimpse of them as they ran through the trees. I stopped and was motionless for a couple of minutes when I heard a loud expulsion of air and a branch snapped behind me in the thick pine trees I had never heard anything like that before so I froze and did not move, and about one minute later I heard the same sound from a little farther away and then the next time I heard it, it was closer and to the north, this happened about six times each time it was in a different location like it was trying to see what I was and scare me off. The last time I heard it sounded like it was right behind me and I flinched then it must have seen me I heard it running away from me through the trees making the same noise and breaking limbs as it was running off. I stood in the same spot for about five minutes and did not hear it again. I walked out of the woods to my truck where my dad was waiting for me and we drove about a mile down the road to a campsite to eat lunch.

At lunch I told my dad what happened and described the noise and he thought it might have been a buck grunting it sounded good to me since I never heard a buck grunt. So we decided that the buck might come back to that spot. So we ate lunch and drove back to the same spot. We hiked in and at the marshy part I told him to go in the direction that the deer ran to and I would try to spook them out again I waited for him to get out of site then I walked toward the pine trees, I got to the pines trees when I seen three does running in my direction toward the grove of trees in front of me, just before they got to the trees I heard the same noise again the expulsion of air and a branch break it spooked the deer two of them ran downhill and the last one ran uphill right at me it stopped within ten feet of me but it never seen me it was so frazzled by what it saw it stopped slowly turned around and tried to see around the tree to what had spooked it. It stood there for about one minute oblivious to me it then slowly turned around and started walking right at me it got within five feet of me then I flinched my arm so it would see me before it walked into me, it startled it so bad the deer fell down on its side did a spin on the ground and jumped up and ran the other way when it got around the tree and down about twenty yards I heard that noise again. The deer ran down and to the south and I seen it stop about 150 yards away through a clearing it would look at me then it would look at where the noise came from, it looked back and forth several times then it slowly walked away.

I then followed where the deer had ran to see what was making that noise I walked very slowly came around the tree and about thirty yards down the tree line I saw a large figure with black hair sitting under a large pine tree sunning, it had large shoulders four to six inch hair but you could still see the muscular definition of its chest and shoulders there was a fallen tree blocking my view below its waistline. But we locked eyes and stared at each other motionless, it had dark eyes I could not see any white, I could see the hair on its head blowing slightly in the breeze, I didn’t see any facial hair just a very dark skin face like an ape, after looking at each other for about a minute I wanted to get closer but the fallen tree was in my way so I took a step to my left to go around and when I got out of its site I heard it get up and bound through the trees making the same noise as it ran away from me the loud expulsion of air and breaking branches as it ran off.

ALSO NOTICED: I went back to the same general area one year later with my two kids and found about four large footprints in the dirt, you could make out the ridges of fingerprints. It had about a four foot gait.

OTHER WITNESSES: hunting partner was a couple hundred yards to the south did not see it.

OTHER STORIES: I have a hair sample from a different situation, found a mountain bike deep in the woods torn up by something teeth marks on the seet and bicycle helmet. and saw a large impresion that could of been a foot print three witnesses (2004).

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
clear sky, very cold 25- 30 degrees.

ENVIRONMENT: Leading up to the area the ground was swampy like the ground was saturated with water, then it turned to very dense pine trees. There is a creek within 100 yards.

Follow-up investigation report:

I talked with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report.

--The witness is a regular hunter.
--The witness saw the creature from about 30 yards and they stared at each other for several minutes.
--The witness got a good look at the creature from the waist up. The creature had large shoulders and large arms. It was covered in long black hair. Its head was round and its face flat. There was no hair on the face from the lips up. The face was leathery and ape like, and the skin was black. Its eyes were very dark.
--There was no smell of any kind.
--After the creature left, the witness went to the area where the creature was sitting and sat in the same location, trying to get a better feel for what the creature had been doing. After a few minutes, the witness then followed the creature a ways into the forest, but it got too thick so he left.
--The witness and his dad were supposed to stay the night that evening, but after the event, they decided to go home.
--Hair sample is from Kings Canyon/Hume Lake area and the witness is mailing it to me. I will update the report after the analysis is completed.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Submitted by witness T. K. on Thursday, December 05, 2002. Hikers find footprints and hair near Huntington Lake

YEAR: 2001

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: September

DATE: 22

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: Area is remote and very few hikers travel through this area.

NEAREST TOWN: Huntington Lake

NEAREST ROAD: 168

OBSERVED: There were three of us hiking through the rock creek area of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Michael discovered the tracks and brought them to our attention. The tracks were heading in a northern direction across this large meadow. The tracks were eighteen and one half inches long and had a width of eight inches. Some of the tracks were up to three inches deep. The stride varied from four feet to six feet in length. There were over twelve tracks that were idenafiable. Then to our surprise we found a broken branch next to one of the footprints that had three hair samples clinging to the bark. We have no results from the hair samples because we lost two of the hairs and we only have one in our posession at this time.

ALSO NOTICED: No other incounters

OTHER WITNESSES: Three persons total, had just finished setting up our base camp

OTHER STORIES: None

TIME AND CONDITIONS: four o'clock,clear day with bright sunshine.

ENVIRONMENT: Location was in a large meadow in the rock creek area of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

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I talked with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report.
--It had rained hard about 10 days before this discovery.
--Due to the rain, when the animal had walked through the area, the pine needles were pushed down deeply into the ground.
--The group looked for other human footprints in the area and saw none.
--One spot looked like the animal had sat down. The nearest twig was broken and that is where the hairs were found.
--The witness has photos of the footprints and "cheek" prints.
--The witness collected the hair and the BFRO analyzed it. It is not primate in origin.
--There is a water source close to this location.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
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Submitted by witness V. S. on Friday, January 26, 2001. Cousins have late night experience with strange screams near Huntington Lake

YEAR: 1999

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: October

DATE: 20th

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: The area is located above Huntington Lake, further location details withheld at request of witness.

NEAREST TOWN: Huntington Lake

NEAREST ROAD: Kiser Pass Road

OBSERVED: My 15 year old cousin and I were walking in a medow below the ranch cook house. It was late october and the other ranch hands had left for the season, leaving my cousin and I to close up the ranch for the winter, there where no other people around the area. The summer backpackers had all gone. It was around dusk when we heard a noise, it started out as a low rumble, we almost felt it before we heard it. But it then rose in volume and pich. it was like a babbling scream. It could almost sound like words, the screem lasted at least 30 seconds or more then rose to a shreak and ended abruptly. It sounded as though it came from a point 50 or so yards from where we were standing, a thick grove of trees and deadfalls we call the island. I could hear something moving in the trees and starting to circle the meadow we were in. IT screamed again and sounded as though it had moved to our right. My cousin and I were shaken by the noise and we ran for the cook house. Sitting inside we heard it again and it sounded as though it was now in the medow below us, but the darkness made it imposible to see anything. At this time we moved from the cooks cabin to a building we call the winter room. We locked the door and spent the night there ( the room is bear proof and therefore safe). We heard it maybe five more times, around the ranch and once I was woken up at maybe three in the morning, by something outside our room. The next day I searched for tracks but the ground was frozen though it hadn't snowed yet. We found no tracks, but there was a hand print on the door of a store room where we keep food from bears during the summer. The print of the palm was nearly as big as both my palms put together, and the fingers where as big as three of mine in length (this thing had long fingers). The print was upside down near the bottom of the door as though it was trying to pry the door open from the bottom. (the print was still partily there next summer, At the time it seemed oily). I am twenty three. I have been backpacking and camping since I was five. I have grown up in the mountins and on the Ranch, I have heard mountin lions on more than one occassion, I have also heard a wounded bear screem (someone had shot it). The noise that my cousin and I heard was unlike any thing I have heard Ever. We call it the Yargle thing, and joke about it after the fact, but at the time it really scared us. (I don't scare easily we mountain men are from tough stock). I have heard and seen nothing since. This happend winter of 99.

OTHER WITNESSES: There were two witnesses, myself and my cousin. We were out for a walk in the meadow below the ranch.

OTHER STORIES: I have heard of no other incidents in this area

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late evening, nearly dark, no snow but ground was frozen, 30 degres or so

ENVIRONMENT: Dence pine forest, small medows and river nearby

Follow-up investigation report:

I talked with the witness by phone and the following details can be added to the report:
--Sound was indescribable, but sounded like the sounds from the Sierra bigfoot recording.
--Doesn't think the creature was there for their trash since they ship it out by car and burn the rest.
--No one else at the ranch has had any other experiences.
--Has heard of other stories of sightings from the Sally Key Lakes and Ward Mt. Lakes areas.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:28 pm 
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Submitted by witness B. S. on Friday, June 18, 2004. Campers hear strange late night sounds near Florence Lake

YEAR: 1998

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 1

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: Kaiser Pass Road forks just above Mono Hot Springs. One side heads toward Edison Lake the other towards Florence lake. We were camping right along the road to Florence on a ridge just before the road drops down toward the lake. Maybe 2 - 3 miles from the lake itself.

NEAREST TOWN: Huntington Lake, Ca.

NEAREST ROAD: Kaiser Pass road

OBSERVED: My friend Greg and I had been fishing the San Juaquin river just below Florence Lake until about 6:30 or 7:00 pm. As we live in Clovis Ca. appoximately 70 miles away, we had decided we would just camp up there for the night. Kaiser Pass road is a narrow one lane road that traverses some very rugged area. It takes almost 2 hours to travel the 20 miles back to state highway 168 at Huntington Lake. So it is about a three and a half hour trip home. A trip that niether of us wanted to drive after a long day fishing, especially at night. As the area we were fishing in is notoriously bad for bears, we decided to drive to a camp spot that we were both familiar with just back up the way From Florence Lake. The camp spot is not in a campground, and is just a single spot off to the side of the road. But it is a well used spot by many people. We set up camp, had dinner, and had just sat down next to the campfire. The light of day was almost totally gone. We were sitting across from one another as we had both been taught to do when in the wilderness, so you can see if any animals are coming up from behind the other person. Gregs back was to the car and the road. My back was to a low rising granite out cropping, almost a dome like shaped out cropping that is flat on top. about 50 yards beyond that is a rather steep dirt ledge that goes up maybe another 25 feet above where we were sitting. I heard a noise that sounded like a horn on a train passing somewhere in the distance. I even said to Greg, do you here that train in the distance. he said yes , he heard it. We continued to hear it for a while, when suddenly it dawned on both of us that we were at 9000 feet in elevation, and there are no trains for about 70 miles. Now we were curious about the sound. And that is how I would best describe it, as the horn on a train in the distance. It was not an owl, I have heard many owls. As we continued to listen, it became closer, and became clear that it was over or on the ledge behind me. I moved to the car, and grabbed a 12 guage shotgun. The last time we heard it, it was extremely close to us, but still had that low mono toned almost horn like sound. Not knowing what we were dealing with, and not wanting to shoot someone or something, we called out a warning that we had a gun, just incase it was someone playing a prank. We did not hear the sound again. However, as we were both looking out toward the granite out cropping, and the ledge where the sound was coming from, we both turned and looked at each other at the very same time to ask if the other had just seen the same thing. We had, a pair of eyes glowing in the distance. Almost like cat eyes, but not yellow like cat eyes, they were more silver, or white. We only saw them for a second. Still not wanting to shoot at what I couldn't see, I fired a warning shot in the air. I didn't here or see anything after that, however, Greg insists he saw the eyes again, even after I fired the shot. Not wanting to find out what isn't afraid of a twelve guage, Greg threw all of our camping gear in the car as fast as he could while I stood guard with the gun. We dumped our entire jug of water on the fire, got in the car and drove all the way home. Niether of us said a word until we got back to town. I have been all over the mountains up in that area, and have been camping and four wheeling into the back country since I was a kid. That part of the Sierras is like my backyard to me, and I had never experienced anything like that. Bears, mountain lions, the rare badger sighting, but nothing like that.

ALSO NOTICED: We observed nothing after the incident, as niether of us has camped there since.

OTHER WITNESSES: only two winesses. My friend Greg and I. we were sitting by a campfire.

OTHER STORIES: I heard one story second hand. My aunt used to work for a dentist who would go deer hunting in the area. Supposedly, they were camped just beyond where we were at a place called Jackass Meadow. They had trailerd thier horses in, and had the horses out of the trailer for the night. They were to pack in to the back country the next day. Just as the sun was about to set, the horses, which aparently were tied up, became spooked. When the men looked around to see what was spooking them they noticed a tall figure, some distance away, standing next to a tree. The men were apparently also scared enough to leave, and camp elsewhere for the night. When they returned the next day, they went over to a tree that the figure had been standing by. They judged the height of the figure to be over seven feet tall by the bottom branch on the tree that had been just over the figures head. I didn't really take the story to seriosly at the time. I had heard it many years before my experience.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Sun had just gone down, almost totally dark.

ENVIRONMENT: The ridge is not what I would call very densely wooded. however, as you go farther down the slope, sparse trees, and granite outcroppings give way to more dense stands of pines and manzanita brush.

Follow-up investigation report:

I talked to the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report.

--The animal was close by, within several feet of the witnesses.
--Neither witness smelled anything or saw anything other than the “eyes”.
--The witness stated that it was hard to tell if the eyes belonged to the sound or not.
--The witness was very uncomfortable that his shotgun blast did not scare the animal away, and was the prime reason why they left the area.
--The witness still goes into the area, but hasn’t camped there since.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:28 pm 
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Report # 865 (Class A)
Submitted by witness L.W. on Wednesday, December 06, 2000. Two 4-wheelers have night sighting above Huntington Lake

YEAR: 1997

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: December

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: Occurred on Forest Road 80, on the road to Lake Florence, about 10 miles north of Huntington Lake.

NEAREST TOWN: huntington lake CA.

NEAREST ROAD: Forest Road 80

OBSERVED: I was sitting here listening to you on coast to coast and thought I'd tell you about an insident that happened in dec of 97. the location was in the sierra navada mountains about ten miles above huntington lake which is about 60 miles above fresno in central CA. Myself and a frind were fourwheeling on light, snow covered roads at about two am. we came around a corner and we both saw something run across the road. it had very long, shagy red hair and it was running on all fours. something like a gorilla would when charging. we only observed it cross the road when we apperently spooked it. we are both outdoorsman and have seen bears and the like befor. when it happened, we both simultaneously looked at each other said "what the hell was that?" and then said "we better not tell anyone or they'll think were crazy!" I can't swear to what it was, but I'll swear it wasn't a bear. this thing was the wrong color to be any kind of cat and it was to thin through the torso as compared to its overall size to be a bear and i suspect bears would have already been in hybernation. the hair looked like it could have been 18 inches long, very shagy. its body shape was like a giant human, not a cat or bear. unfortunately the animal never turned its face toward us at all.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: night time, but right in the headlights.

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I talked with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:
--The sighting occurred in an area surrounded by the Dinky and John Muir Wilderness; in the Sierra National Forest.
--Clarification on the animal being on all fours: It appeared to the witness that it had been squatting in the middle of the road, and as the vehicle approached and caught it in the headlights, it took several steps forward and then started to straighten up to a standing position (on two feet), before it moved out of the light on the other side of the road.
--Estimated weight is 500+ pounds, but the creature was muscular, rather than fat.
--The creature was 3.5 feet tall bent over, so standing, it is estimated to have been around 7 feet tall.
--The creature's body, as it was bent over, was estimated to have been 3.5 feet long (from head to rear) and 10.5 inches thick (side profile of the chest). Its shoulders and arms were very massive and muscular, but the torso was narrow.
--The hair was the color of an Irish setter (red), and was 12 to 18 inches in length.
--No neck was apparent. It appeared that the head was just sitting on its shoulders.
--It moved very quickly across the road, very unlike a bear or other known animal.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:29 pm 
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Report # 1068 (Class A)
Submitted by witness J. J. on Tuesday, January 02, 2001. Two fisherman have daytime sighting above Huntington Lake

YEAR: 1995

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: October

DATE: 29

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: above Huntington Lake, in the sierras, Mono Creek Campground.

NEAREST TOWN: Fresno

NEAREST ROAD: cant recall

OBSERVED: gentlemen, here is my account of what i remember. fresno, ca. 1995. mono creek camp ground. about 12 or 14 miles above lake huntington. in the sierras. myself, my fishing pardner, and another gentleman, were all fishing a small part of the river there, it was the last weekend of the season, before they close the roads, due to snow. about 3 miles down the river, my pardner decided he had enough, and stop to nap. this other gentleman and myself pushed on, maybe 3/4 of mile from where we had left my friend. i stop to fish a pool. the other guy dropped down to the next pool, to fish it, that is how we were working the differant areas. 1 guy would stop to fish a hole and the other would go right down below. as i was fishing my little stretch, i noticed the guy coming back up, he looked very excited and was waving for me to come there, i figured that he landed a good fish, or had seen a bear. he was almost in a frenzy, he just told me to hurry when i caught up to him he was looking over the edge of the next little drop off, i looked over and saw nothing unusual, he said it was right there, and jumped his way down to the spot, i followed, asking him what he had seen. before i could even get the words out of my mouth this smell, i cant explain to you what it was, wet, moldy, well animal, musk filled the air, nothing i have smelled ever was like this. my friend then told me that he had seen it, again before i could even ask above us i saw it, there standing no more then i would say 25 yards up the hill, was a the creature i believe to be a bigfoot. about 8 foot tall, covered in a reddish brown, and some what black hair, the face i remember it looking almost humanoid in appearance. it then turned and began taking huge strides up the mountain, not running, but covering some serious ground.on 2 feet. not 4. i tried to follow it, but again i felt an almost hynotic sensation over take me, and my pardner later told me he felt the same way, and i couldnt move, we watched it go right up to the top and over it. i felt very over whelmed, and did not say anything to my friend, we just walk in a silence back to our other friend, he could tell we were shooken up. but never let him in on what had just occured. to this day, when ever i think about it, i get overwelmed with emotion. when i got home i called the gentleman and talked to him about what we had seen, the feelings we went through were basically the same, when he saw the creature he said he could smell the smell i described, but not nearly as bad as when we came down to where it had been standing. then a strange feeling over took him as well, almost like we were hypnotized, or drugged. he has trouble now remembering what he looked liked, he can remember seeing it and the smell, but all other memeories are fading. i can tell you , i will never forget what he looked like, and have came to my own conclusions, i believe the smell the bigfoot emits can be used as sort of a defense system, let me explain, i believe when excited or scared the aroma he emits can actually work on a persons system, maybe for one, it makes you feel drugged, or for another it makes you feel hypnotized or just plain scared. the reason i feel this way, is like i said to this day, when i think about it, i am over come with emotion., i hope this might help in some small way, thank you for your time.

ALSO NOTICED: i did notice no animals, no sounds, no nothing, i had been saying that a couple miles into our trip down river, i always make sure to look for wildlife and there was none. and up there i always see and hear quite a few things. after the sighting a very tranquil feeling came over me, like it was going to be just fine. or a weird calmness. when ever i think about it, i cry, or become teary eyed. overwhelmed with emotion.

OTHER WITNESSES: 2 and he was fishing.

OTHER STORIES: never asked about any, never was told of any.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: about 2 p.m., very well lit canyon

ENVIRONMENT: small river winding down a steep, hilling, rocky, wooded canyon

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The following details can be added to this report:
--nearest road was Forest Service Road 80 (Kaiser Pass Road);
--campground is actually called Mono Spring Campground;
--nearest water is the San Joaquin River;
--height estimated at 7'10" to 8' tall;
--weight estimated at 500 pounds;
--hair on the face was greying; and
--footprint measured 17 1/4" in length and 2" deep.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Fresno County
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:30 pm 
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Report # 2961 (Class B)
Submitted by witness Cevin Q.(Cevqiut@aol.com) on Tuesday, January 12, 1999. Witness heard a large animal moving in the forest

YEAR: 1995

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: September

DATE: Late in the month

STATE: California

COUNTY: Fresno County

LOCATION DETAILS: 65 miles east of Fresno California, on the Swamp Lake 4WD route. In the Sierra National Forest at an elevation of about 8000 ft.

OBSERVED: Several friends and I were riding our mtbs on the swamp route. There was about a 3-5 minute gap between each of us. As i ascended the trail I heard a large animal moving in the forest about 20 yards off the trail. I couldn't see it but could clearly hear it in the underbrush. As i proceeded up the trail one of my friends was in the trail looking at something. A set of very large footprints were in the trail. This was about 200 yards up from were i heard the noises. The track came from off the trail onto it and proceeded down the trail about 30-50. The subject walked a few steps the stopped and stood still moved a few more feet stopped as if listening. It proceedded down the trail a few more yards before heading into a small meadow. This meadow is very near the place i head the noises in the bush. The foot prints were in very deep silty powder and were very well detailed. I could see the lines in the sole of the foot the toes were very splayed and there was little to no arch. total lenght of the prints was about 14-15" as I could fit my whole foot shoe and all in the print. The track was liad down on top of the tracks of my friends who were about 5 min. ahead of us. A couple of bear hunters came upon us and we asked them what they thought, and they had never seen such a track. After loosing the track off of the road we proceeded with our ride. About one half mile up the road the track apeared again fromm off the road moving across the road going downhill toward the previous site of prints. The bear hunters also found the new tracks and tired to follow it but the brush was too thick.

ALSO NOTICED: It was very cold and the foot prints so large i doubt it was someone out walking around barefoot and we were several mile from the nearest road. It appeard that the individual was trying not to be seen. the tracks stopped and shuffeld arourd several time as though it was listening to us.

OTHER WITNESSES: We were on a very long mountain bike ride. The hunters were on there way to the high country

TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was early in the morning about 7:00am and about 30 degrees in temp.

ENVIRONMENT: The swamp route runs close to the Dinkey lakes Wilderness area. The trail is jeep trail. The area is pine forest with granite out croppings. There was a large granite outcop to the left of the first site and a small creek off the trail to the left. With a small meadow. The small creek feeds into Ruby creek. Nelson Mtn is to the east and Bear mnt. is to the north. elevation was around 8000"? Longitude.119'07'30" latitude about 37'04'0"


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