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Report # 23305  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, March 4, 2008.
Hunter hears loud vocalization and is nearly trampled by a spooked Elk north of Burns

YEAR: 2005


MONTH: November


STATE: Colorado

COUNTY: Routt County

LOCATION DETAILS: The area is the Derby Creek drainage system near Stump park.

NEAREST TOWN: Bond, Colorado

NEAREST ROAD: Highway 131

OBSERVED: We were hunting third split rifle in section 26 of Flat tops in 2005. I had not seen many Elk in area this year. I hunted an area I had seen Elk before in the early morning by myself and saw nothing. My brother Greg got up late and went to same area. He said in open grassy area on side of hill was a large group of Elk in plain sight. Greg took a shot at about 200 yards from a fence. He shot at a large bull in group. He thought he was successful, but nothing dropped. He walked accross Derby creek down a big canyon chasing them, but to no avail. He came back and got me from camp excitedly after looking all afternoon. I have confidence in my brother shooting, so I said lets go back and look some more. After, we got back, we went to side of the open hill and found two separate blood trails. Not one, but two, which is strange. You could smell what I thought was Elk heavy still in area, so I thought. I followed blood trail down the ravine towards Derby creek. As I got about 1/3 down on Elk run at a very steep angle the huge bull Elk from the group came running crazed up the trail and was on me in no time. It about run me over and I jumped to get out of the way and I fell down. Then after I got my wits back from nearly being gored. A bout 30 seconds later we heard the loudest angry howl or growl I have ever heard come from the hill below me from the heavy woods. It made my hair stand on end. Everyone heard it, it was a 100 times louder than an Elk bugle and sounded like an angry animal or human of some kind as it echoed through the ravine. It really was something. In fact, it was the most awesome sound I have ever heard in my life. It spooked the horses from our other hunters and the guides horses as well as the hunters. In my mind, we may ruined a another hunters hunt. This is why the second blood trail, and the foul smell and the angry yell. I will never forget that day and my brother and I speak of it often.

ALSO NOTICED: There is a large Elk run that runs down hill into ravine on north and south side of creek, steep hill side, lots of dead Elk carcasses that year found in woods, way more than usual. I found four myself in 1/2 mile radius

OTHER WITNESSES: Over 8-10 people in area with us, hunting guides from local out fitter not with us, others in our camp and group

OTHER STORIES: Wood knocking on other side of saddle in same year

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dusk, the weather was cold and clear. This was third split of Elk rifling hunting season.

ENVIRONMENT: High mountains, difficult access, deep ravine that Derby creek runs through, heavily forested both sides if drainage, willows in bottom of drainage

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:

Met and spoke to the witness in person regarding this report. He is very knowledgeable and experienced regarding the native wildlife and insisted the scream was unlike anything he has ever heard or experienced. Other hunters in the area also heard the scream but were with different local guides who are not known by the witness.

The area that this occurred in is very near the Flat Tops Wilderness in North Central Colorado. This region is one of the more remote and difficult to access areas in the state.

About BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:

Dennis Pfohl is a business owner in Colorado and an avid Outdoorsman. He attended the 2004 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero IR), 2005 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero), 2005 California Sierras Expedition, and 2005/2008 Oklahoma exp. 2008 Texas Expedition. Organizer of the first Colorado
BFRO expedition in 2005, and organized the 06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and( non public) Colorado Expeditions.