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DATE: January 6th
COUNTY: Payne County
LOCATION DETAILS: Specific instructions omitted
NEAREST TOWN: Yale
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 51
OBSERVED: My teenage son is a night owl and was awake in his bedroom late one night/early one morning. Approximately 2 or 3 am, he heard what he described as a "metal scraping on wood" sound outside his bedroom window. He then heard several inhalations/exhalations as if something was sniffing at the window followed by a loud grunt. He described this sound as "buck snort" or someone clearing their throat. We have 3 little dogs in a pen right by his window and he reported that the dogs were not barking which is odd because they usually bark at everything!! He immediately got out of bed and spent the rest of the night on the couch. He wouldn't sleep for several nights following this incident. He told me about it the next morning. When I got home from work that afternoon, I went around to his window to investigate. The window was open approximately 1-2 inches. We have casement type windows and he had rolled them in but not latched them so they could have been opened from the outside but it would have taken some effort. We live near a major highway so I immediately thought that it might be a vagrant trying to break in. 2 days later, I returned home from shopping around dusk and found the door on a camping trailer we had on the property had been opened. No one was in the trailer and nothing appeared to have been tampered with. The metal that my husband had wedged in the door to latch it was on the ground right by the steps. The wind wasn't blowing that day so we know it didn't blow open.
ALSO NOTICED: none
OTHER WITNESSES: My son was the only one awake at the time.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, we have had other strange incidents over the past 2-3 years. I have been howled at in the broad daylight, we've heard strange howling sounds at night and my husband has heard something running away from the house when he has gone out to get firewood from our wood pile.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately 2 or 3 am, the weather was clear that night with a light breeze. The incident occured on the back of our house which is out of the light.
ENVIRONMENT: There are heavy woods on 3 sides of us....lots of oak and cedar trees. There is a pond about 75 yards southeast of the house and a creek on the west edge of the property. Lots of rock out croppings around the pond, also lots of deep rock crevices and ravines.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
This is a very credible, articulate witness. Her husband and son were present and contributed to our conversation.
These details can be added:
Three years ago while she was working around her home, putting her Fall decorations out, something howled at her at an approximate distance of 75 yards from the direction of the pond close to their property. It had an unmistakable human quality to it. She considered that someone might be playing with her so she howled back mimicking its mournful cry. It immediately answered her with the same howl she had heard before; she got spooked and ran into her home.
In December of 2006 between 1:30 and 2 AM she moved herself and her Chihuahua from her bedroom to the living room couch because she was having trouble sleeping. She had tried to wake her husband, but he was snoring and deeply asleep. She was just getting settled when she heard an earsplitting sound that started as a howl but modulated into a thunderous, blood curdling, scream. The howl was approximately 10 to 15 seconds in duration and had the feel of communicating hurt or anger. She reported it was not a feline sound and like nothing she had ever heard. It woke her husband and both lay wide awake and completely still, both being too afraid to look outside. They related that it was within 25 yards of their home. When asked why it might have screamed, she replied that they had recently put a hot wire fence around the top and bottom of their dog pen. Her belief is that it came into direct contact with the electric fence. The dogs in the pen, and the Chihuahua were dead silent.
In the most recent event her twenty year-old son was in his bedroom with the lights off, listening to music. The wood/metal scraping sound at his casement window got his attention; he then heard deep breathing and what he described as primal Ape at the zoo sounds. The incident lasted between 3 to 5 minutes.
Most of the activity they have experienced around their property occurs in the fall and winter.
Their property is 4 miles from the Cimarron River. There are also deep ravines close to their property.
About BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University
Self employed Artist
Professional stained glass artist and teacher.
Professional event Photographer
Fine artist. (Oils, pastels, & watercolor) Wildlife, Portraiture, Landscape, and sketches of Sasquatch for investigators and witnesses.
Attended Texas Expedition 2008, Colorado Expedition 2008, Oklahoma Expedition 2008 and numerous private expeditions. She has attended: Michigan UP Expedition 2009, Utah Expedition 2009,Wyoming Expedition 2009, Colorado Expedition 2009 attended the Oklahoma Expedition 2009. In 2010 she attendee BFRO 'Investigator Only' expeditions in Texas and Colorado. She attended the
Colorado Expedition 2011. She Co-lead the BFRO's first all female expedition held in November Texas Expedition 2011. She lead and organized the recent Texas Expedition 2012.