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COUNTY: Missoula County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was in the Lavalle Creek area on private lands.
NEAREST TOWN: Missoula
NEAREST ROAD: Butler Creek Road
OBSERVED: While horseback riding one afternoon or late morning, I observed a large, black upright creature that was walking along and just below a ridge to the east of me. As I my horse and I continued to climb up the hill to get a better vantage, the creature apparently realized it had been seen or saw us, and ran back in the direction from which it came. It was very tall and black. I thought it was a bear at first, but it was upright and extremely fast as it ran.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Afternoon-broad daylight
Cool, but very clear and sunny day
ENVIRONMENT: It was on an open ridge that was a grassland foothills.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
The witness is a biologist, specializing in bears. He was a college student at the time of his sighting. He has spent many days in the field, and it was only on this one occasion that he ever witnessed such a creature. He is very confident that what he saw that morning was not a bear, a man, or anything he studied in a Biology class. He claims in all seriousness, "It's much easier to tell you what it is not, than what it is."
In September of 2006 he was riding his horse in a remote area. The area had two ridges with a valley in the middle. He was riding his horse up on one ridge when he saw a tall, upright, biped figure walking south just below the opposite ridgeline. He watched it for about 3 seconds and moved his horse higher so he could have a better view. When he looked back towards it about 10 seconds later, it apparently had seen him and the horse as it had completely turned around and was now running in the opposite direction. He watched it for another 10 seconds, and to this day, he is still amazed at its mass and speed.
It ran to the only place on the hill that had cover and disappeared into it. Unfortunately, it was too far away to see facial details. Approximately 1500 feet, or about 5 football fields away. The witness was able to conclude several things from the sighting. The bigfoot obviously was very familiar with the area. It was walking below the ridgeline so it wouldn’t be seen. If it had been higher, the houses on the other side would have been able to see it. Also, when it retreated it turned around and went to the only place on the hillside that had cover. Most things would have run forward to get away; it knew it could only find cover if it turned around. Also the area that it was coming from had a residence that was only used occasionally. Humans didn’t go to that area often, and that morning the witness remembers going into the wind, so the bigfoot would not have had his scent.
When asked about other stories his peers may have about sasquatch, he claimed that he had never had anyone mention it. He felt that was odd in itself, except for the fact that he too has never shared his encounter with any of his peers.
Topo map he sent to me:
Google earth image of the location:
About BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
Re Monteith has had a life-long interest in Bigfoot and has an extensive background in outdoor land and ocean survival as well as mountaineering. She has tran-sailed the Atlantic, backpacked in remote places throughout the world and has climbed three of the seven summits. She studied International Relations at Florida International University, and is a Financial and Real Estate Consultant. She has participated in many private expeditions as well as the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 BFRO North Florida Expeditions and the 2013 BFRO UP Michigan & Alabama Expedition. She also organized Florida's 2017 Town Hall Meeting. She was an Executive Producer of the documentary film, "Skunk Ape Lives" and featured as a Crypto Expert on The Science Channel's television show, Strange Evidence for seasons 2 and 3.