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COUNTY: Shoshone County
LOCATION DETAILS: [47.192729, -116.077882]
NEAREST TOWN: Avery
NEAREST ROAD: Marble Creek Road
OBSERVED: We were camped along Marble Creek at Donkey Creek near Avery, ID. July 2019. It was a weekday, so no other campers were within miles. Deep mountain valleys and dense woods. I was chopping food for dinner. My husband and small children were fishing at the loud creek.
I'm an avid birder. Obsessed. I must know every call I hear. And that evening, I heard a call that sounded like an old fashioned crank police siren. It was echoing through the valley and came from a higher altitude. Howls of the same timbre and pitch, but slightly varying length. I thought it was an owl I must not know. Wolves and cougar don't sound like that. My dog didn't bark. She hid under the table.
I also considered that maybe some kids were playing with an old police siren. But then I realized there was no way kids could have been way up near the ridge with something that heavy, plus, no one else was up there.
When I got back into cell reception, I searched through owl calls and found nothing similar. But I found that call on the BFRO site. It was the Ohio howl.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dusk in the valley, some light still on the ridges
ENVIRONMENT: Thick 2nd growth pine, fir forest in deep valley
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Darrell Oyler:
I spoke to the witness about what she heard that day. She described the calls as lasting approximately 5 seconds long and it was repeated several times over the course of a minute or so. She said they camped in the area for about 4 days and never heard the howls again.
The witness said she later checked her Cornell Ornithology app, but was not able to locate anything remotely similar. She told me that she often identifies birds by sound. She also told me that the sound was unlike any elk, moose or other large animal she had ever heard. She told me it sounded similar to an old crank police or air raid siren.
I asked the witness about her experience with the outdoors. She described living in a rural area and in addition to the St. Joe National Forest they frequently bike and camp around Moscow Mountain in Latah County.
I asked the witness how she came to discover the Ohio Howl on the BFRO site. She said she was talking to a friend who's husband was an avid Bigfoot enthusiast and was encouraged to check the BFRO site. The witness said the Ohio Howl was exactly the type of howl she heard.
It should be noted that up the mountain northwest of the witnesses camping site is a power line which runs from the Dworshak Dam to Montana though very rugged terrain. It has long been suspected that Bigfoot frequently use power line routes to travel.
I found the witness to be very articulate and sincere. I believe she heard an "Ohio Howl" which was likely a Bigfoot vocalizing.
About BFRO Investigator Darrell Oyler:
20 plus year veteran of law enforcement with the last 14 years as a detective. I first gained an interest in the topic after watching In Search of. Licensed drone pilot and proud Grandfather.