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Submitted by witness on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Night fisherman intimidated by large rock thrown into water near Monkey Mountain
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COUNTY: Jackson County
NEAREST TOWN: Grain Valley, MO
NEAREST ROAD: Buckner Tarsney Road
OBSERVED: I was fishing at a set of ponds that back up to a wooded area, not far from Monkey Mountain in Grain Valley. I had been there for about an hour or more, caught a few fish, and threw them back. Tonight was very clear and temperate, a beautiful night actually.
I thought I heard a faint noise across a channel between ponds, but not far from me. Jokingly, I grunted. A few moments later, a large rock was thrown into the pond towards me. It scared me so bad I immediately grabbed my things and high tailed it out of there.
I am an avid outdoorsman and night fisherman. I know the sounds around lakes, ponds, and woods at night. This was a large rock that had to have been thrown.
ALSO NOTICED: I left the area quickly.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was alone.
OTHER STORIES: There is some Sasquatch history around the area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 10:15 PM.
ENVIRONMENT: Pond by a wooded area.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Brian R. Woods:
In speaking with the witness, the details of the night fishing experience were relayed, and the exact location was determined.
The witness, at about 10:15 PM, heard either movement or rustling coming from an area between the fishing ponds, near Blue Branch Creek. He had been at this location for over an hour, and is firm in his belief that nobody else was around. After jokingly "grunting" back in response, the witness states a large rock was thrown from the same area, in his direction. The rock hit the water and made a large splash. The witness was able to actually see the rock as it impacted the pond. Startled, the fisherman collected his gear and promptly left the area. I visited this location during daylight hours approximately two weeks after the report was submitted, and captured this 360° image of the ponds and the adjoining Blue Branch Creek (360 image may not display correctly in all browsers)
bluebranch - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
The tree line seen on the far side of the ponds is Blue Branch Creek.
The witness is aware of the other sasquatch-related activity that had occurred nearby, in and around the Monkey Mountain Conservation Area. In fact, the Blue Branch Creek merges into Sni-a-Bar Creek only a few blocks away, within the conservation area. Monkey Mountain Conservation Area is located just east on RD Mize Road from the intersection with Buckner Tarsney Road. It consists of 855 acres of trails, forested area and pasture.
Discounting the anecdotal explanation of a derailed circus train losing a few "monkeys" to the wild, it's difficult to determine the origination of the park's moniker. There has been no historical reference found to document any such train derailment. Monkey Mountain Conservation Area has indeed been the site of previous BFRO reports, and the proximity of this fisherman's experience makes it worth adding to the discussion. Please reference Report #30573, Report #39835, Report #41395 for the details of those occurrences.
Readers familiar with other reports of possible sasquatch activity already know that rock-throwing is one of the more common occurrences that is experienced. The meaning behind this action is of course only speculation, but explanations have been suggested. Is the rock or object thrown to intimidate a person into leaving? Is it inspired by curiosity, and meant to illicit a particular response? The effect it generally has is that those who experience it are startled and/or make the decision to leave the area.
In summary, I feel that the witness was observant and confident enough to rule out other people as the culprit(s) of the rock-throwing, and I consider the witness to be credible and consistent with his account of his experiences on that night.
About BFRO Investigator Brian R. Woods:
Brian is a former Emergency Medical Technician, as well as an outdoor enthusiast, and proud Scouting father. He's been a lifelong resident of the Midwest, surrounded by many miles of Missouri forests, waterways, and wildlife.