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Report # 11313  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, April 17, 2005.
Turkey hunters surprised by loud vocalizations near Wenatchee

YEAR: 2005

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: April

DATE: 17

STATE: Washington

COUNTY: Chelan County

LOCATION DETAILS: about 3.3 Miles up the Ingersol Road. N 47 15.824 W 120 13.426


NEAREST ROAD: Ingersol Road

OBSERVED: While Turkey Hunting in the Ingersol (Colockum Wildlife Area in Central WA.)on 4-15-05 I came across some fecies with a diameter of about 2". Which at the time I thought to myself it must be a Huge Bear. The following day 4-16-05 I walked about a mile down a fire guard road above where I had seen the fecies. The fog was coming in and I had not seen any Turkeys so I turned around and headed for the truck. The Fog was getting thick and I could only see about 35 yards.About halfway to the truck the wind changed and was blowing down the hill. I smelt this awful musty skunky smell and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I quickly turned facing the smell with my shotgun slung but I did not see or hear anything.Again I could only see about 35 yards because of the Fog.At this moment I felt it was the smell of a Sasquatch. Then I got to thinking about the Fecies and told myself it must be a Bear. That evening I called my Nephew because he was going Hunting with me Sunday 4-17-05. I told him their must be a Large Bear in the area because I saw the fecies on Friday and on Saturday I had smelled him.Sunday mourning we arived at Daylight where I had seen 5 Turkeys the day before.We got all of our gear ready and hiked about 300 yards up the hill. I took out my Turkey Box Call and started Yelping with it.A Howl started below us about 150 yards a Coyote that turned into a Wolf that turned into a roaring blood curling sceam! I am 47 Years old and have Hunted the Cascade Mt.Range all of my life! I have NEVER heard anything like it in my entire life. My nephew turned and looked at me He's 16 and said what is that? I looked him strait in the eye and said it is a Sasquatch. The Length and the Volume and the Depth of the Howl could not be duplicated by a human being.I asked my Nephew if his gun was loaded and if he wanted to try to get a look at it? He said yes.We moved a little closer toward the scream but did not see anything. It was in scatered Pine Trees.We headed back up the ridge and West aways and stopped. Again I took out my Turkey Box Call and started yellping. Again about 400 yards up the canyon we heard a Deep Long Howl. The creature was making his way up the draw at a high rate of speed.I yelped on the Turkey Call again and he Howled again!!!He was moving away into thicker Timber this time he was 500 to 600 yards away and we never heard him again.


OTHER WITNESSES: One, We were Turkey Hunting


TIME AND CONDITIONS: 06:45 Am Sunlight no clouds

ENVIRONMENT: Scattered Pine Tree's and Grassy Meadows

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Ric Hjertberg:

I have spoken with the witness several times by phone. On 4/15/2005, while turkey hunting in central Washington, he saw a particularly large and unidentifiable stool deposit. The next day, the woods were unusually quiet, and birds were absent. He smelled a foul odor and felt frightened, but later decided all of this must have been on account of a nearby bear.

On the third day (4/17/2005), he was joined by his nephew. Early that morning they set out. Upon yelping on a turkey box call, an immediate and unfamiliar roaring scream was heard nearby. The animal making this sound was estimated to be huge because of the deafening intensity. The hunters moved closer to the sound and made more turkey calls, which were immediately answered with the same sort of scream but this time higher up the canyon. A third turkey call brought the last reply from further up and deep into thick timber.

The witness remarked to me that these roaring screams were unknown to him and his nephew, despite a lifetime spent hunting in this region. He felt quite unnerved, especially after returning home. His curiosity, however, led him to return to the spot on the following Wednesday, 4/20. He found another large stool sample and decided to collect it.

He contacted this investigator and arrangements were made to have a portion shipped, frozen, to Seattle. It was divided into two and delivered, still frozen, to two university labs for subsequent DNA analysis. One investigative unit specializes in grizzly bear recovery surveys; the second in African lowland gorilla study. Both have successfully extracted DNA material from scat samples.

The results of these analyses will be reported on the BFRO site.

About BFRO Investigator Ric Hjertberg:

Ric focuses on bicycle wheel building, tooling, design, and history.