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Report # 12214  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Friday, July 29, 2005.
Possible vocalizations near Sawmill,AZ

YEAR: 2003


MONTH: September

DATE: 9/28/03

STATE: Arizona

COUNTY: Apache County

LOCATION DETAILS: This incident took place about 7 miles north of Sawmill, Arizona, on the White Clay Road after passing the power lines. Then its about 1 mile east off the road.

NEAREST TOWN: Sawmill, Arizona

NEAREST ROAD: Navajo Route 12

OBSERVED: Myself and a friend were hunting this water hole where deer and elk come to drink. The location is approximately 7 miles north of the small community of Sawmill, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. It was during the Archery Elk season on the Reservation of the very last day of the season which was Sunday.

At about 6:00pm, we set up a small portable blind near the water hole and crawled inside. We waited quietly for about acouple of hours or so. We observed some cattle that came in to drink. There was also a coyote that came to drink.

At 8:30pm, the sun went down behind the ponderosa trees. We decided to crawl out of the blind and break the blind down. As we were taking the portable blind down, we heard a high-pitched scream that came about 200 yards NW of the water hole. We stopped and listened thinking it was an bull elk. Again, the scream came 30 seconds after the first scream. Right then, I said "that don't sound like a bull elk at all". As I said that, another scream came which seemed to lasted a lot longer.

At this point in time, we decided to leave the area. We didn't know if the scream was coming closer to our location.

OTHER WITNESSES: I and my friend

TIME AND CONDITIONS: In the evening, 8:30pm. The weather was clear and it was on calm day.

ENVIRONMENT: There was a water hole with ponderosa, juniper and cedar trees mixed around this area. Off to the north side, there was a small ridge going across from west to east.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:

1/8/06, I spoke to the witness this evening for about 20 minutes.

After returning home he went to the BFRO site to compare alleged Bigfoot recordings to his sound and found a similar call. What he heard that day was high and loud but not as high as an elk. The sound would start high then drop off low and rough at the end like a growl. He is familiar with animal sounds but hasn't witnessed anything like this before or since.

Over the years he has heard stories of sounds and sightings from this area. He believes these creatures are real and takes a camera with him hoping to someday see and photograph one.

About BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:

Tim is semi retired. He attended the 2006 Arizona Expedition and the 2006 Wisconsin Expedition. Tim helped organize the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Arizona Expeditions and the 2011 New Mexico expedition. Active Investigator since 2005.