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DATE: 4 and 5
COUNTY: Coconino County
LOCATION DETAILS: Five miles north of hwy 87 and 3 miles west of Lake Mary Road.
NEAREST TOWN: Strawberry Az.
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 87 and Lake Mary Road.
OBSERVED: This happened on a camping trip on the weekend of 08/04 and 05/2007. I went with my friend, girlfriend and son to an archery shoot in Clint's Well Arizona. I live about one hour away. This area is centered from Strawberry Az. and Winslow Arizona.
We were camping off of the Lake Mary Road by Clint's well in the forest area. On the early morning of 08/05/07 at about 3am I was woke in the tent by a loud knocking of wood on a tree west of camp. I lisened for about ten minutes and heard several whoop type sounds(approximately 3). These were consistent with the recordings on the website.
I waited for about a half hour and did not here anymore noise and fell asleep. The next day I spoke with my native american friend who was in the tent next to mine during the archery shoot. He asked if I was woke by the noises last night. I advised him what I had heard and he told me he had heard the same noises. When we got back to the remote camp we searched the area of sign, but it had rained that afternoon and we located none.
I have lived in Arizona all of my life and I'm 31 years old. I'm a police officer and I go in the woods on most of my days off. I've hunted elk, deer, bear, javalina and most all critters in my state. I have never heard the whoop type noises in all of my years in the woods or camping. The noise remined me of a howler monkey from tv. I know there have been alot of sightings on the White Mountian Apache reservation and by Heber Arizona. These areas are not far from our location.
ALSO NOTICED: none
OTHER WITNESSES: One witness (my friend) in tent next to mine.
OTHER STORIES: Lots of reported sighting on the White Mountian Apache reservation and Heber Az. area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dark, early morning around 3 am.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavy pine and oak forest. Damp from afternoon monsoon rains.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator TF Zamiski:
I had a good phone conversation with this witness on the evening of 9/25/07.
He struck me as a very credible witness with considerable time spent in the woods hunting, camping and has worked as a fly fishing guide. He made an interesting point about his time spent in the woods, he has always listened to the variety of animal sounds and tried to place what he heard with a known animal. This was the first time he was stumped and concerned about what he heard. The only similar recorded sound he could find was the knocks and whoops sound bite on the website.
In his line of work as a police officer he has heard of other reports of possible bigfoot activity around the Arizona high country.
The reference to Heber AZ was just as a land mark for the general area and not a specific location for any reports or stories.
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.