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COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: Nisqually River area on south side of Joint Base Lewis McCord.
NEAREST TOWN: Joint Base Lewis McCord
NEAREST ROAD: Range Road
OBSERVED: Went out near Nisqually River with dog to build camp fire and enjoy nice night weather alone. In a remote spot on the river on Joint Base Lewis McCord I was with my dog Oscar. The fire had just started to catch up and my dog started barking toward the river ferociously. This is very out of character for him. I told him to be quiet and come back to me. I then heard large rocks being thrown into the river. I went to inspect with my flashlight and saw nothing. They were large rocks because I could hear them hitting the rocks on the bottom of the river. There were more than 5 rocks thrown. The experience was so creepy that I immediately put my dog in my Jeep and left.
I am an avid outdoorsman and notice details always, on the way in I observed that no one had been in the area since the last rain because there were no tracks. In this area there is no access to the other side of the river other than walking in. I observed no evidence of other humans such as lights, fire, or sounds.
I had heard of the rock throwing on TV shows about bigfoot sightings so I immediately thought of this and I left.
ALSO NOTICED: My dog's abnormal behavior and the sounds of large rocks hitting the river bottom.
OTHER WITNESSES: None other than my dog.
OTHER STORIES: No.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2230. Clear weather. Very Dark.
ENVIRONMENT: Large pine forest area near river.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
I talked with this witness over the phone. I do not have access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, so I can not do a site survey. The witness recounted his experience of that evening. In addition to what the witness wrote there are a couple of other details. First, there were five to seven rocks thrown. Second, they were large rocks and he could hear them hit bottom with a “clunk” when they splashed into the river. The witness began to become creeped out; he said he got the “heebie-jeebies” and became uneasy enough that he decided to leave. He has not been back to that place since.
I asked him if he could see where they came from, but it was too dark and he could not tell. He could not see the rocks either.
The moon that night was a few of days past full. It would have just risen, low on the horizon, and possibly still behind the Cascade Mountains at the time of the encounter, so the night would have been dark. In addition, the witness had a fire going, so his night vision would not be developed. This would have made it difficult to see where the rocks came from.
Sasquatches are known to throw rocks. The fact that the rocks were large would make it unlikely that a person could throw them. There were no people on his side of the river, and the river is about 200 feet wide at this location, so it is unlikely that a person could have thrown them, as they landed on his side of the river. The reaction of the dog and the circumstances of the events lead me to conclude that it is likely, but not certain, that a sasquatch threw the rocks.
About BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
Scott Taylor is a retired aerospace manager. He lives near the crossroad of Matlock, Washington. He had his first bigfoot encounter in October 2005 where he was stalked and later heard vocalizations. He attended official BFRO Expeditions in the Washington Cascades in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also attended the 2007 BFRO Expedition in the central Oregon Cascades and the 2007 Utah Expedition in the Uintas. He attended the 2008 and 2009 Olympic Peninsula Expeditions and co-lead the 2013 Expedition. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements over the past 16 years.