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COUNTY: Shasta County
LOCATION DETAILS: Bottom of Wilson Hill Rd., west of Volta Powerhouse site.
NEAREST TOWN: Manton
NEAREST ROAD: Wilson Hill Rd.
OBSERVED: While living with my parents at Manton, CA. in 1987-1989, we began hearing strange howls intermittently from about 9 PM to midnight 2-3 times a week. My father said their crazy neighbor must have gotten hold of a WW 2 air raid siren. I think he said that so as not to scare kids. It was definitely NOT the local volunteer fire dept. siren.
Not until several years later did we happen to hear a recording of the "Ohio howl"-- exactly the same sound. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end to recognize it. My husband and grown children also recognized it and said "That's the sound we used to hear at Manton!"
Looking back, I realize the sound came from the cleared swath going up the hill along the penstock or the powerlines. At the time, not many people lived in the area, lots of wildlife that just came into yards, game, cougars, water.
ALSO NOTICED: Several years later, there was a large wildfire in the area. A friend's daughter was on the mop-up firecrew. Her mother told me she had mentioned seeing "a monkey up in a pine tree". I told her it was not a monkey, and yes, THEY are there.
OTHER WITNESSES: Entire family. 2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 young children.
OTHER STORIES: There's a sighting from the early 1990's by a local family coming home from the fair in Red Bluff. Howls were reported up on the ridge at Viola and Lake Macumber in the 1990's.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Evenings, twilight to midnight.
ENVIRONMENT: Mixed oak and pine, manzanita, buckbrush, chokecherry scrub. Battle Creek, 2 small lakes (Grace and Nora) up on ridge serve as forebays for the small powerhouse at Volta. Elevation rises swiftly from 2,000 ft to 4,000 ft. Lots of wildlife. Rural, ranching, houses on 3-360 acre plots with forest/scrubland/pasture between.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Click here for the 1994 Ohio Howl recording.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO