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COUNTY: Kittitas County
LOCATION DETAILS: In the mountains west of Jungle creek trail.
Investigator (MM) Notes:
The location is in Wenatchee National Forest. It is 1.15 west of the end of NF-9701 and roughtly 1 mile NW of Teanaway Butte.
Paste these coordinates into search bar for Google Earth or Google Maps: 47.344323, -120.947687
NEAREST TOWN: Cle elum, Teanaway wilderness area
NEAREST ROAD: Teanaway rd North fork
OBSERVED: I was hiking about 2-3 mile from our camp in Wenatchee National Forest and was sitting on a bluff that give an excellent view of the surrounding ridges. After a while of sitting and seeing nothing I hear a series of heavy sounding thuds that sound like they were in the rhythm of a person walking. I had no idea what it was. I thought maybe it was a deer bouncing away buy it didn't quite sound right. The thuds were almost cartoonishly heavy and loud.
Then about 5 minutes later I hear what sounds exactly like someone banging two rocks together. I was still deeply confused as to what the sound could be. It sounded like it was maybe 40 or 50 yards away just into the tree and brush, out of sight. I got up and grabbed my rifle and started down to where the sound was. When I was about 10 feet from the trees I had the sasquatch epiphany, so speak, realizing it might be sasquatch. Every hair on my body stood on end as I made my way immediately back to the top of the bluff.
I was still hearing the rock banging so I grabbed two rocks and banged them 3 times back at it. There was a pause and then I heard three bangs back. I went back and fourth with this thing for about 10-15 minutes. It would mimmick the number of bangs I would do. I do 2 bangs it does 2 bangs. I do 4 bangs it does 4 bangs. I was far too freaked out at this point two investigate further especially because it was getting dark. I made my way back to camp and shared the story.
There's only one way to access that area and nobody else had been up there. My friends suggested maybe a bear was snapping it's jaws but there was a nearby gut pile from a deer my brother had shot earlier that day that was untouched. If a bear was in the area I would think if would have investigated the guts.
Later I had my dad stand about as far away from me as I thought the sounds were and had him bang two rocks. It sounded exactly the same. I'm not sure what it could have been other than a sasquatch. We were the only people camping up that road.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was the only witness
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Evening about 4pm
ENVIRONMENT: I was on a rocky bluff in an opening surrounded by pine trees and brush
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness by phone. He seems very credible and did not know beforehand that heavy thud sounds are a commom element of bigfoot encounters. The thud sounds combined with the rock clacking make this incident very likely a bigfoot encounter.
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