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COUNTY: Sevier County
LOCATION DETAILS: Visual encounter: Monroe Mountain Summit.
[GPS coordinates for position of two observers:
GPS for coordiantes for position of two creatures walking away:
GPS coordinates for very general area of non-visual (knocking) encounter: 38.619508, -112.035776
NEAREST TOWN: Monroe Utah
NEAREST ROAD: I70
OBSERVED: I have had a non-visual encounter and one visual encounter all within a couple miles of each other. The non-visual encounter involved being followed by a prominent knocking sound through a heavily wooded area. The knocks came from ground level and followed me and another man for some time.
The other individual is a hunting guide and spends extended periods in the mountains. He had never experienced or heard anything like that before.
The visual encounter occurred at the summit of a nearby mountain: Monroe Mountain. Me and my father-in-law were scouting elk when we came across a big mountain goat that we followed out of curiosity. When we lost him we turned around and I saw two figures maybe 300 yards away, a taller one a shorter one, walking in the opposite direction from us. They looked very dark brown or even black and my impression was they were not human.
My father-in-law did not see them but I insisted we drive over to where I saw them. It was a rocky ledge that ended in maybe a 20 foot drop. Whatever I saw was completely gone from sight in the maybe 60 seconds it took us to get there. The snow was old and hard this time of year, but there was a pair of tracks leading to the cliff edge.
OTHER WITNESSES: Non-visual: a hunting guide friend of mine
Visual: My father in law was present, he did take note of the unusual tracks though he did not get to see the figures walking away, as he was not near me when I watched them.
OTHER STORIES: There are old legends of a mad man on the mountain and of bipedal bears. Some locals have told me they have had similar experiences.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late afternoon. Plenty of light, though I seem to remember the sky half cloudy.
ENVIRONMENT: Visual encounter: mountain summit, sparsely forested with mostly pine, the areas in slightly lower elevation or heavily forested.
Non-visual encounter: heavy forest environment, a small remote valley with a small creek and lots of aspen trees.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness at length. He is a very credible local -- an LDS member with a big family who works a delivery route for Doritos.
He is very familiar with those mountains. The visual incident occured near a driveable location on Monroe Mountain.
The non-visual incident occured in a valley roughly one mile west of Glenwood Mountain. It was a demanding hike from the end of road 079 (Thompson Basin Road) to get in there -- general vicinity of Washburn Reservoir. The person accompanying him was a police officer from Richfield who also works as a hunting guide.
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