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COUNTY: McCurtain County
LOCATION DETAILS: .
[Investigator (MM) notes:
GPS coordinates for location of witnesses when they heard the sounds: 34.137158, -94.699042
The witnesses were inside a Yurt (round tent-like cabin). The Yurt does not appear in satellite images on Google Maps (from 2015). The Yurts built on that road -- Elm Drive loop -- were finished in August 2021.
NEAREST TOWN: Hochatown
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 259
OBSERVED: My husband and I rented a yurt in Beavers Bend State Park on July 15, 2022. Our Yurt sits directly on the Mountain Fork River.
We stayed up until midnight and headed to bed. Around 2 am we woke to the sound of 6 or 7 consecutive howls over a 3 minute time span. It was very loud and east of our yurt. It was then silent.
30 minutes later we heard 3 loud hollering vocalizations much closer in the other direction, to the west of us.
We have spent a lot of time in the woods. This is a sound we’ve never heard before. It was not a bear growl. It was not a coyote or a bobcat. This was loud.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 witnesses. My husband and myself.
OTHER STORIES: Just read about another incident in this area on your website from October 2020.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Between 2-2:30 am
ENVIRONMENT: Our yurt is directly south of a bridge. The yurt sits directly on Mountain Fork River opposite a tall bluff.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with both witnesses today. Both are credible. They are from Oklahoma City. Husband is a home health care nurse. Wife is a teacher. She teaches 6th grade math and science.
They have camped or rented cabins in the Broken Bow area in the past. They have also tent camped in various other parts of the country, especially out west. They are both familiar with common nature sounds. Both say the sounds they heard in the wee hours of Saturday morning came from large animals -- animals larger than cows -- based on the volume, tone and sustain of the howls. The first set of howls lasted 5-6 seconds each and repeated a few times.
Those first howls came from the direction of rocky high bluff directly across the river. The witnesses were inside the Yurt so they could not determine whether the howls were from the top of the bluff, or on the flank, etc. They could only tell the howls came from across the river from the direction of the bluff.
Nothing about the howls seemed artificial. Nothing suggested they were being projected from a big speaker. The top of that bluff across the river appears difficult to access, even on foot, when examined from above on Google Earth. It is not a place where someone could easily transport a big speaker system. There's no indication of a trail leading to the top, just thick brush.
The slope of the bluff down to the river is the sort of place where a sasquatch would want to have a perch with a view, perhaps a ledge under an overhang, maybe even a small cave.
For reference I have added an old drawing of Neander Valley in Germany showing the location of the cave where the first Neanderthal bones were discovered. They were found in a cave fairly high up on a rocky bluff shrouded by trees overlooking the Dussel River. There are strategic reasons for having a cave/nest in a place like that.
Down at the bottom of the bluff (see photo below from ground level looking across the river) there is so much brush and tree growth at the water's edge that a sasquatch might be able to cool off in the heat of the day by sitting in the river water behind that shroud of green brush without being seen. That's worth a look, by kayak, etc. It may even be possible to simply swim over there from the Yurt side of the river.
During the hottest days, when temperatures push up into the 90's or above, simple shade will not be enough for sasquatches to keep cool. They will seek out a cave or crawl space that is deep enough to be significantly cooler at the back of the cave ... or they will go to where they can sit in cool clean water, in the shade, some place where they won't be seen from a distance. There will likley be a spot nearby on land, perhaps just a rock ledge near the water, where they can lay down without being seen from a distance. That brushy area at the water's edge below the bluff may have those ingredients in a very compact area.
The second set of howls were even louder and closer. The husband estimates they came from 60-80 yards away. They came from the woods in the direct opposite direction (west) of the first set of howls. They occurred 20-30 minutes after the first howls. They were a noticeably different pitch compared to first.
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