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Report # 16416  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, October 29, 2006.
Possible vocalizations heard near Lake Cushman
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YEAR: 2006


MONTH: October

DATE: 28

STATE: Washington

COUNTY: Mason County

LOCATION DETAILS: It was off of 119 near the foot hills park wilderness area. 4 miles west of foot hills park.



OBSERVED: My brother and I went up to the Lake Cushman area to look at a house for sale. The house was vacant and it was very quiet. We drove up to the manufactured home got out of the car and was looking into the windows of the house when I heard a high pitched screech yell that seemed to echo from the north side of the hills. I asked my brother if he heard that and he replied no. I said "listen", and the same high pitched screech yell occured. It happened again and that is when my brother heard it. It seemed to be far away. There was a small "A" cabin next to the property that was vacant and it was very quiet at the time we heard the sounds. No one was around and the sounds seemed to echo. In total there was four of them every 5 seconds or so. Then it suddenly stopped. The time was around 3:15pm and it was overcast. It was very calm and quiet. It was not an elk or a dog. This was a sound we have never heard before. After finding your website it does sound like many of your recordings but from a further distance.

ALSO NOTICED: None. It was very quiet. That was what we noticed at the time was how quiet it was.

OTHER WITNESSES: Myself and my brother.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: The time was 3:15pm.

ENVIRONMENT: Cloudy, Temp was around 54, thick pine forest, mountainous area.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:

The two brothers are from Chicago. They were in the area to look for a property to buy. The sounds were far off, in the direction of deep woods surrounding Lake Cushman. One brother said the screechy wailing scream was accompanied by a raven cawing. After the first scream the second brother heard the next scream also. It repeated itself 4 times, all the same pitch and lasting about 3 seconds each, with a roughly 5 second pause between screams. It was described as a blended two note vocalization, fading off at the end.

About BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:

Small Business Owner
Special Interest in Field Sound Recording
Attended the Washington (Oly Pen -2) expedition.

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