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Report # 177  (Class B)
Submitted by witness D. G. Robertson on Wednesday, August 2, 2000.
Elk hunters hear screams in remote canyon below
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YEAR: 1988


MONTH: October

DATE: 19


COUNTY: Emery County

LOCATION DETAILS: it is a 2 hr truck drive-a 3 hour horse ride and a 1 hour hike to get to our elk spot

NEAREST TOWN: fairview

NEAREST ROAD: not sure

OBSERVED: About 1/2 hour before sunup two of us were elk hunting in James Canyon Fairview, Utah. We heard a scream from across the canyon which repeated every few seconds for 5 or 6 episodes. It shook the forest. I have spent my whole life in the woods all over the West and know there is no animal in America that sounds that loud and piercing. 10 years later it dawned on me what we had been privileged to hear -my hunting buddy agrees and we heard a similar recording on a web site. It sounded like a mix between a baby crying, a mountain lion roaring and a bull snorting. Since then I have talked to 3 friends that have eyewitness accounts -one of them gave me a cutout of a footprint that they found near their ranch in Idaho. It is huge and there were 3 sets of prints all different sizes. A university in Boise came and did plaster casts. Anyway, those that have seen are normal in every way. If you want more info let me know. P.S. I have a great theory that explains where sasquatch came from, why he is so intelligent and why they will never be caught or hurt another human. Thanks for the good work and keep it up -Dan Robertson - 208-852-0429

ALSO NOTICED: After the second scream we got behind the trees and loaded our rifles...also after the screams we never saw another critter all day-where there were lots of elk and deer the day before...
I wish we would have thought of Bigfoot at the time and looked for prints

OTHER WITNESSES: 2 people-myself and Eric Jackman of Ogden, Utah-both of us were sitting on the hillside observing some openings across the canyon where we usually spotted elk grazing

OTHER STORIES: yes- a man and his family saw a solo bigfoot in the same area-his name was Mower I believe and lives in a local town of huntington or Orangeville-his story is posted on the Net

ENVIRONMENT: elevation about 8000-9000 ft-very steep and well timbered-small stream in canyon-fir, spruce and dogwood brush

Follow-up investigation report:

While speaking with Mr. Robertson, he added that the bottom of the canyon is very moist with seeps, marsh, beaver ponds, and lush grass. The surrounding vegetation includes conifer/aspen on the north facing slope and sage on the south facing slope. The canyon formerly was his usual hunting grounds due to the regular movement pattern of the local elk herd and remoteness from human traffic.

The screams were heard within a 30-second time frame. There were between 3 and 5 screams and they were very similar to recordings he heard about 1999 on They originated from the canyon below and "the volume blew us away";. The sound went from a low range to a high range and "rocked the canyon";. It didn't occur to them at the time to go down into the canyon to look for footprints where he is sure they would have been visible in the soft wet ground.

Mr. Jackman, the hunting partner, was most impressed by the "sterility" of the woods after the screams where usually they're quite "fertile", referring to the disappearance and silence of the usually abundant wildlife.

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