Date:September 10, 1996
Deschutes county, OR
Nearest road: Hwy 58
Description of event: First off I've lived and hunted and hiked in these woods most of my life.born and raised here by folks that trace our line back to "THE MEEKS PARTY BLUE BUCKET WAGON TRAIN".So I have studied plenty of animals that have lived here.what I HEARD ON THAT LATE FALL evening made the hair stand straight up.
The month was September the weather was warm.My husbane had returned to Redmond to go bowling on his league.I stayed behind as some friends were to come up later that evening and join us
The State was doing alot of road work and were blasting parts along the hiway to clear space for wider roads.
I was putting more wood on the fire when I Looked at my watch our friends were late as usual.It's was 10:30 a friday. You could heard the trucks and the blasting going on along the road. Then there was this real loud blast! It shook the ground under the stump I was sitting on. futher away from the road you could hear a rock slide started from the blast.
Then the woods came to life.I could hear running of a very large animal going through everything in his way.UNDERBRUSH WAS SNAPPING AND SMALL TREES COULD BE HEARD CRASHING TO THE GROUND. As the rocks in the canyon stopped sliding the woods became quite again.Then just across the lake from where my tent was pitched the howing and screaming started.These sounds went on for at lest half hour.I being alone at this time became rather unnerved and decided that my tent would be a better place to wait for my friends from.I crawled inside and found my rifle load a shell into the barrel and sat there in the dark.
The sounds across the lake had all but vanaished I COULD STILL HEAR something moving over there and it wasn't deer,elk,bear,cougers,cattle,people,linx,badgers, wild dogs or wolverines.
At 11:30 pm my friends finally made up to the camp.They could tell that something had made a very bad impression on me and ask what had happen.I told them.We waited till my mate got back from town but no more noise was heard that night.
As this is about more than just what I saw it would be nice for it to be keep unlisted. thank you
ALSO NOTICED: The next day my buddie asked if there was a trail that they could walk around the lake.I told them yes and then warn them to becareful as on the otherside was where I had heard all the racket the night before when the rocks slide had scare something. When they returned from the walk.they said that the ground over there that wasn 't to muddy had been cover with tracks about 19" long 10" wide and sunk into the ground twice as deep as the tracks they had made.These were 5 toed tracks wih no claw marks .They also said that sevral of the trees had the tops broken off at about the ten foot line then the tops were stuck into the grounds by the stump. 1 of my friends was a sgt.of arms in the vietaim war spent over a year in danag.He knew what he saw wasn't explainable.
OTHER WITNESSES: waiting for friends to come up.
ENVIRONMENT: This was about 5 miles from settle lake off of hyway 58. This area was logged about five years before.lodge pole forest with some fir.Manzanite grows crazy here line of sight would be no more than 40 feet at best at worst maybe 6feet.
Lots of berries and forage.SANDY light soil not much rain and no snow we were above 4000 feet above sealevel.Now where the noise came from the other side of the lake was swampy and very soft ground.
record updated:2002-07-09 00:00:00