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2013 Bigfoot & ETs






Bigfoot “Census Report”


The map above shows where Bigfoot sightings have been reported in the United States and Canada.  It was produced by Joshua Stevens, a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University, using data compiled by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).  Stevens plotted the locations of 3,313 reported sightings collected over 92 years – since 1921.

Below is a list of states which have reported the most Bigfoot sightings to BFRO as of September 21, 2013.  North Carolina, where this website is based, reported 83 sightings.  We’re confident the numbers are much higher because most people don’t take time to turn in reports or may not even know about BFRO’s database.  – The Editor


  Washington State
New York



  Missile     Gorbachev  

President Reagan, USA – Intercontinental ballistic missile in its silo - President Gorbachev, USSR

Extraterrestrials orchestrated end of Cold War


The following is a powerful testimony confirming fragmented reports that extraterrestrials actually shutdown nuclear weapons during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

This testimony is by Robert O. Dean who was an intelligence analyst assigned in 1963 to the Supreme Headquarters Operations Center – “The War Room.”  He had Top Secret and then Cosmic Top Secret security clearance.  He also had extensive face-to-face meetings with the extraterrestrials he calls “The Good Guys” who look human.  His message is one of hope.

After being asked about all the negative ETs by Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot, Dean gave the response below. – The Editor

“Their agendas exist because they exist, but their plans for our future don’t mean diddly squat because there are those higher developed cultures out there that have now intervened and they’re going to see that the human race is going to make it.”


“Now these are the guys that are in control.”

“The good guys out there, - whoever you think they are doesn’t matter – they orchestrated the end of the Cold War.  They came over our missile silos here in the United States.  They hovered over our missile silos where we had these intercontinental ballistic missiles that had 12 independently targeted warheads - each one with a 100-megaton warhead and we were targeting the Soviet Union.

“And the Soviet Union had the same damn thing targeting us.  But when Reagan was in office and Gorbachev was in office, these good guys came down and hovered over our missile silos and they not only knocked off the computers, they melted the warhead in our missiles and they scrambled the guidance systems so badly that if the missile had ever gotten out of the silo, God knows where it would have gone . . . It wouldn’t have exploded, it would have just left a whole in the ground.

“They did the same thing to Gorbachev’s Soviet Union outside of St. Petersburg, outside of Moscow.  They hovered over the warheads, melted the warheads, scramble the guidance systems and brought an end to the Cold War. . . .

“And the good guys said to Gorbachev and to Reagan, and to anyone else who was listening – and believe me, the Chinese were paying attention - they said you guys are not going to screw up this God damn planet.  You’re not going to destroy yourselves.  There will not be a nuclear war.  We’re going to see that you do not do that.  Now these are the guys that are in control.”

NOTE:  This information was gleaned from a YouTube video titled “PROJECT CAMELOT: TWILIGHT OF THE OLD BOYS NETWORK.”  The entire interview is about an hour and a half in length.  Also scroll down to another testimony by Dean in which he again talks about “The Good Guy” extraterrestrials. It includes a 6-minute video of Dean sharing a hopeful message from his near-death experience.




Retired Army Command Sergeant Major Robert O. Dean
had access to Cosmic Top Secrets he thinks the public needs to know.

Top Secrets revealed:  ETs and mankind’s hopeful future

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information was gleaned from a video interview with Robert O. Dean that was posted by It is revealing and encouraging.  Since the interview, Dean had a near-death experience (NDE) and returned to life with a hopeful message for mankind.  At the end of this article, there is a link to that message which was posted on YouTube in 2012.

Robert O. Dean was an intelligence analyst assigned in 1963 to the Supreme Headquarters Operations Center, known as the “War Room.”  With his new assignment, his Top Secret security clearance was elevated to Cosmic Top Secret which is the highest security level in NATO.

With his new clearance level, Dean was allowed to read a Top Secret document titled “The Assessment” which was completed in 1964 in response to a significant formation of UFOs flying over several countries.

“The conclusion of the study was quite simple,” Dean said in his video interview. “Apparently there is no threat.  Apparently the human race and the planet have been under observation and survey by several advanced extraterrestrial intelligences from the beginning of human history. . . . If extraterrestrials were hostile, it would have been over a long time ago.”

Dean’s exposure to information about ETs, however, was not limited to reading highly classified documents.

“I have been fortunate enough to have face-to-face meetings with some of them,” Dean said during the interview.  “I have been aboard their ships.  I was even taken to one of their home planets.”

“The SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) military study concluded we were dealing with four different groups that have been coming and going.  They were all humanoid, but they were not all human.  But out of those four different groups, one group was so totally human - like us.  They could sit next to you in a theater, a restaurant, or an airplane or a bus, it didn’t matter.  They could be in your midst and you’d never know. . . . We were to find over the years that they were pretty much everywhere.  They are in our midst.”

Later in the interview, Dean said that by 1976 they had learned there were at least a dozen additional types of extraterrestrial visiting Earth.

 “We learned as early as 1976 that, yes, some of them were interplanetary; yes, some of them were interstellar; yes, some of them were intergalactic.  And, by God, the thing that really upset a few that knew the story in those days was that some of them apparently were multidimensional.  They were popping in and out of portals from other dimensions.”

Face-to-face with young man from Galilee

In a different interview with Project Camelot, Dean had this mind-expanding commentary about his face-to-face meetings with one of those from the other dimensions:

Jesus Painting

Painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramarik who has
had visions of Jesus since the age of three


This age of Pisces is closing and I always felt that the beautiful young man from Galilee was part of that because he ushered it in, and I've often wondered if he might now drop back in to usher it out.

And I'm not talking religion to you, I'm talking spirituality because that young, that spirit, that soul, that great soul that incarnated in Galilee back then is alive and well.

And I've told some of my fundamentalist friends, who think I'm cracked, that I knew him well and he was one of my closest friends, and I'm looking forward to seeing him again. And they, you know, that's almost heresy to them . . . but I told them, "Don't be troubled, you're going to see him again. The same young man who walked the fields in Galilee two thousand years ago is probably going to come back again, and you better damned well get ready.”


“The more advanced ones, the more spiritually advanced, are apparently intergalactic.  Now that was a difficult lesson to learn, not only by our military and our intelligence authorities, but our scientists.  You see we’re looking at science that is 10,000 years beyond our own.

“I think Arthur Clarke said at one time that advanced scientific intelligence would appear to us to be magic. Well, it does appear to many of us to be magic, but it’s not magic to them, it’s technology to them.”

Conclusions about the purpose of life

“There is a purpose for us being here,” Dean emphasized.  “It’s not an accident.  I’ve learned the reality of reincarnation.  I’ve learned the reality that there is no death.  I’ve learned the reality that there is a God.

“I’ve concluded that we reincarnate on this planet, and I’ve reincarnated on this planet many, many times, but I’ve also had lives on other planets, other star systems, other dimensions.  But those who do reincarnate on Earth come here for a number of reasons.  Basically, it’s a school.  Planet Earth is one of the better schools in the galaxy.

“The word is out ‘out there’ that if you can manage to pull off a couple or three lifetimes on Earth, you get a silver certificate.

“Spiritually, you know in the great halls out there you get applause.  They take their hats off to you.  They bow.  If you can go to Earth and pull off three to four lifetimes here, you’re highly regarded and you’re highly respected because this is a tough school down here.”




CLICK HERE to see a six-minute video
 of hope for mankind’s future titled:
“Retired Sergeant comes back
from the dead!!


Photos of Swedish children and young people

Nordic people may be offspring of tall ETs
By Mary Joyce, website editor

Why is there only one small region in the world where there are true adult blonds with low skin pigmentation and blue eyes?

The pat answer is that light-skinned people evolved in the northern latitudes so they could absorb more vitamin D in a region of limited sunshine.  It’s an interesting theory, BUT why then don’t Eskimos or Inuit and Chinese Mongolians have light skin?  After all, they live in the same latitudes.


Map showing skin color distribution around the world– An Eskimo or Inuit family

It also should be mentioned that people living in Nordic countries and Northern Europe typically are taller than those living in other areas within the same latitudes.  The average height for men in that region range between 5’10” and 5’11” while in the Netherlands 6’1” is average.  By contrast the average Eskimo or Mongolian man who lives within the same latitudes is 5’4” tall.

One intriguing theory is that at least 50,000 thousand years ago a tall, blond extraterrestrial race with blue eyes set up an outpost in that region of Earth.  Perhaps the Netherlands was the center of that outpost because that’s where the tallest people in the world live today.  The tallest Dutchman today stands 7’4” in height.

Reports of tall humanlike ETs can be found throughout UFO and extraterrestrial annals.  They often are classified as “Nordic ETs” because they look so much like Nordic humans.  Unlike the infamous Grey ETs known for abducting and experimenting on humans, Nordics are known as the good guys, space brothers, and spiritual teachers who seem to have a parental interest in humankind.


Video may show one Bigfoot helping another

When flipping through the morning television news programs on July 30, 2012, I happened upon a segment about Bigfoot on FOX-TV.  It was about the Falcon Project which is an effort to find and track Bigfoot from the air by using a silent helium drone.

The segment included a video, purportedly taken by hikers in Canada, of a Bigfoot lumbering across a seemingly remote mountain ridge.  I did a lot of Internet searching to learn exactly when and where the video was taken and by whom.  I was unable to find answers that would merit a true news story.

However, the movements of the alleged Bigfoot in the video look authentic.  Anyone interested in the elusive creature should find the video worth watching.  By enlarging and pausing the video, is it possible the video reveals one Bigfoot trying to help another one on the ground? – The Editor 

CLICK HERE to watch the 1:19 minute video.

Sasquatch befriend dolphin expert
By Mary Joyce, website editor


Joan Ocean is the most recognized dolphin communicator in the world.  Because of that, someone once sent her an email saying:  “I am trying to communicate with Bigfoot and I was wondering how you communicate with dolphins.”

There were a number of email exchanges with the person and then in June 2005 Joan went camping in a remote forest to seek direct communication with the Sasquatch.  Ultimately, she developed a long-term friendship with a clan of Sasquatch.

Over time, Joan learned the Sasquatch have lived on Earth longer than humans; they even know humankind’s history and future. They can shape-shift and de-materialize.  They live in well-lighted underground facilities and have contact with star people.  They use healing herbs and are more intelligent and wiser than most humans can imagine.

In this posting, though, the focus is on samples of writing to Joan from the Sasquatch Medicine Woman.  Somehow, the Sasquatch knew of Joan’s work with dolphins and named her “Water Woman.”  To facilitate written communication, Joan made a notebook and pen available that both she and the Medicine Woman could use.

Paper Dolphin
The note above accompanied a special quartz stone gift for Joan.  The note on the right was with an arrowhead gift for Joan’s associate Jean-Luc Bozzoli who is an artist and filmmaker.

At another time, Medicine Woman wrote a note (below left) in response to Joan’s wish that the Sasquatch would visit her home in Hawaii.  Next to it is a quite different note from a male Sasquatch named Pushoma.  It includes a rough diagram of the constellation Orion, which may indicate the origin of the Sasquatch, and something that looks just like ancient Irish Ogham writing.  


Anyone interested in learning more than superficial things about Bigfoot/Sasquatch should take time to read Joan’s extensive Sasquatch material at

BEHIND THE SCENES:  This posting is a good example of how one action triggers another.  Someone sent Joan Ocean a copy of “My Sasquatch neighbors – Fred and Family” which was posted on this website in March 2013.  Joan then contacted this website suggesting that the man in the story might like to read about her Sasquatch experiences.  That in turn inspired this article.

Cherokee legendary GIANT may have been a Bigfoot


Sasquatch illustration from the Native American Encyclopedia

There are many variations of a Cherokee legend about a giant who lived in caves near the summits of steep mountains in Western North Carolina.  In all versions, the giant could leap with ease from one mountain to another.  Some versions speak of multiple giants, not just the one they call “Tsul’kalu,” or “Judaculla” in English.

The legend also links the giant to a mysterious petroglyph, Judaculla Rock, which is located south of Western Carolina University and fairly close to the intersection of Hwy. 107 and Caney Fork Road.

Interestingly, we’ve received multiple Bigfoot reports from people who live or hike in the high mountains of Jackson County.  So far, four eyewitnesses have allowed us to post their encounter reports on this website.  Others, while happy to tell us their stories, have not yet wanted them made public.  They typically wish to protect the Bigfoot from being discovered by hunters which is why most of their reports are vague about specific sighting locations. – The Editor

My Sasquatch neighbors – Fred and family
By Mary Joyce, website editor

March 23, 2013 - He wouldn’t mind using his real name, but “Peter” chose an alias to protect his Sasquatch neighbors from being discovered by hunters.  He’s also cautious about giving away his location.  He simply says he lives on the side of a mountain adjacent to the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina and just above a mountain creek that flows about 30 feet from his house. 

“My first encounter with a Sasquatch was in the fall of 2011, not long after I moved to the mountain,” Peter began.  “It was early evening when a very unnatural sound grabbed my attention.  It sounded like banging wood on the side of a tree.  With a bit of trepidation, I went outside to get a better understanding of what I was hearing.  As I got closer to the sound, I heard a couple of grunts that I couldn’t explain.  It didn’t sound like a bear.”

Peter digressed for a moment to explain that his neighbor has a “little home shooting range” and had been shooting a little earlier in the day.  He has since figured out that when there is shooting the Sasquatch get riled up.

“About 100 yards above the shooting range,” Peter continued, “I saw this creature next to a tree with a heavy branch in its hand.  I could actually see it banging on the tree.  That was my first encounter with a Sasquatch.



Peter often has seen or heard Fred’s family splashing in the creek near his home, but out of respect for Fred’s wishes, he’s never taken
a photo of his friend. 

We were, however, able to find this photo supposedly taken in 1995 of a Sasquatch in a creek near Mt. Rainier in Washington by a forest game officer.


“About a month or two later,
I was out on my porch and heard running up and down the creek.  It sounded like children, but there are no children around my place.  Then I heard the sounds of running through the water from two different places at the same time.  I thought ‘wow’ this is pretty interesting.

“As I walked toward the creek, the splashing stopped and once again I heard that unique snorting-growling sound.  I felt a surprising amount of fear because I had no rational explanation for what I was hearing.

“Those were my first two main experiences with my Sasquatch neighbors” Peter continued.  “Since then, I’ve observed an adult male, an adult female and two adolescents.  They live behind my house on a very steep slope that covers a fairly large area that’s completely uninhabited – no roads, no trails and no humans.”

Watching Fred’s family at trail crossing

Peter next explained that wildlife, including the Sasquatch, use a trail that crosses the old gravel logging road in front of his home.  He’s able to watch the creatures at night because he has a street light next to his garage which is near the trail crossing.

“I have an advantageous position because my house sits up higher and that part of the trail is illuminated by the street light,” Peter said.

“There have been many occasions when I’ve seen the Sasquatch going across the gravel road. They go across one at a time.  Believe it or not, usually the female goes across first, then the male, followed by the two adolescents.”

Sharing food and “conversation” with Fred

Peter next explained that instead of composting his leftover food, he takes it down to a spot near the creek where he first heard the younger Sasquatch playing in the water.

“I take food to that spot two to three times per week,” he said, “and every time I have this overwhelming feeling of gratitude coming from the forest.


“Last summer the adult male, who I’ve named ‘Fred,’ spent a lot of time with me when I was gardening.  He telepathically communicated his appreciation for the garden and for my concern for the environment around it – the trees and the animals.  He can perceive that in my aura and in my actions.  I don’t use any insecticides or pesticides and I have a deep appreciation for all forms of life.  Fred, like all animals, can perceive that. 

“If there were no hunters around, our relationship could probably evolve further because the Sasquatch really are intelligent, but in ways we don’t see as intelligent.  They are very connected with their entire environment.  Anyone who is not connected to nature poses a threat to them. 

“Yet, kindhearted people - because of their own fears - can frighten Sasquatch away.  Human fear is almost like a bullhorn blasting that nobody can hear.  Humans aren’t aware of the bullhorn, but the Sasquatch are, and humans broadcast fear very loudly. 

“By the way, sometimes things disappear from the garden, though never too much.  I’m sure Fred and his family enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden, too.”


Actual ET writing . . . and the rest of the story
By Mary Joyce, website editor

This is a copy of extraterrestrial writing that was found at a spaceship landing site in Brooksville, Florida on March 3, 1965.  It was received at this website in February 2013 along with a six-page handwritten letter from 71-year-old Jerry who felt it was time to share his eyewitness account of a remarkable story with the public.


Jerry wrote that in 1965 he and his parents were neighbors and friends of John F. Reeves who happened upon a spaceship and a spaceman in brushy land near their Brooksville homes.  At the time, Jerry said he was in his 20s and Reeves appeared to be in his 60s.

Jerry said he and his parents may have been the first ones Reeves told about his extraordinary experience.  He even took them to the landing site where they observed the imprints of the spaceship’s four landing legs plus the spaceman’s boot prints. 

In the photo below, Reeves is shown pointing to one of the spaceman’s boot prints in the white Florida sand.  Jerry described it as 10-11 inches long and “dog bone shaped” because it was equally bulbous on each end.  The boot print also had grooves running both lengthwise and crosswise.


In a follow-up phone call, Jerry told me what Reeves said to him and his parents right after Reeves’ out-of-this-world experience.  Here is a summary of what Jerry told me:

When Reeves stumbled upon the spaceship, he ducked behind some bushes and observed it from his hiding spot.  He described the ship as dull metallic gray, about 40 feet in diameter and nine feet high at its center.  He said he could see three windows, a clear dome top, four landing legs and a retractable ladder that dropped from the bottom center of the ship.

Then a spaceman appeared from behind some other bushes.  He was about five feet tall and wore a tight-fitting suit with a glass-like helmet, metallic boots and mittens - not gloves.  As he walked toward Reeves, he stopped and took something from his uniform and aimed it at Reeves.  It was a little box that made a flash of light.  Reeves thought it might have been a camera.
The spaceman then walked toward Reeves with open arms indicating he meant no harm.  Reeves said the spaceman looked humanoid and had slanted eyes and a slit-like mouth.

When Reeves overcame his fears, he stood up.  That’s when the spaceman tapped him on the shoulder three times and pointed toward the ship.  Reeves said he walked toward the ship and at the encouragement of the spaceman climbed the ladder just high enough to peer inside.  He saw a table, instruments and gauges, but quickly retreated down the ladder.   

The spaceman, who was waiting at the bottom of the ladder, then guided Reeves to an open area about 80 yards from the ship.  With a stick he picked up from the ground, the spaceman drew a symbol in the sand that indicated the place where his spaceship would land again.  After that, he pointed to the eastern horizon, then the western horizon and then drew a line in the sand.  He did this 29 times.  Somehow he made Reeves understand that he would return in 29 days. 

After the spaceship took off, Reeves found two sheets of alien writing on the ground at the landing site.  Though the sheets looked like paper, they weren’t.  Reeves and a friend, who also was a local news reporter and photographer, tested the “paper” in various ways.  They even tried to burn an edge of it but it would not burn.

The military showed up

When the reporter’s account of Reeve’s story was published in the local newspaper, U.S. Air Force personnel showed up and confiscated the sheets of alien writing.  Later copies of the sheets were returned to Reeves but not the originals.

Jerry emphasized that Reeves was an honest, kind and quiet man who retired to Brookville from the North.  In our research to confirm all of this, we found a number of positive testimonies from those who knew him. 

One woman wrote:  “He used to have Sunday dinner with my family back in the 60’s and 70’s almost every Sunday.  He also helped me on a science report for school and we did it on his experience and he also told me that the space people took him to their planet which was called Monheaya which he said was what we know as the North Star.  I submitted my paper and never received it back from my teacher.”

Another person wrote:  “I knew him, spent time with him and watched him during the days after his encounter.  Did you know that his hair became less gray and he appeared younger after the encounter?  Last time I spoke to him he was 82 years old and just as spry as he was at 65.”

Jerry told us that when Reeves got older he moved to South Florida to be closer to family and that he lived to be 104.

And, yes, Jerry told me the spaceman did return 29 days later but his ship was prevented from landing by jets from the nearby MacDill Air Force Base.

A walk on the Moon

Reeves continued to have meetings with his spaceman and other space people over the next six years.  In August of 1968, about a year before Neal Armstrong walked on the Moon, Reeves was taken on a quick flight and to the backside of the Moon.  They actually landed and Reeves was escorted into a clear domed base where he was able to walk comfortably without any kind of special gear.  He returned to Earth with gray Moon dust in the cuffs of his pants and a souvenir crystal about the size of a baseball.  Reeves showed his treasures to a number of people, but kept them locked and hidden so the military/government would not confiscate them as they had done with the sheets of alien writing.

Reeves’ flight to another planet

On his days off, Jerry said he often stopped at that special landing spot in hopes he, too, would meet an alien.  Then one day he saw something that put him on full alert - three sets of shoe prints in the sand.  There were normal human shoe prints in the middle and quite unique sets of shoe prints on each side.   It looked like someone, probably Reeves, had been escorted away by two spacemen.

Jerry took a quick look around and then decided to rush home to get his mother to come and see what he had found.  When they returned to the special spot, Jerry’s mother began searching the area more thoroughly and discovered a red broom stick stuck in the ground.  That was a sign from Reeves.  He had told them he would always take his makeshift walking stick with him to the landing spot and if they ever found it stuck vertically in the ground that would mean he had gone with the aliens.

For four or five days, Jerry said Reeves was missing.  He wasn’t at his home, his laundry was left on the clothesline, and his little dog was left inside the house unfed.  Jerry’s family immediately fed the little dog, which was the love of Reeve’s life, but they really worried about Reeves.

Days later, they got a phone call from Reeves.  With stress in his voice, he asked them to come over.  They rushed to his house and found him sitting in a chair weeping and gasping “Nobody will believe me!  Nobody will believe me!”  This was so out of character for their quiet and rather reclusive friend.  Eventually, he calmed down enough to tell them what had happened.

The space people had taken him to their home planet which they called “Moniheya.”  These were not like the spaceman Reeves first encountered who had slanted eyes and a slit for a mouth.  These space people were beautiful – tall and slim with smooth skin and facial features a bit like those of Orientals on Earth.  They wore tight-fitting jumpsuits and all appeared to be about 30 years old though they told him they were much older than that. 

In Earth time, Reeves said it took 1 ½ days to get to Moniheya and the same amount of time to return to Earth.  He also said he spent a day and a night on the alien planet as the guest of a couple with two children.  Reeves marveled at the appliances or devices in the home but didn’t understand what they were.


Reeves spoke of two modes of transportation on Moniheya.  There were moving sidewalks which didn’t exist on Earth at that time but can be found today in most large airports.  Then he spoke of “rockers” that cruised just above the ground.  Perhaps they were a bit like Volkswagen’s prototype electromagnetic hover car (shown above) that was introduced on Earth in May 2012.

Reeves said the Moniheya had two Suns and the sea was a pinkish color with creatures in it that looked like dinosaurs.   Reeves also said the rain was blue.  Jerry saw possible proof of the blue rain because Reeves returned to Earth with blue stains on the shirt he was wearing.  Reeves said the people on Moniheya stayed out of the rain for that reason.

Bigfoot likely source of eerie sounds in Oregon swamp

Oregon Swamp

Photos by Richard Cockle

Sylvia and Denise Minthorn – Edge of the soggy wetlands where hair-raising sounds are heard

Bigfoot or animals?  Strange sounds coming from
swamp on Umatilla Indian Reservation
By Richard Cockle for The Oregonian

January 20, 2013 - Nobody ventures into this soggy wetland on the edge of Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation after dark when the shrieks begin.  Resident Sylvia Minthorn once thought about plunging in to find the source of the cries.  “I used to play back there when I was a kid,” she says.  “But then I thought, ‘What if I do find something?  Then what am I going to do?’

The eerie late-night serenades began in November and emanate from a brushy swamp on the Umatilla Indian Reservation east of Pendleton, Oregon.  The cries range from high-pitched screams to basso profundo roars.

"It's causing an uproar around here," said Sylvia Minthorn, who lives in a tribal housing unit near the swamp, where she used to play as a child.

She's seen grown men's hair stand on end when the shrieks commence.

Colleen Chance, a tribal housing authority employee, keeps a recording of the howls on her iPhone.  "It's kind of spooky," she said. "Some say it's foxes, some say it's a female coyote and some say it's Sasquatch. I don't know what it is."

So far no one's pinpointed the source of the noise on this rugged 178,000-acre reservation that extends into northeastern Oregon's Blue Mountains and is home to about 1,500 people. The swamp in question borders the old reservation community of Mission, in a canyon north of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino.

Phone calls about the wails started coming in last month to the housing authority, and the office has had a half dozen so far. More could come in because the cries are continuing from time to time.

Some tenants of the reservation's 190 rentals and 32 homes admitted being afraid and one man reported that his dogs were too terrified to go outside, said Josh Franken, the housing authority's interim director.

"This guy was rather scared himself," Franken said. A rumor quickly spread that the cries were made by "a young Bigfoot that had got separated from the rest of his clan," he said.

It's difficult to shrug off the accounts, said Marcus Luke, a housing authority homeownership counselor. Many on the reservation "are woodsy-type folks," familiar with animals and not prone to taking fright at nighttime commotion, he said.

Daughter and mother Sylvia and Denise Minthorn have both heard the strange nighttime cries coming from the brushy wetland behind them. Denise thinks whatever is in the swamp is calling to another creature elsewhere on the 178,000-acre Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Some members of the Confederated Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes believe the noises come from Bigfoot, the mythical manlike creature said to roam Pacific Northwest forests.

Bigfoot is part of the tribal culture, tradition and spiritual beliefs, said Luke, a follower of the Washat, or Seven Drums religion, and a longhouse drummer and singer. "We have stories about it," he said.

Carl Sheeler, wildlife program manager for the tribes, said several animals in this corner of Oregon are known for making strange noises, including cougars. "When they are breeding, it is absolutely hair-raising," he said.

"And the first time a person hears a fox calling in the night, kind of echoing around the canyons, it raises the hair on the back of your neck," Sheeler said. "That wetland is a perfect place to have an echoing call sound eerie."

But many who've heard the racket dismiss such notions. "Foxes do sound creepy," said Sylvia Minthorn. "But it's not the same sound, not even close."

Her mother, Denise Minthorn, believes more than one creature is out there in the darkness. She's heard shrieks from two directions at once, as if two animals were communicating.

"It was no noise I've ever heard before," she said. "It was like barroom brawls and laughter."

Armand Minthorn, Sylvia Minthorn's uncle and a tribal spiritual leader, said he may have stumbled onto evidence of Bigfoot's presence while hunting in the Blue Mountains many years ago.

"Right in the middle of the road was this great big footprint, perhaps 16 or 18 inches long and manlike,” he said. The enormous stride carried it across the road, leaving one footprint in the middle, he said.  Nevertheless, he said, the current shrieks could be anything. "We probably will never know what made those sounds," he said.


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