Submitted to BFRO by witness on Friday, September 22, 2006.
Possible vocalization/intimidation at Ouabache State Park
COUNTY: Wells County
NEAREST TOWN: Bluffton
NEAREST ROAD: State Route 216
OBSERVED: This happened at Oubache State Park near Bluffton Indiana either the summer of 1989 or 1990. I was working as a night watchman at the front gate and had been watching television when I decided that I needed to get something out of my Ford Bronco. The area leading up to the park is heavily forested with trees that had been planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. The road leading into the park was about a third of a mile long. As I stepped outside the booth and was crossing the road to the parking lot, I heard the most terrifying scream that I have ever heard in my life about 250 yards to the southwest of my location. At the same time that I heard the scream I also heard a tree snap and break and fall to the ground. The tree sounded to be quite large. The weather that night was very calm and there was no wind at all which could account for this tree falling down. I quickly turned around and headed back for my booth and sat down to think about what just happened. I felt like I was in a daze for a few minutes as I was trying to think what a logical explanation of this event could be. I sat there for about 45 minutes and after I had settled down a bit, I decided that it must have been my imagination playing tricks on me and I proceeded to head back out to my truck. I was walking toward my truck and had gotten to the exact same spot that I was in previously when I heard the horrible scream when I heard it once again and this time it was about 50 yards away from my booth. I once again quickly retreated to my booth and sat there until daylight. Once day light arrived I walked out in the woods to investigate but found nothing out of the ordinary. I didn’t walk far enough out to find the tree as I was still quite unsettled by what I heard. I have heard screech owls and bobcats but nothing, absolutely nothing that compares to the sound that I heard that night. I can’t say to this day what it might have been, but this has bothered me for about 16 years and I still think of it every now and then. Reading about some of the other sightings that people have heard and the sounds that they said this creature made makes me think of my own experience and I wonder if I too actually had an encounter.
ALSO NOTICED: No
OTHER WITNESSES: No
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning
ENVIRONMENT: Heavily wooded State Park in Northeastern IN
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to the witness about his experience. He describes himself as an outdoorsman — very familiar with common wildlife sounds. Both vocals he heard were humanlike, very loud, and very guttural, and lasted about 3-5 seconds each. When he heard the first howl, a tree snap and crack was heard coming from the same area, roughly 250 yards away. He was about 25 feet out of his booth when the howl occurred.
When he exited his booth a second time, about 45 minutes later, another scream/howl was heard, which occurred when he approached the same spot that he was in when he heard the first howl. This one sounded much closer, about 50 yards away. Nothing else was experienced that night, or found the next day upon searching the immediate area.
The state park is around 1000 acres, with the Wabash River bordering its southwest side. It is a very rural with areas of dense forest.