Submitted to BFRO by witness on Friday, July 18, 2003.
Vacationer hears vocalizations at Diamond Resort.
COUNTY: Barren County
LOCATION DETAILS: Diamond Resort with the Mammoth Cave State Park System in Kentucky.
NEAREST TOWN: Cave City
NEAREST ROAD: Interstate 65
OBSERVED: My family and I (my wife and two daughters, aged 10 and 15) were vacationing in Mammoth Cave State Park (Diamond Resort specifically) from June 27 – July 1, 2003. We had a cabin situated on a golf course at the resort. We were in the area that was furthest from the pool, clubhouse, tennis courts and all other facilities. We were in a condominium and at the time was the only family staying there. Just after sunset, while still dusk (Astronomical twilight would be the most accurate term), I heard a load scream. At first, I dismissed it as a Coyote, but then I heard it again. After this vocalization, I realized that every other sound had discontinued – no crickets, birds, dogs – nothing. It was absolutely silent. Being a curator for the BFRO since 1998, my interest was understandably piqued. The third vocalization was absolutely unmistakable – the nearest human counterpart would be that of a women being brutalized and screaming as a result. I immediately contacted Matt Moneymaker by cell phone to see if we could hear it again, but that was the last time. It was very difficult given the terrain to determine distance or even location. After the incident, I personally yelled and heard echoes from nearly every direction. Other than my sighting at the age of 9, this is the only other experience that I have had. There is no question in my mind that this was a Sasquatch. Why he/she was vocalizing is anyone’s guess!
ALSO NOTICED: All other noises stopped after the first vocalization. The normal noises you would expect (crickets, dogs barking, etc.) resumed approximately 5 minutes after the final vocalization.
OTHER WITNESSES: My 10 year old daughter heard the last scream, but not the first two. She was afraid to wander, even with me accompanying her, very far from the condo after dark.
OTHER STORIES: None. We were on vacation. Unfortunately, time did not permit me to discuss this with any of the locals prior to our departure to see if anyone had heard/seen anything similar.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Just after sunset, during “Astronomical Twilight”.
ENVIRONMENT: On a golf course surrounded by indigenous forest for that area.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
The witness has been a curator for the BFRO since 1998 and is well acquainted with animal vocalizations.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on “Bigfoot in Illinois”. See Stan’s blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
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