Report # 23259 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, February 25, 2008.
Family hears ear piercing sream outside their cabin north of Westlock
DATE: 30 August 2001
LOCATION DETAILS: 5 minutes south of the long island lake camp ground located east of secondary highway 801, about 30 min north of westlock alberta
NEAREST TOWN: westlock
NEAREST ROAD: 801
OBSERVED: We had just purchased a small cabin- (more like a gutted chicken coup than anything else) on long island lake about 30 min north of westlock alberta. My father, 9 year old brother and myself (12 at the time) were staying out there one night towards the end of august to begin clearing brush on the lot and as we had settled in for the night and began to fall asleep we heard a bone chilling scream like nothing else- that sounded seemingly right outside our thin screen door. My father and myself have been experienced woodsman and hunters for many years have never heard anything like this in our lives and to this day it still puzzels us.
ALSO NOTICED: N/A we were new to the area at the time
OTHER WITNESSES: two, we were all laying down for the night having pillow talk
OTHER STORIES: N/A
TIME AND CONDITIONS: around 12:00 am it was pitch black out side, the weather earlier in the day had been sunny and very hot (30+ degrees celsius)
ENVIRONMENT: The territory out there is very thick cover ranging from poplar trees to extremely dense spruce bogs, swamps, pond are plentiful
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Gary Cronin:
Witness’ family had just purchased the cottage a few weeks prior to the incident. Previous owners had rarely used it. The witness’ family had spent the last few weeks clearing rocks, logs, brush etc. from the property; the day in question they had been burning excess brush all day. At approximately midnight, all three in the cabin were still awake and they all heard a shrill, ear piercing scream from outside the cabin. The scream lasted 3-5 seconds and was very high pitched. All three are experienced outdoorsmen and hunters and are familiar with animal sounds. This particular sound was unlike anything that the native animals would make. There were no other occurrences that evening and no tracks were found the next day. Recently they came across the BFRO website and listened to the recordings on the site. No exact matches were heard but they felt the sound that they heard was comparable to the audio on the website.
The area has very dense bush and is surrounded by untouched government land. There are lots of moose in the area, some deer and it is quite boggy. Recently, on 5 different occasions, cleaned deer carcasses have been removed from the property with no signs of scavengers dragging the carcasses and they have not been found since. There has been a long and frequent history of sightings/activity to the west of this area within the same forest system.