Tonight I will be speaking to Casey who grew up on a ranch in Humboldt County, CA. Casey and his family have seen the creature on a few occasions. Casey said “A friend and I decided to camp next to the river on the property and something walked across the river and was coming to their tent.
I will also be speaking to Kevin, Kevin writes “The encounter took place in January of 2020 while I was working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where I was conducting stream surveys on the local coho salmon population.
This position was a seasonal gig that went from October 1st- January 10th. I was doing stream surveys, which consisted of hiking (in waders) down 3 or 4 streams that flow into the Columbia River. I was counting the live coho salmon, deceased ones, and their redds which are the nests they make for their eggs.
The encounter took place on a section of Mill Creek, which is a watershed these salmon reproduce in. That day I was working the “upper mill creek” survey, which was the highest upriver on that creek that we covered. To get to the start of the survey point my partner drove me on Weyerhaeuser logging roads to a drop off point. He would then park the truck downstream of me on the road where my survey was completed.
After he dropped me off I still needed to hike about half a mile down a decommissioned road where they removed two culverts, and placed some boulders across the road to block vehicle access. There was a point on the road where I was to drop downhill and head to the creek to begin my survey.
As I was hiking up this decommissioned road I was approaching the point where I needed to drop into the forest. The creature I saw was pretty much across the road from where I was heading to enter the forest. The scariest part is that it was standing right where I was going before I got off the road.
It saw me before I saw it. In fact I am sure I would have walked right up to it if it didn’t move. It ran uphill away from the creek and was about 2 ft above the trees. The trees it ran through were previously clear cut, and re-planted. They were a little over 5 feet tall, because I was slightly taller than the trees.
I went back to the location the following year where I noticed a game trail it must have been running on.
It looked like a ninja as it ran. Perfectly smooth steps and I didn’t hear a sound. If I wasn’t looking in that direction I wouldn’t have known it was there.
I saw it from about the chest or shoulders on up. It was jet black, even in the sunlight. Almost as if it absorbed the sun. It had a cone shaped head which I had never seen before in the animal kingdom (I have a degree in evolutionary biology). Do you know anything about that skull shape? I was unable to notice any facial features because it was running to the left. I only saw the left side, and the back of its head.
The encounter freaked me out because I was about to start a stream survey that lasted well over 2 hours. I didn’t know if it would tell its family I was there and they would hunt me, or something like that. My head was on a swivel the entire time.”