Submitted by witness on Thursday, July 6, 2006.
Possible indicative sounds heard near Camp Atterbury Military Reservation
COUNTY: Bartholomew County
LOCATION DETAILS: I live out on 500W in a wooded forest area,and farm land. About 10 miles from Columbus.
NEAREST TOWN: Columbus
NEAREST ROAD: US31 or STR46
OBSERVED: I was walking our puppy at 2:30 Am, Puppy training! We live directly across from Camp Atterbury,which is heavily wooded on our side. We also share it with Brown County State park And Yellow wood. I was basically star gazing… I hear a loud howl type sound, that I have never heard before; I grew up here, so I know what coyotyes, wolves, foxes, owls, and even bobcats sound like…THIS WAS NOT ANY OF THOSE! I have never heard this sound from here???? There was one short howl… it sounded like it was right in front of me no more than 140 ft. I moved a few paces to my right and again I heard a howl in front of me, as if it moved to the right with me…this time after the second howl there was about four or five short hoops after it! By that time I was really freaked out and ran back to my house!
ALSO NOTICED: Very loud crashing of large trees…. no storms that night????
OTHER WITNESSES: 0
OTHER STORIES: Not that I am aware of?
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approx. 2:30 AM moon was half full stars out and clear.
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded area, Camp Atterbury land across the road…farm area. Brown Co. St. Park and Yellow Wood Park….. Very hilly near Brown Co. SP and Bloomington.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to the witness over the phone about her incident. She is familiar with many different types of animal sounds, and the sounds she heard that night were unlike anything she heard before. The howls lasted about 3-4 seconds each, and were similar to the Ohio howl found on the website. After the howls occurred, she heard a series of high-pitched whoops come from the same area.
She stated that the day before she heard some very loud tree crashes during the day, but didn’t think much of it until she heard the howls the following night.
–Submitted to BRFO website July 6 2006