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Bigfoot Sighting Report #86

Town: Wantage
County: Sussex
Type of Encounter: Sounds heard
Sighted on Jun 15, 1999  2:00AM
Nearest Road: Cty Rte 519 mile marker 80
Weather Conditions: overcast

Sighting Details:
Mid June 1999 approximatley 2:00 A.M. was first woken up by my wife who was hearing a strange sound coming from the area of 519 that backs up to Neilson Road and encompasses the old 4H camp and parts of Stoke State Forest.

The sounds were a "combination" of a woman screaming and some other kind of unknown animal. What was real eerie is that during the time of these "screams" there were no other sounds coming from any type of wild life or domestic animals... by that I mean no owls, coyotees, bobcats, dogs, cats, etc.

This area is located near the Space Farm Zoo & Museum. I have heard their large cats (lions, tigers, cougars, etc) and bears growling at feeding time and other times; however, this screaming that I heard that night was in no way any of those animals. It had more of a 'human' element to it. These screams lasted for 15 to 20 minutes and ended after 3 consecutive nights.

Follow-up:

Strange screams were heard around the borough of Sussex during the summer of 1998, the year preceding this reported experience. That's an interesting coincidence.

Realistically, with reports of scream-like sounds, we can't automatically assume they are the product of Bigfoot. There are just too many other possibilities, several other animal species that could be the source of the sound. A barn owl for instance. Contrary to what many may think, a screech owl doesn't produce a screech as one of their typical sounds. The barn owl is responsible for a shrieking call that resembles the scream of a woman, and is often misidentified as a screech owl.

Listen to samples of Barn Owl calls here. Also note their range includes most of the United states.

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