February 25, 1999
Location: Cascade Mountains, Near Mt. St. Helens, Washington,
team of forestry workers allegedly had been witness to
an incident on Thursday, February 25, 1999, during which
time an elk was lifted off the ground and carried away
by a very peculiar, disc-shaped object.
Rendition by Robert Fairfax, UFO researcher, of elk abduction.
(credit: FATE Magazine)
One of the witnesses, "Augustine", points toward
where he saw the craft carry the elk.
(credit: MUFON Journal)
Diagram of UFO by Robert Fairfax. (credit: FATE Magazine)
National UFO Reporting Center
to original source]
Elk Abduction Said Witnessed In Washington State
Monday, March 01, 1999, the National UFO Reporting Center
(NUFORC) received a call over its telephone Hotline (206-722-3000)
from an individual who identified himself as an employee
in the forestry industry in Washington State. The individual
left a message, in which he reported that a team of forestry
workers allegedly had been witness to an incident on Thursday,
February 25, 1999, during which time an elk was lifted
off the ground and carried away by a very peculiar, disc-shaped
B. Davenport, Director of NUFORC, contacted several of
the individuals whose names and telephone numbers had
been provided by the first contact. Based on those telephone
conversations, he elected to initiate a preliminary investigation
of the incident.
NUFORC traditionally does not serve as an investigative
body, Mr. Davenport contacted Mr. Robert A. Fairfax, Director
of Investigations for the Washington State Chapter of
the Mutual UFO Network, which does conduct investigations
of alleged UFO sightings. Messrs. Davenport and Fairfax
traveled to the location of the alleged incident, and
jointly have been conducting an investigation of this
elk abduction case since Friday, March 05.
investigation, to date, has included a trip to the site
of the incident, an interview of three of the alleged
fourteen witnesses to the actual abduction, and several
conversations with individuals who work with the eyewitnesses.
In addition, the investigators inspected the carcass of
an adult elk, a pregnant cow, which was found dead beside
a logging road on March 01 by other forestry employees,
within a few miles of the principal event.
investigation and collection of facts surrounding the
case will continue. This preliminary summary of their
findings to date is submitted jointly by Messrs. Davenport
Thursday, February 25, 1999, at just a few minutes before
noon, three forestry workers, who were planting seedling
trees in the mountains of Washington State, witnessed
a small, disc-shaped object slowly drift over a nearby
ridge to their south, and descend into the valley to the
north of their position. The object descended silently
with what seemed to the witnesses a purposeful manner,
exhibiting a slight "wobble" to its flight.
three workers, at first, thought the object was some kind
of parachute that was drifting and descending, but they
quickly realized that their initial impression was not
correct. Hence, they shouted to their eleven co-workers
nearby, who were working on the north-facing hillside,
and all fourteen members of the work crew watched the
object for an estimated 3-5 minutes.
seconds of their first observation of the object, the
witnesses became aware that the object was travelling
generally in the direction of a herd of elk that they
had been watching all morning. They continued to watch
as the object proceeded toward the herd until it succeeded
in getting quite close to the animals. The animals apparently
remained unaware of the object's presence until it was
within a very short distance of the herd.
the animals bolted, most of the them running up the slope
to their east. However, one adult animal was seen by the
witnesses to separate itself from the herd and run or
trot to generally to the north, perhaps along a logging
road. The witnesses report that at this point, the object
quickly moved directly above the lone elk and seemed to
lift it off the ground, although no visible means of support
of the animal was evident to the observers.
of incident site and reported path of craft
(graphic by Robert Fairfax)
witnesses added that shortly after lifting the elk off
the ground, the object seemed to begin to "wobble"
to a more pronounced degree than it had exhibited earlier.
In addition, as the object appeared to increase its altitude,
the elk, which was suspended upright below the disc, rotated
slowly beneath it and appeared to be getting closer to
the ventral surface of the disc. They also commented that
the object seemed to increase in size slightly after it
had picked up the animal.
the elk suspended below it, the object began to ascend
slowly up a clear-cut slope to the east. However, the
witnesses watched it apparently brush the tops of nearby
trees to the east, at which point it reversed its course
and proceeded to the west. It executed a 360-degree turn
to the left and may have gained some slight altitude in
the process, the witnesses thought.
the object had completed its turn and was once again proceeding
in a generally easterly direction, it began ascending
very quickly at what seemed to the witnesses to be a rather
steep angle. It continued to ascend, and simply disappeared
from sight of the witnesses.
witnesses stated that once the object had started to ascend
and had climbed to an altitude above their vantage point,
they no longer could see the animal suspended below the
craft. Their presumption was that the animal had somehow
been taken into the craft, although the witnesses could
discern no "door," or any kind of aperture
through which the animal might have been conveyed into
witnesses also stated that following the incident, the
herd of elk remained in the same general area, although
remained more closely huddled to one another than had
been the case earlier in the morning. The workers added
that they, too, had remained closer to one another until
their departure from the area at the end of the work day.
summary prepared by Peter B. Davenport, Director, National
UFO Reporting Center, and Robert A. Fairfax, Director
of Investigations, Mutual UFO Network, for the Washington
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Washington State Elk Abduction
February 25, 1999
this winter morning, fourteen forestry workers, employees
of a large, unnamed company, were planting trees in the
Cascade Mountains of Washington State about 20 miles west
of Mt. St. Helens. Three of the men had been watching
a nearby herd of elk in the valley below them all morning.
a heel-shaped object with two stripes on its back appeared
over a nearby ridge and began drifting in a northeast
direction. Initially, the three men thought it was something
like a parachute, but it maintained a steady altitude,
following the contours of the terrain below it.
the object began to move toward the herd of elk, the three
men called out to the other eleven members of the work
crew. All fourteen men stood on the hillside and watched
as the object floated down into the valley towards the
silent object was able to get quite near the elk before
the animals noticed it. When they did notice it, most
of the herd ran to the east, toward a densely wooded area.
One elk, though, trotted off toward the north, down a
logging road. It was to this lone elk that the object
flew. The amazed workers watched as the object floated
above the elk and then appeared to lift the elk off the
ground with some sort of invisible force. The object then
moved off, with the elk slowly rotating beneath it. It
moved up the ridge, barely clearing the trees, and then
down into the next valley, out of sight of the forestry
workers. After a few minutes, the object then reappeared,
apparently without the elk, and rose at high speed until
it disappeared into the sky.
case was reported to NUFORC, and Peter Davenport of NUFORC
and Robert Fairfax of MUFON Washington traveled to the
site and interviewed the witnesses. For their report,
go to NUFORC.
They also examined the body of a female elk that was found
to the north of the site. It could not be determined if
this was the same elk. Many of the witnesses had been
with the company for years and they were generally deemed
to be reliable.