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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1939, BORREGO SINK, CALIFORNIA, USA, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A researcher of weird animals, Ken Coon apparently interviewed a shop owner who wished to remains anonymous and told that in Borrego Sink, California, USA, a night in 1939, while prospecting alone in the desolate area, he was confronted by a pack of hairy, two legged creatures covered with silvery white hair or fur, and glowing red colored eyes.

The creatures surrounded his camp and menaced him for some time but were apparently kept at distance by the blazing campfire.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000965
Date of event: 1939
Earliest report of event: 1970?
Delay of report: Decades?
Witness reported via: Told local cryptozoologist.
First alleged record by: Local cryptozoologist Ken coon.
First certain record by: Cryptozoology book Marinacci.
First alleged record type: Local cryptozoologist.
First certain record type: Cryptozoology book.
This file created on: August 16, 2009
This file last updated on: August 16, 2009
Country of event: USA
State/Department: California
Type of location: Deserted area.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male. Shop owner.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Biped animal
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: None. Furry.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported. White or silver fur.
Entities body: Not reported. Biped.
Entities head: Large.
Entities eyes: Red, glowing.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Furry.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Circled witness campfire but kept their distance..
Entities/witness interactions: Circled witness campfire but kept their distance.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Felt threatened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable animals, owls.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. mm1:] MIKE MARINACCI:

The author indicates that in California, a store owner who wished to remain anonymous told that he had seen Sasquatches in the tangle of dry gulches known as Borrego Sink.

The man told that he was prospecting around the area back in 1939, and while camping alone at night, he was confronted by a pack of hairy, two-legged creatures, covered with white or silver fur. They had red eyes that glowed in the dark.

They surrounded his camp and menaced him for some time, but were frightened by his blazing campfire and kept their distance.

The author indicates that the story surfaced thanks to Southern California Bigfoot expert Ken Coon who once interviewed the man.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Borrego Sink, California, in 1939, at night, a man prospecting alone in a desolate area was confronted one night by a pack of hairy, two legged creatures covered with silvery white hair or fur, and glowing red colored eyes. The creatures surrounded his camp and menaced him for some time but were apparently kept at bay by the blazing campfire.

The source is indicated as "Mike Marinacci, Mysterious California quoting Ken Coon."

Points to consider:

Ken Coon was a former deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County, California, USA, who collected many stories of allegedly strange animals sightings during the 1960s and 1970s in Southern California. He used to call some of theses "Sandpeople" or "Zoobies".

His collected stories were later used by various authors such as Warren Smith and Mike Marinacci, and generally not in a ufology context but in a "Bigfoot", cryptozoology context.

In this case of course the description is very insufficient, it is possible that the creatures, likely just wild animals, seemed to "have two legs" because the rear legs would have been in the dark, or because they were owls. The "glowing red" eyes are nothing extraordinary since many animals have eyes that would reflect the flames of a campfire.

Whatever the creatures were, there is absolutely no reason to classify them as UFO occupants.

Left: Long-Eared Owl Asio Otus, from Southern California, sparsely spread. Note the "glowing red eyes", the "two leggs" and the "white or silver fur".

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 16, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source Ken coon not available and not correctly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 16, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single anonymous witness, reliability of story unknown. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe August 16, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No "UFO", meager description but suggestive of animals rather than space visitors. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe August 16, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing information such as size, distance, number... Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable animals, owls.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 16, 2009 Creation, [mm1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 16, 2009 First published.

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