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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.

June 15, 1947, Gackle, North Dakota, USA, two brothers:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

On November 21, 2004, someone reported via the web to the National UFO Reporting Center that on June 15, 1947, he observed an "alien hawk" for about one hour in Gackle, in North Dakota, USA.

The witness claimed he was with his brother, hunting gophers on their family farm, when they happened to look up and saw a hawk hovering directly over them, at only about 20 feet above them.

It did not move at all, in a totally un-natural manner, as hawks flying thermals fly in circles.

The witness said he fired a one shot from a .22 rifle, and the hawk did not move at all. Then, with his brother, they both shot dozens of shots until they were out of ammo. The hawk did not move except that it seemed to get almost imperceptually higher.

They continued to observe the "hawk" until it disappeared from sight directly above them; which took about an hour. In that hour, the hawk did not turn, did not flap its wings, and did not move in any direction except up.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001828
Date of event: June 15, 1947
Earliest report of event: November 21, 2004
Delay of report: 5 decades.
Witness reported via: Web report to MUFORC.
First alleged record by: NUFORC web reports.
First certain record by: NUFORC web reports.
First alleged record type: Web report.
First certain record type: Web report.
This file created on: November 6, 2018
This file last updated on: November 6, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: North Dakota
Type of location: Outside on family farm in Gackle.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not repotred, tennagers.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Two brothers.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Bird
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: N/A.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Hawk.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
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: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Hovered 6 meters above witnesses.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, shot, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Unexplained, unknown credibility.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER:

Sighting Report

Occurred : 6/15/1947 14:00 (Entered as : 06/15/1947 14:00)
Reported: 11/21/2004 5:07:19 PM 17:07
Posted: 12/3/2004
Location: Gackle, ND
Shape: Other
Duration: aprox. 1 hour
Alien hawk sighted in North Dakota

My brother and I were hunting gophers on our family farm.

We happened to look up and saw a hawk hovering directly over us. It was only about 20 feet above us, and what was unusual, it did not move at all. This is totally un-natural. Normal flight for a hawk flying thermals is to fly in circles.

I fired a one shot from a .22 rifle. The hawk did not move at all. Then we both shot dozens of shots until we were out of ammo. The hawk did not move except it seemed almost imperceptually higher.

We continued to abserve [sic, "observe"] the "hawk" until it disapeared [sic] from sight directly above us.

This took about an hour. In that hour the hawk did not turn, did not flap it's wings, and did not move in any direction except up.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Gackle, North Dakota, on June 15, 1947, at 1400, two brothers were hunting gophers in their farm when they suddenly happened to look up and saw what appeared to be a winged hawk-like figure hovering directly over them. It was only about 20 m above them, and what was unusual, it did not move at all. This is totally unnatural since the normal flight pattern for a hawk is to fly in circles. One of the men fired one shot from his .22 rifle. The "hawk" did not move at all. Then they both shot dozens of shots until they were out of ammo. The strange winged creature did not move except that it seemed almost imperceptibly higher. The brothers continued to observe the "hawk" until it disappeared from sight directly above them. The incident lasted for about an hour in which the "hawk" did not turn, did not nap its wings and did not move in any direction except up.

The source is indicated as "NUFORC".

Points to consider:

The description of the event is of such a high strangeness that I do not see any prosaic explanation. However, this is only a very late web report, without investigation; its credibility is unknown.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
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Evaluation:

Unexplained, unknown credibility.

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 November 6, 2018 Creation, [nu1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 6, 2018 First published.

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