The Forest Went Eerily Silent

And the forest went suddenly silent… Talk about CREEPY.

We were in a state park campground surrounded by a thick forest with several miles of trails looping around the campground. It was pitch dark late at night except for my puny flashlight and the dim lights emanating from the windows of other RVs. There weren’t more than 10 or 15 campers in the park and most were dark, their people had gone to bed already.

It was just me and our dog Sienna, out for a walk in the pitch dark for her nighttime potty. We stopped in a grassy field next to the forest.

The forest was full of life. Crickets, frogs, cicadas, and some sort of night birds, I think they were whippoorwills, all singing with gusto. And then, silence. Sudden, immediate, dead silence, as if someone had flipped a switch. Talk about freaky. Sienna c’MON, we gotta GO. As in NOW.

The primary reason that the forest will go suddenly silent is that a predator has entered the region such as a mountain lion, a bear, a bird of prey, or a Bigfoot. Sometimes the forest will erupt with noise just before going silent. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, geese, and others might shout out a warning to their brethren before going competely and utterly silent.

Loud warnings mean that a predator is approaching, while sudden silence means Danger Danger! Immediate danger!

A 2017 article entitled, “If the forest is silent, don’t enter,” shared a creepy moment when a man walking in the forest heard footsteps behind him. He stopped, and the footsteps stopped. He started walking, and the footsteps started walking. He turned around but nothing was there.

If you really want to get creeped out while hiking in the forest, Bigfoot enthusiast Jeff Cox shares a few Bigfoot facts on Quora:

Is there any evidence that Bigfoot exists?
Have any deaths been linked to Bigfoot?

In the meantime, here’s the satellite map showing where we were when the forest went suddenly silent, including our distance from two reported Bigfoot sightings within 15 miles of us. Of course, it could just as easily have been a bear or bobcat that sent all the forest creatures in a panic:

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