Evidence Mounting that Bigfoot Inhabits Wilderness in Northwest
"Evidence Mounting that Bigfoot Inhabits Wilderness in Northwest" By Marge Davenport, Journal Staff Writer March 11, 1969 (Photo copyright The Journal is captioned: "Plaster casts of giant footprints found in the northwest and Canadian wilderness are shown here by Roger Patterson who is out to capture one of the legendary giants. His movie film of "Mrs. Bigfoot," taken last year in California and British Broadcasting Company documentary on creatures filmed in the northwest will be shown at Coliseum Thursday and Friday.
When and if Roger Patterson encounters another Bigfoot, he intends to shoot it with a tranquilizer gun and capture it.
Patterson, ex ex-cowboy
from Yakima, Washington is the man who made the movie film of a strange
hair covered female giant in the Mt. Shasta area of California last fall.
Early next week Patterson and three companions intend to go into the Cascades east of Portland, Oregon on the first of a serious of three "ape hunting trips" he is planning this year. Reports of sightings and footprints in this area from an Estacada logger, who claims to have seen the giant creature on three different occasions, prompted the Oregon expedition. Both Patterson and Rene Dahinden of British Columbia who has spent the last ten years hunting the Sasquatch (Canadian name for the creatures) are convinced the logger is telling the truth. Dahinden visited the area a week ago and inspected piles of rocks supposedly piled up by the mystery creatures as they looked for hibernating rodents.
After the Oregon expeditions, Patterson and the Northwest Research Association, which he heads, plan trips to Mt. St. Helens area in Washington and in the Mt. Shasta country in northern California.
In Portland this week, Patterson said he felt the search for Bigfoot is drawing to a close. "We know enough about Bigfoot's habits and habitats that we should be able to soon lure one into a position where we can capture it," Patterson declared.
He said footprints and sightings indicate the creatures frequent certain areas or pas through areas at specific times of the year. The expedition intends to use "animal distress calls" and scents to try to arouse "Bigfoot's curiosity." Patterson believes that most animals in the forest respond to a distress call even though it is from an entirely different species.
Although the question
of whether Bigfoot really exists remains unsettled in the minds of most
persons, Patterson says more and more scientists are impressed with the
growing evidence about the creature.
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