Sawyers Bar, CA
-- "Is Big Foot moving into new territory?"
A Yreka man -- Alan "Timer"
Freeman reported some mighty strange footprints in the snow last week
a few miles east of this remote Salmon River community, raising speculation
that the legendary creature may be passing through or even taking up residence
Big Foot reports have been almost totally non-existent during the 1980s
and early 90s, although a man found prints in the mud south of Happy Camp
back in the mid-1980s.
But in the past two years, the reports have intensified. At least two
"experiences" were known to have happened to campers in the
Marble Mountain Wilderness area during the summer of 1992, and last year
there was an unsubstantiated sighting near Scott Bar.
Freeman's grown son and two friends were fishing on the Salmon River around
the weekend of January 23/24, when they found large tracks in the snow
near the North Fork of the Salmon. Besides being large, they had visible
Last Thursday, Freeman went with a retired law enforcement friend to his
mining claim and they located the prints, measured, and photographed them.
Freeman said they were 17.5 inches long and took strides ranging from
36 to 41 inches in length. Pretty big for a human being.
(On Friday, the Pioneer Press went to the site and asked the assistance
of Chet Mc Broom in looking at the prints, but they were too faded to
substantiate their origin and too far gone to see defined toes as Freeman
reported and photographed).
Freeman, a retired bridge construction man for the county, said the prints
were definitely not those of a bear or mountain lion.
Several persons who track said that prints made in the snow will "grow"
in certain conditions during a melt, but Freeman said if that was the
case the character of the toes would have been undefined, plus he wondered
why someone would be barefoot
in the first place in the middle of winter.
He said before last week he thought any mention of the elusive creature
was "someone pulling someone else's leg", but now that he has
seen the tracks "I'm beginning to believe in Big Foot".
Freeman is the son of a logger and was a logger himself in younger years
and had no previous evidence of "something being out there."
The summer before last a Fort Jones woman was camping near some lakes
in the Marbles when she became "aware" of someone or something
watching. She said there was a "terrible smell" about 30 feet
away, but when she moved, the "smell" stayed about the same
distance away. Her dogs, who normally chase all creatures including bear,
hovered around her.
Said one person, asking not to be identified, "my personal theory
is Big Foot has a sweet tooth for elk meat (recently introduced back in
the area), so that's why we haven't had these reports in years."
© Pioneer Press
Wednesday, February 3, 1993 Vol. 21, No. 13
Credit source: Tim Olson
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