On August 23, 1994,
while traveling with Jack Sullivan in the Cascades on a route along Wash
Creek, in the Clackamas River, we stopped to investigate a freshly torn
stump near the road. We found possible Sasquatch evidence as we examined
a slab off the torn stump. There was a noticeable nail scratch across
the slab of wood, suggesting the breakage of woody material had been accomplished
by a broad fingernail. There were no other identifiable marks on the stump.
On October 27, 1994, Sullivan and I interviewed a person in the Clackamas
County area who had recently experienced problems with his cattle herd
breaking through the fence. The cows had broken the fence twice, both
times occurring about midnight. He stated that the animals were normally
quiet and gentle. Our examination of the area indicated the pasture also
involved some timber, and two small streams flowed through it. The abuts
Cascade foothills. We found no tracks or anything unusual. Upon contacting
the cattle owner's neighbor, he indicated his two large dogs had been
acting strangely the previous few nights.
Sullivan and I interviewed a bow-hunter who lives in the Estacada area
who stated he believed he saw a Sasquatch on November 3, 1994. He had
been sitting on a stand next to timber and facing a clearcut area for
several hours, hoping to get a shot at a deer. Upon hearing footsteps
approoach from the timber, he expected to see another hunter. Finally,
a tall dark figure came into view, stopping at the edge just barely in
his view. It turned around and disappeared into the timber. He was convinced
it was a Sasquatch because the figure was much higher above the brush
than a human would have been. It was getting late, so the witness left
the site. This vicinity has had many Sasquatch sighting reports over the
past several years. The hunter was wearing a camoflaged uniform scented
with cedar. The timber at the site is dense second growth Douglas fir
of commercial size.
On May 30, 1995, I met Fred Bradshaw at Elma, Washington, and we toured
the Grays Harbor County area. He had been investigating Sasquatch reports
in the area for several years. During the tour, we interviewed Don Muller,
who was logging some private land along the Satsop River. He recollected
seeing a Sasquatch in September of 1969, at a distance of about 150 feet
(45 m). It crossed the road and walked into the brush. The site was about
10 miles (16 km) from Elma. It was daylight, and the visibility was good.
The animal was described as dark and hairy, and it walked on two legs
the entire time it was in sight.
He also claimed to have observed five 17-inch (43-cm) tracks on the East
Fork of the Satsop River. He did not recall the date, but the find was
about 18 miles (29 km) from Elma.
Grays Harbor County has had Sasquatch reports since the first homesteaders
arrived. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and basically
supports a lumber economy. The terrain is mountainous, consisting of the
Coast Range, locally called the Black Hills and the Willapa Hills, which
are dissected by narrow valleys. The northern portion of the county merges
into the Olympic National Forest.
Sullivan and I spent the period of June 19-21, 1996, in the Ochoco Mountains
in Oregon, where we had done fieldwork for several years. This trip did
not produce any indication of Sasquatch activity. We did locate two elk
carcasses (skeletal remains). One was a 5 pt. bull elk with skeletal remains
quite intact; the other was about one mile (1.6 km) farther along the
brushy stream, and the bones were scattered about. From all appearances,
it was likely the animals were victims of the past elk hunting season.
The area is a popular elk hunting location. There was an obvious increase
in elk sign in the area. The absence of possible Sasquatch activity does
not reflect anything other than such evidence is difficult to locate anywhere,
and we were, of course, only walking a line through a parcel of wilderness.
I did receive a rather bizarre report from a deer hunter. He claimed he
had seen what had to be a Sasquatch while he was hunting in northeast
Oregon, a few miles north of Bourne, a ghost town situated in the Blue
Mountains. He reported to me by phone as follows: The location where he
had been hunting, approximately 3 miles (5 km) north of Bourne, included
a large clearcut. He was walking slowly through it when he glanced downhill
toward the bottom of the clearing just in time to see a large bipedal
animal take about three steps before disappearing into the forest. The
animal's color was brown, but it was darker on the legs. The extraordinary
aspect account is that he claims a small black bear was following it.
The distance between the two animals was only about 2 feet (60 cm).
Immediately following the disappearance of these two animals into the
forest, a buck deer spooked out of the nearby area into the clearcut.
The hunter fired several shots at the running buck, but missed. He estimated
the distance to the animals at about 375 feet (115 m), but said it may
have been closer.
Naturally, such a reported interaction between a Sasquatch and a bear
may leave the reader doubtful. I have pondered this report, and believe
it has the ring of truth. Did he perhaps see a hunter with a black dog
following him? I doubt it. Some hunters make drastic observational mistakes.
However, I have also received some very good reports from hunters, and
each report should be studied as thoroughly as possible, and evaluated
on its own merits.
The evidence has been scanty, complex, and challenging. It indicates that
the remotest rugged areas are probably the home ranges of these animals,
which prefer to remain "unknown." My fieldwork has been reduced
in the past several years because of extensive out-of-state travel. However,
I intend to continue investigating Sasquatch evidence as time permits,
and shall attempt to uncover some good evidence to help solve this strange
© James A. Hewkin, 1994
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