June 1997, 7.15am PST
Weather was clear and the sun was up as
California Highway Patrol Officer from Orange County, California (Los Angeles).
Now retired and living with his wife in the state of Idaho, the officer
has asked for and is receiving anonymity
"I was driving northbound on highway 95, approximately 5 miles
north of Athol, Idaho when an upright bipedal dark brown colored hairy
creature walked across the road near the intersection of Old House Road
and Hwy 95 junction. The creature came from my right and walked swiftly
to my left across the road. It was at least seven feet tall, upright,
brown and weighed more than 300 pounds. Both sides of the highway are
wooded areas. I drive that way every Monday and Friday and this is the
first time I've seen the creature. I live near Coeur d'Alene, in northern
Officer's name suppressed.
Report initially investigated by Bobbie Short via a tip from Tom Akren.