Eight Spalding-area residents say they saw a large hairy creature Thursday
evening that could only have been a Bigfoot. The unidentified creature
was spotted descending a hillside southwest of Nez Perce National Historical
Park's visitor center at Spalding. "I looked up and it was just too
big and dark to be a man," Becky Johnson said Friday.
6 or 7 o'clock....There was still a lot of daylight
left." Johnson tried to photograph the creature as it walked across
a plowed field almost a half mile away. But she said her camera was not
equipped with a telephoto lens and the small negative recorded just a
tiny black speck.
Frank Walker, the park superintendent, said a park employee
also reported seeing a large, dark creature walking down the hillside
Thursday evening. Tony Arthur saw the creature much closer up. He and
two other family members spotted the suspected Sasquatch on the hillside
from the home of Moffett and Rachel Johnson.
Arthur said he and two others
drove down a nearby gravel road to get closer. They spotted the creature
crouched behind some bushes at the edge of the field, about a quarter
mile from U.S. Highway 95. "I'd
say we were about 100 to 120 yards away. It was mostly behind the bush
and it kind of crouched down." He
said others were watching the creature, too, including one man who had
binoculars and said what he saw was a man, "but he wouldn't let us
look through the binoculars."
said he was convinced what he saw was not a man. "I'd say it had
to be at least seven feet tall," he said. The
animal was covered with long, shaggy dark hair, Arthur said. He and others
who saw the creature said it did not appear to be a bear because it walked
upright for such a long distance.
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