The David Mills Story
Kitsap County, Washington
August 11, 2001 Forest Manager sees sasquatch...
After a forestry manager reported seeing a creature in June, Suquamish
police told him there had been several reports lately. As a forestry manager
with the Suquamish Tribe, David Mills knows his way around the woods and he was positive that what he saw there one day in June was a Sasquatch.
Mills snuck into the tree line and moved closer to the creature. It started
screeching and pounding on the back of a tree with what sounded like a rock,
"Her anger wasn't directed at me, it was coming to the right, at the noise it was making behind the tree," he said.
With two bears and a Sasquatch nearby, Mills decided it was time to call it a day.
"I flew down that hill," he said. "Then I just hopped in my truck and locked up the gate and left the area."
The creature he says was a Sasquatch was about 9 feet tall and had black,
shiny fur all over its body, Mills said.
"All you saw was a blur of its legs," he said.
His partner saw exactly the same thing, Mills said. When he reported his June sighting to the Suquamish Police Department, an officer told him he wasn't the only person to see a Sasquatch in the area lately. He declined to give out the names of others that have seen it, but offered to pass a message along. The other reported Sasquatch-seers did not respond to the request for an interview.
When Patrick Julian heard Mills' story, he headed straight to Indianola to see for himself. Julian, who lives in Port Orchard, is a volunteer field investigator with a Bothell group. Many Bigfoot reports turn out to be bears, stumps or humans, he said. But he could tell Mills' experience had the ring of truth. "David was very credible," Julian said. "He sees bears back in the woods, he knows the difference between bears and Bigfoot." Plus, there was a footprint. The Sasquatch didn't leave much trace in the dry soil, but he happened to step in a muddy patch on his way uphill and leave one partial track, Julian said. The track was 7 inches wide, which would make the foot 15 or 16 inches long, he said.
Another Bigfoot track from Kitsap County is on display at the Bigfoot
museum. It was taken 3 miles from Lider Lake in the summer of 1984. Julian said he doesn't get many reports of sightings in the immediate area.
Most recently, a sighting classified as "possible" was reported near Discovery Bay this March. Julian is hoping other people will contact him with reports of Kitsap County sightings.
Lately, Julian has been spending weekends in Eatonville, where there's been
a lot of Bigfoot activity, he said. He also drove to the Lower Hoh Indian
Reservation on the Olympic Peninsula where a man reported finding Bigfoot
Investigators there found three sets of tracks, from an alleged Sasquatch with 11-, 15- or 17-inch feet. They were able to follow one set to a patch of matted grass where they believe one Bigfoot slept, Julian said. He still came up short of his ultimate goal, seeing his first Sasquatch.
That's the downside of a well-publicized investigation like the Hoh tracks, where Seattle television station camera crews came in and ruined the peace and quiet a Sasquatch seeks, Julian said.
"That's usually what happens when all of a sudden a bunch of people walk
in," he said. For that reason, he's respecting the Suquamish Tribe's wishes
and leaving the Indianola site alone. Otherwise, he'd be camping there,
"We are on a peaceful pursuit," he said. "We are not out to harm anything."Rolf Johnson, the deer and elk manager with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the department occasionally gets reports of Bigfoot, although it has never had one from Kitsap. The most recent one came in two years ago. A man brought in some alleged Bigfoot dung he found near Mount Rainier, Johnson said. He passed it along to a veterinarian, who analyzed the sample and found it inconclusive. When people report a Sasquatch to the department, they usually want to see it protected, he said.
"I just tell them the Department of Fish and Wildlife has no jurisdiction,"
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