and I came across the tracks in late September of 1967 while deer hunting
in a place called Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, not to far from a place
called Thompson Mountain at about the 7500 ft. elevation mark.
in Northern California west of Redding. We had horse backed in to a place
we called Jones Camp at the base of Thompson Mountain.
into a small streambed as the walking was easier and it was in this creek
bed where I saw the tracks. Neither my friend or I had a camera and the
only way we had of taking a rough measurement was going from the end of
my gun barrel to about where the end of the fore grip was. Later we measured
it back at camp and it was about 15 inches long.
Many times over the years
we wished we would have had a camera with us but didn't, to young I guess.
We followed the tracks down stream for over four hundred yards before
they left the streambed and took off up the mountain (Thompson Mountain).
The tracks were very clear and looked to be very fresh as the water was
still oozing into the imprints in the silt areas.
heard a large animal going through the Red Oaks ahead of us but without
seeing the animal it could have been a bear.
We never reported this to
anyone as we didn't want to be called "nuts" or whatever. But
I'll tell you this, seeing those tracks sure made the hair stand up from
the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet. I'm a large guy and
my foot prints were not near as deep in the mud as those were.
want any more information just ask and I'll try to supply it. Thank you
Gary L. Reinhardt
M Reinhardt" <email@example.com>
Sent to Bobbie Short Friday, August 17, 2001 11:41 AM
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