Bigfoot Encounters

Can Bigfoot be Killed?
By John Steele

There are dozens of reports that suggest perhaps Bigfoot cannot be killed. [Or at least not brought down by initial shots fired]

In 1957, at Wanoga Butte, Washington, Gary Joanis and Jim Newall were hunting, and had just shot a deer. Before they could get to it, a 9-foot tall, hairy creature walked into the clearing, picked the deer up, and carried it off under its arm. Joanis, annoyed about losing his deer, fired several shots with his 30.06 into the creatures back, but the creature never stopped walking. However, it did emit a "strange whistling scream." A cry of pain?

In October 1959, west of Roseburg, Oregon, two boys, one 12 and the other 17, saw a Bigfoot near an abandoned saw mill. They went back with guns to look for it. It showed up, but began chasing them, with its arms outstretched. Strangely enough, it never caught up with them, although it easily could have. The 17 year old, reputedly a good shot, was able to get off several good shots with his 30.06, but the creature kept coming. However, it did fall forward onto its knuckles a couple times. They wondered later if it was herding them, to get them away from its territory, family or possessions.

In 1965, near Fouke Arkansas, 14-year old James Crabtree was squirrel hunting, when he heard some horses galloping into a nearby lake. Then he heard a dog howling in pain. Investigating, he came up behind an 8 foot tall creature, covered all over with 4 inch long reddish-brown hair. It turned, and he couldn't see anything of its face, other than a wide flat nose. Everything else was covered in hair. The bigfoot started walking towards Crabtree, who, terrified, shot it in the face three times with his shotgun. As the creature didn't seem to notice, the boy left as fast as he could.

In Washington, during the summer of 1966, there were numerous sightings of a white/grey Bigfoot, 8 feet tall with red-eyes, weighing at least 600 pounds and walking like a human. A group of men often went looking for it, and usually found it in a gravel pit. Roger True fired at it from a range of only 20 feet, and hit it at least three times from his .270 rifle, but didn't knock it down. Tommy Thompson fired his 10-gauge shotgun from 10 yards. He said it "screamed, a sort of high-pitched squeal, but the shots didn't stop it running away."

In May 1967, in The Dalles in Oregon, several teen-age boys spend their nights hunting Bigfoot. One night, they were moving through the woods, when they came to a tree where the branches hung to the ground. Pushing past them, they found a creature 8-10 feet away that was 7 feet tall crouched down. Dave Churchill blasted it twice in the chest with his 12-gauge shotgun, which knocked it down. It rolled over twice, and then ran off. It broke through a fence, snapping three posts off at the ground. The boys returned the next day to claim their prize, but the footprints were lost after 80-100 yards, and there was no blood to follow.  

Generally, itís my policy to place the information on this website and let the reader do with it what they will. If these reports are all true, there is no way to know if the sasquatch wandered off and eventually died of his wounds. These stories only suggest the sasquatches were shot at, but no evidence that the creature was fatally wounded, or that it stumbled or fell. This doesnít indicate they never died... because if it feels pain, it is capable of dying. -- I will mention here, that in a conversation with Bob Gimlin, I asked him if he thought his 30.06 rifle would have brought down the Patterson creature. He replied after some thought, "I donít think so Bobbie." Gimlin was probably right, it may take several rounds or a head shot. While I've heard these stories elsewhere, author John Steele offered no sources or citations for these stories. No witness names for verification either. - Bobbie Short, logged 3 June 2004

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