Bigfoot Encounters

Lummi Indian Reservtion sighting, Whatcom County, Washington

The Lummi Indian Reservation is in the inland northwest corner of Washington, 8 miles (13 km) west of Bellingham and 20 miles (32 km) south of the Canadian border in western Whatcom County....

After receiving several reports of Sasquatch sightings on the Lummi Nation Indian Reservation, Lummi Police Sgt. Ken Cooper was called to the residence of 78-year-old Emma Smith on the night October 23, 1975.

She reported a bigfoot attempting to break into her home, and she had fled in terror. Sgt. Cooper found the plastic on a storm door torn and the door's wooden frame splintered. Boards has also been torn from a nearby smokehouse, but he could not find the creature, nor any person.

He returned to the residence around 2:30 a.m., shining the spotlight from his patrol car into the woods. He found a group of seven people already there, with their own spotlights set directly on a huge seven-and-a-half foot (2.3 meter) tall "hair creature"—a bigfoot.

Cooper aimed his 12-gauge shotgun at the creature. Concerned that it could be a human in a costume, he yelled, "If there's somebody just fooling around you better knock it off because we have weapons." The creature just crouched down. As Sgt. Cooper stepped forward, the creature lowered himself even further until only his head was showing above the brush.

For 20 minutes, Sgt. Cooper and the other people stared down the crouching "hair creature" until they heard noises in the brush to their right, and people said they were seeing more bigfoots there.

At that point, Cooper decided it was time to leave the scene.

He returned to the location after dawn and found bare footprints in the frost-covered ground. He measured the footprints. They were 18 inches (45 cm) long and 7 inches (17 cm) wide.

Over the coming weeks, the Lummi Tribal Police received over 100 reports of sightings of bigfoot creatures. Sgt. Cooper himself saw bigfoots two more times shortly after the first encounter.

I took the above photo on July 3rd, 2005 on the Lummi Nation Reservation along Scott Road, where these bigfoots were often sighted 20 years ago, and near the location of the original sighting. (photo was unavailable)

You can read three original newspaper articles about the sightings:

* The Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, November 12, 1975, "Now It's Sasquatch vs. the Indians"

* San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, November 12, 1975, "Residents of a Pacific Northwest Indian Reservation Report a rash of sighting of Bigfoot"

* Seattle Times, Saturday, November 15, 1975, "Sasquatch Reports Stir Up Reservation"

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