BIGFOOT ACTIVITY TOLD OF AT WBS MEETING
By a stroke of good luck, the day before the meeting, Wednesday, Feb
21st, there was a Bigfoot sighting out the Clackamas River, and the
investigator called me immediately. I invited him, Jerry Mitchell, to
come on in to the meeting and tell us about the sighting as our guest
a quarter miles east of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station on Forest Road
#4631, the witness, Rick S. was turning his truck around, looking out
the back window. There were two students from the local Job Corp Center
with him and they had been painting on some Forest Service buildings
near the helipad.
The creature, a male, bright totally red, skinny, and agile, 5-6
feet tall was seen to run quickly across the road, from north
to south, jumping down from a slope with a game trail, and running very
swiftly across the road with bent knees, and out of sight downhill towards
marshy Stallion Creek.
Indentations were later seen on the game trail, and the witness went
back to the area several times. The sighting was at 11:30 AM, the elevation
about 1600 feet, and the creature was about 200 feet away. N edge Sec.
6, R6E T5S. On up the road that they were turning on (locked gate...Road
#160, old designation #4631), are sheds used to stock feed for winter
elk feeding (without FS permission, these were not checked for evidence
of the creatures presence. They could be utilizing the sheds as
shelter or as a source of high protein grain).
It had been cloudy with no wind, and at the time of the sighting, a
ray of sun illuminated the creature through the trees. There was no
snow on the ground (it had not snowed since January) at the time of
the sighting, no odor noticed, it had rained in the early morning. The
ground cover was heavy moss and duff away from the game trail, and the
area was in a heavy growth of older hemlock, with some cedar evident.
Joe Beelart filed this report from his investigation at the site:
To: Ray Crowe
Field investigation on Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 by Joe Beelart, Trapper
Steve and Cliff Olson (in no order of importance).
Preliminary report: to Jerry Mitchell who lives near the witness in
Ripplebrook. He works for the Forest Service in that area. Telephone:
503-834-2216. Jerry is a member of the Western Bigfoot Society.
Date of event: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001
Time: About 10:30 AM
Weather: Few clouds, bright, illuminating sun from SE onto site.
What witness was doing: Taking a break with two Job Corps students by
driving up the road intending to go for a walk. He was backing the crew-cab,
a long-bed paint-truck into the turn-out per FS procedure when he looked
up the road and saw the creature.
Witness: Rickie S. (deleted)
Where: At mile 1.7 on FS road 4631 off OR Hwy 224 at the Ripplebrook
Ranger Station about 20 miles SE of Estacada, OR. Site was about 75'
going up the hill from the far edge of the east side of the gate turn
out. About 50' beyond site, the road curves to the left (north).
Length of sighting: about one-second. Was termed, "like a frame
from a movie," by witness. Said the creature was excellently illuminated
by the sun and the asphalt road background. The sun was probably in
a back light situation as we were on site at about 10:30 AM Friday,
almost exactly 48 hours after the incident. Cliff Olson felt the sun
was not overhead, but at more of a high southeasterly angle.
What happened: Bigfoot jumped south from high bank on left, crossed
road and went down hill into flatland wet area.
Description: Compared to Trapper Steve who is 6' plus in boots and stocky,
witness said the creature was 2' taller, but changed to over a foot
taller (this is taller than the original 5-6 feet that was estimated...Steve
was a good model), and much more stockily built. Said the creature was
in a classic arm forward/backward running pose when out on road. Said
hair hung down under the extended arm (his gesture indicated 4-6").
Said hair color was red/brown. Said creature was "very hairy,"
covered all over with long hair, including the head and that it was
not fur. Made a point that the raised foot was pointed toward him and
was "padded like a dog's."
Described the pad as "dark colored." Said the head appeared
to have a crest or peak, but due to the direction of travel, could not
see the face. Said the creature was very muscular and fast. Immediately
after sighting: Witness rapidly got out of truck (6 passenger, green
Forest Service PU) and ran to the crossing site, followed by the two
students. Witness said he found himself calling out: "Come back,
come back!" (the students, looking forward at the time, failed
to see the creature).
Witness said that, then himself and the students became overwhelmed
with a "feeling or a warning," to get out of the area, which
they did. He also reported that they felt they were being "watched."
He said that although the students hadn't seen the creature and he hadn't
talked to them about it yet, they both told him, "Let's get out
of here!" He went back and called Jerry Mitchell who he knew had
an interest in Bigfoot, to ask about what he had seen. Jerry Mitchell
came up to the search area and confirmed this.
Afterwards: Witness reports seeing the thing in his sleep and going
back to the area at least 10 times from roughly Wednesday, Feb. 21 at
noon until he found out about our arrival at the site at about 10:30
on Friday, Feb. 23, 2001.
What we found: Prior to Rickie S. coming to the scene on his own, Trapper
Steve and Joe Beelart found the crossing point on their own. It was
identifiable by smooth, large pad marks (photographs coming) going down
a game trail. Only 20' away were two deer and elk game trails paralleling
the one the beast used.
On the down hill side of the crossing, Trapper Steve found a short,
rotted out stump that something long had clearly curled behind in a
possible attempt at concealing itself. A close examination of the "bedding
site" by both Steve and Joe revealed no hairs. Also near a swampy
creek on the downhill side, he found a worn path with no deer or elk
tracks in it, except in a crossing pattern. The path was easily walked
with only a minimal amount of brush even touching a human. There were
large, indistinct imprints in the forest duff in the area. On the uphill
side, Joe and Cliff found some large, indistinct imprints, including
one that was identifiable as a left foot. Toe marks in impacted dirt
and the curve of the foot in smashed down forest duff were clearly visible.
Where a tracked vehicle was unloaded some time ago, a very old ant killer
bottle was found, just sitting there. It is available for finger printing.
Other: One of the Forest Service employees speculated that the creature
was going for elk feed in older work buildings about a quarter mile
away. This was not confirmed. Joe will call the FS about elk feed the
first of the week.
On Friday, March 2nd, a film crew from the ABC TV program Uncovered
flew up from Los Angeles, and I took them to the site, where we met
Jetty Michell and he was interviewed. As I had been interviewed earlier
in the day, I searched the roads myself, and took a few background photos
for the TR. The game trail that Jerry said the creature was on had no
trace of prior tracks, many fresh deer tracks chopping the trail up.
It was muddy, having been raining heavily the day before, and while
we were there, snow showers were heavily obscuring things, though they
would clear to sunshine from time to time (as it was 3PM, we were able
to observe shafts of sunlight penetrating the trees). No hairs were
found on brush along the trail, and on the uphill side where the game
trail intersected #160, a torn up log was noted (bears and Bigfeet do
this for grubs or termites). Correspondent John Mattes said that the
film should air in about two weeks-Mar 16th.The camera and sound work
was done by free-lancer Jeff Hockett. Following the interview we drove
to the Lighthouse Restaurant in Linnton where we met, and John interviewed,
Terry Reams on his I-84 incident. As the program Uncovered is formerly
the National Inquirer news-magazine, airing mostly short clips of entertainment
personalities, we arent expecting much. Update...the film aired
on ABC at noon on Mar. 9th. They surprisingly did a very good job, without
the usual snickering. Thanks Uncovered...we hope somebody saw it that
will call in another good report.
Cliff Olson went up on Saturday, 2/24, to the sighting area, and filed
the following report ( edited):
Went up to Wednesdays sighting area shortly after noon Saturday
alone. My intent was to check out the available routes IT took into
the area. I started back at an old baiting area near Beaverpond, toward
Frog Lake where we found that big pile of crap (photo previously in
TR). A young couple with a child, beat me into the pond area, so that
cut my look-see short. Went back to Oak Grove Housing area (1.5 mi.
E of site off 4631, passed two men walking toward the housing area,
believe them to be Job Corp inmates. Drove past the sighting area
to the old Silvertip site (2 mi. E. on 4631). Snooped around there for
10-15 minutes to let two hikers get clear. Went back to area of interest,
parked above entrance to Oak Grove and walked the road looking for tracks
on game trails.Bingo, found one large track just above ditch on steep
well used game trail, large flat pad with two distinct toe prints, track
was somewhat obliterated because of deer and elk usage. Not it gets
a bit more interesting, the track was just above Howard Rhronthalers
old house. I found it while walking away from the jeep. I continued
walking till I got just beyond the buildings, as I was about to turn
and walk back. I noticed a squirrel making quite a racket up-slope and
just that quick something was busting some brush too. Not a lot, but
like crash, crash, then subtle noises. Snap, rustle, rustle, these noises
continued off and on my entire walk back to the jeep. Another squirrel
got into the action also. My stroll back distance was about 5 or 6 hundred
yards and I was flanked by this noise maker all the way back to my rig.
The up-slope flattened out some 50 yards up, making skylining
possibilities for quite a ways, but try as I may, I saw nothing that
ever showed itself. The old housing and storage area needs further investigation,
we need to know whos responsible and get permission to snoop around.
Those open sheds could make good shelter. I also saw about a dozen deer
in and around area of interest.. (Ray...speculating, sure sounds like
Cliff was being followed by possibly the same creature seen earlier.)
To confuse matters even more, Thom Powell, BFRO Curator, filed this
Jim H. and his girlfriend Gaye went up the Clackamas on Friday (March
2) afternoon. I briefed them on the Ripplebrook/Job Corps deal but they
chose to backpack in 2 and a half miles up the closed and removed road
up Fish Creek. They camped up Fish Creek for two nights. On the second
night (Sat.) Jim heard light but sustained movement in the brush around
camp after dark but before bed. Just before dawn he was awakened by
a strong skunk smell. After sunrise he checked the area and found two
fresh footprints in the duff about fifty feet from camp. He says they
were very clear, close together, and about 15 inches long. Jim feels
confident that his camp was cased by Mr. Squatch and he tends to be
on the skeptical side when it comes to that which some see as Bigfoot
this Clackamas report off, Cliff Olson was at Frog Lake (just north
of Ripplebrook), and was glassing to the south towards High Lake, Mar.
3, and noted a trail in the snow coming straight down the mountain (deer
and elk travel at angles) and across the scree, not turning until at
the bottom near some timber. The sun was just right to see the trail
about 4800 feet, with his 19X binoculars, the trail being 3.5-4 miles
away and Cliff thought 3-4 feet wide. It is possible a bear coming out
of semi-hibernation might come down a slope like that...or early season
Bigfoot migrating in the good weather to the north. There was a lower
pass though, and Cliff wonders why, if Bigfoot, it wasnt used.
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