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COUNTY: Multnomah County
LOCATION DETAILS: From Mt. Hood the Sandy River flows due west through the Hoodland Corridor. It cascades past the communities of Welches, Brightwood and Sandy, then turns north to enter the Columbia River near Troutdale, which is 10 miles east of Portland, Oregon.
NEAREST TOWN: Troutdale Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: Gordon Creek Road
OBSERVED: The Sandy River originates high on the slopes of Mt. Hood, located about 50 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The headwaters are beneath Reid and Sandy Glaciers at 6000 feet in elevation. From there the river flows due west through the Hoodland Corridor. It cascades past the communities of Welches, Brightwood and Sandy, then turns north to enter the Columbia River near Troutdale, which is 10 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The river drops swiftly through rugged canyons. It has deep boulder-studded pools with clean, gray gravel bars often shaded by tall, wet green trees.
It is fishable most of the time and fishes well from 700 to 4,000 cfs. Nowhere else in the world does such a wild and scenic steelhead river flow through such a brawling, boulder-strewn, plunge pool mountain stream, supporting an amazingly rich and diverse food chain composed of mammals specifically adapted to their very tumultuous dispositions.
It was mid-summer 1970 when this happened. I had returned to Oregon after a two year stint of duty in the Israeli Army as a Border Guard (post '67 war). Weekly, I would drive along the Sandy River to find a new place to target shoot (keeping up my military skills). This one particular day, in a meadow above and east of the Sandy River, I encountered a clump of birch tree saplings (4.5 inches in diameter) snapped off at about the 6 foot level and the tops were made into a family "nest" (space for 3 to 4 people)... Nearby I noticed the aroma of death... There was a pile of dead rabbit, neatly gutted. Only their guts had been eaten ...
The nearby woods were ominously silent for a summer's mid-day. I quickly left the area in search of a nearby Forest Ranger Station. One of the rangers believed my story and accompanied me back to the meadow. He took photos for the other rangers.
Both of us became "Bigfoot" believers after that day !
OTHER WITNESSES: A Forest Ranger
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early afternoon - excellent summer lighting.
ENVIRONMENT: A meadow above and east of the Sandy River and running parallel to the river.
A & G References: Oregon DeLorme Atlas Pg. 61, A6 Topozone
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The witness, on finding the nesting site - only a layer of birch branches (birches are not native to Oregon woods, although aspens often look strikingly similar) piled deeply and compressed, evidently by several animals.
He had the feeling of being watched and had his hair standing on end despite the fact that at, that time, 35 years ago, he was hardly aware of the stories of the sasquatch.
The 6-8 dead rabbits were located about 20 yards from the bedding area. They were rather fresh - perhaps 24 hours old - and had been ventrallly ripped open full length, without evidence of tooth marks, and their entrails removed.
About BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
Hair analysis since 1965. Field work since 1989. Sasquatch courses given in Oregon and Arizona (3-10 weeks duration); Published in Cryptozoology.