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COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: From Packwood, Washington. Head east on Hwy 12 to where FS road 46 and FS road 1270 intersect Hwy 12.
NEAREST TOWN: Packwood
NEAREST ROAD: On highway 12E next to forest service road 46, next to #1270
OBSERVED: The following report was presented to me, Ranger Steve, on September 24,1994 at Mount Rainier National Park. I was working as a National Park Service Ranger/Naturalist at the Longmire Museum when the following was logged on a National Park Service Natural History Observation Form 10-257.
Subject of observation was "Bigfoot Adult."
The Description on Form 10-257:
"Location on highway 123, 7 miles from Packwood, Washington. At Forest Service Road 46, right next to #1270, I saw a reddish-brown bear-human like animal (6') stand up in the middle of road and run away (lumber away) on 2 legs. I thought it was a Bigfoot. I'm 51, have a B.A. in Biology (CWSC) 1966. I know what I saw was not a deer, a bear or an elk. It was humanoid. It was also hunting season, so I doubt it was a joke!
...End of description on form.
The ranger spoke with the witness at length about the observation and learned more details. They thought it was a female animal squatting to urinate. He intended to return to collect a sample. He went to his motel to get a container for the sample, but upon reaching the motel in Packwood, he learned of a medical emergency involving his elderly mother, so he did not return to collect a urine specimen. He reported the incident two weeks later.
This report is also mentioned in the book "Where Bigfoot Roams," author Robert Michael Pyle, page 105-107.
OTHER WITNESSES: NO
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Time of day was 11:30pm, Weather was clear
ENVIRONMENT: Pine Forest
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
I interviewed the US Park Service ranger who took the actual report from the witness in 1994. Based on the location and the description in the report I suspect the witness did see a sasquatch on Hwy 12 near Packwood.
I attempted to contact the actual witness, biologist Jim Fielder, via telephone using the phone number noted on the original form. The phone number now belongs to someone else.
The biologist was very confident about what he observed. The ranger was confident that the biologist was credible and was correctly interpreting what he was looking at. I am very confident that the ranger is credible (because he has some official documentation), so this report should be classified as Class A, even though it is a second hand report.
The BFRO's report rating system (i.e. Class A / Class B / Class C) essentially rates the potential for reliability or observational misinterpretation. Second-hand reports of sightings would normally be classified as "Class C" because they are typically different than the first-hand versions.
Even though this is a second hand report, the potential for misinterpretation is very low with this one, so it should be considered a Class A report.
About BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
Scott Taylor is an aerospace manager. He lives in Spanaway, Washington. He had his first bigfoot encounter in October 2005 where he was stalked and later heard vocalizations. He attended official BFRO Expeditions in the Washington Cascades in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also attended the 2007 BFRO Expedition in the central Oregon Cascades and the 2007 Utah Expedition in the Uintas. He attended the 2008 and 2009 Olympic Peninsula Expeditions and co-lead the 2013 Expedition. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements over the past 10 years.