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COUNTY: San Juan County
NEAREST TOWN: Monticello
NEAREST ROAD: US167
OBSERVED: I was outside of the home where my 1st wife was raised at Dodge Point where her father owned some land. I was walking thru a patch of trees when I heard a loud stomping. At first I thought it may be horses running but realized that there were only two feet making the sound and not four.
I was looking around to see what else might happen when on the edge of one of the surrounding fields stood a line of fairly tall trees. I heard a loud noise coming from the trees and I looked and saw the first two trees being violently shaken. I kept looking and between the second and third tree I saw the left arm and shoulder of a Sasquatch. The stomping sound quickly subsided.
I ran back to the house and got my wife and we drove into town and told her parents what had happened. There have been several sightings in the past at Dodge Point.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the bipedal stomping and the shaking trees before I saw the creature.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was the only one that saw the Sasquatch. We went back later and found footprints.
OTHER STORIES: There have been numerous sightings at Dodge Point of strange creatures given by hunters.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Daytime. Sunny skies very few clouds.
ENVIRONMENT: I was in the mouth of the small canyon. There are two canyons there. A larger one and the smaller one. I was in a small grove of trees.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Chad Hamblin:
I called and talked to the submitter of this report and found him to be a reliable witness. During our conversation I asked him how far away the creature was when he saw it and he replied that it was no more than seventy or seventy-five yards from where he was standing. I asked him what kind of trees it was shaking and he replied that they were either oak or elm trees. He said he didn't get to see the creature's head – just the arm and shoulder – and that he only saw it briefly. I asked if the creature was hairy and he said it definitely had hair, which looked different than the leaves, and he said the hair was was dark and that its length was like that of a yak - not short like the fur of a dog. He estimated that the hair was four or five inches long and he said it was brown and stringy. He added “leaves aren't stringy - it was hair”.
The submitter of the report told me that he thinks the tree-shaking was probably meant to try to scare him. He doesn't know if the loud stomping was also meant to scare him or why else it would have done that. He said the creature's actions could've been a way of saying “we are out here too”. He pointed out that in any case the creature was not trying to be stealthy during the incident.
The submitter of the report told me about tracks that were later found at the site of the incident. He said one track was more definite than the rest and he said it was similar to the ones he's seen on the “Finding Bigfoot” television show. I asked him about the size of the tracks and he responded by saying he wears size fourteen shoes and that they were bigger and longer than his feet.
The submitter of the report said the incident took place at around nine or ten o'clock in the morning and he said the weather at the time was beautiful. The sun was shining and there were blue skies. He talked about the area were the incident occurred and he said the area is used for growing winter wheat and that there are canyons around the area. There are a couple of springs in the canyons that would be a water source for animals. There are old Native American Pueblo ruins not far from where the incident took place.
The submitter of the report told me he was not only one who'd had an experience in the area. He said other people had witnessed things that they could not explain. I find it interesting that a few miles to the south of the location where the report took place there is a canyon called Devil Canyon, which is next to a mesa called Devil Mesa. It is thought that sometimes places with the word “devil” in their name may be called that because of strange happenings in the location that could actually be bigfoot-related. It's hard to know if that may be the reason for the names here, but it could be the case.
I believe there may be a lot of unreported sightings in this part of Utah where this report took place. There is a lot of potential Bigfoot habitat in the Abajo Mountains to the west of the site of this report, and I hope other reports will be submitted for this area in the future.
About BFRO Investigator Chad Hamblin:
Chad Hamblin is a life sciences/biology teacher with an interest and background in wildlife and the outdoors. He lives in a rural community in northeastern Utah. He participated in the first Utah BFRO expedition in 2007, as well as the 2009 and 2010 Utah expeditions. He attended the Wyoming expedition in 2008, the Bluff Creek California expedition in 2011, and the Idaho expedition in 2013. A few months ago Chad experienced a bigfoot encounter while hiking alone in Utah's Uinta Mountains.