Geographical Index > United States > Oregon > Lane County > Report # 5529|
Submitted by witness RD on Thursday, December 26, 2002.
Couple has daytime sighting in the Big Creek Wilderness Area
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COUNTY: Lane County
LOCATION DETAILS: East of Hwy 101 on Fairview Mtn. Road maybe 10 or 12 miles. I can find it again.
NEAREST TOWN: Yachats, Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: Fairview Mtn. Road
OBSERVED: On the afternoon of August 17, 1984, about 3 or 4 pm, my (now ex)wife and I were leisurely riding our Vespa motor scooter in the woods on Fairview Mtn. Road, near Yachats on the Central Oregon Coast. We had been coasting downhill for a minute or two with the engine shut off, so it was very quiet. We pulled over off the road to look at the nice view of the horizon. The weather was clear and warm. Our visibility was excellent.
At that point we noticed movement about 100 yards slightly downhill on the far side of the clearcut. A large brown creature got up off the ground, looked at us, and started walking down the hill along the treeline, looking at us a few more times. It walked about 20 seconds and maybe 150 feet directly in our view before it stepped up on a 4 foot tall bank, parted the brush and entered the forest. Along the way, it walked behind and close to a stump, and about 1/3 of its body was visible above the stump from our point of view.
The creature walked upright, had a flat face, unlike a bear, a flat chest, and it swung its arms as it walked, very much like humans do. It was too far away to identify the features of the face, but we could tell the top of the head was covered with hair and there was a mane of heavier hair on it's back and shoulders. The body was large and bulky. It did not run, but moved fairly quickly with long strides.
When it went into the brush, I said, "let's go down there!" And she said, "let's get the hell out of here!" So we compromised and waited 15 minutes before we went down to take a look.
We found the circle where it was napping, round and about 7 feet in diameter. The dry grass was matted down. The foot prints away were about 20 inches long and about 7 feet heel to heel. The ground was too dry to make a detailed print, but the imprint was clearly there, and it indented the ground about an inch to inch and a half. We did not notice any smell like some people report. The stump it walked behind was about 6.5 feet tall. We guessed that accounting for the slope and difference in our elevation from the creature, that it might have been about 8 or 8.5 feet tall, because about 1/3 of its body was above the stump from our view.
We were interviewed years later by a man named Todd from the Bigfoot Research Institute in The Dalles, OR, and they published our account. I have it in storage if you're interested.
ALSO NOTICED: The creature was sleeping, curled up on the ground. We saw it get up, look at us and walked about 150 feet downhill along the treeline in clear site, looking back at us a couple times before it stepped up about 4 feet onto a bank where it parted the brush and disappeared into the brush. There was a stump the creature walked behind, and about a third of its body was above the stump from our vantage point. We went down to the "napping location" and have detailed observations about that. The circle it was sleeping in was about 7 feet across where the grass was matted down. The foot prints leading away from the circle were about 20 inches long and about 7 feet apart, heel to heel. The stump was 6.5 feet tall, so we thought the creature was probably at least 8 or 8.5 feet tall if you take into account the slope, and we were above it about 100 yards away.
OTHER WITNESSES: My (ex)wife and I were riding on our Vespa motor scooter, actually coasting, because it was downhill. We had just shut the engine off about a minute earlier. We came to the clearcut and were stopping to see the nice view of the horizon.
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: about 3 or 4 pm in broad daylight, in clear, plain site on a warm sunny afternoon.
ENVIRONMENT: The area was a new clearcut on a slope in a spruce and fir tree forest. The creature was sleeping in the grass on the edge of the clearcut, next to the big trees.
A & G References: Page 32 inset #2 grid C-2 & Page 46 grid # C-1