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Geographical Index > United States > Oregon > Clatsop County > Report # 658
 
Report # 658  (Class B)
Submitted by witness Bear Maley on Sunday, January 30, 2000.
Large, barefoot, bipedal tracks found by trapper in a densely forested area
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YEAR: 2000

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: January

DATE: 17

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Clatsop County

NEAREST TOWN: Seaside

NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 26

OBSERVED: paced around on edge of road

OTHER WITNESSES: one witness a trapper

TIME AND CONDITIONS: during wind storm


Follow-up investigation report:

Principal Investigator: Jim Henick

Large, barefoot, bipedal tracks were reported to BFRO by experienced trapper Bear Maley. They were found on 1/17/00. Mr. Maley has been trapping in the area for many years. He has seen similar tracks before in his extensive trapping work. These were the clearest and freshest he has yet seen in this densely forested area. There was a line of atleast twenty tracks that crossed the road and descended a slope, then across creek. They indicated an amimal with a very long stride. They were not accurately measured or photographed. Bear followed them for a short stretch before snow and blowdown timber made it too difficult to continue. A strong windstorm was approaching so he had to vacate the area quickly. Experienced outdoorsman and expert Jim Henick met up with Mr. Maley on Saturday, February 22, 2000. Jim and Bear toured the area where the prints were found as Bear checked his trap line. The snow had melted from the area where the tracks had been found. After parting company with Bear, Jim continued to explore adjacent remote areas north of the peak and found two more discernible tracks in the soil/duff. The heel portion of the best track had been partially eroded by rainfall runoff but the forefoot and all five toe impressions were clearly visible. No claw marks. Jim estimated track length at 16".



 
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