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Geographical Index > United States > California > Humboldt County > Report # 8234
 
Report # 8234  (Class B)
Submitted by witness Bobo on Thursday, March 11, 2004.
Couple see large prints near Orick
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YEAR: 2003

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: June

DATE: 28

STATE: California

COUNTY: Humboldt County

NEAREST TOWN: Orick

NEAREST ROAD: withheld

OBSERVED: During the last week of June, my girlfriend and I decided to take the dogs on a long walk. We were driving up the coast planning on a beach walk when I decided to go to a area on redwood creek where my friend had heard some unusual and scary whistles and screams. He is a very experienced hunter and outdoorsman with a degree in wildlife biology and he had never heard anything like it.

Anyway, we were walking up the north bank, where the trails are, when I decided to cross to the south bank to check out some sandbars. I loaded up my girlfriend on my back and waded across. We then continued upstream a shortways when we came across three distinct footprints.

They were approximately 14 1/2 inches long. I measured them with a stick that I saved. I compared them with my own barefoot track for depth and they were nearly twice as deep. I weigh about 280 lbs. I was surprised that they weren't wider, they were almost narrow for their length. I at first thought they were human because of this. The best print had 5 very distinct toes and was flat, no arch at all, with toes straighter across than a normal human. It appeared that it had just leisurely walked into the creek.

I scoured up and down for an exit point but the terrain wasn't suitable for tracks other than the odd sand bar. The strides were about 4 feet. It had come across a packed gravel bar leaving a few faint impressions. Nothing else observed.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: afternoon, good lighting


Follow-up investigation report:

I talked with the witness in person. The general area of the prints was investigated during the recent BFRO expedition. No further details can be added to the report.



 
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