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COUNTY: Clark County
NEAREST TOWN: Leadore
NEAREST ROAD: us 28
OBSERVED: In July of 2007, a friend and I went camping and fishing to the Birch creek area off of Hwy 28 in Clark County. We crossed the creek and set up camp at the trail head in Eight Mile Canyon. There is an ATV trail system that loops up the canyon and around the mountain range.
One evening we decided to go up the canyon to the southwest and explore a bit before dark. We found a lightly used trail that went into a dark canyon. We suspected it went to a dead end but we went up the trail to look around. The trail went through a dark canyon that seemed to have thicker vegetation then the main Eight Mile Canyon. I remember noticing that there was a lot of dead fall.
We got to the end of the canyon trail that was about two miles in and came to a very scenic view of towering shell rock cliffs and bowls. We realized that it was slowly starting to get darker so we decided to head back to camp.
As we rode down the trail I stayed about 50 yards behind my friend. It was getting dark enough that the head lights on our ATVís were illuminating the trail and passing trees but still enough light in the sky so you could look around and see hill sides and clearings. Being a hunter I was looking for big game as I traveled. At one spot the trail started to angle to the right. As my friend made the curve I remembering observing what I though was a weird stump or log off the trail to the left. It seemed about four feet tall and I thought I donít remember seeing it there on our way in a couple hours ago. Just after he went by it stood up. This thing was facing away from me and looking toward my friend as he drove away.
I was too close to do anything other than stay my course and go by. As I started going by I leaned away from it to my right. It looked over toward me over its right shoulder. It then appeared to straighten out its right arm toward me. I ducked my head and accelerated up the trail. I donít feel that it was trying to harm me even though I was extremely frightened at the time.
I estimated the being to be about 8 feet tall judging from the height judging from my height on the ATV at the time in relation to its arm height. It had no clothing. It was covered in dark hair from the top of its head down. I noticed it had dark skin on its face and yellowish eyes. The right hand was similar to a humans with fingers and a thumb, all dark in color.
I remember smelling an odor similar to an elk in the rut but with a stronger scent.
Two years later several of us decided to go back to the canyon and ride the main trail system. As we went by the old trail head we noticed that the forest service had boarded off the trail with an elaborate wall of fencing stating trail was closed to traffic.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: evening, just before dark
ENVIRONMENT: mountain terrain, pines.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone.
The witness has sixteen years in law enforcement and is an avid big game hunter. As stated, his friend was ahead of him on a trail just wide enough for the ATV, about fifty inches wide. The figure was about four feet off the trail.
When the figure stood, he saw it for about four seconds as he came upon and passed it. Its eyes were yellow from the headlight of the ATV and the witness was focused on the head, dark skin face, shoulders and arm. He did not have a chance to look at the legs. He does not think the Bigfoot was trying to hit him but the arm straightened and started to extend into the trail so he ducked his head.
The arm was maybe four feet long including the shoulder, with a hand as big as the face of the witness. The palm was down and had long fingers that slightly curved, maybe due to knuckles bending. The nose was not too flat, but had a little bridge similar to a human. He saw one nostril. He said it was not a bear nose. The eyes were set back and he saw a brow ridge a couple inches above the eyes. Then the hairline began. The head was not too large but was leaning forward so he did not see a neck or chin. It was about eight feet tall, stocky, broad shoulders three and one half to four feet wide. It had smooth dark brown hair, about two inches long. He could not guess on a weight, only that it was several hundred pounds. He did not see ears or teeth.
They did not see any wildlife on this trail but had seen mountain goats and deer on other trails.
His friend did not see the figure but could tell the witness was "shaken" when arriving back at camp.
The witness said, "I remember it as if it was yesterday."
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives in Eastern Washington.
Recently retired, he was a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University.
He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018. He was co-leader of N.E. Washington 2019. He will be co-leading the 2020 Washington Expedition and the 2020 Montana Expedition.