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COUNTY: Hood River County
LOCATION DETAILS: About 1-mile from Wahtum Lake a spur road takes off to the right. We were hunting the ridge.
NEAREST TOWN: Dee
NEAREST ROAD: Wahtum Lake road
OBSERVED: We were deer hunting near Whatum Lake, covering a ridge where we'd seen deer on previous occasions. Being the youngest I was sent up the ridge while my father and uncle went around one side and my mom watched the other side. After I broke over the top I came upon a game trail of sorts, chewed up ground but no discernable tracks. It seemed to be headed in the direction I was going so I followed it. When I came to an area that had less undergrowth I saw the tracks I'd been following. They were huge human like footprints, about 1-1/2 times longer than my boots (size 10-1/2) and were spaced farther apart than a human gait. I continued following them with the hair on the back of my neck standing up. Suddenly I saw a red hat. It was my mom, so I signaled for her to come down where I was. I showed her the tracks and she said something like let's get out of here. We followed the tracks a little farther where they crossed the road. Close to where they crossed we found a pile of feces. It resembled bear feces in that it contained berries. At that point we made a B-line for the truck. When we got there I saw my dad and uncle working a brushy draw, apparently they had seen a deer. I went up the hill towards them through an old burn area and came upon another set of the tracks. I left my orange hat there to mark the spot. When my dad and uncle came down I showed them the tracks. They both agreed they were way to big to be bear tracks. When we left down the road, we showed them where the other tracks crossed the road. At this point we were all convinced that these were bigfoot tracks.
OTHER WITNESSES: 4-witnesses, we were all deer hunting.
OTHER STORIES: My dad and another man were elk hunting on fir mountain, and both heard a yell like scream. My dad said it sounded like someone yelling "RALPH", only long and drawn out. Some guys who worked at the forest service said they saw what appeared to be a naked man running across the road and into the trees neer Brooks Meadow during a snow storm.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning. Weather was mild, slightly foggy.
ENVIRONMENT: Fir forest, some clearcut, rhododenderons and huckle berry brush. I think there's been a lot of logging up there since this incident.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
The witness said that the footprints were about sixteen inches long and six inches wide. The imprint of the toes was distinct on several of the tracks.
They were able to follow the trackway of prints as it moved across the dust covered road.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at email@example.com