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 Post subject: (BFE) Mendocino County
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Mendocino County, California (Footprint found)
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September 2001 - 1700 hours
Nearest city: Covello NFS Road M1 near Skunk Lake

I was deer hunting in an area known as the "Payne Ranch" when I observed a single track on the bank of the creek. I have been hunting for twenty years and have taken several bears over the years in this area. At first I thought I was looking at a bear track. I was approximately 10 feet from the track when I saw it. As I got closer I realized that it was much larger than a Black bear track. It was located in a muddy/sandy spot between some rocks.

I inspected the track and discovered that it was approximately 4 times as long as a 7mm Remington Magnum shell case and approximately 2 1/2 cases in width near the toes. It had the appearance of a distorted human foot with a distinct large toe on the right side and four smaller digits to the right of the larger digit. The ground was dry enough that there was no water within the impression. This area is fairly remote and I did not encounter any other hunters in the area. I searched the surrounding streambed for more tracks but did not locate any. I did not have a camera with me to photograph the track.

This area is a very dense wooded location. It has a tree canopy of Oak, Pine, Bay and Cedar. The rocks were all covered with moss due to the shade and although it was September, it was easily 15 degrees cooler within the creek bed. There are numerous caverns and many deadfalls along the stream. Water is available here year round. The banks ascend at approximately 50 degrees away from the stream. I believe its made up of volcanic rock.

I never saw a source of the print, however I did note that while there, the surrounding woods were very quite. No sounds of birds, squirrels, or frogs. I am very aware of sound while hunting and have noticed that when a large of predatory animal is nearby, smaller animals become quiet. I stayed in the immediate area for almost an hour hoping to get a glimpse of what I know made this track, but did not see or hear it.

I did hear what sounded like a dog panting at one point above me but it was for only a few seconds. I returned to the site the next morning but did not find any other tracks. I relocated my original track sight but it had changed drastically due to any evening thunderstorm. I returned to the same area during the second week of November for a late season archery deer hunt. It snowed while I was there and I brought a camera hoping to locate another track. I did not. I am of the firm belief that this track was made by an animal other than a bear or human. I can only say that it has impacted me greatly. I hope to re-encounter this forest creature again. Hopefully I will have my rifle or bow at the ready to provide final proof and documentation to all. Family and friends were notified.

I know that many would feel that shooting a Sasquatch would be wrong, but if the opportunity presented itself, should it be done? I spent 11 years as a sheriff's deputy and would exercise extreme caution before shooting at the unknown. I just feel that an actual specimen would end all of the speculation and prove the creature is real. I have had several discussions with my fellow hunting partners and we all agree that if we observed one over a period of time, in a remote location, from a short distance and positively knew it not to be some idiot in an ape suit, we would shoot it. How do you feel about this?

I've heard that Patterson had a rifle with him at Bluff Creek and shot film rather than bullets. Frankly, I didn't really believe in this until that track was there for my own eyes to witness. Now I can't help but observe the wildness differently. I wonder all the time if I will someday actually see what made that print. As a hunter, all I can say is "We deal in lead friend". I would feel much more at ease talking about seeing Bigfoot with one on the cover of National Geographic after a sportsman killed one. To conclude, I hope that someone is able to capture one or film one over several days to provide further evidence so that none have to be needlessly killed, but I feel its probably the only way to end this conclusively. Vince Crudele
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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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1992 The Lost Coast Trail

On Thu, 12 Aug 1999, "Mike Schmidt" wrote:
Hello: We saw footprints about 7 years ago on the Lost Coast Trail at the
northern end of Mendocino county.

The Lost Coast trail starts where Highway 1 heads inland to meet up with Hwy 101. This section of the coast was too rugged to continue the highway. There is a hiking trail, which we were on some years ago (about 7 years back I would guess, we could get the exact day from the earthquake).

We had hiked in one day's work, and had spent a night out. The next day, we met only one other group who had been out 10 days - chanting "Pizza! Beer!" in anticipation of their return to civilization.

After passing them, we decided to hike out that day too. We felt an earthquake (we later read the epicenter was only about 20 miles away) - it was noticeable. A few minutes later, we crossed a stream, and saw one clear huge footprint. I compared it to my hiking boots; it was about an inch longer (about 13"). It had very well defined toes. We looked around and saw only one other print, much less defined print about 10 feet away. The location was a very steep, forested down slope going towards the ocean. The footprints were going sideways down. We spent the rest of the hike out debating what it was - my friend was convinced the other group had used a "stamp" to make the prints. I didn't buy his theory, since the print in the stream looked too fresh (the other party must have passed a few hours before), and I couldn't imagine a tired group planting a hoax with little chance of anyone finding it. I figured, if they had made the prints, they would have made more prints, not one and half. My theory was there was a creature (obviously not a bear etc) startled by the earthquake.

When we got back, I went to the library and found a book on Bigfoot. With my memory of the footprint fresh in my mind, I found it looked just like the "California" type footprints as opposed to the "BC" footprints. I am not sure if there are any other Bigfoot sightings in this area. I would be interested in finding out. Mike Schmidt
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This report came in the 13th of August, 1999 and somehow slipped through the cracks. I have recently been in touch with Mike and have his email address in the files if anyone else has had similar sightings in this general area….drop me a note . Bobbie Short


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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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Round Valley Indian Reservation, 1970

I am new to the Internet but have been interested in the existence of a large bipedal hominid in regions of the world since I saw one in 1970. At the time my folks owned some property on the edge of the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Mendocino County, California. Their property overlooked the south fork of the Eel River, affording an unobstructed view of the northern bank. While watching (through binoculars) a herd of about 15 wild hogs of various sizes, approximately a half mile away I noticed movement higher up-slope, and focused in time to watch a man in what appeared to be a fur coat, walk briskly across a meadow of about 40 yards in circumference. Two odd things immediately struck me. First, this occurred in early August at around 4 pm. The temperature was in the mid to high 90s. Yet here was what appeared to be a large man, maybe 6 ft tall moving rapidly in the full light of the sun in a long closely fitting fur coat. Second, I was quite familiar with the area. Over the next few years I began to become acquainted with the Bigfoot/Sasquatch/ABSM and the Alma etc., phenomenon.

Looking back, I am now convinced that what I saw was either a female Bigfoot or a young adult. I base this conclusion upon the fact that the size of the "man" I saw was not impressive. What was impressive was his ability to move over rough terrain with such ease and in the heat of an August afternoon.

No one who is familiar with the trackless expanse of the American Northwest can have any doubt that unknown creatures could exist there. My opinion is that the more intelligent a creature the more likely he is to remain less well know. But even with a higher intelligence this creature has allowed itself to be observed. It is only a quirk of history that no hard evidence has fallen into the right hands at the right time. I believe that many pieces of hard evidence have been found and through ignorance, have been stored in museums collections, personal collections, lost or destroyed. As I stated, I am new to the internet and so do not know proper procedures. I have included my own sighting here for the first time just because I have found this sight interesting and as a way of showing support both for your continued efforts as well as for the continuance of open mindedness.

George Dekle, Santa Rosa, California, Gdekle2501@aol.com

Source: Christopher Murphy, 20 July 1997; logged into the Bigfoot Encounters by Bobbie Short July 1997.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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December 1977

December 10, 1977. I was squatting in the woods out Little Lake Road in Mendocino California. I'd spent most of my life in the woods of California or Maine... even had resident pet black bears that would come to the open dump at the back of the property.

One night, I am laying in my tent...I don't remember if it was late (2 am) and I woke up or if it was earlier in the night (say 11 pm) and I was just going to sleep. Through the woods (about fifty yards away is my guess) the stomping and crashing of smaller trees started going on. It was loud. I was surprised at first and a little afraid because I was squatting illegally on state property. With my familiarity of the noises of the night in the woods, I listened carefully to try to determine or identify what was making the noise. My first assessment was that it was biped, not a bear or a dear. Realizing this scared me the most.

Understanding the force necessary to cause the destructive sounds I was listening to scared me even further... I don't know if profanity is allowed or acceptable, but I was more effing afraid than I could ever remember, praying that what I was listening to wouldn't start moving towards my tent. The noise sounded like a two-legged monster crashing through the woods hastily as if trying to make quick time — CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH! It was then I realized that I heard a dog (or two, I don't remember) barking in pursuit. Gratefully the noise was not coming towards me and I suspected that whatever was moving so quickly and violently through the woods was trying to elude the dog(s).

I think this whole event lasted about 30 seconds and then the crashing stopped. Then the next scariest thing happened. The dog barked a few more times and then it made that sound dogs make when they are brutally injured. After that...I did not hear a single damned thing except the fear white noise inside my head.

You know... I worked as a split maker for a year on LP land in Mendocino County and as a timber operator for about five years east of Fort Bragg and Mendocino.. I worked alone very often. I was surprised to read a post on this website wherein the person who wrote it also said they often felt (and somehow knew) they were not alone when in the woods. I would turn off my chainsaw now and then and I could "feel" something watching me.

The last strange thing I will share with you about the 22 years of my life, 12 miles east of Fort Bragg in the woods is the frequent discovery of disemboweled animals. Simply that disemboweled — the rest of the animal in tact. What an eclectic mix we are in the wonderful County of Mendocino. Please keep as anonymous as possible and do not publish my telephone number... thank you, regards to you and yours during this part of the year and the upcoming New Year. Postscript: I forgot to follow up on the morning after this encounter.... I found what would be considered normal damage made by a large creature thrashing through the woods.. no obvious signs that it was or wasn't sasquatch... no obvious signs that the dog(s) had been killed or maimed.... I moved my tent to be sure.

Jim S.

© From the files of Bobbie Short.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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June 1988, 12AM

This happened near a wooded area not far from Ukiah, California. Ukiah is located in Mendocino County north of Santa Rosa between Willits and Healdsburg along US Highway 101 on the banks of the Russian River near Clear Lake and the Pacific Ocean.

The creature was hair covered and somewhere between 7 and 8 feet tall, with the light its color was brownish grey. It didn't seem at all threatening. It did smell similar to that of a goat. It made no vocal noises and didn't seem afraid.

The creature stayed within 30 feet until it apparently lost interest in me and then it walked back into the trees.

It made changing a tire memorable.

Report logged by Bobbie Short, Monday, February 26, 2001 4:41 PM

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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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We saw footprints about 7 years ago on the Lost Coast Trail at the northern end of Mendocino County. The Lost Coast trail starts where Highway 1 heads inland to meet up with 101. This section of the coast was too rugged to continue the highway. There is a hiking trail, which we were on some years ago (about 7 years back I would guess, we could get the exact day from the earthquake). We had hiked in one day's worth, and had spent a night out. The next day, we met only one other group who had been out 10 days (they were chanting "Pizza! Beer!" anticipating their return to civilization).

After passing them, we decided to hike out that day too. We felt an earthquake (we later read the epicenter was only about 20 miles away) — it was pretty noticeable. A few minutes later, we crossed a stream, and saw one clear huge footprint. I compared it to my hiking boots, it was about an inch longer (about 13"). It had very well defined toes. We looked around and saw only one other print, much less defined print about 10 feet away.

The location was a very steep, forested down-slope going towards the ocean. The footprints were going sideways/down. We spent the rest of the hike out debating what it was — my friend was convinced the other group had used a "stamp" to make the prints. I didn't buy his theory, since the print in the stream looked too fresh (the other party must have passed a few hours before), and I couldn't imagine a tired group planting a hoax with little chance of anyone finding it. I figured, if they had made the prints, they would have made more prints, not one and half. My theory was there was a creature (obviously not a bear etc.) 'startled' by the earthquake.

When we got back, I went to the library and found a book on Bigfoot. With my memory of the footprint fresh in my mind, I found it looked just like the "California" type footprints as opposed to the "BC" footprints.

I am not sure if there are any other Bigfoot sightings in this area. I would be interested in finding out.

© Mike Schmidt (mschmidt@sw-eng-svc.com)

From the files of Bobbie Short. Report filed: Friday 13 August 1999 03:28:57 -0700


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 Post subject: Re: (BFE) Mendocino County
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Round Valley Indian Reservation

I am new to the Internet, but have been interested in the existence of a large bipedal hominid in other regions of the world since I first saw one in 1970. At the time my folks owned some property on the edge of the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Mendocino County, California. Their Property overlooked the South fork of the Eel River, affording an unobstructed view of the northern bank. While watching through binoculars, a herd of about 15 wild hogs of various sizes approximately half a mile away, I noticed movement higher up the slope and focused in time to watch a man in what appeared to be a fur coat walking briskly across a meadow of about 40 yards in circumference. Two odd things immediately struck me. First, this occurred in early August, at around 4 pm. The temperature was in the mid to high 90's. Yet here was what appeared to be a large man, maybe 6 ft tall, moving rapidly in the full light of the sun, in a long closely fitting fur coat. Second, I was quite familiar with the area and knew that there was no road of any kind within two miles of that section of the Eel River. In addition, the terrain was quite steep and rough. My conclusion at the time was one of wonderment. I mentioned the man to friends and family and over the next few years began to become acquainted with the Bigfoot-sasquatch ABSM phenomenon. Looking back, I am now convinced that what I saw was either a female Bigfoot or a young adult. I base this conclusion upon the fact that the size of the "man" I saw was not impressive. What was impressive was his ability to move over rough terrain with such ease and in the heat of an August afternoon. No one who is familiar with the trackless expanses of the American Northwest can have any doubt that unknown creatures could exist there. My opinion is that the more intelligent a creature, the more likely he is to remain less well know. But even with a high intelligence, this creature has allowed itself to be observed. It is only a quirk of history that no hard evidence has fallen into the right hands at the right time. I believe that many pieces of hard evidence have been found and through ignorance, have been storied in museum collections, personal collections, lost or destroyed. As I stated, I am new to the Internet and so do not know proper procedures. I have included my own sighting here for the first time just because I have found this sigh so interesting and as a way of showing support for your continued efforts, as well as for the continuance of open mindedness.

Take care! George Dekle, Santa Rosa, California Gdekle2501@aol.com

Post to the IVBC Sunday 20 July 1997 by Christopher Murphy and logged in the database by Bobbie Short July 1997.


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