Naches Ranger District worker has heard it all, including his own Sasquatch experience

July 3, 2012 by  

When it comes to Sasquatch tales in the Cascade foothills northwest of Yakima, Doug Jenkins has pretty much heard it all at the front desk or on the phone at the Naches Ranger Station.

“You can pretty much tell the ones that are believable,” Jenkins says. “I’ve had people who saw bear and say they saw Sasquatch.”

Some callers, though, have a tale worth listening to.

Several years ago, Jenkins — the district spokesman — took a call from the wife of a man who, while hunting on National Forest land off State Route 410, “saw what he described as a large, ape-like creature going through the woods,” Jenkins says. “He said it looked like an upright, hairy monster, basically.

“He got in his rig and apparently told (his wife), ‘Don’t call anybody because they’ll think I’m crazy.’”

Two hours after that woman’s call, Jenkins said, “I had another woman calling and saying her husband had seen the same thing. This was about a mile away. Huge, hairy upright animal. And it was the wives who called. The men wouldn’t talk about it.”

Two years ago, Jenkins took a call from a Seattle man who said he and his teenage daughter and her boyfriend were hunting south of Bumping Lake when “they’d heard this really bizarre noise (the caller) knew was not elk.”

“He kept saying ‘You probably think I’m crazy but I’m not the kind of guy who reports this kind of stuff,’” Jenkins recalls.

The man’s daughter and boyfriend were on their way back to the truck when she stopped behind some bushes to urinate. “Apparently, behind this girl, the bushes started shaking violently and she heard this funny noise again.”

The two teens hurried to the truck to wait for the girl’s father. After a while, Jenkins says, the girl left the truck and went over to the side of the dirt road where, in the gully below, a large, hairy creature rose from its crouching position to full height in front of her.

“So they’re basically eye to eye,” Jenkins says. “She said it had a massive forehead, big, brown eyes, massive biceps and a massive chest. She said she screamed, it let out this scream, she ran back to the rig as (the creature) came up on the road and ran down the road. The boyfriend saw it, too.”

Jenkins has listened to numerous calls about incidents like that. Some he dismisses. Others he does not. But he always listens, because Jenkins has a personal reason to take them seriously: He’s had his own encounter.

In the early 1970s, Jenkins was snowmobiling at night with two friends at Darland Mountain. When Jenkins’ sled broke down, he began “monkeying around with it” while his buddies went on ahead. And he heard the crunching sound of what sounded like something walking slowly in the snow toward him.

“I’m thinking, no, not elk, not bear,” Jenkins says. “Nobody else is up here, and they wouldn’t be walking in the snow anyway.”

The snow-crunching sounds stopped and Jenkins went back to adjusting his carburetor — until he picked up an awful stench — “It smelled really horrible in the breeze,” he says — and began hearing the crunching noise again.

“I’m sitting there working frantically, because I’m scared by this time,” he says. “And then I hear this heavy breathing. And I can smell it.”

Nothing happened. Jenkins got his snowmobile going again and motored away. He caught up with his friends and didn’t say a thing to them about it.

“I’m sure there are a lot more people out there that have had experiences but don’t want to say anything,” he says, “because people will think they’re fricking crazy.”

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4 Responses to “Naches Ranger District worker has heard it all, including his own Sasquatch experience”
  1. Andy says:

    So glad I live in Wa.State.I mean it!!!!

  2. Key words ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND if you look more into this I would bet my bottom dollar this occurred on or near an Native American reservation and or a Wildlife preserve.Native Americans hold this being sacred and will not harm it .Animals realize where it is safe and not .Too many people in the world have encountered this being and described the experience and the details of what happened to be able to make up all the different aspects and evidence gathered in the sightings .If it were fake altogether it would be the longest widest ranged elaborate hoax ever in the world .If even only one of the many thousands of reports are real then the being exists in this world as an undocumented species .Its about time science takes a serious look at this phenomenon instead of dismissing it as hoax.The evidence is interesting and compelling .All the data deserves a better look at not to just be ignored .A handful of people I know love and trust have had sightings and odd occurences with this being in Northern Minnesota.People and even more the average joe do not

    • The documentation is in the Old Testament. Look at Deut.2:20 and the first half of the book of Joshua which tell of his military exploits in conquoring Canaan. The valley of Hebron, His second conquest is where the Zumzimmim lived, a huge hairy people who smelled bad. Their king, named OG, had a bed 14 cubits long and 7 cubits wide, a cubit is from your fingertip to your elbow. Their name was from the sounds of their language meaning buzzers. I try to get this info out as too many people go out in the woods looking to ‘get’ one to bring back and show it to make money. Apparently a pregnant female and her oldest son were killed and parts of them examined at Olympic Research over on Olympic Penninsula. Dr Melba Ketchum has given her report the 1st of May. Apparently the mtDNA is 70% human. I have been researching independantly for 35+ years as somehow I just knew it was a real creature from the Bible stories Grandma read to me, and hoped to prove it in order to save lives, ours and theirs.
      My jokebook of sorts was to prove as well as amuse. And to start a scholarship for Anthro students interested in the research. I’ve put some illustrations on my website and am working on getting a decent book out, perhaps Amazon next year. for now.

  3. James says:

    Me and my dad were fishing a private lake one night just below a hill here in Yakima. Awhile into the night we heard this howl/screech, kind of what it sounds like on that Sasquatch show, this happened years ago before the show came out. Following the noise this HUGE rock came crashing down the side of the hill! This rock or boulder I should say, probably wieghed 5-600 lbs. after that show aired I got goose dimples when I heard thier version of the howl, it sounded excactly like what we heard that night.

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