True believers: People of all types are certain they have encountered Sasquatch

July 3, 2012 by  

A teenage hunter who watched it through his rifle scope for longer than a half-hour.

A trumpet player who surprised it — well, the surprise was certainly mutual — at the chicken coop behind his Blewett Pass cabin.

A construction contractor who had recorded the details of hundreds of sightings before, finally, having one of his own.

Foresters who have seen it, heard it, felt it, smelled it, or followed its tracks often enough over the years, for them, the question isn’t whether it exists, but when and where it will show up next.

It would take a shelf of books to chronicle the recollections of the thousands of people who are convinced they’ve had a personal encounter with Bigfoot.

Here are just a few from this neck of the woods.


GIANT IN THE CROSSHAIRS: Kevin Jones was only 16, in his third year of hunting in the Blue Mountains with his father, when he espied something through the scope of his high-powered rifle.

But it’s with his 28-year background of adherence to strict military schedules that Jones, now 59 and a former Army colonel living in Benton City, speaks assuredly about how long he observed a hairy, two-legged, creature across a draw in what is now the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

“Approximately 45 minutes,” Jones said. “At about 250 yards through a 9-power scope. He filled about half the scope; it was like looking at him from 40 to 50 yards.”

Jones described it as “something man-like but hairy, standing up and moving real slow through what we call snowbrush or buckbrush … it would pull the limbs down hand over hand, holding (the limbs) with the left hand and picking the leaves off the tips with the right and eating the leaves.”

Jones had been waiting as his father moved the elk from the other side of Buck Ridge up over the saddle. When the elk reached the top of the draw, they were briefly startled — perhaps seeing or smelling the creature, Jones said, but then “just relaxed and continued on like he was nothing.”

When the elk passed within 15 feet of the creature, Jones had both within his rifle scope. “And he just dwarfed the elk,” said Jones, who said he was so focused on and fascinated by the creature that “I can’t tell you to this day if any of those elk had antlers on them.”

After the elk passed, the creature squatted when it became alerted to two hunters coming over the saddle. “It just turned away, without moving its feet … pivoted his upper body and curled forward and just looked like a stump sitting there.”

The hunters became alerted as they got to within 15 feet of the creature, Jones said, as if they “smelled something or saw something. I swear to God they looked right at him. And then all of a sudden they just totally relaxed — like a kid playing with a boy loses interest and drops the toy.”

After the hunters walked on, the creature took off in the opposite direction, “and covered the ground faster than I could run, without ever breaking into a run. It looked like it was walking in water … the arm swing like it was using the hand as a paddle, the palms facing to the rear like they were big paddles, pulling it through the water as it walked.”

Asked why he didn’t shoot it, Jones said it appeared so much like a human — albeit an eight-foot-tall, hairy one — he “felt guilty” even looking at it through a rifle scope.


MUSIC MAN AND THE MONSTER: Dean Dewees played trumpet with Lawrence Welk, the Inkspots, Eddie Peabody and the Four Tops. He would prefer to be remembered for his three decades as an elite musician than for his three minutes as a Sasquatch pursuer.

Dewees and his nephew Dave were playing cards one January night in 1977 when Dewees’ four dogs began making a ruckus outside the cabin, first barking wildly and then “yipping like they’d been injured.”

The two men grabbed a 20-gauge shotgun and a pistol, raced outside and found what Dewees described as “this huge creature standing there, eight, nine feet tall, sort of grayish white in color,” the hair on its shoulders coming down to the center of his back “like a V-shape.” The creature had torn a hole in the chicken coop and killed five chickens, laying them side-by-side, “the beaks all in the same direction.”

Dewees said his nephew fired the shotgun at point-blank range into the beast’s buttocks, only to see the creature walk away “like he didn’t even feel it.” The two men pursued it down the slope, Dewees continuing to fire at it with a birdshot-loaded .22 pistol. When the creature reached 15-foot-wide Hansel Creek, it crossed the creek at a single bound and disappeared into the woods.

“It was like he stepped (across the creek),” Dewees said, “more than jumped.”

The men returned to the house, only to find that something — perhaps the same creature, having doubled back, or something else entirely — had taken four of the five dead chickens, leaving one.

Dewees reported the incident to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department but, to Dewees’ dismay, it didn’t stop there.

“The newspapers got hold of it and made fools of us,” said Dewees, who’s now 74. “You’ve got see these things to really believe it. I saw it, and I have no doubt in my mind what I saw.”


WOODSMEN AND THE GIANT: Mel Skahan and Jon Sampson have forestry/logging jobs — Skahan with the Yakama Nation, Sampson with the Bureau of Indian Affairs — that take them deep into the forests of the Yakama Reservation.

They’ve each had what they say were Bigfoot encounters.

Sampson had snowshoed 1 1/2 miles with a friend into a remote area of the reservation’s closed portion two years ago for some late-winter elk hunting when the two saw what looked like “this tall dark thing” walking behind a group of elk perhaps 500 yards away.

Sampson said he shot at it and the creature “dropped down like it put its chest on top of its kneecap, like an accordion. Then it turned 90 degrees from us and ran away from us, shrunk down in size.”

Skahan said he and a forestry coworker were in a recently logged-out area of the reservation in April 2005 when the two saw at a distance of about 150 yards a large animal Skahan described as “dark in color, running on two legs … (with) like-human legs (and) human-like arms. At no time did this thing drop on four legs. It stayed at a human gait the whole way.”

Sampson and Skahan have each on several occasions found huge, bare footprints in the dirt in remote forests, and heard vocalizations of what they say was clearly an animal — though not your typical forest denizen — warning them to go no further.

“I’ve heard bears growl, yes. And I’ve heard cougars growl,” Skahan said. “I know the difference.”


CAN’T PULL THE TRIGGER: Paul Graves, who owns a concrete construction business in Wenatchee, said he’s had two fleeting glimpses of Bigfoot, each time in the Blue Mountains over the last several years.

But it was years before that, while watching television in 1988 at his sister’s home, that he became fascinated with the subject. When the channel-surfing led to a show about Bigfoot, a friend of his sister “was not saying anything,” Graves recalled. “He looks over at me and said, ‘You know, I’ve seen one of those.’”

The man said he’d been hunting far up the Entiat Valley when he saw a hair-covered animal with “a human-looking face. It looked like a wild person to him, and he said, ‘There was no way I could pull the trigger.’ Since that time,” Graves said, “I’ve talked to hundreds, probably, of people who have literally been in the same situation. Most people can’t pull the trigger.”

Graves follows up on Eastern Washington reports on a Bigfoot research effort called The Olympic Project. Certain areas, like Bumping Lake, the Yakama Reservation, Mission Ridge and the Blue Mountains, generate a lot of reports. So, too, does the Entiat Valley.

One Entiat Valley incident more than 20 years ago that didn’t become an official report involved a backcountry ranger who came across an extremely distraught backpacker hurrying out of the forest.

The man told the ranger he’d been camping alone when he’d been dragged from his tent and tossed around, still in his sleeping bag, by a large, hairy animal that he said was definitely not a bear.

The ranger didn’t take the camper’s name or write up a report.


Said the ranger years later, “I thought the guy was a whack job.”

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11 Responses to “True believers: People of all types are certain they have encountered Sasquatch”
  1. Tom Naff says:

    I used to live in Goose Prairie, about 2 mile from Bumping Lake, back in the 1970′s…saw elk, balck bear, deer, porcupine, even bats. Never saw a bigfoot, but I am sure I felt his presence a few times…

  2. robert says:

    I am gong to share my siteing story to encourage others to do the same i am not going to mention any one that was there.I we dont want bunch of nuts contacting us i am not telling it to get people to be leave but maybe it will help in research ok so me and a family member was out searching back in 2010 we had our camp in a wooded area fire going we where quite all was quite a long about 1 am the family member was looking through my emerson night scope was not a cam she alerted me that some one was out side the camp i looked my self to see i watched for few minute i said to her that don’t look right i don’t think that’s a person we had a table set up close by i picked up a cantaloupe i held it up above my head i pointed at then i pointed at the subject motioned for it to come got no response i then got a baked chicken from wall mart dne the same thing no response i got bread water tomatoes and put them on table i look through scope i notice it moved much closer i pointed at it to let it know i new it was there then i pointed at table this went on for few minutes after a little while it stepped out in opening in opening and looked at us for a minute then it started looking at the table and picking up thing it got the cantaloupe and chicken gave us another look and walked back in the woods well it scared the girl she sleeped in car rest of night she said she herd it knock on window a few times she kept her head covered we both heard it through the night walking around by next morning every thing on table was gone so that was our first close up siteing she as not come back out whith me till resonantly after she got her little gun like i told her i don’t think they want any thing to do with us there just trying to survive like us so that’s it

  3. Tim Mahoney says:

    Should be “human gait.” I’m very much a skeptic — if Bigfoot were actually out there, we should have had some physical evidence — hair tufts stuck on a tree, bones of some sort — pop up in the past century.

    That’s the scientist in me. The storyteller in me says Bigfoot makes for some pretty good stories.

  4. anth says:

    hey pretty cool Sasquatch sightings
    iv had maybe 5 n herd a few this year in lynnwood wa

  5. cabochon says:

    OK, here’s a “friend-of-a-friend” story. A couple of female friends of mine camped near a lake system in E. Tennessee years ago and woke hearing something moving around outside their tent and sniffing. It also pressed the tent by its motions so my friends saw the canvas sinking in somewhat. They were terrified. My closer friend of the two didn’t look out; my other friend did and saw something on two feet that she swore wasn’t human or a bear-furry. It wasn’t an 8-footer-she kept calling it “little Bigfoot.” Two caveats: this friend was a constant stoner (pot), and also how could this be a Bigfoot in an area where no one reports them (to my knowledge) and is a popular camping area? I vote impaired witness and bear-sighting, but it was a great story.

  6. William Jevning says:

    I am an author on the subject of the Sasquatch, two time witness and 40 year veteran field researcher. These are very interesting stories, and I am currently seeking just such stories for one of te new books I am currently working on and would like permission by the witnesses for inclusion of their stories in my manuscript. I can be contacted at [email protected]

  7. Dennis Berube says:

    The question that stands out in my mind most of all is. What of professional people like Rangers, forestry officials, police, all trained for their observational skills, that claim a Bigfoot sighting? Everyone of them come away saying “It was not a bear!”, so my question is what was it? Like in 2012 Feb. of this year where a retired wildlife officer, saw something cross the road in front of his truck. He said it was not a Bear. This happened in Florida, so must have been the skunk ape? The description he gave, sounded like a Bigfoot. what are we to make of these stories?

    • Mel says:

      Reason everyone says its wasnt or not a bear is because of the closest resemblance as far as color or shape.
      I have had sightings or have seen bears on their back legs and close to five to six foot tall and to folks not seeing or being close to them as a person like me or other folks who work with and have seen them multiple times can easily think in their mind that it was a bigfoot.
      I have been called out to possible sighting areas where the witness has taken me and showed me the tracks and misidentified bigfoot tracks with bears. Also casted the tracks to show them the similarities and differences of the track they found.


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