Date:August 11, 2009
Lane county, OR
Nearest town: Rainbow
Nearest road: Olalie Creek Road
Location: location withheld per witness request.
Description of event: I was bear hunting. I walked down a closed road and took a stand at a partially logged area with good visibility. I stayed there for about an hour. I then hiked further up the road and took another stand at the top of the unit and stayed there for another hour or so. When I realized that I forgot my flash light I decided to head back before it started getting dark. I was walking back to the truck and when I got to the area that I took my first stand I was overpowered with a very pungent stench that stopped me in my tracks. I was startled and felt that I was being watched. It was a very strong odor that smelled like a dead animal and musty. I did not pursue into the dark timber where the smell came from as I had no flashlight and the sun would be going down soon. I went back to camp and told my girlfriend about the smell and she said it could have been a bigfoot. It did not even dawn on me at the time that thats what it could be. I have hunted all my life and have never smelt an animal with that distinct smell before. I sat in that exact spot earlier for an hour and would have noticed the smell if it was there at that time. Something had moved in there from the time I was absent.
record updated:2009-08-12 20:44:07
Investigation by: Bill Hodgson
I have worked for a retail store for 18+ years. I have also drove truck, and did a little work with the BLM and USFS. I have not been affiliated with any other organization, only with OBF. I have had an interested in Sasquatch for many years. I have lived in Oregon all of my life. I have a little experience in tracking wildlife and knowledge on the mountains and forests of Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California. My research has been personal, but now I want to help others understand what they have experienced.