archaeology survey crew, finds possible BF nest. file# 05278


Date:August , 1996
Klamath county, OR
Nearest town:
Klamath Falls
Nearest road:
Hwy 140 And Westside Road
warm, sunny
early afternoon
Can't give the exact location, but it was along the SE side of Pelican Butte, about 1/2 way up the mountain, west of Klamath Lake and north of Hwy 140 which is between Medford and Klamath Falls, Oregon


Description of event: This is a "Nest" sighting, not an actual creature sighting. I was a member of an archaeology survey crew, and we had hiked in along an old, overgrown logging RR grade on the side of Pelican Butte. This grade took off from an old, closed logging road. We were approximately 1 mile from the end of the closed road, when we found a very large "nest" on the ground, which measured about 7 feet in diameter. It was constructed of pine needles and small twigs. The nest material was about 8-12" in height. It was about 150 meters (yards) uphill from the old grade that we were following. The only reason we found it at all was because a crew member saw a Spotted Owl in a tree up the hill and we went up to get a closer look. The owl flew up the hill a bit farther, and we followed, trying to catch a good glipse of the owl as most of us had never seen one in the wild. That's when we noticed the huge nest on the ground. (Was the owl leading us there??)All six crew members felt it was a bigfoot nest. We reported it to the wildlife biologist back at the office, and he said there are some large birds that make nests on the ground, which can be up to 3 feet in diameter, such as Cranes, but he's never heard of one that large. Also, Cranes nest in meadows, near water, not on the side of a mountain, several miles from water. When we suggested a bigfoot nest, he just shrugged and said "Maybe?" This was a very remote location, and hadn't been logged in years, probably since the 1950's. We also discovered a very old logging camp (archaeology site) dating from the ealy 1900's which had old glass bottles, still intact, which was evidence that no one had been there in a very long time, as most other old sites which were in more accessible places had been "looted" for the glass bottles. Point being, this was an area where no one goes, so if this were a "hoax", it's a terrible place to do it, as chances are, no one is going to see it! Unfortunatley, no one took a photo.

record updated:2011-02-10 11:48:39

Investigation by: Bill Hodgson

Bill Hodgson Investigator

Medford, OR

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.