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8/17/18: SQUATCH WATCH W/ CLIFF BARACKMAN AND THE WADE BROTHERS

Ron Patton | August 17, 2018
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SQUATCH WATCH

MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS

I remember back when I was a kid, I was first introduced to Bigfoot through a series of movies that you may remember were seen throughout the 1970’s. They were created by Chuck Sellier who was a film and TV producer that I eventually met through a meeting I had with Don Shanks who played Nakoma in the TV Series –Shanks also played Mike Meyers in Halloween 5.

The film that he made about Bigfoot was called, Mysterious Monsters. The film was narrated by Peter Graves and while many films have depicted Bigfoot as some passive shy animal — these films did not sugarcoat the creature and made us aware that Bigfoot certainly was the king of the forests in the Pacific Northwest.

The Ape Canyon attack was the first story I ever heard about Bigfoot.

Ape Canyon is on the Southeastern corner of Mount St. Helens. Ape Canyon was heavily impacted by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. There is a narrow Ape Canyon trail, also near the mountain is the Ape Caves.

There was a violent Bigfoot attack that happened there in 1924. A group of miners claimed that they were violently attacked by ape men. Fred Beck, one of the miners, claimed they shot and possibly killed at least one of the creatures, precipitating an attack on their cabin, during which the creatures bombarded the cabin with rocks and tried to break in.

The Ape Canyon area has always had mysteries surrounding it – I was there right after the second minor eruption of Mount St. Helens that happened in 2008. The area was certainly beautiful but it was a place that made me dizzy and when I was there, a group of kids from Utah were there and recognized me. As we were talking one of the kids claimed that he saw something strange in the brush. I saw nothing, but just after the alleged sighting there was a minor earthquake that was felt there — I was worried that the mountain was about to explode so I told my friend that we should leave the area.

One kid said “Oh my God, I am on a shaking mountain with Clyde Lewis and something strange is stalking us – how cool is that!”

I thought that it was terrifying because of what I knew of the Ape Canyon area.

In August of 1963 a story ran in the Longview, Washington times about a skier that disappeared near the Ape caves named Jim Carter. Jim Carter disappeared without a trace in the 1950’s. Carter, was with a twenty-member climbing party, was ever found although teams of experienced mountain rescue units scoured the area for a week.

As the party came down the mountain Carter left them at the 8,000-foot level, near a landmark called Dog’s Head. He said he would go ahead and photograph the others as the skied towards the timber line. That was the last time he was seen. The next morning a discarded film box was found at the spot where presumably he had loaded his camera.

Carter’s ski tracks indicated that he had raced down the mountain — something was chasing him. In his wild descent, Carter jumped several gaping crevices before going right off a steep canyon wall. Neither he nor his equipment was ever found.

Several of the seventy-five men in the search parties reported they experienced an uncomfortable feeling of being watched the whole time they were in the area. They concluded that he was attacked by the ape men; apparently, a very aggressive or a pack of very aggressive Bigfoot.

Although retreating appears to be the typical response of a Sasquatch to the presence of humans, many credible reports describe after dark harassment of campers and rural property owners by animals believed to be sasquatches. The harassment activity is usually limited to screams, crashing and snapping of tree limbs and brush, and occasionally the throwing of rocks.

While the entire body of reports strongly suggests that sasquatches do not make a practice of harming humans, the same body of evidence suggests they do hunt other animals. Among the animals that appear to be prey are deer, elk, raccoons, beavers, ducks, and rodents.

Sasquatches are also known to kill dogs that chase or threaten them. Dogs often flee or cower in their presence, but some dogs are more aggressive and sometimes receive very brutal treatment as a result. Aggressive dogs have been found torn apart, with Sasquatch tracks around the remains.

This raises the question about whether Sasquatch can attack if there is a territorial conflict.

Although retreating appears to be the typical response of a Sasquatch to the presence of humans, many credible reports describe after dark harassment of campers and rural property owners by animals believed to be sasquatches. The harassment activity is usually limited to screams, crashing and snapping of tree limbs and brush, and occasionally the throwing of rocks.

While the entire body of reports strongly suggests that sasquatches do not make a practice of harming humans, the same body of evidence suggests they do hunt other animals. Among the animals that appear to be prey are deer, elk, raccoons, beavers, ducks, and rodents.

Sasquatches are also known to kill dogs that chase or threaten them. Dogs often flee or cower in their presence, but some dogs are more aggressive and sometimes receive very brutal treatment as a result. Aggressive dogs have been found torn apart, with sasquatch tracks around the remains.

Sasquatches are known to raid chicken coops, rabbit hutches, hog pens, and fruit orchards from time to time. There are few reports of horses or cows being attacked or bothered, but these types of livestock do sometimes get very frightened when sasquatches are nearby, according to witnesses.

Bigfoot researcher Tim “Coonbo” Baker told a story during an interview on Bigfoot Outlaws, an Internet radio show of a first person account he was given by someone who claims to have witnessed a Bigfoot killing someone.

Apparently two men, a hunter and a guide, we’re in rural New Mexico back in the 80’s. During their hunting excursion they cited a Bigfoot creature. Evidently the hunter decided to get famous and took a shot at the creature. However, instead of killing it, all it did was piss him off. The creature attacked the men, knocking the hunter’s head off with a swipe of his hand. When he turned to the guide, the guide dropped his rifle and backed away, and managed to escape with his life.

The guide reported this event to law enforcement, and took them to the location where it occurred. There was blood scattered about and the hunter’s body and severed head were lying there as the witness had reported. Even though huge footprints where everywhere and the witness clearly stated that it was a Bigfoot that did it, the law enforcement officer stated at the time that his report would theorize that it was a bear attack.

Coonbo states that he spent some time researching this to see if any official report of the “death by bear attack” had been filed those years ago, but he was unable to locate any such report in the archives of the county where this supposedly took place.

A Native American Bigfoot researcher, Brenda Harvey Harris, appeared on Coast to Coast AM and described how Bigfoot has terrorized a New Mexico reservation. Harris said she first heard reports of Sasquatch by a river in her region on the radio during road trips to her grandmother’s house.

She recalled one trip when her mother began screaming about something on the road, and wondered if it could have been Bigfoot. She detailed her own encounter from 1986, when something tried to open her door and she walked out to find a tall, scraggly creature on the porch.

Actor Rob Lowe had an encounter with a wood ape in the Ozarks. He claimed he was lying on the ground motionless and thought that the beast was going to kill him. Lowe does not go into detail he just believes that the creature would harm him if he moved.

There is also the very sketchy story of a possible encampment that was raided by a Sasquatch. The event occurred in an area called Four Points near Bishop, California.

Apparently, an unidentified man was poaching in the area and was eventually confronted by Department of Interior and BLM officials there.

According to the man, they grabbed him, confiscated his gun, and interrogated him for 7-8 hours about why he was there.

The man was finally let off the hook when local forestry officials identified him as a friend, but the DOI and BLM officers warned him to never return to the area. But in the course of the interrogation the man found out that a “sasquatch” had entered a campground there, ransacked the area, turned over a large, heavy dumpster, and killed several people. But no clues about the incident were reported to have ever been found.

This story might have disappeared into obscurity, until a young student investigating Bigfoot accounts was doing some research in Bishop 1989-90. He reported that he met a police officer there who had been on the local police force in the 70’s when the incident had taken place. He told the student that the story had been the talk of the force at the time, but they had all been under strict orders not to breathe a word about it or the deaths to anyone.

Due to the fatalities and the odd nature of the case, it was officially reported by the officers as a diseased bear attack.

However, there are no brown bears in California and a black bear would have been incapable of turning over a full-size dumpster.

The case remains a mystery, and furthermore what officer or game official would actually report that the fatalities were due to an attack by a Sasquatch?

People take for granted that all species have been identified and so the idea of a great ape species living in North America is an absurdity until the “body of evidence” is exposed to the world. Even if it was exposed, the reality of such a creature could be as mundane as an endangered ape or gorilla that somehow found a way to cross continents and remain elusive from hunters and investigators, only to show up unexpectedly and witnessed by deep woods campers.

The whole idea of new and mysterious species being discovered and categorized is academic to serious researchers who realize that even in recent history animals that were once thought of as products of mythology have suddenly appeared and have been categorized by scientists.

Now that the proof of their existence can be caged up and put on display in a public zoo or laboratory it is common place.

Bigfoot still remains elusive and for as long as he has not been captured, there are some that doubt its existence.

The difficulty in capturing an undeniable picture, video, or even hair or scat samples of the Bigfoot has caused a number of people to dismiss outright the possibility of such a creature existing. However eyewitness testimony continues to pour in and recently the sightings of such a creature have increased.

The aggressive nature of the Bigfoot is now becoming part of the story as well– and of course there are many people who believe the only way to document a Bigfoot is to kill it in order to put to sleep any and all questions as to whether or not it exists in the wild.

The Bigfoot creature still, has that tabloid edge to him and he is always the topic of tall tales when all are snug in their sleeping bags listening to fireside ghost stories on family camping trips.

Serious reports of aggressive Bigfoot are a terrifying thought and there have been recordings and video of campers and hikers who have unfortunately come to close, only to be chased out of an area, or forced to hide and producing recordings of their terrifying screams and grunts.

Back in 2011, I was called about a report out of Madras, Oregon of a group of Sasquatch pushing boulders on to a train trestle. A freight train locomotive hit the first boulder and suffered damage while the other Burlington Northern train was able to stop.

The boulders weighed 300 pounds. Officials say that the boulders were meant to derail the trains. The train that hit the rock and was lifted off the tracks momentarily before setting safely back on the rails.

The train sustained between $2,000 and $3,000 in damage, but no crew members were injured. Railroad officials didn’t report the incident at the time, claiming that it was a natural occurrence — the second time it happened was when authorities were called in to investigate the incident.

Both boulders were left on the tracks in the dark. Think about 300 pound rocks were carried in the middle of a high rise train trestle – humans could have done it of course but why go through all the trouble of moving heavy boulders to the middle of a track and running the risk of injuring yourself?

The authorities may have been embarrassed to admit that perhaps the ape men were the culprits.

If science is not embarrassed to study the so-called Bigfoot, perhaps they will try to determine if some upright walking species of mountain apes have slipped through the cracks. After all, many of today’s animals got their start as improbable creatures that are believed to be made up in the minds of opportunists and charlatans.

Take a look at some of the animals that exist on this earth and contemplate their looks. An elephant seems so peculiar; a giraffe is just as unusual. Rumors flew about a huge pig-eating lizard and there were many who laughed until the Komodo dragon was discovered in 1912.

The Panda, at first was a hallucination and a myth told amongst the Chinese people’s before it was found. Its legend had been around for 100 years or so before it was revealed to the western world in 1937.

The Bigfoot has always been seen as a benevolent creature that is as timid as a bunny; however, as the ecosystem starts to collapse and his homelands are being invaded, we may be seeing more attacks by the Sasquatch because of a presumed territorial standoff.

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Written by Ron Patton





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