Big Scat Sighting

The News Review headline writer must have felt quite proud after writing the title to this Letter to the Editor:  Recent Reports Recall a Big Scat Sighting

"I've been noticing a few articles in the paper lately. Here’s my story. About 30 years ago I was working in the hills east of Myrtle Point. One evening, two of us went deer hunting north of Tenmile. We hiked around some recently partially cut-over land. While neither of us saw any deer, I did see a very unusual animal fecal sign.

It was very large and when fresh was probably a lot larger. Since I had a tape with me, I measured it. It was 6 inches long, not too unusual, but 4 inches in diameter. Unfortunately, I did not have a plastic bag with me, so I could not remove it. When I returned on the weekend I could not find it again.

The sign looked like human feces, except for one detail. Among other things, it had been eating manzanita berries. While I know the pioneers made jelly out of manzanita berries, I can't imagine anyone eating the berries and besides, a 4 inch diameter sounds too big to be human. I felt then and still feel it was Bigfoot sign. A few years before the incident, a co-worker claimed to have seen a family of Bigfeet eating lampreys on upper Camas Creek. Personally, I don't doubt it.

While I have never seen Bigfoot tracks, I saw fecal sign again, many years later, twice. It was probably four years ago. I was hiking on the edge of a forest park, near Burnaby, British Columbia. Both were from the same animal, probably a young animal, since it was much smaller. It again resembled human sign, but it had some red berries in it. I couldn't identify the berries, but I could certainly find enough of the plants. They definitely weren't either red huckleberry or red elderberry.One of the sightings intrigued me. It was outside a restroom. Could it have been that a young Bigfoot defecated outside the human restroom, mainly because the smell of human feces influenced him? Many other animals have similar habits."

(author's name redacted)

Roseburg

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There are a few interesting details in this Letter to the Editor, besides the humorous title.  Let's break it down:

  • Someone seeing a family of bigfoots eating lampreys on is a an odd little factoid.  Not only did the coworker see a bigfoot, but saw a family of them.  And was close enough to see they were eating lamprey.  Pretty impressive. Should have offered them a mint.  Considering how impossible it is for anyone to get close enough to get a decent enough view to get a clear image or video, being close enough to discern whether the family of sasquatch was eating a lamprey or snake or fish or deer intestine is truly remarkable.  I would be curious about the incredible level of detail that he would have been able to see from that close of a vantage point.
  • I wonder what would he have done with the poop once he got it home, had he been carrying a plastic bag. Placed it on the fireplace mantle, as I would have? 
  • Once, I too came across a giant piece of fecal matter.  It was at least 6 inches long and probably around 4 inches in diameter.  I'd guess it was as big around as the barrel of a baseball bat.  Even though I've been interested in bigfoot for most of my life, the creature never crossed my mind as the poop perpetrator.  This is probably because it was in the parking lot behind a Fred Meyer and I had been assigned by my evil boss to clean garbage from behind the store.  There was even toilet paper.  I didn't get close enough to check for berries, however.  When deciding whether it is sasquatch poop or not, one might need to realize that some people poop big, either naturally or otherwise.
  • As far as finding feces outside a public restroom, I hardly find this surprising, other than it not being slimed across the walls, as it usually is. Syringes can be (and usually are) found outside public restrooms, so I guess bigfoot is shooting up heroin, as well.
  • More than once, I have hiked for hours on difficult terrain and felt like I was someplace few had ever been...until I looked down and saw a milkshake cup or a PBR can.  I don't think bigfoot left them.

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