Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 27th, 2007
This week, I am visiting friends in Northern California, a couple of hours north of San Francisco. It’s not a Bigfoot trip, so to speak, but the 11 year old son of my friend is intensely interested in the subject.
My friend Jill was with my wife and myself when we had our Bigfoot sighting on Memorial Day 1994 near Alexandria, Louisiana. She has told her son Mitchel about the incident and he was fascinated.
Last night, we drove to Occidental to eat dinner at one of Jill’s favorite restaurants, Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant. Along the way, we attempted to find the location of a nearby Bigfoot sighting from 1980.
After returning from dinner, we watched The Legend of Boggy Creek. While it is somewhat comical to watch it these days, I remember seeing it for the first time as a child, just as Mitchell saw it last night.
On Saturday, we will be heading south towards Santa Cruz. We will be visiting Mike Rugg and the Bigfoot Discovery Project.
And young Mitchel will be coming along as well.
Well, now that I have shared that, let’s get to the Bigfoot tracks. I noticed this morning the following story from the Marysville, CA area, only 160 miles from where I am now. How great is that?
Go to the CBS 13 Sacramento website to watch the video.
(CBS13) MARYSVILLE, Calif. There’s a big mystery in our backyard tonight. Is a Bigfoot living in the forest above Marysville? A local couple has found big prints in those woods and experts are saying it may not be a hoax.
It was just after a rainstorm, a great time for hunting deer. It was a perfect place, high up in the dense woods of the Plumas National Forest.
Chuck and Michelle Padigo had been down the logging road lots of times, including just a few days earlier.
Past two gates, about three miles from the highway, in a recently logged area, Michelle looked down and spotted something very strange.
What the Padigo’s say they encountered was more than three dozen huge footprints spread out over a hundred yards or more.
“I swear the hair on my arms stood up,” says Michelle.
The couple recorded their discovery with photographs and returned to take more pictures.
Joining the Padigos now was Scot Woodland, a Nevada County search and rescue team member and a certified expert tracker.
Scot says he’s got an open mind but when he first saw the tracks he figured here’s another hoax.
“The closer I got and looked at the prints, the more I could see the detail and the movement in the foot. As a tracker you see how things move the weight and all that stuff. The complexity of the footprint made me go whoa!” he says.
What really impressed Scot was the force of the Bigfoot print which rippled the ground around it. Scot’s footprint next to it hardly moved the earth.
“If it’s a hoax, somebody really did a good job, if it’s not, then there’s a big creature that lives among us,” says Woodland.
All the prints appear to be from one animal walking slowly but with a stride twice that of a human.
“We measured from heel of the left foot to heel of left foot, 56 inches,” says Scott.
The footprint was gigantic. It was seven-and-a-half inches wide. The tape measure shows the impression is nearly double the length of an adult human foot.
From a distant picture of a possible big foot, to plaster impressions of some very big feet. Compare them with the plaster cast Chuck Padigo made and you’ll see the same basic shape, same size. Almost square toes with little or no arching.
If there is a big foot living in the woods, it wouldn’t be the first time somebody has reported the evidence. CBS13 checked the records over the past decade.
In both 1997 and 1998, a science researcher found possible Bigfoot tracks and feces in the same Plumas Forest Area.
And again in 1998, a veteran forest service employee found footprints fourteen inches long by six inches wide.
CBS13 checked with residents of the small towns near where Michelle and Chuck found their footprints. Store owner Peggy Pope says she’s a believer.
“I’ve never heard of anybody up here saying they’ve seen one, or any evidence? Or any evidence, but I believe there is such a thing,” says Pope.
Other locals say they have either heard or smelled what might be a Bigfoot, but they also tell of some big bears living in these woods.
But pictures of bear paws, while certainly very large, clearly show big claws.
The footprints Chuck and Michelle found show no sign of any claws, just clean imprints of five toes.
The Padigos found the footprints four months ago and didn’t publicize it until now.
They do not seem to seek notoriety and appear to be genuinely and deeply affected by the incident but still, we had to ask if they were playing a hoax on us.
“No sir, I wouldn’t do that, I’m not that smart, I couldn’t make something like that,” says Chuck.
Photos and measurements of those big footprints have been sent to a renowned scientist who is researching Bigfoot sightings. No word yet on whether he thinks those prints are made by man or by a lot bigger and more secretive creature.John Iander
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.