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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Memorial Day Footage - More Details

On May 26, 1996, Owen Pate, his wife, and five friends had a strange encounter while on a camping trip.

Actually, the Pate's sighting was not the only report of seeing a bigfoot that month. The first sighting was a few days before the 26th when a fisherman was sitting, eating his lunch. He had the feeling of being watched. Looking up he could see something in the distance that appeared to be looking his way. He grabbed his binoculars for a better view. Watching him at his lunch was a large hairy creature. He estimated it to be around 7 ft tall.

The second sighting was the one that involved the Pates. A woman saw a figure running down the mountainside and watched it as it disappeared into the trees at the bottom. She called Owen Pate and told him what she had seen. When he got there, the creature emerged from the bushes at the fence line. The fence was 5 ft high. He estimated the creature to be around 6 1/2 to 7 ft tall and very wide at the shoulders.
Lori Pate arrived with their camcorder. She scanned the hill but was unable to see the creature. A few minutes later, it was again seen up on the hillside near its original location. It took off running, then suddenly slowed down to a walk and disappeared behind a knoll on the mountainside. When it came back into view, the figure appeared to be taller. This event was actually witnessed by around 30 people.

The video was reported to researchers and it underwent the usual enhancement. The figure was so far away it is impossible to see great detail; mostly just a silhouette. The best enhancement was done by Autumn Williams' site Oregonbigfoot.com. There you can watch enhanced footage of the creature.

There is one very interesting feature seen during this video. The figure as it runs appears to be swinging only one arm; the other arm appears to be holding onto something. After passing the hillock, the figure then appears to become taller. Digital enhancement seems to show that there is now something on the figure's shoulders.

Some interpret this to mean this is a female bigfoot. When she first emerges from the trees, she is carrying a baby bigfoot in one arm, hugged against her body. When she passes behind the hillock, she then raised the child up onto her shoulders, presumably for greater ease in carrying it and running.

The height of the creature was estimated by some to be under 6 ft tall. The height then increased by 6 inches afterward.

Owen and Lori returned to the site later. Owen found a cleared-out area under the trees where the branches had been removed and there were a number of little bones in the area. He then tried to run the path he thought the creature had taken. Lori filmed his stumbling effort over the uneven ground. They found no footprints.

Now some viewers claim that the object on the figure's back is a backpack. But others will tell you that it appears to be "hairy" and is therefore something alive.

For more discussion on a human running the path taken by the creature, see yesterday's post "Faking it with a gorilla suit".

A good question is why is there a difference in the reported heights of the creatures in each sighting? Perhaps it was more than one creature. Perhaps it was a family: a male, a female, and a child. That could explain the 6 1/2 to 7 ft tall creature and the 5 1/2 ft one filmed running.

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This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of War has been met with great reviews.

[Please Note: Sadly Nancy passed away at the first of January, 2022. We will continue to honor her and her research by sharing her work. RIP Nancy. -Thomas]

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