Daryl Pallus has left a new comment on your post "Linda Newton-Perry's Newspaper Column":
Your article here brought a memory that I had forgotten about. In 1982 a couple of blackberry pickers were over in the Panther Creek area on the Coos/Douglas border hwy 42. They had went into this new logging road that was still dirt with no gravel. As they traveled down the soft earth they noticed that weird big foot prints very very clear along the shoulder of the road.
As the couple neared a salmon berry patch they happen to notice that something was in the thick brush weaving back and forth. As they looked closer they told me they saw the hideous face of a man-ape looking at them. The couple went quickly past the berry patch only to see what they called a huge brown hair covered manlike thing walk onto the road and disappear over the bank into the timber.
They quickly found the end of the road where a watchman was camped. They told him of their experience and the watchman called the timber co to investigate. The prints were cast and given to BLM for analysis. The prints were never identified as any known animal. What gave this story credibility was the man and woman were a district judge and and his wife a court reporter for their county. They took polygraphs and both passed the test. The animal was never seen again by any of the road crew that finished the road.