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As an active trooper in Oregon, I feel that something must be clarified about suspensions. Yes it is true that some citizens ODL/CDL where suspended because of unusual reports filed by them. It has never been Oregon's practice to "pick out someone for reporting a unknown animal".
But from time to time the reports are good reasons for further investigation into possible mental/health issues. It has been our practice to look at the reports and decide if further actions need apply. I have taken one report in 2009 from a person who claimed that bigfoot had walked across Interstate 5 just after dusk near Glendale. Though I couldn't prove it, I strongly believe the lady was lying about the sighting.
I did some investigation into the claim that Oregon suspended ODLS for reporting bigfoot from a car. I have found that only 22 cases ever ended in revocation of licenced drivers. But one thing I did find is almost 120 citizens since 1982 have received "NOTICE TO SUSPEND" from ODMV. In every case there seem to be a strong case for medical examination.
So in short you are correct when you say the practice did exist, but wrong when you say for bigfoot only. ODMV spokesman David House's reply to NABS was in error when he denied the state used a bigfoot sighting for lawful reason to suspend. It is quite the contrary if you can't give a honest report to the investigating officer.
My newspaper column is kept to just a little over 400 words and so I couldn't even in part go into detail on this subject. The state of Oregon does not recognize the existence of bigfoot. So at one time, if one filed a report of bigfoot seen from a vehicle, then, he/she was or could be charged with filing a false report. And since 1982 you claim it's happened 22 times. Thank you for your comment. ... Linda Newton-Perry
Saturday, January 15, 2011
(A sign does NOT exist here on hwy 38 at the Loon Lake turnoff. Click photo to make larger.)
Linda Newton-Perry inserted this photo-sign into this photo. Considering the sightings that have been written about here on Ballyhoo for this stretch of road, Elkton through this area, a sighting could be possible. It is of course unlikely that if you are looking for the animal you will see it; because, most sightings occur when least expected. So, don't "expect" a sighting but do drive this beautiful area from Sutherlin to Reedsport, knowing that this is "Bigfoot Country."
Linda Newton-Perry and her husband, Christopher Perry, are the authors of several fiction books. Five of the books are bigfoot related and one is a Viking Age Novel. How did the two Viking Age novel writers become interested in writing about bigfoot? The answer is simple. They live in Oregon, USA.
And when they gave up their interest in the local paper, Linda still wished to keep her hand in writing for it, and so, came up with a bigfoot column. When she began the column (Feb. 8, 2008) Linda wasn’t sure she believed in the existence of bigfoot. It should be mentioned that Christopher Perry wasn’t convinced either of the animal’s existence until about year two of the bigfoot column, “A Matter of Time.” At the beginning of the column Linda had designed a cap that she had written on, “If I saw a bigfoot, I wouldn’t tell.” So, what changed in three years for these writers, since they both believe in bigfoot, now?
When the Perrys first began writing the column, “A Matter of Time,” in the state of Oregon one could have his license suspended for reporting a bigfoot sighting to the police (that is if you saw the bigfoot while driving a vehicle). And if you reported a sighting to the Forest Service, the report was either taken seriously or discarded; you were either placated by smug words of “it was most certainly a bear” or making one feel a little better with “lots of people report this animal, we’ll check into it.” There have even been bodies of bigfoot reported to have disappeared and never heard about again, for example, the 1962 Columbus Day Storm animal, and several bigfoots were witnessed being hauled away after Mount St. Helens erupted, 1980.
Months passed and sightings were reported to the Perrys. They wrote about them in the column. After several months it became apparent to the Perrys that bigfoot, indeed, could exist.
The late Dale Saxton commented on the Perrys’ Internet bigfoot magazine, “Bigfoot Ballyhoo,” and he asked people to write about their sighting on Ballyhoo. Saxton had assured those who had sighting accounts that Ballyhoo was a safe place to simply talk about their sighting. Saxton often reminded readers that after seeing one of these animals, it was normal to experience trauma, and talking (writing) about it could only help. Feb. 11, will be the one year anniversary of Dale Saxton’s death. Ballyhoo will have more on Saxton as the anniversary date nears.
Enjoy and comment, please. ... Linda Newton-Perry