Friday, June 22, 2012
I am presently working in the XXXX’S District of USFS. Last week we had a meeting with some upper officials inside this agency on the potential threat of the animal coined "xxxxx xxxxx" to the visiting public in this forest district. This meeting was to lay out facts on the safety concerns about the unknown danger and risks of this animal.
Over the last two months three people have had a close brush with the same animal. Separate descriptions given to us verify this. I believe we need to come clean and alert the public on the behavior of this individual animal. We listened to XXX XXX’s thoughts that this problem is going to turn even more dangerous as the summer season starts.
I for one agree that we need to post warning signs in the areas of concern. We have great concern that small children might be in extreme danger if the animal approaches them.
The meeting never addressed what exactly we're dealing with as far as a classification of animal. At the end of the meeting the upper officials decided not to alert the public and to try to downplay any danger. Also they want to continue the claim that people are simply seeing a bear and taking it for a bigfoot.
Thank you for your interest in public safety. The vast majority of us believe we are dealing with a new found animal or some form of mountain ape not yet confirmed. We can only hope that the visiting public can get information from an outside source other than USFS.
You may publish this letter without any names of anyone mentioned here for the visiting public safety in our forest.
Thank you for your comment.... Linda Newton-Perry