Panther Mountain Sighting
(March 22, 2012)
I want to tell of a sighting that occurred in 1993. My dad was a log truck owner and operator all his life. He never believed the stories of the bigfoot because he claimed he would have found tracks in all the years he traveled the mountains of southwestern Oregon.
In April of ’93, he was working in the Ten Mile Creek area just west of Camas Valley. It was 7 am when he stopped on a gravel turnout on the Panther Mountain to tend to nature. As he let himself down out of the truck he noticed across the road something had just went up the hillside because small rocks and dirt were falling into the ditch. At that same time he heard a chatter of some sort from the trees lining the road. He then noticed a small figure of black moving through the tree line. He thought “bear” right away but was shocked nearly to pieces at a very large and heavy “manlike ape creature” of some sort grab up the small one and take off at lightening speed up the mountainside.
He could see it from time to time when it hit thin places in the brush as it walked on two legs. Dad was never one to tell stories. He believed to the day he passed the “apelike man or woman” was most likely a bigfoot. He never talked about it again. Nor did he ever tell his friends. He told Mom about it but told her to never talk about it.