Number 82 From Our Archive Section
8-22-13--22 miles west of Glendale. Douglas Complex Wildfire.
ACR discovered a body of a unknown animal at 11 miles up Upper Union Creek-Road-Cow Creek. The body was first thought to be a human but then it was discovered it was not human. The body had been lightly scorched by the oncoming fire but was found in a very shallow grave like mound.
The body was partly decomposed showing death sometime earlier than the fire. Inspection of the body showed the remains of some type of primate thought to be a juvenile. The remains was taken to Portland for further exam.
In this area bones from deer and other animals were found showing evidence that this was some sort of a feeding place. Crews were asked not to talk about the body till exams were complete.
1 week later officials told us it was a large bear. Those of us that helped with the removal of the body saw what we absolutely know were hands with five fingers and feet with five toes and definitely not bear. The face was not bear. It was more human shaped with no snout.
We think the height of the body was somewhere around 5 1/2 to 6 ft and 250+ lbs. No clothes were found on or near the body or in the mound. The arms were longer than human. The remains showed the body was onetime covered with brown hair. The hair was 3 to 4 inches long and finer than bear fur.