Mogollon Monster Bigfoot Expedition 4, 24-27 July, 2008. We arrived at base camp campground. A short time after arrival, a large stick hit my trailer and put a hole in the side. It was a sizable stick, and my trailer was some distance from the tents. It appears that my trailer was the intended target. The rest of the camp area is sheltered by trees, and throwing projectiles at intended targets would not be very accurate due to the trees and leaves. We felt safer in the camp. We were unable to determine the source of the stick, but the impact put a three inch hole in the side of the trailer.
After setting up camp, we decided to go check our duct tape hair traps we had left three weeks earlier. We used a trout as bait dangling from a string 12 feet up from the ground. The trout was surrounded with duct tape in hopes that if anything reached for the fish, any hair would get tangled in the sticky part of the tape. It had worked! Our trout was eaten completely with exception of the head. There were three hairs left on the duct tape. We bagged it all up for further lab analysis.
We separated and started searching the area for any further signs of activity. The first find was a pile of scat. It seemed to have the same plants and contents as the previous scat we collected two months earlier. This was from the same type of creature the Forest Ranger had told us about. He had not been able to identify the animal. It was something new to him. The scat was bagged and tagged.
A short time later we located a bed of sticks under a very large spruce tree. The spruce tree was very thick and acted much like an umbrella. A 3 foot tall pile of sticks was neatly placed for bedding near the trunk of the tree. These sticks looked like the same as the sticks we found on the first expedition which still had their leaves on them and were scattered over the forest floor. The earlier find of tree limbs was in the same area, but lying all over the forest floor as if they had been harvested out of the trees to be gathered later. All sticks were small with leaves. The tree limbs in the shelter were the same size which leads us to believe limbs from our first expedition finding was harvested to make the bed. However, not all the leaves had fallen off the branches. It was nice and thick and would make a very good place to sleep.
(To Be Continued…)