Bigfoot: a search in Utah

Published: Wednesday, June 24 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

1995 — A North Ogden resident reported seeing a large, dark, hairy creature in his yard one night. It also ripped a large metal gate out of a fence and hurled it 30 feet away. A teenage boy said he saw bigfoot running alongside a canal.

1991 — Bigfoot sightings reported by residents in North Ogden.

1981 — The police chief of Garland, Box Elder County, said he saw a creature run in front of his car. Several other residents also reported sightings and tracks were found that led in a northwest direction.

Early 1980s — A man from Lapoint, Uintah County, flying a small airplane from Ogden to his home one winter, reported seeing a large, hairy manlike creature walking through the deep snow of the high Uintas.

Early 1980s — One summer, Lee Fielding of Hooper, Weber County, who works for Utah Wildlife Resources, was camping in the Elizabeth Mountain area of the Uintas. He reported that something stormed through his camp one night and scared all the horses away. The next morning, his horse would not go in a particular direction, and he met a group of hunters in a nearby camp who told him they were spooked by seeing what they described as a bigfoot.

May 1980 — An Ogden couple picking asparagus along the Weber River near 12th Street and I-15 reported an 8-foot-tall black figure with glowing red eyes about 40 yards away. Several strange footprints also were discovered in a residential area of North Ogden.

April 1980 — A 13-year-old Washington Terrace, Weber County, girl reported a hairy creature standing up with its back to her only 10 feet away in a gully near the Weber River. She also said she smelled a terrible odor and rushed home. Her brother, cutting oak brush nearby, also saw something "large and black" about the same time.

February. 1980 — Bigfoot made news in Utah with numerous sightings in South Weber and the surrounding area. Paulene Markham said she saw something like bigfoot walking on a ridge behind their house; Ron J. Smith reported a creature in the moonlight in a pasture next to his house. He also said he heard it make an inhuman scream; Walter G. Ray said that a pan of burned stew set outside to cool was mysteriously licked clean; Possible bigfoot tracks were reported in the South Weber area; Lee Padilla of Clearfield reported seeing a 10-foot tall beast dart across Riverdale Road in front of his headlights at 3:30 a.m.; a Uintah man reported seeing something he described as nonhuman out a window of his home in the foothills.

1979 — Larry Darley of Clearfield was elk hunting with his wife in the fall near Monte Cristo east of Ogden. They later reported a loud noise and an "awful" odor at twilight. Mrs. Darley said she spotted a "hairy thing, with fangs" at a water hole 50 yards away through the rifle scope. They watched it for several minutes before rushing to their truck after the animal seemed to look at them.

Aug. 22, 1977 — Eight hikers, including Jay Barker and Larry Beeson of North Ogden, were in the Cuberant Basin of the Uinta Mountains and reported watching an 8- to-10-foot-tall creature with a mantle of white hair from 600 to 800 yards away for 20 minutes until some loose rock alerted it to their presence on a ridge. An expedition into the area a few days later found no tracks on very hard ground.

June 1977 — Four adults in the Elizabeth Mountain area of the High Uintas watched what they thought were three bigfoot in a meadow.

April 1977 — Children in the town of Washington reported seeing a mammoth creature lurking through the town's streets. Later, strange footprints were found in the same area on many different nights.

1973 — Craig R. Johnson of Farr West, Weber County, was elk hunting with friends in the Manti-La Sal Mountains. After returning to camp, they reported something very powerful had lifted the door off a 300-pound horse trailer and tossed it 10 feet away. An imprint in the dust on the door didn't indicate a bear or a human.

1970s — Some residents of Clarkston, northwest of Logan, reported that something took a midnight trip through their community, awakening and frightening residents.

Sources: BFRO, Deseret News archives, Ryan Layton, Ryan Burns, Darrell Smith and personal interviews. — Compiled by Lynn Arave

Alleged Bigfoot sightings by county:

Beaver — 2

Box Elder — 1

Cache — 4

Carbon — 1

Daggett — 3

Davis — 4

Duchesne — 2

Emery — 2

Garfield — 2

Millard — 2

Morgan — 2

Piute — 1

Rich — 1

Sanpete — 1

Summit — 9

Uintah — 3

Utah — 7

Wasatch — 1

Weber — 10

Source: Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization

E-MAIL: lynn@desnews.com

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