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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by William Jevning (@bukwas01), 38 year veteran sasquatch investigator, and author of "Notes From the Field, Tracking North America's Sasquatch". Read more about Jevning at his Bigfoot blog, Bigfoot Researcher.
This incident I investigated in 1980 was not a cover up, but its interesting since state game officials were involved in investigating the killing of two elk by at least one sasquatch. The following is my recounting of that incident:
One evening in 1980, an old family friend named Charles Welcome called me. He told me I should come to his house in the small town of Wilkeson Washington, he had something important to talk to me about. I said that I would come right away, and drove to Charley's home.
When I arrived, he told me he had official visitors earlier that day. I asked him who had visited him and why. He told me that the local fish and game officer had stopped by asking him if he had been hearing any strange animal screams at night, Charley had an idea what he was asking about but didn't say anything. He instead asked the officer why was he asking?
The game officer didn't answer at first, but knew Charley for a long time and decided to confide in him, he told Charley not to discuss this with anyone, and proceeded to relate the events of the previous day.
A mushroom picker had been in the forest a few miles in the mountainous area above Charley's house, and had come upon a grizzly site. This person happened upon the corpses of two elk, and immediately contacted game officials and reported what he found, at first thinking it was the work of poachers.
Game officers went to the location and were shocked by what they found. The game officer said the elk had been "dismembered without the use of tools".
He told Charley that quietly his superiors were talking about a Sasquatch, and that was what they were seriously looking for as what had torn the elk apart.
Charley never let on what he knew, and just told the officer if he heard or saw anything that he would notify the officials. The game officer thanked him and once again asked him not to talk about the incident with anyone, then left.
I decided to drive up to the site the next day when I had daylight to see better.
When I arrived at the location, the elk corpses had been removed, and it was not long before I did find sasquatch footprints, I photographed a number of them.
I didn't find any additional evidence, and went home. I never heard any more from Charley about the game departments involvement in the incident.
I sent a picture of one of the footprints to John Green in British Columbia, he said it was a pretty good track, but nothing more came of the incident. Since then the region around the small town of Wilkeson has been heavily logged. Sasquatch are still in that region, but no sightings have been reported in that area. I have not been able to locate anyone from the game department who will talk about that incident.