Take a 3-mile excursion up a winding mountain road near Gasquet, California, go down a driveway lined with heavy brush, and there’s a meadow.
In that meadow roam horses, cows, cats, and occasionally, the landowner believes, Bigfoot.
Kirk Stewart, the owner of a residence on French Hill Road, is still waiting on detailed analysis of hair samples he collected after a night three years ago when he thinks Bigfoot broke through a wire fence, plucked about seven of his peacocks and then made off with them.
The next morning, Stewart said he found a trampled fence and a piece of his peacock pen peeled off. He also noticed feathers on the ground and on a tree limb about 7 feet high.
“I was thinking it was a bear, up until I had seen how it opened the pen,” said Stewart.
As he assessed the damage, Stewart said he happened upon a clump of about 16 hairs attached to one of the barbs on his fence. They were about 7 inches long with a fine texture and a slight curl.
“The hairs are the smoking gun,” he said.
Stewart sent them to the North America Bigfoot Search. A preliminary analysis determined them to be from a primate, according to a book by the organization’s director. A more detailed analysis is expected within six months, it said.
NABS claims to use scientific methods to investigate possible incidents involving Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, a purportedly ape-like creature whose existence is discounted by a majority of scientists.
"NABS was created about six years ago by a group of private donors who wanted to find answers to their childhood curiosities about whether Bigfoot exists", said David Paulides, director of the organization based in Los Gatos, Calif.
It has collected dozens of hair samples from around the country to genetically analyze them. Along with Stewart’s samples, NABS has received hair samples from Hoopa, northern Humboldt County near Bluff Creek, and Oregon.
“Del Norte has to be one of the hottest places in the world” for Bigfoot reports, said Paulides in a telephone interview with The Triplicate.
He’s especially interested in Stewart’s property, where the resident said several other things have happened that seem Bigfoot-related.
“I’ve been at his property several times,” said Paulides. “ What’s going on there is very strange.”
Stewart examines the spot on his fence where he found the hair samples.Stewart said he made a cast of a giant footprint he found on his property on a different occasion than the 2008 peacock disappearance.
It’s about 7 inches wide and about 17 inches long.
In 2007, Stewart was throwing a birthday party for his son, when he heard a loud yell coming from near his melon patch.
When Stewart later went to the patch, he said he found a line of about 50 melons that had been pried open, he said.
There were circular holes in the melons with fingernail indentations, he said, adding there was also a big indentation in one of the large tires that housed the melons.
Perhaps Bigfoot used it as a resting place while gorging on melons, Stewart speculated.
“If I ever had him over for dinner, I’d cook peacocks and cut honeydew melons,” joked Stewart as he walked around his property recently.
“I believe it’s what they call a Bigfoot,” he said. “It’s not some long-haired hippie running around.”
Stewart said he has yet to sign a contract with NABS releasing his rights to the hair samples.
He said he makes his living farming his property. He also has a lawsuit pending against Del Norte County seeking the cash value of marijuana plants confiscated from his land even though he had a valid medical marijuana caregiver license.
The drug-related charges against Stewart were dismissed, but he’s currently on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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Source & References: Anthony Skeens
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