There’s This Bigfoot Trap Near Our House…

 

Bigfoot trap found above Applegate Lake in Southern Oregon.

The world’s only known Bigfoot trap. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

I’ve blogged about Bigfoot before. How could I not when the world’s only known Bigfoot trap is four miles from our home on the Applegate River in Southern Oregon?

My wife Peggy and I went out and revisited the trap just before we took off for Nevada three weeks ago. Since we were heading out to explore ghost towns, the Extraterrestrial Highway, Area 51, Death Valley and Las Vegas, I figured that searching for Bigfoot would put us in the right frame of mind.

We added looking for morel mushrooms as part of our Big Foot hike. They reputedly grow in the area. From my experience so far, however, I am beginning to believe they are even more difficult to find than the Big Hairy Guy and UFOs combined. Our carpenter, who was building us a pole barn while we were in Nevada, assured me of the morel’s existence. He had found one so big it was featured in the local newspaper and on Paul Harvey. “Morels yes, Bigfoot no,” he told us.

Our carpenter, Larry Baleau, shows off the huge morel mushroom he found while out identifying wildflowers.  (Photo by Bob Pennell of the Medford Tribune.)

Our carpenter, Larry Belau, shows off the huge morel mushroom he found while out identifying wildflowers. (Photo by Bob Pennell of the Medford Tribune.)

I am not quite so emphatic about Bigfoot’s existence. Our front window looks out on Bigfoot Country. There have been a number of reported “sightings” over the years. One led to the building of the Bigfoot trap.

It isn't hard to imagine Bigfoot prowling around in the forest when you look out our front window on a misty morning.

It isn’t hard to imagine Bigfoot prowling around in the forest when you look out our front window on a misty morning.

It all started when Perry Lovel, a miner living on the Applegate River, discovered 18-inch long human-like tracks in his garden that were six feet apart. His tale captured the imagination of Ron Olsen, a filmmaker from Eugene who headed up an organization known as the North American Wildlife Research Team. Ron decided to catch Bigfoot– allegedly for scientific purposes. I suspect he had other motivation as well. Imagine owning the rights to the movie?

This image of a big foot appropriately marks the beginning of the Bigfoot trail.

This image of a big foot appropriately marks the beginning of the Bigfoot trail. It is proof that the US Forest Service has a sense of humor.

Anyway, Ron and his group built a sturdy 10 by 10 foot box trap located a mile or so above Perry’s garden. A raised, heavy steel gate was added to provide Bigfoot with access to the trap. Meat was then placed inside and connected to a lever that released the gate, which came crashing down with all the subtlety of a guillotine.

Bigfoot trap door.

Looking up at the heavy trapdoor that was supposed to capture Bigfoot.

Ron then built a ramshackle cabin a couple of hundred yards down the hill and hired a miner to hang out and monitor the trap. He was given a tranquilizer gun and a very large pair of handcuffs. You get the picture. I assume the miner also stocked in a year’s supply of booze. Make that a six-year supply, since that is how long the trap was maintained.

Remains of cabin where miner lived who was supposed to tranquilize Bigfoot if he was caught in the Bigfoot trap in southern Oregon.

All that remains of the miner’s cabin is a pile of old boards, limbs and tar paper.

But was the effort successful? In a way, yes. The miner actually captured two grumpy bears who were under the mistaken impression they were getting a free lunch, not realizing there is no such thing. But Bigfoot didn’t take the bait. Here are my thoughts on why.

The only way they might have captured Bigfoot was if he were rolling around on the ground laughing so hard he couldn’t escape. If he exists, this larger than life character is far too intelligent to get caught in anything as obvious as the trap that Ron built. Otherwise there would be much more definitive proof of his existence beyond a few photos of dark blurs disappearing into the woods.

Since I was about to visit Area 51 in Nevada, I had a final whimsical thought: maybe Bigfoot is an alien. That would explain lots of things. (Grin) We didn’t find Bigfoot, and we didn’t find any morel mushrooms, but there were other strange things along the way…

Selfie of Curtis Mekemson.

What’s more strange than me taking a selfie?

Ferns growing near Applegate River in Southern Oregon.

And how about these alien looking plants. Actually, they are young ferns. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Shelf mushroom found near Applegate Lake in Southern Oregon.

We didn’t find any morels, but I did find this shelf mushroom growing on a dead tree.

My greatest find: as Peggy and I were hiking out from the Bigfoot trap, I found this image staring out at me from the bark on a Madrone tree. I'm thinking maybe Bigfoot had his own approach to taking a selfie.

My greatest find: as Peggy and I were hiking out from the Bigfoot trap, I found this image staring out at me from the bark on a Madrone tree. Maybe Bigfoot has his own approach to taking a selfie.

NEXT BLOG: The journey to Nevada begins and we admire the mystical and majestic Mt. Shasta and stop off at beautiful Burney Falls.

27 comments on “There’s This Bigfoot Trap Near Our House…

    • Peggy and I always have a lot of fun searching for the strange and beautiful as we wander Gerard. And rarely are we disappointed. The image in the tree was special. –Curt

    • I wasn’t too hopeful on Bigfoot but I was really looking forward to eating morels.Thanks… and it is good to be back. Now I need to get busy and catch up on what my blog friends are up to. 🙂 Curt

  1. Fantastic! From beginning to end…. Your selfie is a perfect shot too, hovering amidst those wonderful towering trees. Now if only Bigfoot would have appeared, munching on one of those monstrous mushrooms, photobombing your portrait…

  2. Wonderful pictures and great story about the Bigfoot trap. I love the idea of the blotto miner facing the puzzled bears.In 2013 there was a scientifically based investigation which concluded that the Himalayan Yeti was a hybrid bear, with some DNA from an ancient branch of polar bears and some brown bear DNA. I’ll buy that.

  3. i’d take that morel over Bigfoot any day. Still, it’s always fun to revisit the tales of the Big Guy, and I think that trap is just wonderful.

    I recently discovered there was a “Wild Man of the Navidad” here in Texas. He was undeniably real — a bit of a handicap for those who enjoy their speculative theories. On the other hand, Brit Bailey and your Bigfoot have a good deal in common. Stay tuned for that one!

    That forest spirit you captured with your camera’s spooky enough for me. Now — off to listen to George Noory, to start getting myself in a frame of mind for whatever else is “out there”!

    (By the way — George Noory’s next live appearance will be for a Meet & Greet on May 17th at the McMenamins UFO Festival in McMinnville, Oregon. Hmmmm….)

    • Looked up the UFO Festival and it looks like a lot of fun. If I wasn’t going backpacking, I’d be heading in that direction. They even have a speaker on the connection between UFOs and Bigfoot. Next year. 🙂 Thanks Curt

  4. Sir, may I disagree about for whom the trap was designed? It is for my ex.

    At times, I believe in Bigfoot and UFOs… but then I realize it is but an escape. Will you be journeying to Roswell?

    Loved your most excellent selfie! Travel safe, you two…

    • Ha, Koji, I’ve been to Roswell. LOL I bicycled through the area on my trip around North America. The region is also famous for the Lincoln County Wars featuring Billy the Kid, as the birthplace of Smokey the Bear, and as the site of the first atomic bomb blast. Not too far way is the array of radio telescopes that search the universe for ET. No wonder UFOs like to hang out. 🙂 –Curt

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