Class 3a

Several reported encounters near Eldon.

Report#
02080032
Occurred August 1, 1990
(Submitted March 24, 2001)

Witness Observation

Various newspaper articles reporting possible bigfoot near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. First report was on August 1, 1990 at a mobile home near Eldon, Oklahoma which is east of Tahlequah at the junction of highways 62 and 51. Woman living in the mobile home reported to Cherokee County Sheriff's Department that she heard noises and noticed a bad smell. She then allegedly observed a creature approximately 10 feet tall and about 400 pounds. Deputy Joe Weavel investigated the reports and found impressions big enough to place both his feet in. Two days later, an 8 year old girl and her mother described a similar creature going through a trash pile near their house. Their dog chased it but returned with it's tail between its legs. The creature was described as 8 feet tall with dark brown frizzy hair and similar to a bear except that it was described as walking upright. Oklahoma Wildlife Department district chief, Joe Adair said he had received several calls regarding the animal and believed it to be a bear. He said he "nothing to base that on" and that it was unusual for a bear to walk on its hind legs for very long. Similar reports came from this area in the early 70s.

Additional Observations

Noises and bad odor before sighting. Creature observed digging through trash pile.

Several reports near this area since the early 70s, also possible reports near Peggs, Oklahoma, northwest of Tahlequah, OK.

Highway 51 and 62 junction, Eldon, Oklahoma and 3 miles east.

Rolling wooded hills, near the Baron Fork of the Illinois River. Native blackjack, oak and evergreen trees.

Time and Conditions

Daytime sightings and very dry.

Investigator's Comments

Roger Roberts

This report was published as a result of incidents that allegedly occurred in Cherokee County, Oklahoma in 1990.

Multiple witnesses reportedly observed a smelly, hairy animal, eight to ten feet tall walking at two locations near Eldon, Oklahoma. The reports were investigated by local law enforcement and wildlife officials who concluded that the subject was likely a bear, despite the fact that the descriptive profile was not of a bear.

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Class 1a
A sasquatch/bigfoot specimen has been collected (alive or dead).
Class 1b
A report investigation results in a sasquatch observation or the documentation of clear tracks or other forms of physical evidence by an investigator.
Class 1c
An investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot by a very reliable observer is a distinct possibility, tangible corroborating evidence is documented, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 1d
A visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility involving two or more reliable observers, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 2
Investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility, the observer is exceptionally trustworthy, professionally trained, and experienced in the outdoors and/or is accustomed to looking for and recording details (e.g., biologist, anthropologist/archaeologist, ranger, trapper/tracker/seasoned hunter, bird watcher, game warden, naturalist, law enforcement), and other explanations can be reasonably excluded.
Class 3a
Investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility, the observer is credible, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 3b
Unidentifiable vocalizations were reported and there is accompanying tangible evidence to possibly indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot, the observer is very reliable, and other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 3c
No visual encounter occurred, but physical evidence was found to indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot (tracks, hair, scat, etc.), the observer is very reliable, and other sources can be reasonably ruled out.