Presidents and Bigfoot : A Presidents Day Bigfoot Tale
Seems at least one former American President may have been a Bigfoot believer. Former President Theodore Roosevelt even wrote about Bigfoot and a possible sighting in his 1893 book “The Wilderness Hunter“. Roosevelt himself did not actually come across Bigfoot but he recants a tale told to him by a fur trapper named Bauman. The president relived the tale and was so taken by it that it seemed to have make him a believer in the legendary cryptid. Here is the actual story of the event as told by Mr. Roosevelt in his book. Maybe this Theodore Roosevelt Bigfoot story can make you a believer too if you already aren’t. Enjoy !
The event occurred near the Salmon River in Idaho where Bauman and his partner had decided to move from the place where they were trapping to a very wild and lonely pass in hopes of having better luck there. The two were a bit uneasy about trapping at the pass, however, since they’d heard a report that the half-eaten remains of a hunter had been found there a year before. But they concluded that there was plenty of game to be found there, and set up camp anyway.
After heading upstream and returning to camp later, the trappers were surprised t to find that something had ransacked their camp. Of course they assumed it was a bear and began tidying everything back up. However, Bauman’s companion later examined the footprints the supposed bear had left, remarking that the creature had been walking on two legs. They investigated them further, pondering over whether or not the creature had actually been a human. They came to the conclusion that it was not, and tried to go to sleep for the night.
Late that night, Bauman was awakened by a noise and the strong smell of a wild beast. He saw a creature lurking in the shadows and fired at it, causing it to flee back into the woods. They didn’t sleep well after the event, but left camp again the next morning to check their traps.
When they returned, their camp had again been destroyed by something. The creature left footprints again, and the men were certain it had to be walking on two legs after examining them once more. That night they heard the creature rustling in the woods surrounding their campsite, and even heard it let out a sinister-sounding, drawn-out moan. However, it never came near the camp (perhaps being wary of the men’s fire). After this event, the men decided to leave the next afternoon.
After getting the sensation that they were being followed while they checked their traps for the last time, the uneasy men returned to camp. There were still three traps to go nearby, and Bauman volunteered to go gather them up. When he returned to camp, he didn’t see his companion. Instead, he found his still-warm body lying beside a nearby tree. His neck had been broken, and there were four fang marks on the throat. Bauman again spotted the two-legged creature’s footprints near the body.
And so ends the tale told to Theodore Roosevelt of a creature that sounds remarkably like a Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, Sasquatch, or whatever you like to call the mysterious bipedal humanoids that might lurk in our forests.
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