Our long time member Tirademan (R.I.P. Scott McClean) compiled this extensive archive of Sasquatch related newspaper articles and donated it to the BFF before his passing. The earliest articles in this collection are from 1818 in Florida, 1877 (Australia), 1884 (Canada) and 1764 (Europe).
Sorry to hear that, CM, I know what it's like to be unable to get out there for a year or so, I lost a whole season just 2 years ago. It wasn't fun, cabin fever makes me grumpier than usual, and my wife was very happy to see me well enough to get out of her hair.
Putting numbers to my argument about the forces required to drive a tree into the ground. From an engineering example I found, a 12 inch pile being driven into typical ground, by a 2200 lb ram from a pile driver dropping 6.5 feet, requires 5 blows per inch. That means every stroke of the pile driver drives the pile .2 inch. A BF lifting the tree and dropping it using the weight of the tree would get .2 inches of penetration with each drop. Since the BF likely weighs much less than the tree, the tree would exert more force when dropped that distance, than a 900 lb BF driving it. At some point extracting the tree from the hole would exceed the BF ability to lift it out for the succeeding drop. The numbers simply do not support a BF being capable of driving a large tree into the ground unless digging or some sort of drilling action is involved.
I try to stay away from places that I know other researchers are in. They can get a bit testy of others in "their" areas. Unfortunately, this summer is going to be practically zero for squatching for me, as I have to go in for Carpal Tunnel surgery in 4-6 weeks, then the other hand 4-6 weeks after that. I probably won't even get back to work until close to the end of September.