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).
Yes it is in SW WA. Northern California is much drier than the PNW by a significant amount. West of the Cascades in Washington is basically a rain forest only topped by places in the tropics for annual rainfall. The big change in climate happens as you go inland. 100 miles from the coast only gets a fraction of the rain in the west and native plants are grasslands with forests limited to mountainous areas in the Eastern part of Oregon and Washington. Wood looses bark mostly because of rot in the PNW.
I have wondered if the structures are BF artwork intended to mimic human tents since they seem to have no real function but have that tent form. In the human world, form without function is art. Perhaps stick structures are the best BF can do creating anything. As with humans perhaps some BF have interest in creating art and some do not. Some suggest the structures are like cribs to corral small juveniles but most do not seem sturdy enough for that. Bears would be their most dangerous predator and would go right through most of the structures I have seen in photos. I think juveniles are encouraged to climb trees to escape predators like bears do.
For most outside the BF community with no notion that the subject is real, that makes sense of course. For those with exposure and a level of understanding of the phenomenon, it's one of those topics where I simply don't understand the reticence.
SWWASAS was your area in the PNW? I wonder if they don't build these things up there so much because of how wet the wood is, it's impossible to get that dried wood stripped of bark they like to use? But on the other hand, there's for example Brown Dwarf who I think is in N. California for the most part... but I actually haven't been up to OR/WA so I don't know if there's a sharp change in climate that could account for it. I was thinking LeeAnn Carnegie was in British Columbia which would shoot that down, but I was wrong, she's in Southern Ontario.
I think Ioyza summed it up perfectly. What bedevils the BF field is this pernicious idea that only personal experiences count as data to be examined. And we b. & moan about the lack of Scientific validation? This is what Science is...drawing conclusions from the reported experiences of others when and if the data is coherent, credible and consistent.
Just stumbled across this strange video. I don't know anything about Moneymaker mentioned here (from TV?)
Here are some images of Wally and it looks like one of the images might be images we wanted before Kit blurred it. Otherwise I don't know what to make of this video. Interesting since it was in our Wally discussion in the past:
When my area was active and I was finding footprints every few months I never found any structures other than rock stacks on stumps and that was some distance from the most active part of the research area. So I am guessing that structures are regional. While many of the lean to structures would not do anything to keep out rain, if covered with snow, they would become snow cave like structures and provide some warmth. We were taught to build similar stuff in Air Force Survival school. I wonder if the structures are above the snow line more often than not? My research area was about 2000 feet and in and out of snow all winter without much in the way of accumulation.