After a close examination of the film, this observer comes to the conclusion that the film site had been visited by some form of equipment. This is contrary to the story about the event that had been told by the principals of the film. Alas though…a story is a story, and film is film. Here are some of the clips and stills that may lead a person to think otherwise. In this clip, the blue arrows point to where the log had been positioned in the soft and damp sand, BEFORE being pushed forward toward the camera position. It leaves a clear imprint of the log there. This big of a log certainly could not have been pushed in this way, by hand. The tracks of a piece of equipment can also be seen here. Click on the image to animate.
Here’s another still that shows what appears to be equipment tracks. Click on the image to enlarge.
In the interview below, long time Willow Creek resident Al Hogdson talks about a backhoe that was owned by a local man and had been left at the Bluff Creek area. Could it be this backhoe that made the tracks seen in the film? Click on the image to listen to the interview.
In the still photo below, the sand can be seen to be chopped up with linear trackways. Click on the image to enlarge.
There is some evidence that a smaller type of track vehicle was used as well. Here’s a photo of such a vehicle still at the house of one of Roger Patterson’s good friend near Bluff Creek. Click on the image to enlarge.