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LeRoy Fish
(1943-2002)

LeRoy Fish, 59, has passed away. According to his wife, Jacqueline, Dr. Fish went out to his Blachly, Oregon, home's barn to do some chores on the morning of Wednesday, 20 March 2002. She found him soon thereafter, having died of congestive heart failure.

Fish was one of the primary scientific consultants who examined the so-called Skookum "body cast" - said to have been made by a Sasquatch. In September 2000, Richard Noll and twelve other individuals on an expedition looking for evidence of Bigfoot made this remarkable find near Skookum Meadow, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington state.

LeRoy Fish received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Walla Walla College, and his doctorate in Zoology/Ecology from Washington State University. He was a retired wildlife ecologist, and had been a consultant to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) on the Skookum cast and other matters. Dr. Fish had over 30 years experience in wildlife research.

Fish was born 10 February1943, in Portland, Oregon, was raised in Eugene, and then married Jacqueline Fischer in Woodland, Washington, on 7 October 1983, moving to Blachy three years later. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a brother, a sister, and three grandchildren.

This is another sad loss for the Bigfoot research world.


- Loren Coleman
[Appreciation to Richard Noll, Joe Beelart, and the Register-Guard for this information.]


Loren Coleman 2003

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman is the author of twenty books, including Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (Paraview Pocket, 2003). His website is www.lorencoleman.com.

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