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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: Give or take a few kilometers about 25 north of the Petitot bridge in north east British Columbia.
NEAREST TOWN: Fort Liard NWT
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 77
OBSERVED: We were traveling north to Fort Liard NWT from Fort Nelson in the morning. The day was overcast and a steady heavy rain was coming down. My two friends at the time and I were listening to music on his cassette deck, approximately 25 kilometers or 15 miles north of the Petitot bridge we came across a large sasquach. We call it "Nahganee" which means bushman in the Dene language. The sasquach was at least 7 to eight feet tall, long arms hanging down past his hips. It didn't hear our vehicle untill we were about 2 to 3 hundred yards from the sasquach. Because of the rain it didn't hear us till we got that close. The hair went up on the back of my neck. I yelled look at that thing. The saquach seen us. It took a very few large steps, not running, the strides were very long and in no time was in the bush.
I asked my friend to stop and check out the tracks. But he wasn't going to stop no matter what. He said he only had a .22 rifle and we continued on. I threw out a plastic bag for a marker. Throughout the years I relayed the story to friends and aquantenses and received the same thing. "Sure what were you on or maybe you were daydreaming." After a few times of telling the sasquach story I felt I better not tell the story any more because people may think I'm a kook or something. The closest footage of the same kind of thing we had seen was an 8mm film shot at Bluff Creek by a man on horseback. I think it was Bluff Creek,1967.
ALSO NOTICED: When the sasquach looked towards us and continued into the bush it didn't panic or anything. It just disappeared into the forrest.
OTHER WITNESSES: Three wittnesses listening to music.
OTHER STORIES: I've heard tell of the native residents in that area are scared to even talk about the "Nahganee" for fear it may come to them. Up around Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte and Jean Marie a man once made large tracks and walked towards Jean Marie and told some people about the tracks. When the word got to Jean Marie the natives there packed what they could and left the villiage.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10 or 11 in the morning overcast and raining.
ENVIRONMENT: Large mixed spruce and poplar trees.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
He related that the animal was about eight feet tall, very dark and probably weighed over 500 lbs. The animal appeared to ignore the vehicle and continued on its way. He wanted to investigate further but the driver had his small daughter with him and was apprehensive about stopping.
The witness felt that the animal's appearance was very similiar to the Patterson film.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at email@example.com