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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: About 80 km from Tofino towards Port Alberni
NEAREST TOWN: Ucluelet
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 4
OBSERVED: Last week while driving between Port Alberni and Tofino on Vancouver Island I saw what at first I believed to be a bear on a tree overhanging the river. After commenting to my wife, I glanced back again to see what I can only describe as being a large ape like creature crouched on the tree with its arm hanging down almost into the river as if it were trying to grab a fish swimming upstream. I am absolutely certain that what I saw was not a bear because I distinctly saw its facial features which were definately similar to an ape. I am 100% sure that what I saw was a Sasquatch. I am almost sure I could identify the exact tree where I saw this creature should anyone be interested in investigating this.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11.0am
Showers but clear visibility
ENVIRONMENT: Treed Forest area with River running alongside the highway
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Colleen McDonald:
I spoke to the witness April 16, 2007.
The witness has spent thirty years on the B.C. coast and is familiar with black bears and grizzlies. He is certain what he saw was not a bear. I found the witness to be very credible.
He observed the animal crouched on a log sticking out of the riverbank over the water surface. It had its arm outstretched like it was waiting for a fish to swim by so it could grab the fish with its hand.
He stated that if it had stood up he believes the height of the creature would have been about seven feet and at least 500lbs. It had dark brown, long human like hair. It had hair on its face but not over the eyes or mouth. Its head shape was human like. He described the animal as having human/caveman like features. The witness observed the animal for a few seconds as he was driving along the road then looking back over his shoulder toward the creature.
On April 22, 2007, I returned to the sighting location with the witness. The area was a river running along the highway, hills, mountainous terrain. It is a rainforest environment.
We couldn't access the side of the riverbank where the sighting occurred. We hiked on some trails above the location and there were some arched saplings in the second growth forest. There were a lot of deer scat and noticeable game trails through the forest indicating another possible food supply for the animal. This happened on the right-hand side of the road along the Kennedy River.
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About BFRO Investigator Colleen McDonald:
Colleen McDonald has certificates from North Island College in Small Business Management and the Aquaculture Training Program. Her interests are hiking, fishing, photography, Archaeology and Paleontology.
Colleen attended the BFRO's 2006 BC Coastal Expedition, the 2007 Vancouver Island Expedition, 2008 BC Interior Expedition, 2008 BC Coastal Expedition, 2008 BC Vancouver Island Expedition, 2009 Vancouver Island South Expedition, 2010 BC Interior Expedition, 2010 Vancouver Island Expedition and the 2011 Vancouver Island Expedition