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LOCATION DETAILS: Lower Shebandowan Lake - South side
NEAREST TOWN: Town of Shebandowan
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 11
OBSERVED: Was out at the family cottage on Lake Shebandowan during the summer. Was in a canoe with my older brother on the other side of the lake where there are no cottages paddling along the shore. Suddenly we heard a commotion back in the bush & heard a large animal coming towards the lake. Large trees were swaying back & forth as the noise got closer. We high-tailed back across the lake to our cottage. We thought it might possibly be a large moose, but...later that night when it was dark, we went back across the lake in my brother's power boat & cut the engine 20 or so feet from shore. There were 4 of us in the boat. Suddenly we heard rocks hitting the water around our boat. Something was throwing rocks at us. Across the lake is totally isolated so it scared us. We started the boat & headed back to camp.
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: My older brother for afternoon incident & two older brothers & sister-in-law for midnight incident
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late afternoon (sunny) & midnight (moon was out)
ENVIRONMENT: Pine, Poplar & Birch forest. Lakeshore
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Todd Prescott:
Via phone interview, the reportee had the following to add:
He and his older brother were casually paddling within fifty feet of the shore. There was no wind and the water was still - "like glass - no waves". The docile water, and lack of wind, accentuated any and all sound. The quiet and stillness of the immediate surrounding forest was soon interrupted by a thrashing through the woods. Both men thought it may be a moose walking towards the shore for a drink. As the sounds got louder, closer, and seemingly more aggressive, the brothers agreed to turn the boat around and vacate the area. They were overcome with a sense of fear, and consequentially, did not look back to see what may have been approaching them. Although no animal was witnessed, the brothers felt that more than one large animal may have been responsible for the thrashing and tree movement.
Reportee felt that the animal had come within 40ft of the shore, but still under cover in the immediate treeline, before he and his brother 'high-tailed' it out of there. The men were perplexed, and really had no explanation for what was causing the trees to sway and move in such a manner. It was obvious to them that it had to be something big and powerful, as the trees (poplar trees mostly) are quite large there (up to 150ft tall). Reportee stated, "It was hard to tell whether it was one large animal or more, as a lot of trees were moving in what appeared to be a straight path."
Later, back at the family cottage at dinner time, they shared their story with the rest of their family and a few friends that were over. Just before midnight, it was decided that it may be interesting to head back over to where the brothers had witnessed the trees swaying. The two brothers, along with another brother, and sister-in-law, set out across the lake in the power boat. The engine was turned off close to the shore (approx 20 ft away). They stared into the darkness for a few minutes. Without warning, a small object splashed into the water close to the boat. Approximately twenty seconds later, another object splashed close to them. Because no trees border the shoreline in the immediate area, they ruled out the possibility that something fell from a tree and landed close to the boat.
About a minute of silence was followed by another, but considerably larger, object splashing into the water unnervingly close to the boat. The engine was restarted, and once again, a hasty retreat followed. No sounds other than the impact of the objects splashing into the water were heard during this incident.
All four witnesses agreed that the objects lobbed in their direction were probably rocks. This was concluded by the sound the objects made as they entered the water. None of the witnesses have returned to that side of the lake since the incident.
Lake Shebandowan is approx 30 miles long by 2 miles wide. Surrounding the lake is a dense, mixed forest. An abandoned mining road parallels the south side of the lake. Although the witness was not aware, there appears to be a couple of seasonal cottages to the west of where the encounter took place. Moose, black bear, wolves, coyotes and many other typical Northern Ontario animals make their home in the immediate vicinity.
About BFRO Investigator Todd Prescott:
Todd Prescott, B.Ed, B.Mus, has been researching the subject of bigfoot for well over 20 years Todd attended the 2006 and 2008 B.C. Coastal Expeditions, 2008 and 2011 Pennsylvania Expedition, 2010 Pennsylvania Mini Expeditions, the 2007 Ontario Expedition and he hosted the Ontario 2009 Expedition. His research has taken him as far as Alaska to PA, Northern Ontario to BC, including a 2-week solo expedition throughout the Bella Coola (B.C.) region. Most recently, in August of 2012, Todd had the honor and privilege of spending 4 days/nights with Mr. John Green in BC where he was granted permission to peruse Mr. Green's extensive files dating back to 1957. Todd also had the unique experience of researching with Mr. Green near Harrison Hot Springs one evening. Currently, he is working on several books pertaining to the subject of sasquatch.