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DATE: February 11th
PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: around the middle of the lake that flows throught invermere and down past fairmont. around windimere in the middle of the lake.
NEAREST TOWN: Invermere
NEAREST ROAD: 93
OBSERVED: It was Saturday or Sunday and me and my friend were bored, so we decided to go for a walk across the lake (it was frozen at the time). In the 12 years I have went out there I have never went to the other side of this lake. At about half way across the lake we noticed very piculier tracks or footprints. As we studied them we found very disticnt characteristics in the tracks. One, they were at least 14-16 inches long. Two, about 3 to 4 inches from the front of the foot there was a bridge going across the foot much like the human foot, except alot bigger. The third thing was there was five disticnt digits at the front. We also found that the tracks were about 5 to 7 feet apart. all thought this is almost completly unrealated we kept hearing small thudding sounds that came in small bursts. We found they were never consistant. Some came seconds after the other others were 10 to 15 minutes apart.
ALSO NOTICED: all thought this is almost completly unrealated we kept hereing small thuding sounds that came in small bursts. they were never consistant some came seconds after the other others were 10 to 15 minutes apart.
OTHER WITNESSES: there was two witness including me. The other person was with me the entire time.
OTHER STORIES: none that I know of.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: In the middle of the lake valley.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
The witness describes finding a single set of tracks that were 14 to 16 inches in length and having a stride of 5 or more feet.
He states that the toes were well defined and he described a bridge going across the foot. As stated by the late Dr. Grover Krantz, this may be caused by flexibility in the foot which pushes or piles up the snow in the middle of the track.
The witness told me that the snow on top of the frozen lake was not very deep and that in some places, where one would expect to find the next track in the series, the snow had been blown away. He and his partner first discovered the tracks near the centre of the lake and they followed them for several hundred yards toward the opposite shore from the Windemere townsite.
He described the trackway as being direct and did not wander aimlessly about.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience on CF-101 Voodoo, CT-133 Silverstar and various SAR platforms including CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules.
- Married with two young sons. An avid camper, hunter and fisherman.
- Holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba, courses in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Anthropology and Political Science
- Attended the BFRO BC Expeditions in August of 2005, 2006, 2012 as well as Vancouver Island 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Organized the 2007, 2008 Vancouver Island as well as 2009 North Vancouver Island Expeditions.
- Author of "Woodknocks and Tossed Rocks: Searching for Sasquatch with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.