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Submitted by witness on Monday, October 3, 2005.
Various incidents near a possible nest on Vancouver Island
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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: Location with held at the request of the witnesses.
NEAREST TOWN: Withheld
NEAREST ROAD: Withheld
OBSERVED: This incident is a follow-up 3 years ago (Dec 2003
At that time we ran into a den or nest about 15 - 20 feet long constructed of old rotten tree saw-dust, cedar branches and wood shavings, moss, dirt compacted on top of torn and chewed up wood chips about half -a-foot long with branches and twigs all all WEAVED together over top of a big hole which was dug into the ground. Over top of the hole was large trees dragged and placed over the hole. All this led up to a huge old-growth fallen tree crossing the trail. The first thing we noticed then was 15-20 trees had all been "topped"....pushed over, broken off at the height of about 6 feet..and dragged over to make this nest. Debris everywhere. This was an area where there was NO windfall and these trees had been pushed down pointing toward each other and facing down the path toward the den.
At this time my husband was already standing on the end of the nest on top of the fallen tree just taking in the scenery when all of a sudden... I noticed a black hole down beside his right leg and two blinking beady silvery black eyes that caught the light. I proceeded to walk on the soft part of the nest when all of a sudden we heard a loud echoing that seemed to be coming all around us from the trees. It sounded like large boulders being thrown down and hitting the trees or someone with a sledge hammer hitting the trees. There were three loud smacks. Then a pause. And then three more loud thumps coming from beneath us with the force of a semi-truck coming into a building...so strong it was pushing me up. I was 15 feet away from the main fallen log my husband was standing on. It seemed like there must have been more logs beneath me in the hole I was standing on. There was another pause...and my husband walked over to where I was standing...we were discussing what was going on when it seemed the 'thing' heard us talking. It gave us three more loud thumps. I thought it would come up from the ground and pull us in.
We talked ourselves into believing it was a bear in order to get our legs moving. They were frozen in fear. There was no grunts or growls. There was no odor. But there was a feeling of impending Doom ! We then ran up an embankment thinking it might follow the trail behind us. My husband kept looking back and thought he saw a black thing coming out of the hole. I was expecting it to come from behind when I saw a black object to my left running parallel to me through the woods. I instinctively knew it was heading toward the log we initially crossed over into its territory. I felt it was trying to intercept us. But we got out of there and phoned the Conservation Officer describing it as a bear den. He did not believe us. He did not believe bears could build dens that large; never mind on a trail.
ALSO NOTICED: Three years later:
From the beginning of our hike we heard a sinister and playful cackeling call. Down by the falls we heard a "yelping" call.
On the way back I had given the women I had just met a antihestimine for her bee sting as she was getting an allergic reaction. She was fine all the way through and then things started to get strange for everybody. Some of us were hearing noises in the bushes...others felt terrifying fear as we came to a clearing coming upon large gravel pits. In the distance we saw farm yards and mountains. We stopped for a moment then turned left on the trail and continued down. This is where I heard low growling on the right of me up ahead. The trees were no longer tall but there were shorter bushes closing in and over-grown on the trail on us. The trail forked off and my husband proceeded to turn right toward the growling. He stopped and realized we should have gone straight so we backtracked. The woman all of a sudden walked quickly ahead of us leaving her husband behind. This is where I started to hear a 'dragging' noise to the left of me. Sounded like Boulders being dragged across concrete. I knew we were heading in the direction of some sort of animal or beast but it was the only way out. The woman started talking irrationally to herself out loud. All of a sudden she stopped; turned around and went barreling back toward us shouting "I have to be with my husband" She grabbed his arm. They started running back to the gravel pit. I asked the other hikers what was going on. They said the couple were heading back to the people. I said "What People? We saw no people!" The other hikers said they're heading back to the pit. I felt intense fear for her because she was heading back to the direction of the heavy growling. So I quickly went back to them and everybody followed and I shouted out "Theres no people back there" and they shouted back "We tried to get in here through the sand pits from the road but we couldn't make it in, but thats how we plan to get out." They were panicked!!!!!!! I yelled at them "If you couldn't make it in you won't make it out. We must follow my husband he knows the way back to the car." All of a sudden she laughed and calmed right down and told me she had just had a panic attack. I kept her talking as we went back towards the way out.
We then came upon a gigantic tree stump with roots about 5 - 6 feet tall laying on its side blocking the entire path off. It seemed out of place as there were no big trees around. My husband said there were large boulders stategically placed around the stump. As we all climbed through and over I got stuck for a second entangled in the roots. Was too afraid to look to my left afraid I was going to be attacked by something. I got out and turned around and saw a large gaping hole dug under this tree. I was worried it was a Den. I took a picture. Something is up with that tree. Shortly after that we came to big cliffs we needed to descend down from with ropes heading to the creek. Barrelling down the left side of me 50 feet down something was leaping down the cliffs through the trees smashing crashing and breaking the trees ! ! ! Almost all of us heard it. I said to my husband, "Something is down there". He said I know but we have to keep going. Just then I saw a black thing flash through the trees crossing the trail below meeting up with the thing on the left. Later on I found out my husband and friend had a sighting to the left of us just before the creature went crashing down the cliff. Marie looked into the eyes she said of a light brown creature. Seconds later her and my husband saw the same creature running on our left light brown in color running upright!! It was the size of a skinny man; not that tall; extremely hairly with long fringed hair about 6 inches long on the arms. At that time it was looking straight ahead. It was taking long leaping strides and swinging its arms. When we got down to the bottom of the creek; the rest of the group had taken off on us. The couple was gone and Len was gone. We thought he had gone with them. I was the first to get to the creek bed and as I waited for the others to come down the ropes I feared I would be attacked by something. I felt very vulnerable. We all had one last large embankment to climb. There were tons of huge smashed trees laying everywhere ...huge; hundreds of years old . We Kept wanting to stop to catch our breath; my husband wouldn't let us. He was at the back of us. He said to me if you had seen what I just saw back there you'll understand why we need to get out of here NOW! My friend looked and said I saw it too. We do have to get out of here. We continued climbing up all the while hearing a deep moaning following us and it was getting louder! ! ! When we got to the top where it was flat our friend Len was up there; he said he did not follow the couple out of the woods. He did not reply why he had abandoned us even Len felt we all needed to get out of the woods now. We had a 15 minute hike out. All the while we felt stalked; and watched. When we got to the road and the car we still felt we were being watched from the trees.
Some of us are teachers; nurses etc we are educated people not prone to panic. Experienced hikers. All have encountered bears and cougars before. This was different !
OTHER WITNESSES: There were 7 of us.
OTHER STORIES: Yes.
(At the request of the witness the details are withheld)
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3 o clock in the afternoon.
Raining with cloudy periods.
ENVIRONMENT: Only for Advanced Hikers with steep rugged terain and STEEP cliffs.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
The witnesses described two seperate incidents in this report both of which had taken place at the same location but three years apart.
In the first incident a number of people were hiking on a popular area not far from a major city on Vancouver Island. They came upon something that they described as a nest or a den that was constructed with logs that had appeared to have been woven together. As they stood near this den or nest they heard a series of suspected wood knocks from the surrounding forest and the FELT as series of replies from under their feet inside the den.
Fearing for their safety the hikers raced for the start of the trail. As they departed the den one witness reported seeing a black shape exit the structure while a second witness spotted a possible second dark coloured animal running parallel to the direction they were travelling in.
Three years later, in the fall of 2005, this group and a few others were hiking at the same location. They found the that the original "den" from three years ago had been taken apart and moved to another location. Some of them heard what has been identified as sasquatch vocalizations near the trail they were hiking.
On the way back down the mountain they discovered that a large tree root ball and a number of very large rocks placed nearby. This rootball and the rocks had not been on the trail when they had passed this point earlier and seceral of the witnesses had heard the sounds of this being dragged into place blocking the trail.
As the hikers continued down the trail the witnesses spotted two bipedal creatures moving quickly through the forest. One was black in colour and the other one was brown. Both were moving parallel to the direction the hikers were taking. One of the final obstacles they faced was a steep cliff that had to be negotiated with ropes. One creature was observed leaping down this cliff. As they group quickly assembled themselves at the base of the cliff they felt as if they were being observed from the bush surrounding them.
A final note about this report:
- The structures found have been identified as those attributed to the Sasquatch.
- The vocalizations heard were identified as screams similar to that on the BFRO website.
- This was a multiple witness experience that occurred twice in the same location.
- There have been other reports from this area.
- This area will be monitored for additional evidence in the coming months.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience fighters and various SAR platforms. Author of Wood Knocks and Tossed Rocks:Searching for Sasquatch with the BFRO
- 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.