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Submitted by witness on Friday, March 20, 2009.
Possible tracks found crossing field of snow 50 years ago in the City of Thunder Bay
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DATE: Dec 1958 or 59
NEAREST TOWN: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
NEAREST ROAD: Queen Street
OBSERVED: My sighting of suspicious tracks happened when I was about 11 years old, around 1958. I remember it was a Sunday morning near noon. I was the first one out of the house and was on my way to the airport restaurant which used to be our hangout when we were young. I was heading west on Queen St. and had just past Sifton Ave. and crossed a large drainage ditch when I noticed these extrordinarly large footprints in the snow on my left. There was a vacant field there where we would play ball in the summer. Now it was covered with about 6 inches of snow. These footprints were about 18 inches long and 7 inches wide with strides near 4 feet long. The 5 toeprints on each foot were very clearly visible. They were heading in a southwesterly direction towards Rosslyn Road, bordered by the C.N.R. railway tracks on the left and the airport on the right. Unfortunately, no one else was with me at the time. I thought of notifying the police or some other authority of this sighting but, since I was only 11 years old, I didn't think anyone would take my story seriously. About a year or two later, I heard of a similar sighting near a small community about 150 miles north of Thunder Bay called Armstrong, of something they called "Big Foot" on a news bulletin. This was the first time I had heard of such a thing called "Big Foot" and brought back memories of what I had seen. Since that time, I have told many of my friends and relatives of this siting but never new who to get ahold of to make an official documentation of the incident. I'm glad I now have that opportunity. I know what I saw and I believe. Thanks for your time and consideration. HAPPY HUNTING!
OTHER WITNESSES: I was the only one present.
OTHER STORIES: I had heard of a similar incident in a community 150 miles north of Thunder Bay called Armstrong.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The incident happened near noon. It was a cool clear day.
ENVIRONMENT: These footprints were spotted in a field.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Todd Prescott:
I spoke with the witness on March 25, 2009. Witness is now 62 years old, and was 11 or 12 yrs of age at the time he found the tracks (He wasn't certain if the tracks were found in 1958 or 1959). However, the size and step length (right to left, or left to right) left an indelible impact that is permanently etched in his memory. He was perplexed when he noticed toe impressions in the tracks on a cold early December day with six inches of snow covering the ground. He was able to gauge the length and width of the tracks by using his own shoe covered foot as a comparison. He was able to use the same strategy in gauging the step length. The tracks spanned across the entire length of the field in a southwesterly direction (as described in his report), toward a tract of forest.
In the late 1950s, what is now named Princess Street used to be named Queen Street. Today, Queen Street is further to the north-east. As well, Hwy 61 was not present in that area at the time. But, according to the witness, not much else has changed in that area since the late 1950s.
The witness hopes that divulging what he saw that day back in the late 1950s may perhaps prompt someone else to come forward who also noticed those strange tracks in the field.
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.