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Report # 10864  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, March 7, 2005.
Firefighters find footprint in alpine area near Golden
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YEAR: 1999

SEASON: Summer



PROVINCE: British Columbia



OBSERVED: In the summer of 1999 I worked on a wildfire near the town of Golden. The fire was about 180 km off the main highway. It was in this remote location we were flown by helicopter to the top of the alpine above this fire. Once landed we waited for the chopper to return with some equipment for us. Myself and my buddy went to go check for a water source for our pumps. We found a small patch of snow in the alpine and in the middle of it we noticed there was a footprint. The strange thing about it is that there was only one in the middle of this snow patch that was about 30 feet wide and 20-25 feet long.It was approximately 12-15 inches long and you could clearly see all the toes still. There was no way someone could have made these because of the location we where in. 180 km on the logging road then a flight in a helicopter to the top of the alpine which I beleive was about 9000 feet .

ALSO NOTICED: I don't think this would have anything to do with this incident but another member on our crew a few days later seen an ice cave not too far from the footprints. He never checked it out but he said it was big enough to walk in.

OTHER WITNESSES: There was one other witness.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was in the morning. The conditions where sunny and clear skies.

ENVIRONMENT: It was in the alpine country.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone.

The witness stated that the footprint measured eleven inches long and five inches wide. Although the snow was almost melted in this area the footprint still showed the impression of the toes.

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