|Beausejour, Northeast of Winnipeg
Between Beausejour, which is northeast of Winnipeg, and Lac du Bonnet, which is northeast of Beausejour, lies a region of many Sasquatch sightings. A man from Lac du Bonnet described the appearance of an "overgrown ape or monkey" about six foot six inches, with dark hair or fur, on the road to Pointe du Bois one night in July 1974. A youth saw and heard a huge, hairy thumping on the trunk of his car as he made a U - turn on a road near Beausejour one night in June 1975. Another youth reported a seven or eight foot creature approaching his stopped car on the road between Beausejour and Lac du Bonnet.
The creature left fifteen-inch footprints in the snow which could be followed for more than seven miles. These and other reports from the region come from John Green's Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. (1978).
Cedar Lake Sasquatch Sighting
Sasquatch sightings south of Cedar Lake were reported following the construction of the new road through the bush country. The road connects the small community of Easterville with the highway that leads north to Grand Rapids. Cedar Lake lies west of the northern part of Lake Winnipeg.
John Green in Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978) reports on some of the sightings on the road renowned for its Sasquatch sightings. On August 23, 1968, three men stopped their car about four miles west of the junction of Highway 6 because they saw "something" walk out of the bush about a hundred yards away and onto the road. It walked like a man but was much too large and covered all over with short hair. "The men left hurriedly." Two days later, near the Easterville end of the road, two other men spotted a similar creature. "They too drove off in a hurry." Indian residents of Easterville and three non-Indian teachers at Easterville school all reported sightings while driving along the road, usually at night. One observer described a dark man-like figure hurdling over willows and small bushes with long strides. Another compared the creature with the color and size of a moose yet it jumped over things like a man. A third slammed on the car's brakes to avoid hitting a dark thing, estimated to stand nine feet tall, extremely broad, with a flat-profiled face. The Indians at Easterville whisper about the windigo; the non-Indians joke about the Sasquatch.
South Western Utah
I fly small, single engine planes with a group of people who perform search and rescue operations and other services for the various government agencies. We landed on a small dirt strip on south western Utah
to inspect the strip for any signs of usage. We landed and turned the plane around for an easy take off, and turned the engine off, and exited. There was a pilot, co-pilot and me in the back seat. We looked around the strip for any signs of recent use. We noticed a strong, sour stench in the air. Walking along the runway, I noticed a half devoured goat. There were no flies or maggots, so I figured it was still fresh. I called the other two other to have a look. While viewing this, the pilot noticed some movement in a large bush about 50 yards off. He picked up some rocks, and started throwing them at the bush. One hit. We then heard a loud scream and saw a large hairy man jump up. I would guess he would have been 7-8 feet tall and covered in dark brown hair from his head to feet, also it appeared this creature was naked. It looked at us and continued to scream. The co-pilot pulled a small firearm out of his fanny pack and fired two shots towards this hairy man. From 50 yards, I doubt he would have hit it, but the hairy man ran in the opposite direction from fright. We ran to the plane to get out of there. Once in the plane, we started up immediately and began to take off. We were in a Cessna 182, and there were windows in the back. I looked out the back and saw the man running after us with a large stick in it's hand. It was about 10 yards off of the tail of the plane. We made eye contact for about 3 seconds. They didn't look like the eyes of an animal. We circled around to see the thing again, but failed to find it. I have never been so frightened in my life, this all happened about 4 years ago.
The so-called Uchtmann Tracks are photographs of three giant footprints twenty-one inches long and seven inches wide. The tracks were discovered by accident in an old ant hill on a limestone ridge on the shore of Landry Lake, which lies southeast of The Pas. The photographs were taken on September 9, 1974 by their discoverer, R.H. Uchtmann, a provincial conversation officer, who sent the evidence to the Manitoba Museum of Man, along with an explanatory letter. The Uchtmann Tracks and the interesting letter appear in John Green's Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978). Uchtmann referred to the tracks as "some human footprints," yet he wondered about the size of the human that left those prints. He explained.
I was moose hunting at the time I found the three tracks. My impression at the time was that they were not man made and that they fitted no animals in the area. They were sharp and clear at the time and were made after the rainfall on September 25..... There is the possibility of someone having made the prints but this strikes me as being highly unlikely. The prints were approximately 1/4 mile from a bush trail passable to vehicles. Back along the road 200 yards is a dike across a creek on the north end of Landry Lake. It seems more likely that someone creating a hoax would have placed the prints on the dike where there would be more chance of seeing them.
The R.C.M.P. Report
The Polar River Indian Reserve is located south of Norway House on the east coast of Lake Winnipeg.
The chief of the reserve, bothered by reports of "a large hairy animal that walks on two legs," alerted the RCMP detachment at Norway House. Officers of the detachment made an investigation, and then sent the following report by telex to the Force's Vancouver Lower Mainland Division. The text is reproduced by John Green in Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978).
It was reported to our office on July 26, 1976 by the chief of the Polar River Indian Band that many of his people have sighted on the reserve many times a large hairy animal that walks on two legs. Polar River is located approx. 76 miles to the south of Norway House. An investigation was conducted and the results are as follows:
Several people were interviewed and they all stated that the animal was approximately seven to eight feet tall and was very broad at the shoulders. It had the general body structure of a man only many times larger. A foot cast was taken of the foot impression that was left behind by the so-called monster and is held at this detachment. It measures 16 inches by five inches, and has only three toes. It's fur is a glossy gray color and it has white hair on it's head. They stated that it was very powerfully built and one man reported that he saw it swimming. To date there have been no further reports of sightings in our area. It should be noted that this so-called monster seemed very inquisitive towards the people and would come around the houses on the settlement and look in doors and windows.
The historian the Rev. Bruce McKevie preserved this account of a "monkey man" in the Campbell River area. It is reprinted from John Green's Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978).
One of the most outstanding timber cruisers who ever operated in British Columbia, Mike King was a fine type of man with an enviable reputation for reliability. He told of being in the Campbell River locality of Vancouver Island. He was not alone, for his India packers refused to accompany him into that particular area, being afraid of the "monkey man" of the forest. It was late afternoon when he saw the "man-beast" bending over a waterhole, washing some roots, which he placed in two neat piles. When appraised of Mr. King's presence,the creature gave a startled cry and started up the hillside. he stopped at some distance and looked back at the timber cruiser, while Mike King kept "it" covered with his rifle. Mr. King described the Sasquatch as being "covered with reddish-brown hair, and his arms were peculiarly long and were used freely in climbing and in the bush running: while the trail showed a distinct human foot, but with phenomenally long and spreading toes."
|Chehalis Indian Reserve
The Chehalis Indian Reserve is located at a number of location along the Harrison River in the vicinity of Chilliwack. It was from here that the word "Sasquatch" was introduced to the world. Sasquatch is an Anglicization of the Coast Salish word for a huge hairy-looking creature said to live in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, where Indians occasionally encountered it. The word was popularized in a number of newspaper and magazine articles written in the 1920s by John W Burns, a school teacher on the Chehalis Indian Reserve. Burns was quite taken with the idea of the "wild mountain men."
Burn's article "Introducing B.C.'s Hairy Giants" was published in Maclean's on
April 1, 1921. Publication of the piece on April Fool's Day may have been a coincidence or a jest on the part of the Toronto editors. Whatever he case, the word acquired national usage when it was announced that Harrison
|Someone or something left this enlarged print in August 1977 in the soil of northern British Columbia near the village of Chetwynd. If the giant print was made by a Sasquatch, the creature has four toes rather than five. [Vancouver Sun]|
|Hot Springs would host a "Sasquatch Hunt" to mark the B.C. Centennial of 1958. Like the Sasquatch, which is never there when most wanted, the hunt was never held. Yet the word was accepted as the name or description of the Canadian cousin of California's Bigfoot, Nepal's Yeti, the Himalayas' Abominable Snowman, and Siberia's Almasti. Further details may be found in Wayne Suttles' "Sasquatch: The Testimony of Tradition" in
Manlike Monsters on Trial (1980) edited by Marjorie M. Halpin and Michael M. Ames.
Two prospectors, in the mountains northwest of Pitt Lake, in June 1965, encountered some fresh tracks in the snow. "The prints were enormous, twice as long as their own boots and as wide as a boot is long," wrote John Green in Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978). They were perfectly flat and showed four clear toe impressions, with the big toe on the inside of the foot like a man's. The stride was double man's stride. Snow in the bottom of the prints was tinted pink." The prospectors followed the tracks until, in the trees on the other side of a lake, they saw a figure standing and watching them.
The thing was auburn in color except for it's hands, where the color lightened gradually almost to yellow. As sketched on the spot it had a human-shaped head set directly on very square shoulders and it's forearms and hands bulged like canoe paddles. It was swaying slightly as if shifting from foot to foot, and it's hanging arms swayed too. They couldn't make out it's face because of the distance, but the features seemed flat. It was just noon, and they sat down and had a cigarette and a chocoate bar while they watched it and tried to estimate it's size. Counting the sets of branches on the evergreens where it stood and comparing them with those on their side of the lake, they decided it was between ten and fourteen feet tall. It just continued standing there, so finally they went on. When they came back there were more tracks around, but the animal was gone. The following day the prospectors saw more tracks, but never again did they see the creature with "a human-shaped head."
|Footprints left in the ground may be cast in plaster. But when prints are made in the snow they are ephemeral. Here is a news photograph which shows a young woman on march 17, 1977 pointing out a print left in the snow by a large-footed creature, perhaps a Sasquatch.
A huge hair creature was seen by a drill-rig operator on the extension of a logging road near Mile Nine on Chapman Creek not far from Sechelt. About seven-thirty on the morning in June 1973, the operator had taken his rig to the end of the road and climbed on top of a huge log to look over the grade ahead. Across the clearing he saw a shaggy-haired creature about 150 or 200 feet away, standing on two legs. "Besides being covered with hair, it seemed to have a goatee. It appeared to be larger than a man, and it was jumping up and down, with it's arms bowed out at it's sides," noted John green in Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978). "The witness looked for a place to run to, but glanced back and saw the creature do a somersault off the log to the lower side of the road cut. Then the man leaped onto the drill rig and started to drive it away in reverse...and then told his boss that he would not work alone on the road anymore. "When the men returned to the site they found some footprints in mud, only one of which was much good. All the witnesses agreed that it looked more human like than bear like. The man who saw the creature did not say that it was a Sasquatch, but he insisted that it was not a bear."
Sasquatch wrestlers were spotted by Burns Yeomans, a veteran prospector, working the headwaters of Silver Creek, not far from Harrison Hot Springs, in August of 1939 or 1940. Yeomans told his story to Sasquatch hunter John Green in 1965, recalling that from the peak of a mountain he and a fellow prospector could see into an open valley about three-quarters of a mile below and beyond them. The sight he found unforgettable was of four or five dark and hairy men-like beings, standing upright, wrestling. They were knocking one another to the ground in a playful rather than a vengeful manner. He watched the Sasquatch wrestling match for about half an hour, until the participants tried of their sport and disappeared into the woods. Yeoman estimated that the wrestlers stood about seven feet tall and each weighed about four hundred pounds.
An unusual animal was spotted on the road north of Squamish by a highway maintenance foreman. He prepared a report for his superintendent who passed it on to the B.C. Provincial Museum. One afternoon in January 1970, the foreman was driving north of Squamish; around a slight curve in the road he saw "a large hairy animal" that "got up on it's hind legs and ran across the road in an upright position." He judged it to stand at least seven feet and weigh 250 pounds. It had a prominent stomach. There was a shag of reddish-brown hair all over it's body from the shoulders down. The hair on it's head was quite short and darker brown in color. "It didn't have a bear's face, it had more of a flat face like a person or a monkey." He was perhaps one hundred feet away from the animal when, noting the approaching driver, it "just scurried right across the road and up the bank here on the other side, in the upright position like a man would run, and it did run, it didn't waste any time at all."
An unusual feature of the sighting is that the animal was carrying it's food. "I'm not sure how many fingers but it did have hands and in the right hand it was carrying what appeared to be a fish, a ten-inch fish."
John Green, in Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (1978), added: "nearest water is the river running far down below the road in a steep canyon, so if the creature was indeed carrying a fish it seems probable that it was not for its own consumption."
The strangest Sasquatch story of all is the one told by Albert Ostman, the logger and experienced woodsman who left a detailed account in writing of his abduction, captivity, and escape from a family of four Sasquatches in 1924. As strange as it may seem, his story has a strong narrative appeal and may well be true in part if not the in whole. Ostman was prospecting about twenty-five miles northeast of Toba Inlet, on the mainland coast, and was in the habit of sleeping with his belongings, which included cans of provisions and a Winchester rifle, snug beside him in his sleeping bag. He was rudely awakened one night be being hoisted onto the shoulder of a hairy creature and being carried on a journey that lasted some three hours. He was numb when they arrived at their destination, a small valley surrounded by high mountains.
Here Ostman was held captive but not otherwise harmed by a family of four Sasquatches. The
|Rene Dahinden (left) converses with Albert Ostman outside the latter's cabin at Fort Langely, B.C. The interview took place in the same summer of 1957. Ostman recounted how he had been abducted and held captive by a family of Sasquatches in the interior of British Columbia. In his lap he holds the notebook in which he wrote down the story of his 1924 kidnapping. Dahinden holds a copy of Ralph Izzard's book Yeti
[Rene Dahinden/Fortean Picture Library]
|family members were the eight-foot male who abducted him, a female who much have weighed between five hundred and six hundred pounds, and two young Sasquatches of each sex. They were hairy naked ape like creatures who subsisted on a vegetarian diet. Ostman took an interest in their appearance and way of life, introducing them to canned milk and tins of snuff. But they had no intention of allowing him to leave, so he bided his time and on the sixth day of captivity he made his escape, firing the Winchester to frighten them. He took his bearings from the position of the sun and made his way on foot to Salmon Arm Branch, Sechelt Inlet, and then to Vancouver. This was Ostman's last prospecting trip and his sole experience with the Sasquatch. Although he told his tale to a couple of people, no one would believe him, so he simply stopped telling it. In 1957, however, he wrote out his account in longhand in a scribbler and agreed to be interviewed extensively by John Green, who recounts Ostman's experience in Sasquatch: The Ape Among Us (1978). Green added: "Albert Ostman is dead now, but I enjoyed his friendship for more than a dozen years, and he gave me no reason to consider him a liar."
Bigfoot loose in Northern Ontario?
Massive tracks point to sasquatch migration
PEAWANUCK, Ont. (CP) - Footprints indicating a creature with a two-metre stride have some northern
ntario residents speculating the elusive Bigfoot may have moved in with the region's black bears and howling wolves.
Footprints measuring 35-centimetres long and 12-cm wide have been spotted in this farflung aboriginal community on the south shore of Hudson's Bay, and the chief of the Weenusk First Nation has only one explanation: Bigfoot.
''It's definitely not a bear,'' Abraham Hunter said firmly.
''I looked at them. They were six feet (two metres) apart, walking.''
News of the prints, first spotted June 9 by a band member riding a four-wheeler through the bush, soon spread through the community of 250 and the hunt was on for the mythical ape-like beast.
But in a region where wild hairy beasts are expected, the fascination didn't last long.
''There was curiosity, people going out there for about three days,'' Hunter said.
''Then the novelty wore off.''
The tracks were alarming enough to draw the curiosity of officials with the Natural Resources ministry, who arrived June 14 to investigate and record the images of the footprints.
''We were surprised,'' said ministry official Brett Kelly, who admitted no one could explain what caused the tracks.
But even if it is the fabled Sasquatch, which legend says stands seven feet tall and has long hairy arms, a short neck and flat face, Kelly said it's unlikely it would endanger the community.
Kelly said the reserve is located on Polar Bear Provincial Park - the largest wilderness park in Ontario with a small human population.
Chances of humans actually encountering the sasquatch are very small.
''We'll wait for more information before we do anything,'' he said.
To date, there have been 16 reported sightings of a Bigfoot in Ontario.
At least one resides near the Weenusk First Nation, says Hunter, who recalls a resident spotting the beast decades ago.
''About 20 years ago there was a sighting in our community,'' Hunter said. ''But none have been seen since.''
Kelly encouraged people to take advantage of a free admission day at provincial parks planned for June 24 to investigate for themselves.
''This Sunday in Ontario entry into all provincial parks is free, so people can go find it themselves,'' he said.
In the meanwhile, Weenusk residents are simply going about their lives.
''We're getting back to fishing and hunting,'' Hunter said.
''Things here are normal.''