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Media Article # 388
Article submitted by Hal Bridges
Article prepared and posted by Kevin Withers
Monday, June 7, 2004
Yukon villagers believe they saw Bigfoot
WHITEHORSE - A Sasquatch sighting has tongues wagging in the Yukon village of Teslin.
Village of Teslin, 160 km south of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway
Two people say they saw the fabled bushman, also known as Bigfoot, cross the highway at the construction zone near the Teslin airport.
Marion Sheldon and Gus Jules were driving down the side of the highway on an all-terrain vehicle on Saturday evening.
They reported the sighting to Conservation Officer Dave Bakica.
"They claim they thought it was a person standing beside the road, but couldn't tell from all the dust," said Bakica.
"By the time they turned around to look back they said this person was completely covered in hair and took just two strides to get across the whole Alaska highway."
Bakica said the pair told him that by the time the got back to the location, the person or animal or thing had disappeared into the bush.
Teslin is 160 kilometres south of Whitehorse.
The conservation officer said he searched the area for tracks but they may have been wiped out by Saturday evening's rain.
Both witnesses appeared very shaken by the sighting.
Sheldon and Jules say they don't want to talk about the experience until they have consulted with local Teslin Tlingit elders.
For thousands of years sightings of the elusive, bipedal ape-man have been reported, throughout North America's Pacific northwest and as far away as China.
The creature has long featured in First Nation oral traditions.
Bigfoot believers, a small group of dedicated scientists among them, say the primate is likely the offspring of an ape from Asia that wandered to North America during the Ice Age.
LINK:For more information on other Bigfoot sightings The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization
Some believe there are at least 2,000 ape people walking upright in North America's woods today.
An adult male is estimated to stand at least 2.4 metres (8 feet) tall and weigh 360 kilograms or 800 pounds.
The hairy creatures are described as shy and nocturnal.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization web site reports a sighting in south-central British Columbia, near Kamloops on May 17.
A resident said that while driving he saw what he believed to be a father and son Sasquatch near the side of the road, getting a drink of water.
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