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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: Withheld
NEAREST TOWN: Canal flats
NEAREST ROAD: 95
OBSERVED: While hunting in the Whiteswan Lake area in September, 2007, I encountered a creature that smelled worse than any bear I have ever smelled, and I've hunted over 35 years. I had just sat on a stump to enjoy a chocolate bar, when this god awful smell permeated the whole area. It took a minute to spot the source of the smell. There it was, about 50 yards to my right. Standing stalk straight was something very tall and ugly. Quite startled, I reached for my rifle, the thing bolted and gone. Never did put much store in stories about strange creatures, but now I do!
ALSO NOTICED: That's all the info I have.
OTHER WITNESSES: I hunt alone.
OTHER STORIES: I've always heard stories but did not really believe them.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning, cool, good visibility
ENVIRONMENT: Mostly logged out with fresh growth.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
I contacted the witness by phone and had long discussion with him about his sighting. I found him to be quite open and honest in our conversation, so I found no reason to doubt his incident.
The witness is a big game hunter. On this particular day he was hunting elk alone which is something that he has done successfully many times in the past. He had stopped to have a small snack and take in the view of the surrounding landscape. He was sitting on a tree stump when he was overcome by a very powerful smell. He described the smell to me as being far worse than any skunk, and was almost a cross between a wet dog / dead animal. When he looked up wind he saw a tall bipedal creature standing only 50 yards away. He described the creature as being completely covered in a dark brown hair. The witness said it was massively built, being well muscled, and thick through the body. Although he did not feel threatened in any way, he glanced down as he reached to steady his rifle, which was leaning on the stump beside him, and when he looked back in the direction of the sasquatch it was gone.
There are a couple of points that I think are worth of adding:
- The entire episode lasted 1 1/2 minutes.
- He had no idea that it was there before he smelled it.
- The odor arrived and left as if someone had "turned it on
and off". It did not come slowly, wafting up the valley.
- It stood motionless the entire time only to quickly leave the
area once the witness glanced away.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience on CF-101 Voodoo, CT-133 Silverstar and various SAR platforms including CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules.
- 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.