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Report # 24039  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Friday, June 20, 2008.
Campers describe possible vocalizations and a possible track in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park (w/photo)

YEAR: 2008

SEASON: Spring


DATE: 19

PROVINCE: British Columbia


LOCATION DETAILS: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

NEAREST TOWN: Chilliwack

NEAREST ROAD: Chilliwack Lake Road

OBSERVED: I just got back from camping at a provincial park. First night I was awake all night - just couldnt sleep in a new tent and in unfamiliar surroundings. At 0215 hours, I heard a 'whooping' sound very clearly coming from the mountains. It sounded far away but it was very clear. There were about 10 "whoops" in the course of 5 minutes. No other sounds or replies were heard.

The next morning on a hike along a narrow trail I found what appeared to be a footprint in the dirt. There were no other prints found though the bush on either side is dense and the path narrow. I took a picture of the print alone as well as with my foot along side it. I have a size 11 1/2 boot and the print was quite a bit bigger than my boot. I didn't have anything else to 'measure' or compare the print too.

ALSO NOTICED: Next morning on a hike I took a picture of what appears to be a foot print on a narrow path.




ENVIRONMENT: Provincial Park camp site surrounded on both sides by dense forest

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :

I spoke to the witness, John, and I found him to be quite honest and forthright as I discussed the incident with him. The witness was out camping for several nights at a Provincial Park in British Columbia when this incident took place. He said that on the first night out he had found it very difficult to get to sleep and had spent most of the night awake. During the night he heard a series of vocalizations that are commonly referred to as "Whoops". He informed me that what he had heard sounded as if it was coming from a location somewhere higher up the mountain. The sounds were faint but clearly audible since no other nighttime sounds, such as buzzing insects, could be heard. He counted a total of 10 vocalizations over a span of roughly five minutes and at no time did he hear a reply or a vocalization coming from another location.

The next morning the witness went for a hike up the mountain towards another lake. At a point roughly 1/4 mile from his camp he discovered a large humanoid imprint in the ground. He said that there was only one visible track as the trail was narrow and dense brush was close on either side. He took several photos of the print which he has forwarded to me. The photos show a possible large humanoid shaped track. The track maker was heavy enough to sink into forest duff by nearly 1/2 inch.

This is the best photo of the track.

When he returned home John compared what he had heard to the recorded vocalization sounds on the BFRO website and he informed me that the sounds he heard were the same. John also stated the point that had impressed him the most was the lung power which would have been necessary for an animal to be heard so clearly over such a distance.

About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :