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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: Near Cook Creek on Central Vancouver Island
NEAREST TOWN: Qualicum Beach
NEAREST ROAD: Cook Creek Rd. off Hwy 19
OBSERVED: About 2 1/2 years ago we were collecting fire wood up behind Bowser area. My four and a half year old told us that he saw something in the bush line by the road. It was clear cut about 150 feet from the road to the bush. He said that he saw something big and brown-black run and jump up onto a log, look at us in our vehicle and turn and go into the bush.He said it was walking on his two legs, swinging its arms. I did not think much of it at the time thinking that he saw a bear, but he continued to tell us the exact same thing to this day. His story has not changed. He says that he SAW a bigfoot. He is now obsessed with bigfoots, and watches the show like clock work. He truly believes this is what he saw, and I believe him. He looks for them in the forest here all the time now, as he knows that they are there. I might add that he had never seen the shows before he saw this.
ALSO NOTICED: My Mom and I heard a noise in the area before. It was an animal, but nothing we had heard before. This was after my son seen the Bigfoot.
OTHER WITNESSES: No
OTHER STORIES: wood knocks and odd vocalizations at a lake (location withheld) near Sayward, Vancouver Island
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late Day, overcast, but good lighting, no rain.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine-Fir-Cedar forest, old logging clear cuts, creeks, rivers, mountain terrain
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
This investigator met with the primary witness and his mother at their home. I found them honest and truthful in their statement.
On the day in question this family; primary witness, along with his mother and grandmother, were searching the Cook Creek drainage for downed trees that could be bucked up into firewood. The family was utilizing a Dodge Caravan and had both sliding cargo doors fully open. At the time of the sighting the mother was in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The grandmother was walking along the road ahead of the vehicle and was looking into the woods on the left hand side. The primary witness was seated in the centre seat of van on the passenger, or right hand side. The witness was looking out of the open door on the right towards a logged area that was bordered at the back, some 70 yards away, by some young alders ranging 20 to 30 feet in height. As they went slowly past this logged area a tall upright creature came out of the alders into the clearing. It took 8 to 10 steps in the same direction of travel as the van and then angled back into the alders. Before going back into cover it had paused for several seconds and looked directly at the van.
From his seated position in the van the primary witness only saw this bipedal animal from the waist up. He stated that the head was pointy and it did not have a nose like a bear. When he asked me why it swung its arms as it walked I asked him to show me what it looked like. Over the next several minutes the witness paced across the living room of the house taking big strides while swinging his arms in wide almost to a shoulder height. The witness said that it walked in a very smooth motion as if it was gliding through the forest.
It should be noted that up until this incident the witness had never viewed anything about the sasquatch and had not seen any television shows like "Finding Bigfoot". When I had conducted my interview of the witness I utilized a page from a bigfoot reference book featuring what has been referred to as "The Usual Suspects". I had the page completely covered and as I revealed the images from right to left I asked the witness which image was most like that which he had seen. The witness pointed to the last image revealed, which was that of a sasquatch.
On a discussion with the parents and grandmother, they have indicated to me that they have had other incidents such as vocalizations and wood knocks in this area. This has been corroborated by other reports as well.
On the day of the incident the family had been parked some 500 yards away from this slash area where the witness had found a forged axe head on the side of the road. He showed it to his mother who, on an inspection to ensure that it wasn't sharp, said that he was allowed to keep it. The witness then proceeded to bang on some rocks until they remounted the vehicle and continued looking for downed trees. It was only ten to fifteen minutes later that the sighting had taken place.
I firmly believe that this young witness did, in fact, see a sasquatch. I thank him for his report and and I thank his family for believing him.
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.