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Submitted by witness on Wednesday, August 16, 2006.
Possible nest found near Dawson Creek
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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: Its only about a quarter kilometre from the house which is secluded in itself. The den is located at the corner of a mostly unused pasture with quite a view though not nessecary eleveted like a mountain. Its in the trees, the area is about 50/50 pasture/field to forrest.
NEAREST TOWN: Dawson Creek
NEAREST ROAD: 30 km from town
OBSERVED: What I came across is two large possible windfalls trees forming a type of den. Other trees are also among the two to form a four feet high shelter. What is unusual is the matted stringy hair caught in places inside at up to the four foot level. It is a reddish-orange color with even some grey mixed in about two to three inches long. Around this 'den' are many many large piles of scat with a fibourous consistancy. Also notted was fresh branches larger than a twoonie snapped like I can't describe how. It appears to have been inhabited earlier in the spring. Another item was a possible footprint only about size 12 to 14 though wider and what appeared to be a large toe which bent out at perhaps almost a 45 degree angle. The dog (which seemed nervous) unfortunatly sat on it and erased it. I try to discount the evidence as something else but its hard to.
Plaese foreward some things to look for, I'd like to know what to look for
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing else
OTHER WITNESSES: none
OTHER STORIES: None
ENVIRONMENT: mixed decidious and evergreen with two streams nearby
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
The witness described finding a structure when he was out hiking with his two dogs, a rottweiller and a collie mix. The structure was comprised of several large trees that had been pulled down and it had smaller branches that had been woven between the larger ones. This structure stood close to 4 feet in height and on the underside of the main logs he found a number of long reddish brown hairs. At first the witness had thought that it had been built by some kind of machinery but an inspection of the materials and the surrounding area could not produce any vehicle or tool marks on the wood. He did find a number of branches that had been cleanly broken off. These branches were close to 2 inches in diameter.
Near the structure he saw numerous piles of large scat and a single large bare footprint. Before he could accurately measure the track one of his dogs had erased a portion of it with its tail, however he said that it was larger that his boot in length and width.
The witness said the while he was inspecting the structure his two dogs were acting very strangely. The rottweiller refused to leave his side and the collie mix wanted him to check out something in the woods. Atlthough the witness has had spent a lot of time hiking in the woods he felt nervous being in the vicinity of the structure and he quickly departed the area. He has not returned since. Unfortunately, he did not collect the hair sample for testing purposes.
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 and 2012.
- Organized the 2007, 2008 Vancouver Island as well as 2009 North Vancouver Island Expeditions.