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Submitted by witness on Friday, June 20, 2008.
Campers describe possible vocalizations and a possible track in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park (w/photo)
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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.
OTHER WITNESSES: Unknown
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 0215 hours
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 :
- 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.