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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: This is an active logging site North of Campbell River, BC.
NEAREST TOWN: Campbell River, BC
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy. 19
OBSERVED: At approx 5:00 pm March 12th 2013, Campbell River, B.C. my husband and I were out getting a load of firewood on a logging road North of the city. We had an experience in the woods neither of us are able to explain. We are both very familiar with the sounds and local animals as we have grown up on the West Coast. My husband being a West Cost logger, knowing the woods well, and myself a camper all my life. My husband started off by chopping wood lower down on the logging road. It was overcast and raining lightly at the time. We moved our way up the road gathering firewood. When we got to the top my husband turned the truck around and once again got out to cut wood, when we heard a whooping two-toned call from the woods to one side of us. It was sounding so piercingly clear, it carried through all around. My husband called over and asked me if I heard that and as I was getting out of the truck the call was made again. Suddenly from the other side to where my husband stood a slightly higher pitched response rang out from the trees. What now seemed to take place was some sort of communication between two of what seemed to be intelligent things. This continued on for approx. 1 min. where by the end we were sure we were listening to some kind of conversation and that somehow we were not alone. I am 50 years-old and for the first time felt a fear standing there in the woods. My husband, 55, now looking over his shoulder to pick up pieces of wood. As suddenly as the sounds started the woods fell silent again. I did notice that by the end of this communication, the one on the left of where I was standing had traveled away slightly by the clarity of the sounds. I also noticed that while this was going on all the other sounds of the woods, birds, frogs etc. seemed to be silent, but by the time we worked our way back down the logging road collecting the wood, I could once again hear the natural sounds of the woods again, which in itself seemed strange. We have been trying to logically figure out what this could have been since happening yesterday, and only know what it could not have been not what it could have been. It wasn't a wolf, coyote, bear, elk, dear, cougar the list could go on. I only know I have no answers as to what we heard.
ALSO NOTICED: I noted that at the time of the vocalizations from the woods, all other normal sounds of the woods seemed to go silent. Once the vocals stopped, within 5-10 minutes the natural sounds of the woods seemed to come back gradually.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 witnesses, my husband was chopping fire wood and I was sitting in the truck
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 5:00pm overcast and slightly raining
ENVIRONMENT: This is an active logging area in a second growth forest approx. 60 yrs. in age.The area is heavily populated by deer and elk. There are numerous creeks in the area. It is a mixed forest of Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Red Cedar, Maple and Alder.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
I interviewed the witness several times and I found her to be honest and forthright. The witness described in great detail an incident that took place at an active logging site. It was after work hours. She, and her husband, were splitting and collecting wood left over from the logging operation when they heard two different and distinct vocalizations from two separate locations. One was a whooping type call and the other was a higher pitched response. She described these vocalizations as nothing she had heard before and she felt that it was a clear form of communication between two different creatures. During the vocalizations no other animal sounds could be heard and it was several minutes afterwards when the "natural sounds of the woods" returned.
Additionally, the witness and her husband should be commended for coming forward with this report. As a rule, people employed in logging operations on the West Coast of Canada do not speak of sightings or incidents involving sasquatch for fear of ridicule from their fellow co-workers.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience fighters and various SAR platforms. Author of Wood Knocks and Tossed Rocks:Searching for Sasquatch with the BFRO
- 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.