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Report Posted To GCBRO Web Site On: June 2, 2006
July 15, 2003
Canadian Rockies on the British Columbia Side.
Mountains, Thick Forest.
We were driving home through the canadian
rockies when we stopped along side the highway to let our dogs do their
"business". While the dogs sniffed around I let my niece and nephew get
out of the car to stretch, a fight broke out over a BB Gun which took my
attention away from the dogs for a moment. When I looked back one of the
dogs was no longer there. With out thinking I told my Husband I would be
right back and I went into the trees to get her thinking she just went
to far looking for the perfect place. A few feet in I realized the trees
were thicker than I thought, I couldn't see the road anymore. I stopped
to call her name and listen for her when I smelt an awful odor. I cannot
describe it. The only thing I could say was, all I remember was that it
didn't have a distinct odor I could not compare it to anything I have ever
smelt. It more so just gave me the sensation that my nose was burning.
Our dogs wear safety alert collars that have a reflective strip on them.
I caught her collar in the corner of my eye. She was standing there shaking
and almost growling but trying to bark. More like a low howl I would say.
Thinking nothing of it I walked over about 10 feet towards her. The odor
became so strong I thought maybe she had been sprayed by a skunk (never
having smelt skunk spray). I was about 5 feet away when I looked in the
direction she was and noticed a Large Shadow( I realized the BB Gun I had
in my hand would do no damage to an animal of that size). At this time
I was now Shaking hysterically and too scared to scream out. Having been
on many hunting trips with my older brothers I raised the BB Gun to my
shoulder if for nothing more than a hope to scare the animal. The shadow
Moved into a standing position and then I saw it was the shape of a person.
Hair seemed to cover the whole body, although I didn't get a detailed look.
Scared to death I reached out and grabbed my dog by the collar. She then
began to Bark hysterically ( I think in an attempt to protect me) Having
entered the national park we were given a pamphlet on what to do if you
encountered an animal. It said never to turn your back on the wildlife,
so with my eyes locked on the animal I began backing up. We were about
35 feet from the highway. It After about 10 feet I thought it took a few
steps towards us. I also heard something along the lines or gibberish or
babbling although I could not say what it was. With that I grabbed her
in my arms (no small feat she weighs about 60 pounds) and I turned to run.
I don't know if it followed us any further because my heart was pounding
out of my chest and I had begun to sob. We made it back to the car all
right. I never mentioned the encounter because I didn't want my husband
to go in the woods to investigate and I didn't want to scare my niece and
nephew. Knowing how people are disbelieved when they tell stories of Unknown
animals in the woods I wish to remain Anonymous. It was a Horrifying experience
and although I wouldn't say it looked as if it were to attack, It did not
look friendly. It looked as though to be dominating, I credit our safe
return to my dogs barking and the BB Gun -- Although it would have done
Activities of Witness:
Looking for dog
Description of Creature:
Approx. 6-7 feet tall, Dark in color. Hair
seemed shaggy and matted. Initially in a crouching position, then standing
up right. Did not get too close so saw nothing of detail.
This was no bear nor any other animal within
Other (Informational or Encounter
History in the General Area) Notes:
Additional Notes and or Follow
up Comments: N/A