I would not think of the Okangan as a 'hot spot' (excuse the pun..for it is most assuredly hot there in the summer time. ) Possibly because of the open country in that desert like area. I really could not say.
"We should not allow possibilities to become assumptions!": John Green
I have to wonder if bf will move into large park areas where there are no hunters. Cathedral Park is massive. I read an old report where 3 hunters witnessed 2 bf fighting over a dead deer carcass in an area not to far from the Park. Can't remember where I read the report.
Post by lookoutman7 on Dec 7, 2012 18:34:11 GMT -5
Just commenting on the thread. -Yes -- there has been Sasquatch/Bigfoot activity in the Keremeos area. There is a story about this in my upcoming book to be published...they are structuring the project at this time.
Also -- there has been activity in the Cathedral Park region. I've documented the odd situation in the book project as well. There may have also been visits by such a creature, to the Lodge there, in the park?
Post by trappermike on Jul 17, 2014 17:24:58 GMT -5
In the 70's I lived on a horse ranch an uninhabited area in the hills about 10-20 miles north of Keremeos.It was rolling hills and semi-desert,a few pines, sagebrush,fairly open etc. not exactly 'squatch country one would think.One day on the radio I heard that someone had reported seeing a bigfoot on the road I lived on there.One night about a month later I was parked in the hills just off that road with a few friends when suddenly from about 50-100 yards away the quiet evening air was broken by a very loud "screaming howl",the only way I can describe it.Everyone jumped,piled back into the 2 cars and we trembled.I was to to listening to coyotes howl me to sleep at night,I heard wolves howl many times,this was nothing like that,it was also like a loud long scream like nothing else I've ever heard,I am not surprised to find that others have desribed the same thing in similar words. Anyway a few months later it was winter,it was a Sunday and I was really bored and restless and craving some exercise.It was a sunny but cold(For the Okanagan) with some snow. So I figured I just drive up the road a few miles into the hills and go for a hike.I drove to a spot I knew well,packed a small lunch,threw my 12 guage over my shoulder in started hiking up the hillside,no roads or trails,into area I'd never scouted before.After a short while I came across some footprints,not from any animal common to the area,the kinda looked like human prints,maybe some wearing large boots,but the prints weren't very clear or well defined,it was getting closer to springtime,the snow had melted a bit and frozen again so there was no detail to the prints,just large oval impressions,obviously someone(thing) walking on 2 legs(No,not 4 prints overlapping-illusion),and I could tell the prints wer travelling down the hill,so I started following them.They were leading down into a wide little valley and the snow was starting to peter out as I followed the prints downhill.They were definitely human-like from a biped,but unfortunatly no detailed definition so I realized they could be human,but I couldn't see anyone walking OUT of those barren hills far from anything,so I had an idea,I would try walking in the prints,they looked rather far apart so I thought I might get an idea of the size of the one who made the prints.What a surprise! I absolutely could not walk in the prints,they were just too far apart from each other,even slowly stretching myself as far as possible I just could not step from one print into the other,not even close! I'm 5'9".I finally tried hoppingor jumping from one print to the other,but I just couldn't do it without alittle run to make the jump,but I couldn't repeat it. Obviously although the prints had no definition- toes etc.,they were large oval human or' squatch like,but the distance between the prints and remoteness etc. tells me theywere not human. So this was 3 incidents in a few months not far from Keremeos. I also had 2 very frightening all-night encounters a year apart from each other in the same place,in the Kettle Valley around Rock Creek which again is not that far from Keromeos. So I don't think the drier geography of the Okanagan valley is unsuitable for sasquatch. I can tell you from my experiences that I personally won't go LOOKING for them by camping in a possibly good area,after my 2 scary camping encounters at night I can tell you there is much more terrifying than being trapped in a little nylon pup tent in the dark with a massive intelligent beast prowling around only a few feet away,what a felling of helplessness. I rarely retold those encounters to anyone because most people won't believe it,but those that I told and they sneered "B.S.",I would promptly offer to take them to that exact place to camp in a tent and come back in 2 days to see if they were still there. Inevitably the smirk would be gone and they'd say "Uh no thanks..." I did continue my outdoors adventures for the next 3 decades camping in very remotes places(Northern B.C.,Alberta and Yukon) but I found that the solid walls of a small travel trailer(10-12 feet)made me feel much safer and sleep better,but every night I went to sleep hugging my semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun. I hope you find something in your search.
Post by princeton12 on Jul 18, 2014 18:20:55 GMT -5
Hey.... The guide on the hedley mine tour told me she'd seen one when she was a kid riding her bike between Hedley and Keremeos, if that's any help.She said that the natives (and she was one) always knew the area to be a migration route and that they avoided contact with them. Then, there's the legend that sasquatch turned 7 kids into trees. (they're still in a small chain-link enclosure on old Hedley Road). A couple of years ago, I found an odd thing on the hillside overlooking the rest area just west of Keremeos. It was bedding put under an overhang created by a large boulder. The odd thing was that the grass had been pulled out by the roots rather than just randomly gathered as is common. Probably a wayward traveler seeking shelter, but who knows? Good luck. I'm a Princeton weekender and can't get enough of the area. Watch out for rattlers and if you're packing a 12 gauge, make sure it isn't loaded with birdshot.
There is also a report, I believe from the 70s or 80s of a guy who found a "nest" or something high up in either Keremeos or Hedley, I can't recall exactly.