Thought Christmas was over? Well, put that tree back up because we’ve got one final Bigfoot sighting for the holidays.
According to a witness report, submitted to the Bigfoot Field Research Organization on December 26, 2020, the chance encounter happened on Highway 6 near the village of Silverton in British Columbia, Canada.
A woman named Erica Spink-D’Souza and three friends were driving home just after 9:00 p.m. on a “dark and snowy” Christmas evening. She sat in the back seat of the car.
The trip was uneventful, until two of her friends, one in the front seat and one in the back, shouted out in surprise. The witness in the front claimed she saw a “huge man standing on two legs” near the side of the road. The witness in the back saw the figure hunched over like a bear on four legs, and watched it run into the trees.
Was the creature a bear? Neither of the witnesses were convinced, and the other two in the car were equally mystified.
“I didn’t see the creature myself,” Spink-D’Souza told John Boivin of the Valley Voice, “I saw the prints.”
After the encounter, the group of friends continued on their way home. But curiosity got the better of them, and they returned to the area to explore for evidence. What they found were “massive tracks,” and the suspicious feeling that they were being watched.
In a follow-up investigation, BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker was able to view photos and video of the footprints, taken by the group. By his description, the prints appeared “noticeably deeper in the [snow] than the tracks of the people looking for them.”
The prints were also “bipedal in pattern” and in a straight line.
Adding to the mystery were comments made by the owner of the property where the sighting occurred. She told Moneymaker that she had recently heard “moaning howls” outside her cabin at night, not far from where the group saw the creature.
According to the Valley Voice, a different team of investigators, the Okanagan Bigfoot group, visited the area 10 days after the encounter. They believe the strange figure may have been a female moose.
The truth, however, remains uncertain. Spink-D’Souza points to the local tale of The Wanderer, an alleged Sasquatch that lives in the area. She says everyone she’s told her story to seems “pretty open to the possibility.”