Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 4th, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 28, 1922
Another “Wild Man” Is At Large in Northern B.C.
PRINCE GEORGE, May 28. – “How near does a human being resemble a bear, or how near does a bear resemble a human being?” is a busy question just at present in the Prince George district of British Columbia, owing to rumors of a “wild-man” running at large in the upper country. His description –
given by those who have seen him – is such that he is easily mistaken for a bear at first sight: narrowly escaping the attentions of the rifle every homesteader in these lonely regions packs along wherever he goes at this time when the she bear is out with her cubs in search for food; hungry and desperate protectors if a man happens between her and her cubs.
This “wild-man” has been seen in different localities lately. Those who got close enough to see it was a human and not a marauding animal, describe him as a type of the primitive cave or tree-top dweller: huge in stature; his few rags streaming out as he flees as a deer when seen. He is evidently a white man, according to them. This part of B.C. has had its “wild-men” running at large, more or less, ever since the advent of the G.T.P., supposed to have been working on the railroad construction, afterwards
squatting on the wild lands abounding in this district, until they in turn become “wild” themselves, according to the remoteness from supplies or from other human companions.
[Courtesy of W. Ritchie Benedict and Jerome Clark]
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.