Posted by: John Kirk on January 21st, 2006
British Columbia Sasquatch researchers are getting some serious recognition from the media following the announcement by Gerry Matthews and Ken Kristian of West Coast Sasquatch Research that they have what may be the first Sasquatch vocalization ever recorded in this province. In today’s Globe and Mail newspaper there is an article about their findings that makes terrific reading.
The vocalizations (which can be heard on the WCS website) were first heard by an elderly retired couple in the Chehalis Flats region along the Harrison River. They finally placed an 8mm video camera on a garbage can outside their back door and low and behold the strange vocalizations were captured for posterity. While nobody knows for sure what a sasquatch sounds like, the creature making the loud cries sounds very similar to an animal I personally heard while camping at Birkenhead Provincial park north of Whistler, B.C. in 2003. While at our campsite, my wife and I heard the loudest scream we have ever experienced emanating from a hillside 300 metres to the west. The scream was so loud that it sounded like it had come from the adjacent campsite. It lasted less than 15 seconds, but the lung power required to make a cry that loud was clearly beyond that of a human being.
If you attended the Sasquatch Research conference in Bellingham, Washington last May, you would have heard recordings made by John Andrews and his team which came from an isolated area near Darrington, Washington. The cries from the Darrington recordings, the Chehalis vocalizations and the cries my wife and I heard are all uncannily similar. They resemble the vocalizations of no known animal in the Pacific Northwest and it is distinctly possible that they could well be sasquatch sounds.
Ken Kristian, Gerry Matthews, Thomas Steenburg and Sebastian Wang are the core nucleus of West Coast Sasquatch and these four intrepid researchers have been really busy this past year with many forays into the bush in search of this enigma. They have interviewed witnesses, set up bait traps (not ones that would harm a sasquatch but that would trigger a camera), experimented with a homebuilt infrared camera unit that they hope would capture a sasquatch image even in total darkness and followed up on sightings by examining the locales where these took place. They are to be congratulated for their due diligence having seemingly paid off.
Thomas Steenburg with a cast of the original bigfoot in the bush near Mission B.C, January 10. Photo: Lyle Stafford/The Globe and Mail
I plan on going out with the West Coast Sasquatch team to the area where the vocalizations took place and to see if we can obtain any further evidence that this may indeed be the first BC sasquatch vocalization on record.
I’ll let you know what we find.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.