Last updated Jul 13 2005 08:30 AM MDT
A group of people in the Yukon community of Teslin say they saw a sasquatch or bushman over the weekend, the second reported sighting in the area in about a year.
Nine people, some of them children, say a large human-like figure covered in hair passed by a window of a house. They later saw it standing behind an abandoned car near some houses in the community, which is located 180 kilometres east of Whitehorse.
Chucka Choumant and Trent Smarch are two of the people who believe they saw the sasquatch.
The men said they heard trees snapping and creaking even though there was no wind at the time. The figure they saw was nearly three metres tall and moving fast, they said – too fast for them to keep up even when they were running.
The creature left behind some evidence, the men said: a footprint about twice the size of a human's, and a small patch of hair found in the area that has been sent to a conservation officer in Whitehorse.
Teslin resident Roger Smarch measures the footprint left behind after the creature was sighted.
Those who say they saw the creature would like the sample to undergo DNA testing.
FROM JUNE 7, 2004: Yukon villagers believe they saw Bigfoot
Tales of sasquatch sightings aren't new in Teslin. For example, Doug Smarch remembers hearing about a large hairy man coming close to the community about 40 years ago.
"There's old-time stories. They said there were such things," said Smarch.
"I don't think that nine people that seen it could tell the same story. They wouldn't be able to tell the same story if it wasn't true."
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Yukon villagers believe they saw Bigfoot
Last updated Jun 7 2004 04:03 PM CDT
Village of Teslin, 160 km south of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway
A Sasquatch sighting has tongues wagging in the Yukon village of Teslin.
Two people say they saw the fabled bushman, also known as Bigfoot, cross the highway at the construction zone near the Teslin airport.
Marion Sheldon and Gus Jules were driving down the side of the highway on an all-terrain vehicle on Saturday evening.
They reported the sighting to Conservation Officer Dave Bakica.
"They claim they thought it was a person standing beside the road, but couldn't tell from all the dust," said Bakica.
"By the time they turned around to look back they said this person was completely covered in hair and took just two strides to get across the whole Alaska highway."
Bakica said the pair told him that by the time the got back to the location, the person or animal or thing had disappeared into the bush.
Teslin is 160 kilometres south of Whitehorse.
The conservation officer said he searched the area for tracks but they may have been wiped out by Saturday evening's rain.
Both witnesses appeared very shaken by the sighting.
Sheldon and Jules say they don't want to talk about the experience until they have consulted with local Teslin Tlingit elders.
For thousands of years sightings of the elusive, bipedal ape-man have been reported, throughout North America's Pacific northwest and as far away as China.
The creature has long featured in First Nation oral traditions.
Bigfoot believers, a small group of dedicated scientists among them, say the primate is likely the offspring of an ape from Asia that wandered to North America during the Ice Age.
LINK:For more information on other Bigfoot sightings The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization
Some believe there are at least 2,000 ape people walking upright in North America's woods today.
An adult male is estimated to stand at least 2.4 metres (8 feet) tall and weigh 360 kilograms or 800 pounds.
The hairy creatures are described as shy and nocturnal.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization web site reports a sighting in south-central British Columbia, near Kamloops on May 17.
A resident said that while driving he saw what he believed to be a father and son Sasquatch near the side of the road, getting a drink of water.