Ontario, Canada

Near Deer Lake Indian Reserve - 300 air miles north of Thunder Bay Ontario

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Ontario Canada (Class A) BFRO

July 1986

In 1986, I had just graduated college and I needed a big break so I took a job as a fishing guide for a fly-in fishing lodge. At the time it was called Keyamawun Lodge, later to be renamed Peace Island Lodge. The lodge has since gone bankrupt and to my knowledge nobody has purchased it. It was located on Deer Lake just inside the Ontario border and abut 500 miles north of the US/Canada border. We had a young couple on their honeymoon from Chicago. They had an aboriginal guide named Arthur Meekus. Arthur does not usually guide but we were so busy we hired him for the week. After 3 days the couple were very disappointed with the fishing and were planning on leaving early. They did not like Arthur. I started taking them out after diner to some hot Walleye and Pike spots. Deer Lake is the headwaters for the Cobham River, which eventually runs into Hudson's Bay. On the south west end of the lake, there is a long narrow water passage, which reaches a place the aboriginals called Quick Quick. This is a very narrow section of the lake where you first start to see current, which eventually turns into the Cobham River. Quick Quick is basically two smooth jets of bare Precambrian rock that almost touch each other, thus it gets so narrow you can see the current of the water. This area is clear of trees and brush because winter ice expands over the area and cleans it off every winter. As a result, you can see clearly anything on either side of the water and it's clean for about 20 feet on each side before you go into tall pike trees. I was tolling slowly towards Quick Quick. I came around the corner and saw a large black animal standing over 7 feet tall ran and jumped across Quick Quick and into the bush on the other side. It was black like a black bear. The first thing I thought of was it was a big 1000-pound black bear running on its hind legs to escape wolves of something. It did surprise me to say the least. I told my fishing customers what I just saw and they heard the rustling and the branches breaking in the forest and then the animal reach a distance where we could not hear it anymore. I continued towards Quick Quick and started thinking. It had long arms that swung more like a human than a bear. When wolves are chasing something, they make a hell of a racket and we did not see or hear any wolves. Also, a 1000-pound Black Bear is extremely rare down south where there is lots of food. There is not enough food that far north for a bear to get that big. Bears in that area rarely exceeded 250 pounds. A black bear would not be surprised or panic like that. A bear would just take a look at you and run into the bush on all fours. Besides, it's an Alaskan Brown Bears that stands, not black bears. Black Bears do not run 30 mph on their hind legs and jump 7 feet to another rock. They would just plow through the water. This animal moved quickly. For a long time we joked about my big foot encounter. Please don't laugh but a few years later I experienced a kind of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. We went to see the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Predator. When the guy in the Predator costume ran and jumped while chasing Arnold, it brought back sheer terror in me. The creature in that film ran and jumps in almost the exact same motion os the big black animal I saw in 1986. He was around the same height as well. I did see something extremely unusual and I finally started believing that I did see a Sasquatch. I went back to work at the lodge again in 1993. I had gone back to college for Computer Science and I needed to work during the summer. I did not see the creature again but I did talk to the aboriginal guides, (Cree Indians) who live on the lake and they all know of the creature and they are terrified of it. They called it a Windago, which under traditional native folklore is a spirit of the forest that can change shape into different animals. Whatever they believe, I am faced with believing that I did see a Sasquatch. Gary Skrzek President - iMarket Canada www.imarket.ca (9050 689-7574

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