Spring 2013 Collins Lake - We could not only hear the heavy footsteps in the dark but also feel them. One of the three dogs (Belle) inside the cabin was so afraid that she managed to cram herself underneath a couch - trembling.
This one particular night, it had been warm, so we left the back door open. Doug and I had this overwhelming feeling we were being watched through the large windows. It's really creepy when it's so dark that you just can't see anything out there. Then we heard movement coming from the area of the windows, heading towards the back porch. I scrambled to shut that door as fast as I possibly could.
We were in the back, enjoying the view of the lake when suddenly a tree exploded somewhere nearby. Sounded like a cannon going off. Initially I thought someone had fired off a shot somewhere in the cabin's driveway. So I let off the airhorn to let the hunter know we were there. We heard crashing in the bush off to our right. Then next we heard the funniest animal sound coming from an irritated marten, as it took the long way around us. Upon checking the trail cam, we discovered that a grizzly sow and three cubs went running down the driveway, disappearing off to the right along the shore of the lake. The sow had not been responsible for the exploding tree. She and her cubs had been running away from that direction.
Doug and I would hear another exploding tree in the Kuldo area, later on that summer.
Source: Barb Campbell,
NCI BC Bigfoot, Trace Unknown.
Note: We rented the cabin for a 5 week period before heading on our 6 month adventure for our online magazine.