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Western Alaska Peninsula,
I was hunting for Brown Bear in October of 2001 at the head of Belkofski Bay, 50 air miles from Cold Bay, Alaska. We stayed in a plywood shack 400 yards north of Belkofski Bay (Pacific Ocean). I had killed the largest Brown Bear that was killed in the whole western Peninsula on Oct. first, four miles north of our shack where the valley converges into steep canyons that head in several directions toward the summits of the Pavlov and Dutton Volcanoes. My guide had been leasing this area for twelve years from the Aleut natives that lived in a very small village about ten miles away.
There was a small river that ran beside our 10' by 8' shack only fifty yards away that was loaded with 12-18# Coho salmon. You could see thousands of them in the clear water. Since I arrived at camp via Super Cub three days early I enjoyed the fishing very much. I talked with my guide all day as he was the only man within miles of this beautiful but extremely remote valley, seven hundred miles southwest of Anchorage. Cold Bay's population was around 200, fifty miles west.
My guide is well known and a Taxidermist. I am a Geologist. The volcanoes here were awesome, snow capped year round and lush alder thickets covering the slopes and parts of the valley. My guide and I were talking by the river the last day that I was there and he told me that the Aleut natives used to net fish this river every year and load their boats with the salmon we were looking at in the river.
My guide said, two years earlier in 1999 the Aleuts quit coming to this river. He said that a few men from the village had come into the valley to fish when they saw something that forever changed their lives. It was morning and they were getting up from camping overnight to start fishing when they saw a huge creature standing north of them, up the valley about 100 yards away. Huge Brown bears were a common sight to these people but they told him that this was no bear. They saw a fourteen-foot tall, black haired creature standing on two legs watching them. What the Aleuts described was fourteen feet tall covered in black hair and very heavy. Angry, Ape faced with long legs and long arms.
A "ten-foot" squared Brown Bear, a real trophy will stand about nine feet tall but walk on all four legs. This creature was considerably taller and walked on two legs. The creature walked toward them and appeared angry. The natives piled in their boats and will not come back to this valley he told me. This after we had hunted up this valley dodging many bears and luckily finding a 10'1" trophy Kodiak Grizzly that I had shot. I had never thought of Bigfoot being here before that conversation. I am glad that I heard this story after the hunt which was unnerving enough as it was, we had packed my Bear back at night!
The area is snow capped,
six thousand foot volcanoes on both sides of the valley. Alder thickets
on the volcanoes and in the valley with a stream meandering through the
middle of the valley turning into a small river near the Pacific, four
miles south of the head of the valley. Greg Ming was my guide, don't know
the Aleut's name. Greg being a wilderness guide for most of the year and
a taxidermist the rest of the time in secluded Willow, Alaska, he would
not want his name mentioned for fear of it hurting his relationship with
the native Aleut people. No name for