UPDATE: 4:30 P.M. FEB 11
The mystery of the Joe Rich “sasquatch” may have been solved.
A series of unusually large paw prints was discovered Monday in the hills above the community.
The prints, found about 35 km up Philpott Road were about a foot long, too large for any bear paw.
Turns out they may not be animal, or human after all.
One writer says they may very well be a snow toy called "Sno-Stompers."
They apparently come in T-Rex and Bear models and, according to the company's website:
"A pair of Sno Stompers allows you to tread softly atop the snow while leaving a strange animal's footprint behind rather than your usual shoe print."
Mystery solved? You be the judge.
Sasquatch, meet Ogie – Ogie, meet Sasquatch.
While the Okanagan is famous for its yearly sightings of our infamous lake creature the Ogopogo, purported sightings of tracks belonging to a Sasquatch are few and far between.
However, one such sighting occurred this week in the Joe Rich area.
Jonathan Godon was on a fishing trip to Ideal Lake in the hills above Joe Rich Monday, when he came across a set of tracks along the side of the road.
The sighting took place about 35 kilometres up Philpott Road.
"It was about 2 or 3 km all the way down the road," said Godon.
"Each track was about a foot long."
Godon said at first he thought the prints were from a large animal but once he checked different animal prints online, he knew they were something more.
For starters the prints had just three toes, bear paws have five.
"At first I thought it was a grizzly bear," he said.
"I looked at so many prints online, of every animal in B.C., and it looks nothing like any animal. It's weird."
Godon said some people thought they might be moose tracks, but he believes they were far too large to be moose.