Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 4th, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 28, 1922
Another “Wild Man” Is At Large in Northern B.C.
PRINCE GEORGE, May 28. – “How near does a human being resemble a bear, or how near does a bear resemble a human being?” is a busy question just at present in the Prince George district of British Columbia, owing to rumors of a “wild-man” running at large in the upper country. His description -
given by those who have seen him – is such that he is easily mistaken for a bear at first sight: narrowly escaping the attentions of the rifle every homesteader in these lonely regions packs along wherever he goes at this time when the she bear is out with her cubs in search for food; hungry and desperate protectors if a man happens between her and her cubs.
This “wild-man” has been seen in different localities lately. Those who got close enough to see it was a human and not a marauding animal, describe him as a type of the primitive cave or tree-top dweller: huge in stature; his few rags streaming out as he flees as a deer when seen. He is evidently a white man, according to them. This part of B.C. has had its “wild-men” running at large, more or less, ever since the advent of the G.T.P., supposed to have been working on the railroad construction, afterwards
squatting on the wild lands abounding in this district, until they in turn become “wild” themselves, according to the remoteness from supplies or from other human companions.
[Courtesy of W. Ritchie Benedict and Jerome Clark]
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