TRUE GIANT of western North America.

Etymology: After the lake where one of the 
sightings took place.

Physical description: Height, 10–15 feet. Covered 
in hair that is longer on the head, thinner 
on the arms. Square-set shoulders. Arms hang 
below the knees. Hands are the size and shape of 
canoe paddles.

Tracks: Flat impression. Four-toed. Size, 24 
inches long by 12 inches wide. Leaves a pink 
tint in the snow.

Distribution: Pitt Lake in southwestern 
British Columbia; Big Horn Dam area and 
Cold Lake, Alberta; Snoqualmie, Washington; 
Astoria, Oregon; Great Falls, Montana.

Significant sightings: In late June 1965, Ron 
and Loren Welch found a set of tracks of gigantic 
proportions in the snow northwest of Pitt 
Lake. They followed them to a small, ice-bound 
lake, where they saw a large creature watching 
them. One of the men drew a sketch of the animal 
and the tracks. The creature remained immobile, 
so they moved on. Later in the day, they 
returned, but it was gone.

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