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A photo of Old Yellow Top


The cryptid named Old Yellow Top is a 7 feet (2.1 m) Sasquatch-like creature that was sighted several times around the town of Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Descriptions of the creature by eyewitnesses closely resemble that of a Sasquatch; however, it has a blonde patch of hair on its head and a light-coloured mane, hence its name.


Alleged sightings have taken place over a 64 year period, with the first reported sighting in September 1906, the same year in which the silver boom-town of Cobalt was founded.

Another sighting occurred again in July 1923 when two prospectors, experienced woodsmen named J. A. MacAuley and Lorne Wilson, were taking test samples of their mining claims northeast of Wettlaufer Mine near Cobalt. They saw what initially looked to be a bear feasting in a blueberry patch. With courage that bordered on recklessness, Mr. Wilson threw a stone at the animal. The creature stood up, growled, and ran into the night. Wilson said that the head was kind of yellow and the rest of it was black like a bear, but he had never seen such a bear.

And once more in April 1947 a woman and her young son began the long walk along the railway tracks into Cobalt to do the family’s weekly shopping. As it was early spring, the woman was wary of stumbling into young bear cubs and their protective mothers, and so she jumped when a large shadow in the periphery of her vision moved toward the tracks. What she saw shocked her nearly beyond belief. This was no bear, nor a wolf or any other creature she was familiar with. It walked effortlessly on two legs “almost like a man,” but was entirely covered in brown hair. The woman held her son close, but they held no interest for the beast. It ambled across the tracks and disappeared into the woods, leaving the shaken onlookers to continue on their journey.

The last time it was reported to have been seen was on August 4, 1970 by Amos Latrielle, Larry Cormack, and others. They claimed that their group of 27 miners from Cobalt Lode Mine working graveyard was driving down a road when the creature walked across the road in front of them, causing the driver (Latrielle) to lose control and nearly plunge down a rock cut. Latrielle stated that the creature, at first thought to be a bear, had lightish hair reaching down to its shoulders, contrasting with its otherwise dark fur.

"I have heard of this thing before, but never believed it," Latrielle said. "Now I'm not so sure."