For hundreds of years, sightings of a strange creature have been reported in Loch Ness in Scotland. In
our Pacific Northwest a land animal that has become known as “Bigfoot”
or “Sasquatch” has been sighted by many reputable people. In the
Himalayan mountains this same animal is known as “Yeti” or the
“abominable snowman” after the terrible odor he is said to emit. In
1987 a lighthearted movie called “Harry and the Hendersons” was made
about an “abominable snowman.” But were you aware that just 30 miles north of Sheboygan just such a sighting occurred?
Back in the late 1930s it was reported that about
dusk one warm summerevening, two young boys were walking along a
railroad right-of-way when they stated they heard a fearsome roar or
scream quite unlike anything they had ever heard before. Just a short
time later they saw what they described as a large hair-covered
man-like creature in the brush nearby. The
boys said the “thing” was light colored but very dirty and walked
upright. Not wishing to get to know the frightful oddity anybetter,
the boys rapidly departed the scene.As for
large sea monster type animals, there have been reports of strange
creatures seen in Lake Michigan as far back as the early 1800s.
Indians also had many stories in their folk lore of what they referred
to as sprit creatures, which they claimed to have sighted in many small
lakes around Wisconsin.One of these
strange sighting occurred right here in Sheboygan County; in fact, it
was said to havehappened at Elkhart Lake in the early 1900s. As
the story goes, a local fisherman put out a set line, which is a long
fish line with many hooks which is anchored to the bottom and fastened
to a post or tree on shore. In this case the fisherman had fastened his
set line to a post that was part of a small pier jutting out into the
lake. After setting his fish line, the
fisherman returned home with the intention of returning the next day to
pull up the line and retrieve any fish he may have caught. Early
the next morning, the fisherman returned to his set line and as he
tried to pull it in, he apparently had caught a very large fish, as he
found it very difficult to pull in the line. After great effort was
expended he finally was about to pull whatever was on the line close to
the dock. Suddenly the unknown creature
gave tremendous pull in the opposite direction. Catchingthefishe......
Armed with binoculars, video cameras, sound recorders and thermal imaging equipment, expedition members will today plunge deep into the woods of northern Michigan on a mission to silence cynics and rewrite zoology textbooks. With their lenses poised and notebooks at the ready, the 50-strong team of investigators will scour the wilderness in search of one of the world's most elusive creatures. Twigs will be examined for snagged clumps of fur, the forest floor scrutinised for footprints and steaming clues. At times, the intrepid researchers will simply stand silently among the trees with their microphones held high, hoping to capture a chilling but special sound - the howl of the Sasquatch. Also known as Bigfoot - the North American cousinof the Himalayan Yeti, or Abominable Snowman - reported sightings of the ape-like Sasquatch since the mid-19th century have been largely dismissed by mainstream scientists as a figment of folklore and overactive imaginations.
But Matthew Moneymaker, the head of America's Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation (BFRO), is adamant that there is something out there. He will today lead disciples on a three-day quest for proof that such acreature lives.
. "I know they exist, I've seen them. I had one about 15 feet away from me once," says Moneymaker, who in 2002 created a stir by taking a plaster cast of what some scientists speculated could be an imprint of a Sasquatch's forearm, hip, thigh and heel, after it supposedly lay down next to a muddy puddle in Washington State to retrieve a piece of fruit. Despite purportedly standing up to 10 feet (3 metres) tall and weighing more than 500lb (227kg),Sasquatches have proved camera shy through the decades, their alleged existence recorded only by footprints, scientifically uncorroborated reports, claims of unearthly howls emanating from American marshlands, and the occasional fuzzy photograph. Brief film footage shot in 1967 by Bigfoot hunters Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, appearing to show a tall hairy primate lolloping beside a creek in California, was for decades considered by advocates as proof that the Sasquatch was more than just a myth. Grover Krantz, a respected professor of anthropology at Washington State University at that time, said he was convinced that the footage showed a surviving example of Gigantopithecus, a giant ape that first walked the earth five million years ago. But subsequent testimony from a costume designer, 35 years after the sighting, claiming that he had sold an ape suit to Patterson shortly before the incident, andafur......
. It's happening all over," Hajicek said.
Journal-sponsored DNA tests ultimately confirmed the body was that of a
dog - not, as many believed, a Chupacabra, werewolf, extraterrestrial
or mythological bogeyman from American Indian folklore - Whitewolf
Entertainment came to Maine last winter to film a segment on the Turner
beast maelstrom and the local legend that fed it.
It helped that there was a body.
"Turner is the hub of the
(Mutant Canines) show. The reason is it's one of the cases we can apply
science to, and that's why it's important," Hajicek said.
During the weeklong shoot
in Turner, crews talked with area believers, skeptics and scientists.
Sun Journal reporter Mark LaFlamme, who wrote the Turner beast stories,
and Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout were also interviewed.
"I simply told them it was
nothing morethan a dog,"Str......
. He said he once
found an old nest Bigfoot may have used.
Raygoza's interest in
Bigfoot dates back to his senior year at Riverdale High School, when he
read a newspaper article about a 17-year-old student in the Bay Area
planning a Bigfoot hunting expedition.
"I thought, Wow. What a boldthing to do,' " Raygoza said.
Then, 14 years ago, while
camping with a friend in the Sierra east of Fresno, Raygoza came across
17-inch footprints he could not identify. A science teacher at the
time, Raygoza was hooked on tracking Bigfoot.
But he found no further evidence for 10 years: "I was really beginning to believe there was no such thing."
A chance meeting with a man
in Coarsegold, Calif., at a gold-panning exhibit four years ago piqued
his interest again. The man, an American Indian, said Bigfoot roamed an
area near an old sweat lodge in Sequoia National Forest. He told
Raygoza: "If you go there, you'll find what you are looking for."
Raygoza and a friend made a
trip to the location and found several sets of tracks Raygoza thinks
were from Bigfoot. Over the pastfouryears......