Report of strange animal draws Bigfoot hunters (of all things)
Some from as far away as California visit...
By Gay Griesbach GM Today Staff
(Comment: "...the werewolf if real is descriptively a canine, -- Bigfoot DNA on the other hand, tends to put them somewhere in the genus Homo... Bigfoot & Werewolves??? ...apples & oranges..." - More on Wisconsin werewolves HERE ... )
November 16, 2006 -- West Bend, Wisconsin: The jury is still out as to the identity of a large creature spotted near Station Way in the town of Erin on Nov. 9, 2006.
At around 1 a.m., a man contracted to pick up animal carcasses for the state Department of Natural Resources stopped his truck on Highway 167, about a third of a mile east of Station Way to load a deer. As he sat in the cab filling out the necessary paperwork, he felt the truck rock
The incident, which some suggest could have involved Bigfoot, touched off a media frenzy, bringing in hunters from as far away as California.
Bay-area-based Bigfoot hunter Thomas Biscardi visited the site most recently early Wednesday
"We have not found any hair samples or prints that could be cast and analyzed," said Biscardi.
Although they differ when it comes to methods and philosophy, author and researcher Linda Godfrey is also planning to visit the site and has interviewed the man who reported the incident as well as communicating with others that may have seen something unusual in the Washington County area.
Biscardi has been searching for Bigfoot for 33 years and says he has had a half-dozen encounters with the creature.
"It’s a passion. When you get the Bigfoot bug, when you get that close, you think the next one will be it," said Biscardi, who hopes someday to capture a Bigfoot for scientific study.
Godfrey has compiled well over 100 reports of sightings in Wisconsin and Michigan over the past 14 years and has written two books about cryptids - a term used for unknown animals.
She said whatever the creature is; it is certainly shy and elusive.
"I believe it’s quite intelligent and very talented at staying out of sight," said Godfrey, whose studies began when she was a newspaper reporter at The Week, a Walworth County newspaper based in Delevan.
She wrote about an animal that became the title of her first book, "The Beast of Bray Road," about a wolfheaded furry creature.
From that point on, I sort of became creature central," said Godfrey. "Not only for people who found things they couldn’t explain, but the media came to me."
Both Godfrey and Biscardi agree that the man’s story is worth investigating.
"He is a credible person - the sheriff feels the same way - believe me, he wasn’t under the influence," said Biscardi.
"Most witnesses appear to be very credible. Very few turn out to be cranks or pranks," said Godfrey, who encourages people to keep coming forward. "The more that do, the fewer that will have to endure being made fun of. People will understand there is something out there - what I don’t know - but there is something."
"Don’t be surprised to hear of more sightings between now and the 20th of December," said Biscardi, who believes the creature - or creatures - may be migrating to the south.
Godfrey reports on her web site that two men saw a creature cross the road northeast of West Bend on Shalom Drive just off of Highway 144 at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
Biscardi said a man from the town of Merton had an encounter Nov. 13, when something hit the outside of an electrified fence around his a horse corral. Biscardi said if that is the case, the creature is probably long gone. "They move out of an area after been shocked. That thing is 100 miles away by now," said Biscardi. But is the creature migratory? "This time of year, in fall, sightings seem to peak. Like any other large mammal, they are trying to stock up on food for the winter and standing corn gives better cover," said Godfrey, adding that another reason for the increase in sightings may be a growing population in areas that are the creatures habitat. Both Godfrey and Biscardi have claimed encounters with strange animals. While on an investigation in Michigan this past summer Godfrey said she saw something cross the road about 50 yards away from where she stood. "It was just outside the perimeter of lights and through the backlit edge, I saw something vertical crossing the road," said Godfrey. She said whatever it was, it had gray fur, was on two legs and was at least six or seven feet tall. Biscardi’s latest encounter was at Lamar Point, just outside of Paris, Texas. As he headed toward his base camp, he caught sight of something just outside his peripheral vision. "These things move at such a high rate of speed - they move quicker than hell," said Biscardi.
Last week: TOWN OF MERTEN, Waukesha County - Two young boys reportedly saw a "hairy monster" in the woods near their backyard.
TOWN OF FARMINGTON, Washington County Wisconsin - Shalom Drive just off Highway 144 at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to a report on creature researcher Linda Godfrey’s Web site, "It was the size of a large deer but with a large back and shoulders, thick fur, a massive wolf-like head, pointy ears and no tail." They said it "lumbered" across the road showing no concern for their approaching vehicle. The driver got out and looked around but could find no footprints; the creature had disappeared into the woods, according to the report.