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COUNTY: Luce County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was very close to what is now Oswald's bear ranch. He did not have the huge fenced facility that is present today. He was however actively feeding many black bears in the area.
NEAREST TOWN: 15 Miles north of Newberry, MI.
NEAREST ROAD: On H37
OBSERVED: During the summer of 1986, my two friends and I were 16 years old and had aquired a bottle of home made apple wine. We needed a place to consume said contraband without the prying eyes of the local police department that knew my two friends quite well. We decided to drive north of Newberry to park on an old logging trail near Pine Stump Junction. The three of us shared the one bottle. It was not enough to get us drunk, but provided a slight buzz. When our buzz had wore off, we started back for town. It was around 10 pm and was quite dark when we were driving south on H37. We were rounding a left hand curve in the road when our headlights shined onto a large black creature. It was hunched down, kneeling over some roadkill. It was on the white line on the right side of the road and facing the right ditch, so it was broadside to us. When our headlights shined on it, still in the crouched, kneeling position it turned and looked at us. It stood on its hind legs and with two large steps, it disappeared into the woods as we passed at about 45 mph. It was about 7 to 8 feet tall, covered in black fur from head to toe. The face was flat like that of an ape, not like a snout of a bear. I'm not proud to say this, but all three of us screamed like girls when we saw it. We did not stop. We rode in stunned silence for awhile, then I asked if we were going to report this. My two delinquent friends agreed that we could not share the sighting with anyone. They would ask what were we doing up there and then find out about the stolen wine. I kept this sighting secret for all these years. When I saw on Fox news that your organization was going into Marquette, MI, I found this web site. I am thankful that I can finally share my story.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the road kill it was kneeling over.
OTHER WITNESSES: It was witnessed by my 2 best friends. They had both had brushes with the law, hence their reluctance to make any sort of report.
OTHER STORIES: After I recently shared my story with my family, my sister said she saw something in the same area, but in the winter time. My sister, her husband, and my parents were driving to the bar at Pine Stump Junction in the early evening. It was just getting dusk and they were engrossed with their conversation when a large black creature stood up on the shoulder of the road just passed the snow bank as they passed. It was just a fleeting glimpse, but she knew it was not a bear. She never shared her story until I shared mine.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The sighting was around 10 pm and it was dark out.
ENVIRONMENT: The sighting took place right on H37. There were woods on both sides of the road. The area is heavily wooded with many small lakes and bogs.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to the witness by phone, who was sincere and truthful about what he seen that night. The creature they seen was only visible for about 3-4 seconds (it felt much longer to the witness), starting when it was illuminated in their headlights, until it walked into the forest. It was initially crouched on its heels, inspecting roadkill on the side of the road. It turned a little bit and looked at them, then with an 'easy, smooth' movement, it rose up and took two large steps into the forest. They didn't stop the car to inspect the area further. The creature was extremely large, with black hair all over its body.
Recently the witness found out his sister and her husband had a sighting a few years after his on the same road near this area. This sighting occurred in the winter, with 3-4 foot snowbanks on either side of the road. A large, black-haired creature had stood up behind one of these snowbanks when they drove by, and they insisted it wasn't a bear.
This area is in Lake Superior State Forest.
About BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
Eric Lester is a medical professional and has been investigating possible Sasquatch sightings since 2004.
BFRO expeditions include:
- 2005 CA Redwoods Expedition
- 2006 Ohio Expedition
- 2006 Wisconsin II Expedition
- 2006 West Virginia Expedition (Pocahontas County)
- 2007 Michigan UP, Utah, Arkansas
- 2008 Texas, W. Virginia, Michigan U.P.
- 2009 Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan U.P., Oklahoma
- 2010 private expeditions in Illinois/Iowa
- 2011 Minnesota, private expeditions in Illinois/Iowa
- 2012 private expeditions in Indiana/Iowa
- 2013 private expeditions in Indiana
- 2014 Iowa, Kentucky expeditions
- 2016 Iowa expedition