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COUNTY: Cheboygan County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was up a sand hill and in a snow covered field going from one end of the field to the other.
NEAREST TOWN: Tower
NEAREST ROAD: M-68
OBSERVED: Me and my cousin were looking for a place to go coyote hunting and we came into this field and about 3/4 of the way across the field we saw the tracks and there they were, we took pictures of them and the stride was as long as I am tall. I have never seen anything like that in my life.
ALSO NOTICED: No not really
OTHER WITNESSES: My cousin was following me looking for coyote tracks
OTHER STORIES: No I have not.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 2:00pm it was sunny clear skies and about 40degrees
ENVIRONMENT: A field on one side was pine trees and the other side was a ridge of tag alders.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kim Fleming:
Two young men were hunting coyotes SE of Tower, Michigan when they came upon tracks in the snow with strides of five to six feet between each print. A total of about three to four dozen tracks were seen. The witnessí tracks are seen along side the unknown tracks in the following photos. He wears a size twelve boot and the tracks were fourteen to fifteen inches long, six to seven inches wide.
There was a light, fluffy snow that fell early in the morning and the witness believes the tracks were made the previous night, sometime before the new snowfall. January was a weird month for us as far as snow goes. We had a lot of snow and then it melted - and then we had a lot more fall. The snow that the tracks were made in was a heavier, wetter snow than the "fluff " that fell early in the morning on this day. Thus, in my experience, the way the snow is covering the prints does not look unusual to me at all.
When I asked the witness if he thought the tracks could have been made by any other kind of animal he responded with the thought that they could have been made by a running deer or elk because of the length of the stride (5 -6 ft), but then he saw the outline of the toes. Its the toes that is causing him trouble....He didn't really believe bigfoots were real before, but now he has no explanation for the toes.
Also, the tracks were coming from the local Pigeon River nature preserve which is a protected area for elk. This area is prime Bigfoot habitat, miles and miles of dense forests, lakes and rivers.
Both men were taken off guard and became frightened at the thought that there actually could be something so large in the area. They left shortly after coming upon the tracks and the witness said, "I've been in the woods my whole life and never seen anything like that! I've seen and hunted bear and I've seen cougar in the wild, but I have never been so afraid!" This experience caught the witness off guard and he said he still gets goose bumps when he thinks about the tracks he found that day. I could hear a quiver in his voice and he explained that talking about it brings the fear back up. He described it as "tremendous fear".
About BFRO Investigator Kim Fleming:
Kim is a high school science teacher and uses Bigfoot research techniques to teach about scientific method. She has been interested in researching Bigfoot since 2008 and her husband experienced a sighting in Florida in 1976. Her interests include hiking, being outdoors, birding and working with young adults. Kim attended the 2012 and 2013 Michigan UP expedition and has done research in northern Michigan.