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COUNTY: Itasca County
LOCATION DETAILS: Fishing resort on lake, very isolated. Grand Rapids MN. go north on HWY 6, turn left on CR.49 2 miles on left.
NEAREST TOWN: Bigfork
NEAREST ROAD: HWY 6
OBSERVED: Tracks in the snow,7 feet apart 16 inches long and 8 inches wide. Have several pictures approximately half a mile of tracks.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing unusual
OTHER WITNESSES: No witnesses only pictures.
OTHER STORIES: Several sightings have been reported in this area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: tracks made at night, snow and cold.
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded fishing resort on Hatch Lake
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Robert Barhite:
On March 18 I interviewed Bill. The pictures were taken by his friend in Minnesota near a small, isolated resorted where they had stayed the previous fall. The track line came across the lake, from east to west, in 1.5 feet deep snow and was about 1/2 mile in length across the lake. The trail line then came ashore, went up to and around a cabin and through the woods:
The trail line then proceeded south towards Turtle Lake Road, and as it neared the road the creature appeared to jump the embankment and up onto the road, and the trail disappeared on the road. The trackbed itself was about 1/2 mile long in total length. Individual toe indentations were clearly visible in the footprints:
Bill stated that there had been other reports in the area throughout the fall and winter including a sighting near his cabin, and several possible sightings near Marcell, Minnesota this fall including an incident where there was a sighting near town, then a short time later a sighting on a highway a short distance from town.
About BFRO Investigator Robert Barhite:
A native of far northeast Iowa, Robert has always had an intense interest in Bigfoot and exploring the great outdoors.
His first expedition was the 2012 BFRO Iowa Hill Country Expedition He the 2013 Iowa Big River Expedition, 2013 Oregon Cascades Expedition, 2013 Michigan Upper Peninsula Expedition, 2014 and 2015 Wisconsin Expeditions, 2014 Iowa Expedition, and the 2015 Iowa Spring Expedition. Since 2012 Robert has participated in several private expeditions in Iowa and in Wisconsin. In addition to expeditions, he has conducted numerous solo research trips in Iowa and Wisconsin throughout 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. And for the last two years has been a guest lecturer at the request of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Robert led the 2016 Iowa Spring Expedition and is assisting with the 2016 Iowa Fall Expedition and is scouting locations across North America for 2017 expeditions, and continues to monitor activity in a long-term study location in the Midwest.
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