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COUNTY: Gallatin County
LOCATION DETAILS: One (1) mile from the Trail Creek trail head.
NEAREST TOWN: Between Bozeman and Livingston
NEAREST ROAD: Trail Creek Road off I-90
OBSERVED: Saw very large humanoid footprints (two) in the hiking trail. The striking feature was the toe imprints -- very clear and pronounced. Photos available upon request.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing unusual noted. We were very aware of our surroundings anyway due to the fact that we identified wolf and moose tracks on the trail. We were also concerned about bears, given the time of year.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two witnesses hiking on the trail.
OTHER STORIES: Nothing recent.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4:00 pm in perfect light. Clear weather but signs of earlier rain as parts of the trail were quite muddy.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest / alpine meadow on the ridge above the creek in an area highly traveled by wolves, elk and moose as evidenced by tracks on the same trail as the humanoid footprints found. Elevation: approx. 6000 feet.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tom Brodhead:
6/18/16 - met with witness and husband at trailhead. She explained that they like to hike and identify animal prints. They were about a mile from trailhead and saw big prints. Stopped and tried to identify tracks using track identifier software on phone. Nothing matched, they looked at each other, and both thought Bigfoot. She then took pictures. The prints were a left and right print of two separate individuals. They trail is hardpack but both prints were on side of trail in soft ground. Photos of the tracks:
We headed up trail, found location, but tracks had been washed out in recent heavy rains. There were numerous animal tracks including deer, wolf, etc. but no more large tracks.
This was an older couple who were curious about what they had found and came across as sincere and honest.
About BFRO Investigator Tom Brodhead:
I grew up in the Catskills in NY fishing and camping. My interest in Bigfoot started when I read a story in Boy's Life at a young age. I followed the saga unfolding in the PNW through the 60's and 70's reading Peter Byrne, John Greene, and any other books I could find. I spent 30 years as a construction engineer and when I retired moved to MT with my wife Alexis. Attended my first BFRO expeditions in WA and OR in 2014 and the OR BFRO expedition in 2015 along with several private expeditions in OR. Also attended the May 2015 Olympic Project public expedition. I found myself learning something new on each one and meeting a diverse group of people helped me to understand the creature's habits a little more each time. I also attended the Sasquatch Summit and met some of the luminaries of the Bigfoot world including Bob Gimlin which was one of my goals since the Patterson film first aired.