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Report # 42150  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Possible footprint and handprint found in Plum Creek Play Meadow - Forest Preserve
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YEAR: 2008

SEASON: Summer


DATE: 22

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Cook County

LOCATION DETAILS: It is located just off of Sauk Trail and Burnham, next to the Indiana border.

NEAREST TOWN: Sauk Village


OBSERVED: I have pictures of a foot print and a hand print that I took in the forest preserve that is on the east side of my town. The foot print in my opinion based on the size of my husband's shoe size would be a man's size 12 shoe. It was taken in July of 2008. The other picture is a hand print and was really large, twice the size of my husbands hand and he has large hands. It was taken in June of 2009. I have found prints over a number of years. These were the clearest.


OTHER WITNESSES: Myself and my daughter and her family when I took the photo of the foot print. My husband when I found the hand print.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: The pictures were taken in the daytime.

ENVIRONMENT: Small forest preserve, with a creek running through it.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone.

In summary:

22nd July 2008 - Possible footprint

Only one footprint was found along a forest trail.
Although her husband was not with her she is familiar with the size of his boot and used that to gauge the size of the footprint.
The footprint was 12" long.
The width was 6" wide at the ball of the foot
Although the witness states that all the toes were visible they do not show up clearly in the photo.

15 June 2009 - Possible hand print

One possible hand print was found in the same area the next summer. The print was approximately 7 to 8 inches in diameter.

The witness had previously submitted another report, see: Report # 42140.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

Stan Courtney can be reached at

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