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COUNTY: Ogle County
NEAREST TOWN: Dixon
NEAREST ROAD: IL Highway 2
OBSERVED: I will try to make this short. I live in Illinois in a rural area, my house is set in the woods and seeing wildlife from the kitchen window is pretty standard. Its middle winter and the visibility into the woods is much better than summer. Anyway its not uncommon to get glimpses of deer running through the woods farther back in the woods at this time of year with the better visibility , although its just that glimpses. So a few days ago in the middle of the day I witnessed some deer running at a rapid pace back in the woods I wasnt able to get a good look at them , but they were running fast , like I said the visibility wasnt great , but I saw what I thought was a larger upright looking animal chasing behind the deer. I jokingly said to my mom who was trying to see what i was watching "its a bigfoot" not really believing that I got a good enough look to concur it was anything. Then today my mom told me she was walking the dog in the woods and found a huge piece of poop with fur in it... I just wanted to pass this info along to you incase it interest you .. I live in gran detour illinois , I searched some sites and in the 70's there were casting of footprints made in the area...contact me with any questions
OTHER STORIES: footprints near lowell park
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Afternoon, Clear, cool with snow on ground.
ENVIRONMENT: The area is rural forested with some rolling hills and farming areas. This area is also located near the Rock River.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Rob Lowery:
March 5, 2010 I contacted the witness by phone. We spoke for approximately 45 minutes. A day was set up to meet at the witness' home to look the area over.
March 14, 2010 I met with him at his home and he showed me the the area of the sighting. The time of the sighting was approximately 1 pm and lasted for approximately 10 seconds. He noticed deer running at a high rate of speed from the NE to SW at approximately 75 to 100 yards from his home. In trail, he noticed this much larger brown bipedal "animal" chasing the deer. Also noticed was the fast fluid gate of this bipedal animal. I asked if it could have been a person flushing the deer, and considering the terrain and the gait and the fact it was keeping up with the deer he was sure it was not a person.
Also noted there are many game trails in the area. The terrain is thick with plenty of dead fall around. The Rock River is within a half mile of this location and heavily wooded with some farming areas nearby.
More information on the casting of footprints found in the area referenced by this witness can be read in our Media Article #598.
I found the witness to be credible and sincere with what he saw.
About BFRO Investigator Rob Lowery:
Rob Lowery is an Inspector in the Fire Service.
- Served 10 years in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Divison.
- Attended the 2009 WI Expedition, 2011 So. IL Expedition