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COUNTY: Sawyer County
LOCATION DETAILS: Campground near Loretta. Research area is the nearby Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest off Hwy 17 going north. [45.88446, -90.845198]
NEAREST TOWN: Loretta
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 17
I live in Wausau, Wisconsin and have been interested in Sasquatch my entire life. I have been a hunter for 44 years and know sounds, footprints and behavior of just about every creature in Wisconsin. I have always wanted to become involved in actively looking for Sasquatch. In 2015 I started researching sightings and incidents in Wisconsin and discovered the northern third of the state had many reports in Phillips, Prentice and Price counties and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
My husband is also interested, so we decided to research areas of some of reported sightings. We spent a great deal of time walking around in the Chequamegon Forest off Hwy 17 near Winter, Wisconsin. We documented our findings using video cams and photographs.
I have a photo of what I believe is a Sasquatch print in the forest near some tree bends and a small ground glyph that was about five yards from the print. A year later we discovered that the glyph had been modified with additional sticks and limbs. We have photographs of tree bends and breaks and trees woven together that no human could manage and since 2015 have actively returned to the same areas of the forest to see if there are changes or anything new. I have also had a response to a wood knock that I did in the summer of 2018 - the area of the return knock is in an area that has no homes, roads or trails.
Beginning in 2016 my oldest sister, my daughter and I decided to set up camp near Loretta, and each summer we would spend time camped and actively researching, and have many photographs. On June 6-9, 2019 we once again set up our camp in the same campground but in a different site that we had not used before, at the end of the row on the southwest side of the camp. There is nothing for miles behind that spot. We did not see anything unusual when we hiked the Chequamegon earlier in the day, but on our last night a bear walked through our campsite just before dark so we decided to hit the bunks early. It was around 10-10:30pm when I heard a rustling around the camper (itís a modified camper with a deck that has a zipper tent extending from the camper with a tarp material around the bottom). The creature was crinkling and fiddling around with the bottom portion of the extended porch and making the tarp "crackle." I thought the bear had returned and was rustling around camp and expected the camp to be destroyed the next morning. This noise went on for about half an hour and then it stopped. My daughter and sister were asleep.
Less than a 30 minutes later a handful of rocks hit the side of the camper followed by three more rounds of rocks and finally a larger rock hit the camper roof. This woke my sister, who sleeps with ear plugs. She later said she does not know why she woke, but I believe it was the sound of the big rock hitting above her head. By then my daughter was awake as well. It was quiet the rest of the night. The next morning when it was light I bailed out of the camper expecting to see a ripped up camp but all was as pristine.
The first morning at the camp my daughter set up a hammock behind and slightly to the side of the back of the camper and when she was taking it down she found a rock in the hammock. My theory is that whatever threw rocks had to lob them over her hammock and one either bounced back and fell into the hammock or pinged off the tree and landed in the hammock. We were the only campers in the campground except for a man that came in with his rig. He left the next morning.
ALSO NOTICED: Many areas have tree bends, twists, a possible footprint all in the Chequamegon forest just east and north of the campground where the rock throwing incident occurred.
OTHER WITNESSES: Rock throwing was witnessed by me, two others were woke from the noise.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, included in the "background" section of the narrative above.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: After dark, 10-10:30pm
ENVIRONMENT: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator B Breedlove:
The witness was credible, and this is definitely the type of topography and food sources that could support a large creature such as a Sasquatch. There have been numerous reports of activity in North Central Wisconsin.
The witness also shared pictures of noteworthy tree structures and ground glyphs nearby. The footprint was less conclusive. It is unfortunate that the witness did not have casting material as photos do not always provide the needed detail.
While a bear could have been responsible for the rustling, only a Sasquatch or a human have the opposable thumbs required to hurl rocks. There was only one other human in the camp. Unauthorized human visitors could also be suspect, but it is widely known that gun carry permits are the rule, not the exception, so a human hurling rocks wold likely know they would be endangering their life.
It is noteworthy that the campers did not have interaction until they set up in the most remote part of the camp. It was easy approach for a Sasquatch out of the woods, perhaps feeling the campers were intruding too deeply upon his/her territory.
About BFRO Investigator B Breedlove:
B Breedlove is recently retired. He spent the majority of his career working as a trainer for various companies.