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Michigan Bigfoot report and data

I am posting a face book page dedicated to my personal friend and fellow researcher. His name is Val and  he posts daily reports of Bigfoot activity from all over. He has had a Bigfoot sighting himself a few years back. And when I interviewed him he had mentioned that this sighting was a ” Life changing event”.  So let me introduce my friend.

My Introduction
Hello, my name is Val, and this my introduction: I am the Gumshoguy. I am not a Bigfoot expert friends. I am a Bigfoot data-miner and researcher though. Some people mine for gold and other precious metals. Me, I mine for information and details. I am a data-miner.
I have one largest active Michigan Bigfoot databases in Michigan with over 1,560 reports from as early as 1700 to present. It is my hope and wish to preserve it for the ages in a book in the near future. Let me start by saying thank you for allowing me to join you in fellowship and your friendship. I treasure that more than gold. I personally thank you for the invite. I am here to here to network, share and exchange ideas and to simply offer my own encounter to share.
This is my Introduction you. First of all, thank you for joining us with your friendship. I am not a Bigfoot expert friends, if you’re looking for expert there are plenty Bigfoot experts just go ask them. Michigan Bigfoot Report and Data: Gumshoguy’s Corner is a Bigfoot Sasquatch and cryptid FB group site. My friend and partner to this group site is Dave Dominque. He comes with an unmatched credentials and impressive background, but I’ll let him share that if he wishes. Personally, I have as many have noticed this (my group site)is primarily a Michigan dedicated group, but I like diversity and all are welcome and invited from the Bigfoot community too. I retired in 2012 and brought my skills and experience to bear from my professional career to this topic subject with a new found passion.
My Personal Encounter
On a hot humid Michigan day, July 2014 I had my own encounter that shook me to my core and seared itself into my memory forever. I am not a Bigfoot expert nor am I a Bigfoot Researcher but I am a data miner. I am an eight-year retired law enforcement officer and a formerly licensed private investigator. I worked with federal, state, county and city agencies. I graduated Central Michigan University in Michigan. I served honorably in the military and retired in good standing. I don’t sell books, t-shirts, tickets or my grandmothers socks either. I’m not here to pull anyone’s chain. Nobody has ever paid me a dime to speak about Bigfoots. I do it because it is my passion. I go out on hikes with my friends from across southeast Michigan who are Bigfoot researchers and enjoy the camaraderie. Some people mine for gold and other precious metals. Me, I mine for information and details. I am a data-miner. I have one largest active Michigan Bigfoot databases in Michigan with over 1,560 reports from as early as 1700 to present with over 116 datapoints. It is my hope and wish to preserve it for the ages in a book in the near future. It is my goal to encourage others report their sightings and encounters.

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Bigfoot Culture and Belief of Sasquatch in the United States
The word ‘Sasquatch’ itself comes from the word “Sesquac”, which in the Halkomelem language of the Coast Salish Indians means “wild man”. The Coast Salish Indians originally lived in the Fraser Valley and other parts of the American northwest, including parts of Canada.
However, the concept of an ape-like man is prevalent in Native American legends across the entire North American Continent, and even in native populations around the world.
In total, the Native American tribes of North America have more than sixty different names for Sasquatch. The word ‘Bigfoot’ was coined in the late 1950s by the media when a man discovered large footprints in the mud near Bluff Creek in northern California. While the prints were disclosed to be a hoax in the early 21st century, the term stuck, and gave rise to the modern belief, interpretation and quest for Bigfoot.
Experts estimate that there are around 2,000-6,000 Bigfoots within the United States and Canada (excluding Hawaii).
Note: For the record these are not my estimates..
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When Bigfoot takes to water

When Bigfoot Takes to the Water
Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern, September 26, 2019
When the matter of Bigfoot surfaces, we almost always think of large, lumbering creatures roaming deep in the heart of ancient forests. There are, however, a number of cases on record in which the Bigfoot creatures have been seen swimming in the waters of lakes and rivers. And, it seems, they may very well be quite skilled swimmers, too. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy say: “Swimming must be examined alongside the terrestrial gait of the wood ape since it appears to be an important means of locomotion throughout the range of this species in North America, especially on the west coast. Circumstantial evidence, such as reports of the presence of wood apes on small islands off the coast of British Columbia, has suggested they swim. Observations of wood apes actually swimming have confirmed this.”
Lisa Shiel, who has had personal interactions with Bigfoot, has uncovered an example of Bigfoot in the water from the 19th century. She outlines the story: “In the 1830s, reports emerged from the area around Fish Lake, Indiana, of a four-foot-tall ‘wild child’ loitering in the vicinity – and swimming in the lake.” Shiel continues: “In another incident that took place in September 1967, a fisherman casting his net on the delta of the Nooksack River in Washington State felt something tug on his net. A moment later something began dragging his net upstream. When he shined his flashlight at the thief, he saw a hairy hominid in the river hauling in the net.”
Bears swim. Why not Bigfoot?
A third case comes from the people who run the website, Today in Bigfoot History! They state: “William Drexler’s campsite overlooked Phantom Ship Island. He had just finished his sausage and egg breakfast and was smoking his morning pipe, just looking out over Crater Lake. That is when he noticed something moving on Phantom Ship Island.” For those who may be wondering, Phantom Ship Island is a small, craggy island on Crater Lake that takes its name from its “ghost-ship”-like appearance, which is particularly noticeable when the mist hovers low and thick. The story continues: “Drexler got out his binoculars. It took him a minute or two before he was able to get a good bead on the moving figure. What Drexler saw was a brownish grey Bigfoot, obviously soaking wet, stretching out on some rocks near the water’s edge. The creature was luxuriated. Drexler watched the creature for awhile lounge in the sun. Then after a bit the Bigfoot climbed to the other side of the island and Drexler lost sight of it.”
One of the most fascinating examples originated near Ketchikan, Alaska, at some point around the turn of the 1960s. It was a story provided to the investigator, John Green. The story had a bit of a “friend of a friend” aspect to it, but that makes it no less fascinating. It revolved around a young boy named Errol, who, on one particular night, was out fishing with his father, when his flashlight illuminated something terrifying standing in the water: a large, humanoid creature, but one which was clearly not human, staring intently at him. Not surprisingly, the boy screamed at the top of his lungs and fled for his life. A posse of men came running, just in time to illuminate the dark waters with their flashlights, and who saw to their astonishment the huge beast dive into the water and start swimming “like a frog,” before vanishing from view, as it plunged ever deeper into the depths. In moments, it was gone – demonstrating its skills as a powerful, fast swimmer.
Can Bigfoot do the backstroke?
There have been sightings of swimming Bigfoot in Texas, too. Rob Riggs, who deeply studied reports of the creatures in and around the Big Thicket are of the Lone Star State, told of one particularly notable case of a watery Sasquatch: “John’s family home is on the edge of the Trinity River swamps near Dayton. One night he heard a disturbance on the porch where he kept a pen of rabbits. He investigated just in time to see a large, dark form make off with rabbit in hand. John impulsively followed in hot pursuit, staying close enough to hear the rabbit squeal continuously.” John was able to close in on the creature, and to a point where he witnessed something amazing occur, as Riggs reveals: “Standing on the high bank in the moonlight he watched dumb-struck as what looked like a huge ape-like animal swam to the other side of the river, easily negotiating the strong current, and never letting go of the rabbit.”
In March 2007, the “Goldie E.” family told of swimming Bigfoot around Trinidad, California. Rather bizarrely, the creatures were reportedly seen swimming alongside sea-lions, as they negotiated the waters from Trinidad Head Rock to Flat Iron Rock! The biting, cold waters apparently affected the Bigfoot not a bit.
Source: Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern, September 26, 2019, https://mysteriousuniverse.org/…/when-bigfoot-takes-to…/
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Early Native American Lore

This post was kindly sent into me by a gentleman named Thomas Phelps, who has a back ground in history. I appreciate his contribution.

 

 

A book by Andrew Blackbird titled, History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan (first published in 1887, but available on Scribd), has a legend story in Chapter 3 of the “earliest possible history” of Mackinaw Island and its inhabitants. As the story goes, the Ottawa (Odawa) came upon the island already occupied by a small band of Indians, who in turn consolidated with the Ottawa. A subsequent fight with Seneca (Iroquois) left only two ‘Ottawa’ survivors, a man and a woman, who escaped into the deepest wild and raised children, shunning civilization. It is believed:

“That is, they can be seen and unseen just as they see fit to be; and sometimes they simply manifest themselves as being present by throwing a club or a stone at a person walking in solitude, or by striking a dog belonging to the person walking; and sometimes by throwing a club at the lodge, night and day, or hearing their footsteps walking around the wigwam when the Indians would be camping out in an unsettled part of the country, and the dogs would bark, just as they would at any strange person approaching the door. And sometimes they would be tracked on snow by hunters, and if followed on their track, however recently passed, they could never be overtaken. Sometimes when an Indian would be hunting or walking in solitude, he would suddenly be seized with an unearthly fright, terribly awe stricken, apprehending some great evil. He feels very peculiar sensation from head to foot–the hair on his head stand and feeling like stiff porcupine quill. He feels benumbed with fright, and yet does not know what it is; and looking in every direction to see something, but nothing to be seen which might cause sensation of terror.”

The Ottawa call it “Paw-gwa-tchaw-nish-nah-boy,” or “wild roaming supernatural being.” This story caught my attention for the description contained within, which happens to be very similar to reports of Sasquatch behaviors experienced during encounters. I have never seen Blackbird’s accounting of Ottawa legend mentioned as a possible historical Sasquatch tale, but I think by the description it should be included.

Bigfoot in Michigan’s History

Another great report from my friend Gumshoe.

Michigan has a long and rich history of Sasquatches. In fact, the earliest mention of this strangely beast goes back to 1631 long before the French traders would ply the land and missionaries navigated through the settled waters of the Detroit River. Michigan became the 26th state when it gained its statehood more t
Michigan has a long and rich history of Sasquatches. In fact, the earliest mention of this strangely beast goes back to 1631 long before the French traders would ply the land and missionaries navigated through the settled waters of the Detroit River. Michigan became the 26th state when it gained its statehood more than a dozen years after the War of 1612.

Missionaries, fur traders and British and American combatants both wrote about encounters and sightings too. Nearly each since the state became settled there had been singular reports of Sasquatches around the state and in each county.

Most years passed with ‘no’ reports, or a single or two reports in a single year but all of that changed in 1950 when six separate reports and recorded. The lowly precedent all changed in 1962 when twelve Bigfoot reports taken that year. In the next three years, there would of sorts and 41 reports would and the public would have their first real awareness of the strange and illusive animal spotted around the region leaving the public and authorities to deal with the mystery.

The next greatest leap in reported activity occurred in 1978 when there were 46 reports that year surpassing the previous four-year jump that 41 reports over a four-year time period.

In 2006, 28 years later the number of reported Sasquatch (Bigfoot) nearly doubled at 87.

Today there are 1,376 Michigan reports to date.

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Other information gleaned from the data:

There were 92 reports of encounters close enough to detail eye color. The overwhelming majority of colors mentioned were red, closely followed by yellow eyes.

There were 28 instances of extraordinarily tall, “Extreme Height” Bigfoots 10 feet or taller.

17 at 10 feet
5 at 11 feet
5 at 12 feet
1 at 16 feet

Colors of Sasquatch ranged from Black, Brown, Blonde, Grey, and White and all variation thereof.

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The most active time period are the hours between 7:00PM and 12:00AM midnight.

In springtime May is the peak time of year. July is the most active month of the year during summer months. During the “fall” season from the autumnal equinox period forward November is most active and February is the busiest wintertime month of the season in Michigan.

Of all four seasons the two most active are Summer and Fall, respectively.

To recap, the dawning age of Bigfoot’s march into Michigan’s long history began during the early to mid-1960s and steadily grew and peaked in 2006.

MAIN ACTIVITY GROUPS:

Boaters 29
Camping 215
Farming 141
Fishing 41
Hiking 443
Hunting 260
Motorist 247

Residence 383

1. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Abandoned Houses, Barns, Vehicles 24
Bridges 20
Caves 6
Cemeteries 9
Ditches 18
Going Bathroom 6

Swamps 252

2. SUB-GROUPINGS:

All Fours 38
Tree Breaks 207
Tree and Car Shaking 28
Watching Kids 60
Wearing Clothes 4

Window Peeping 56

3. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Extreme Heights 10 ft. or greater 28
Multiple Animals 76

4. SUB-GROUPINGS:

BF Nest 14
BF Poop 12
Odor 140
Stick Formation 35
Tracks 214
Vocals 450

Wood Knocks 64

5. SUB-GROUPINGS:

LEO 140
Military 12

Other Govt. Agency 57

7. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Aggression 184

Chasing 47
Climbing Trees or Roofs 20
Damage Property 41
Gunfire 20
House Pounding 42
Stalking 54
Stolen Food 26
Stolen Property
Throwing Objects 65
han a dozen years after the War of 1612.

Missionaries, fur traders and British and American combatants both wrote about encounters and sightings too. Nearly each since the state became settled there had been singular reports of Sasquatches around the state and in each county.

Most years passed with ‘no’ reports, or a single or two reports in a single year but all of that changed in 1950 when six separate reports and recorded. The lowly precedent all changed in 1962 when twelve Bigfoot reports taken that year. In the next three years, there would of sorts and 41 reports would and the public would have their first real awareness of the strange and illusive animal spotted around the region leaving the public and authorities to deal with the mystery.

The next greatest leap in reported activity occurred in 1978 when there were 46 reports that year surpassing the previous four-year jump that 41 reports over a four-year time period.

In 2006, 28 years later the number of reported Sasquatch (Bigfoot) nearly doubled at 87.

Today there are 1,376 Michigan reports to date.

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Other information gleaned from the data:

There were 92 reports of encounters close enough to detail eye color. The overwhelming majority of colors mentioned were red, closely followed by yellow eyes.

There were 28 instances of extraordinarily tall, “Extreme Height” Bigfoots 10 feet or taller.

17 at 10 feet
5 at 11 feet
5 at 12 feet
1 at 16 feet

Colors of Sasquatch ranged from Black, Brown, Blonde, Grey, and White and all variation thereof.

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The most active time period are the hours between 7:00PM and 12:00AM midnight.

In springtime May is the peak time of year. July is the most active month of the year during summer months. During the “fall” season from the autumnal equinox period forward November is most active and February is the busiest wintertime month of the season in Michigan.

Of all four seasons the two most active are Summer and Fall, respectively.

To recap, the dawning age of Bigfoot’s march into Michigan’s long history began during the early to mid-1960s and steadily grew and peaked in 2006.

MAIN ACTIVITY GROUPS:

Boaters 29
Camping 215
Farming 141
Fishing 41
Hiking 443
Hunting 260
Motorist 247

Residence 383

1. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Abandoned Houses, Barns, Vehicles 24
Bridges 20
Caves 6
Cemeteries 9
Ditches 18
Going Bathroom 6

Swamps 252

2. SUB-GROUPINGS:

All Fours 38
Tree Breaks 207
Tree and Car Shaking 28
Watching Kids 60
Wearing Clothes 4

Window Peeping 56

3. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Extreme Heights 10 ft. or greater 28
Multiple Animals 76

4. SUB-GROUPINGS:

BF Nest 14
BF Poop 12
Odor 140
Stick Formation 35
Tracks 214
Vocals 450

Wood Knocks 64

5. SUB-GROUPINGS:

LEO 140
Military 12

Other Govt. Agency 57

7. SUB-GROUPINGS:

Aggression 184

Chasing 47
Climbing Trees or Roofs 20
Damage Property 41
Gunfire 20
House Pounding 42
Stalking 54
Stolen Food 26
Stolen Property
Throwing Objects 65

Bigfoot in your back yard?

From Gum shoe guy:

 

Urban, Suburban and Rural Bigfoot

Think of it like wheel with and hub, and spokes that reach out in all directions around the center of Detroit. There are roughly 4.75 – 5. 75 million in the greater metropolitan Detroit area of southeast Michigan consisting of six primary and four secondary counties making up a region referred to as southeast Michigan according to (MSA) Michigan statistical areas studies.

Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair and Lapeer

Washtenaw, Lenawee, Genesee and Monroe

Together in all, the ten immediate counties are identified as making up the most populated Detroit metropolitan areas in southeast Michigan had 244 Bigfoot sightings or encounters – is the same area where between 4.75 and 5. 75 million people call home or half of the state’s 10 million people live. If Sasquatches were not comfortable around people per se how does one explain that?

The obvious answer is that Bigfoot live and thrive on the peripherals or fringes of human society and development and you don’t even know it.

A Bigfoot story

Jake and the Bigfoot
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In the big darkened woods on a warm moonlit night
He ran behind trees and dodged all the light
The sounds of the night sent chills up his spine
What could he be hearing? What would he find?
The silence was broken by twigs under foot
He hid in the darkness. Should he dare look?
Something approached as he lifted his head
Wide eyed and mouth open, Jake’s heart filled with dread
He fought six year old fear and six year old pride
As he stood toe to toe and swore not to cry
Feet bigger than dad’s and wearing no clothes
Hairy all over, he looked down his nose
At a six year old boy with widened blue eyes
Looking up at this creature. Jake soon realized
This was a Big Foot! It wasn’t a man!
He wasn’t afraid, He took his big hand
He stared in his eyes for what seemed like days
Although never speaking, he shared Big Foot ways.
He could hear in his mind, all the things Big Foot thought
Revealing what he was…….and what he was NOT!
This gentle creation that held Jake’s small hand
Told of his family and how they lived off the land
The experiences, work and games that they played
His home and the forest and friends he had made
Appearing before certain people at times
That understand Mother Nature and God’s awesome signs
The chosen humanity are different than most
The others never see us. Never allowed too close
You’re soft hearted, caring, considerate boy
Brimming with love with a heart full of joy
Jake felt his six year old heart swell with love
For his big footed friend who towered above
He led him past trees where the others awaited
Jake couldn’t believe what God had created
Now running and playing and laughing so free
Experiencing wondrous infinite beauty
But as time passed, they wandered away
Having so much to do, they were done with their play
His big footed friend led him back the spot
Where thanked him for sharing all he was taught
Jake let go of his hand and hugged him so tight
Squeezing his neck with all of his might
He felt love and kindness in the embrace of his friend
As tears filled his eyes he knew it was the end
The beautiful Big Foot cupped his six year old face
And in the silence he felt his heart start to race
He saw beauty and colors and love and lots more
Magnificent things he’d never noticed before
He knew he’d see him again as he walked slowly away
Knowing tomorrow would be a wonderful new day

 

 

Bigfoot encounter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Bigfoot Encounter in Michigan Upper Peninsula

“First time I saw one was in (outside) Toledo, Ohio in 1964. One walked right in front of the bay window that was 5-6 feet off the ground (it was a tall monster). I saw another one in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, that was a close one. I was fishing in a small boat close to the shore when one came close and freaked me out for a long time. I still don’t camp anymore in the woods.

I was about 15, I think, when I went on a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m from Toledo, Ohio and have lived close to trees and the woods all my life. Well, I went with an aunt and uncle with the pop up camper (not too safe). It was an okay trip to the campgrounds on some lake in the middle of BFE. The night we got there something took the bag of food my uncle put on a super high tree branch. It was gone in the morning, I knew something was out there. The light brought us out of the camper and we saw the bag was gone (spooky already). Later on in the morning, I wanted to go fishing (in a row boat) of all things. I was probably rowing for a half an hour to get to the other side of the lake and found a cove. So I went in the cove and tossed a line in the water (fishing) it wasn’t but a short time and I heard thunder. That was enough to get me ready to leave as storms are not fun when its cold. As soon as I reeled in the line, I noticed a doe that was standing near the water and getting a drink. She turned to run and froze in her tracks. I looked at the top of the little hill that had a path on it and saw a real live Bigfoot. It was standing up and moving back and forth. I was already in third gear when I saw that. I’ve heard that some of them like human food (me). I don’t know what happened to that baby doe but I’m sure it was caught.” WE

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Bigfoot sighting in Caseville Michigan

This encounter comes from a Michigan researcher, Bob Dagle. I have permission from him to republish this tory from his book, ” Reports of Bigfoot/ Sasquatch in Michigan”.

Anyone that is familiar with the state of Michigan, and more specifically Caseville, would know this is a small, quaint, town in Michigan’s thumb area. And each summer it has a ” Cheeseburger festival” that people from all over the state comes to for fun, food, and a great party. But there is more to Caseville than just that. This story comes to us from a witness, name not disclosed, occurred in the summer of 1968 around 10PM with the weather condition clear, calm, with a full moon.

Here is her story: When I was a young girl we  would go to Caseville every summer fro two weeks. I was about 12 years old when this sighting occurred. One night there was a ” weenie roast” on the beach and several families who were renting cabins were invited. Usually the beach was deserted at night. The moon was very full, and it was late as the sun was completely set.

I was on the beach standing by the campfire with a group of kids when a boy, and girl came running down from the sand dunes. The boy was excited, and yelling “we saw a witch”! A witch tried to grab us! There’s a witch up there. He was shaking, wild eyed and seemed very scared. He explained that he and the girl with him had been walking on a path in the sand dunes when they (quote) ” fell into a hole”. The witch had set a trap , there was a hole covered with branches and we did not see it. When we stepped on it, we fell in, then the witch came up to grab us just as we climbed out to run away. ( I realize now they probably fell into the creature’s den, and it returned to it to see what was up).

 

Bigfoot through history in Michigan

by Scott Harper
Michigan. The Great Lakes State. The Wolverine State. Michigan is the only US state to be made up of two peninsulas. Fifty percent of Michigan is covered by forest. Many lakes, ponds, and streams dot the peninsulas that make up Michigan, as well. Deer, and other wildlife are populous. In short, the state of Michigan is perfect country for Sasquatch—despite the heavy lake effect snow the region receives during the winter. And Sasquatch have been there for quite some time.

In 1878, a woman was hanging laundry in her backyard. A noise captured her attention. Upon looking up, she saw a 12-foot-tall, white Sasquatch in the cow pasture. The creature ran on all fours, leapt over a cow, stood up to its full height, then charged the woman, now running on two feet. She screamed, and ran into the house. The creature, chasing her, got tangled up in the clothesline. The woman ran from the house, to the lumber mill where her husband worked, refusing to return home for hours. When she did return home, with her husband, her husband found footprints, but no other sign of the creature.
A report filed in 1891 told of a Wildman of “gigantic proportions” with arms to below its knees, and “hands twice the usual size”. The “Wildman” was said to have killed a bulldog with “one swipe”. This took place in Gladwin County.
During the winter of 1917, in Ironwood, Michigan, two hunters saw a “man in a fur suit” steal a deer they had killed. The “man” made off with the deer carcass tucked under his arm.
News of a 12′ 7″ skeleton being unearthed in Jackson, Michigan made front page news on September 6, 1919.
Somewhere along the Saginaw River, in 1937, a Sasquatch was seen to climb from the river, rest leaning against a tree for a time, and then return to the river.
An area in Charlotte County Michigan bears the name Gorilla Swamp due to a string of sightings of a bipedal, hairy creature seen there multiple times in 1951.
A report filed in 1891 told of a Wildman of “gigantic proportions” with arms to below its knees, and “hands twice the usual size”. The “Wildman” was said to have killed a bulldog with “one swipe”. This took place in Gladwin County.
During the winter of 1917, in Ironwood, Michigan, two hunters saw a “man in a fur suit” steal a deer they had killed. The “man” made off with the deer carcass tucked under his arm.
News of a 12′ 7″ skeleton being unearthed in Jackson, Michigan made front page news on September 6, 1919.
Somewhere along the Saginaw River, in 1937, a Sasquatch was seen to climb from the river, rest leaning against a tree for a time, and then return to the river.
An area in Charlotte County Michigan bears the name Gorilla Swamp due to a string of sightings of a bipedal, hairy creature seen there multiple times in 1951.

From 1962 until 1964 sightings of a creature dubbed the Monster of Sister Lakes was sighted off and on a number of times in Cass County. In 1964, a woman was chased into her house by a creature with long black hair, and glowing eyes. The woman estimated that the being weighed 500 pounds. It left footprints that were 6-inches-wide. It was thought that the creature that chased the woman had been the Monster of Sister Lakes.

August 13, 1965 brought a frightening account of an encounter with a 7-foot-tall, black- haired, growling Sasquatch. 17-year-old Christina Van Acker, and her mother, Ruth, were in a car, heading home. Christina was driving. Though they saw nothing in the road ahead of time, the car ran over something. After the bump, Christina stopped the car. Instantly, the Sasquatch reached through Christina’s window, grabbed her by the hair, and slammed her head into the car door. Christina passed out. Ruth, later claiming that there was nothing she could do, fled to get help. Apparently, and luckily, Christina survived the ordeal with nothing but some bruises.

Sasquatch have been in the area we call “Michigan” for a very long time—long before the Patterson/Gimlin film, which was recorded in 1967. They’re still there, too. Reports still come steadily from the Wolverine State. Years ago, I may have even had my own experience with a Sasquatch on Mackinac Island.

It was the late 1980s, or very early 1990s. I was on a vacation trip with my parents and best friend at that time. We were walking a trail in woodlands on Mackinac Island. Something off in the woods screamed. At the time, we chalked it up to a bobcat. Still, all four of us were unnerved, and turned around, and left the area quickly. To this day, I don’t know what screamed in those woods. If it was a bobcat, though, it was a very large one!

About the Author

Scott Harper is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 published short stories, and several novels. Harper grew up in Ohio, and graduated from Marysville High School in 1993, and began screenwriting in 2007, after the publication of several short stories and novels. He has worked on projects for James Tucker Productions, and 11th Dimension Films. He is currently involved with several projects, covering literature, film, and comic books. He was also a contributing writer for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” for