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 Post subject: (BFRO) Marinette County
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:54 pm 
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Submitted by witness T.D. on Friday, August 27, 1999. Tracks found by hunters, creature seen (Show Printer-friendly Version)

YEAR: 1992

SEASON: Fall

MONTH: November

STATE: Wisconsin

COUNTY: Marinette County

LOCATION DETAILS: Marinette County, Wisconsin - about ten miles NW of town in a large cedar swamp (several hundred acres, maybe larger).

OBSERVED: My father and I were deer hunting the WI gun deer season on 80 acres of land owned by my father's friend. The land was in the middle of the cedar swamp already mentioned. We had several encounters that before and during that week. During the pre-season scouting in the area and the actual hunting season I found large tracks, although it was difficult to make them out with any detail since it was very wet and muddy, and had been raining/snowing which washed out any definable tracks. I first assumed they were bear tracks, but given their uniformity (bear have smaller front feet than their rear) I doubt that. I also noted the absence of deer or any other activity in what became the center of all these encounters (geographically). The deer that I observed before and during the hunting season seemed to be deliberately avoiding the center of the swamp and were staying well to the edges near the farmland. That struck me as odd. In my many years of hunting and spending time in the outdoors, I've never observed any other animal being so territorial that it scares other game out of the area completely.

Our first real encounter happened about an hour before sunrise on the first day or two of the hunting season. (It's been seven years so memory isn't as clear as it used to be.) My father and I were walking into our stands for the morning hunt. We got down into the swamp and crossed the first stream so that we were now on the south bank heading west. Shortly after we crossed, I noticed that something was following us in a parallel path about thirty to fifty yards to the south. We walked and it walked with us. It was still very dark and the vegetation too thick to be able to see anything - we could hear, that's it. We also noticed a dank, musky odor although faint at this point.

After going approximately one-quarter mile to the west we had to turn SW and follow a short trail (approx. 100 yards) around some deadfalls to reach the old wagon trail which went to our stands. We had gone maybe thirty yards when something directly in front of us (maybe twenty yards) started screaming and howling. It made the hair stand up on the back of both of our necks. I couldn't figure out what it was. I flashed my flashlight in its direction and got a reflection from a set of eyes, which weren't the usual color of a reflection for deer, bear, raccoons, or opossums (all animals have a unique color that their eyes reflect at night when flashed with a bright light). The eyes seemed to be seven to ten feet high. As it was very dark and I couldn't make out anything more I assumed it was something like a coon or bear in a tree. The odor mentioned above was stronger now. Both my father and I then turned around and moved as fast as possible (it's rough terrain) back to the stream where we sat down behind some logs and faced the direction of where we encountered the animal. As the sun came up I could make out dark patches of fur moving through the deadfalls a hundred or so yards in the distance.

We waited awhile and then crossed back to the north side of the stream where we found a different way around the deadfalls by crossing the same stream to its south bank farther west via a dead tree that had fall across the stream, and then heading south and around the deadfalls from their west side. When my father and I headed back to the truck for lunch after hunting the rest of the morning, we went back using our new route and avoided the area of the encounter. We noticed that something had relieved itself (feces - they looked more human than anything I've seen
in the woods from animals) in the middle of the dead tree over the stream where we crossed. It was very odd, to say the least. It seemed like territorial behavior to me. We noticed tracks on the old wagon trail we followed to our stands also the next day.

My father had an encounter in the same area later in the week while hunting. I was in a tree stand about a hundred yards SE of where he sat in a ground blind so I didn't witness this directly. It was afternoon and my dad noticed something walking towards him from the west through the swamp. It was bipedal, dark and hairy, and tall. The vegetation was too thick so my father never made out a face or head, just a general shape. It was grunting and making similar noises. It kept walking straight for my dad so he broke a few sticks and limbs to make some noise and hopefully scare it off. That didn't stop it so my dad raised his rifle and aimed at the animal, although he didn't shoot. The animal stopped and stood behind some trees for a short while before it then took off in the opposite direction through the swamp. I heard all this commotion and got out of my stand to go see what was wrong. My dad was a little shaken up since he had never had anything like that happen before.

We called it a day and headed in. We didn't hunt that area much more after that. Deer activity was almost down to nothing and the encounters we had with this animal had us a bit leery. Needless to say, I haven't been back to the area for seven years.


ALSO NOTICED: I think I covered everything that happened in multiple incidents above. Both my father and I are accomplished outdoorsmen and neither of us has ever experienced anything like this before. I believe given that there are now two reported incidents in the same area, one fairly recent, it may be a good area to do some research.

OTHER WITNESSES: My father and myself.

ENVIRONMENT: Cedar swamp surrounded by farmland and some hardwood ridges. The swamp itself is quite large covering several hundred acres, maybe more and stretching through a large area NW of Crivitz, WI. There are three streams that flow through the area - the cedar swamp following the length of their bottoms in all directions. There are some old logging roads in the area, and one old wagon trail cutting through the swamp that used to be used many, many years ago by people living in the area to go to and from Crivitz to their homes and farms.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Marinette County
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:54 pm 
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Submitted by witness on Sunday, March 28, 1999. Tracks found in snow & photos taken (Show Printer-friendly Version)

YEAR: 1999

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: February

DATE: Mid to late in the month

STATE: Wisconsin

COUNTY: Marinette County

LOCATION DETAILS: Marinette county, WI. Approximately 15-20 miles NNW of Crivitz.

OBSERVED: My brother-in-law found and tracked in both directions a set of bipedal tracks in the snow. Photographs were taken and show that the creature was very heavy, and had an extremly long stride. These tracks could not have been faked, due to the depth of the tracks and the stride. Many of the pictures show a wooden 3 foot yardstick lying in comparison to the tracks.

The tracks originated from a swampy area up a gradual rise in elevation, then thru several hundred yards of mature hardwood forest. At one point the tracks came within 20 yards of his parents cabin. The average stride was 5-61/2 feet, and in some instances much greater. Several photos were taken with a mans Sorel boot print aside to illustrate the extreme difference in depth and size to that of a mans.

OTHER WITNESSES: Tracks were first seen while outside near garage.

ENVIRONMENT: Tracks originated out of a swampy area, thru a hardwood forest, then across a rural road where they were lost due to plowing of the road. Also noted the tracks always steered clear of open areas, preferring thick stands of trees.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) Marinette County
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:25 pm 
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Report # 41062 (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, May 05, 2013.
Daytime road crossing seen by a retired police officer near Pembine
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YEAR: 2013

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: April

DATE: 28

STATE: Wisconsin

COUNTY: Marinette County

LOCATION DETAILS: The area of the road crossing was approximately 1/2 mile East of intersection of 00/0.

NEAREST TOWN: Pembine, WI

NEAREST ROAD: CTY.00

OBSERVED: I was leaving my cabin heading back from the Pembine area to Green Bay as I rounded a corner and headed south on county road OO. I saw a figure cross the road. It walked slowly from East to West as though not in any hurry. I viewed it from the area just above the elbow up. It had a pointed head, very broad shoulders, and large biceps. I could see the arms swing as it walked just as a human would do. Its color was brown... a mix of dark and light brown with the sun shining off it. It was not black. I sped up to get a good look at it and it was gone. I stopped where I saw it cross and looked to the east. The area was open with scrub brush and it's color would have blended in perfect with the surrounding area. It was early spring and there were no leaves on the tree. I could only see to the hills and it would have to have gone 100 to 150 yards down then up to not be seen. I have seen deer, bear, wolves etc in the area and none walk upright.

ALSO NOTICED: When I stopped to get a good look, it was not to be seen. It couldn't have walked that far in the short time. It had to be hiding on me.

OTHER WITNESSES: None

OTHER STORIES: None that I know of.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was around 10:30 A.M. There was a bright sun, blue sky, and very clear.

ENVIRONMENT: The area of the sighting is heavily wooded. A mix of Pine and hardwoods is prevalent. It crossed in a spot that had been cut over and consisted of mostly small saplings.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Roberts:

The witness, a retired police officer in his mid-sixties, describes a bi-pedal creature leisurely crossing the road at a distance of approximately 100 yards at a 45 degree angle across a county road on his way home from his cabin back to Green Bay. Upon turning the corner, the subject escaped into a nearby ditch. When stopped, the witness was not able to gain further visual, auditory, or olfactory evidence. Given the time of year, the conditions of the environment, and the color of the animal, the ability to blend into the environment for an animal is evident. He reports a subject of approximately 6'-6 1/2' in height with very broad shoulders and an estimated weight of nearly 300 pounds. A conical head and long arms are also reported. While the witness was not able to view its lower arms, he indicates they did appear to be longer than typical for a human. The subject was brown to dark brown in color. Sunshine gave it a a "gold" appearance. The hair was described as 2-3" in length.

I have investigated the area on three different occasions and note that the area is vastly wooded, harbors many bodies of water both in the form of lakes and rivers, and is a heavily hunted area due to the abundance of deer, wolves, bear and other animals. In addition, the number of reports coming from this general area make this area a viable area for considerable exploration. The Northern area of Wisconsin is very remote, consists of mainly state and national forests, and has limited human population.

About BFRO Investigator Eric Roberts:

Eric has been with the BFRO since the summer of 2008. He has participated in the public 2008 Southern Oregon, 2009 Northern Wisconsin, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Spring Iowa Expeditions as well as the Michigan-UP trip in 2013. He has also participated in many private expeditions.


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