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Date: March 28, 2000 at 5:15 am
Location: Granton, Wisconsin
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Web Site
Appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on April 5, 2000.
Wisconsin a new home for Bigfoot?
Deliveryman says he saw huge, hairy beast carrying a goat in Clark County
By Keith Edwards
Special to the Journal Sentinel
Last Updated: April 4, 2000
- James Hughes was minding his own business, delivering the Black River
Shopper last week when he says he saw something he'll never forget - an
8-foot-tall, two-legged, shaggy creature carrying a goat.
Sasquatch? Bigfoot? Yeti? Abominable Snowman? Or just a really tall hairy guy carrying breakfast?
Hughes isn't sure, and authorities are scratching their heads over the reported sighting.
"He was all covered with hair, a real dark gray color, with some spots
that looked a honey color. It was walking on two legs, and it was
mighty, mighty, big," Hughes said in a phone interview Tuesday.
"You better believe I was scared. That creature could have tipped that
car upside down and thrown it in the ditch. It was that big."
Hughes filed a report with the Clark County Sheriff's Department, and a
deputy was dispatched to the scene but couldn't find any big
footprints, said Capt. Mark Cattanach.
"We have no goats reported missing, or any other types of small animals that may meet that description," Cattanach said Tuesday.
"I'm not sure what we could do. I don't know that there's ever been any
indication, at least that I've been told, that there's any danger to
Hughes, 57, was on his newspaper delivery route around 5:15 a.m. March
28 when he said he saw the creature at the side of the road, on County
Highway H about 1 1/2 miles from his rural Granton home. At first, he
thought it was a man, but as he got closer he said he realized it
didn't look human - about 8 feet tall, 500 pounds and hairy with an
After getting a closer look at the creature, which he said appeared to
be carrying a goat or small sheep in its hand, Hughes said he floored
his gas pedal and quickly drove away.
"I didn't call it in (to the Sheriff's Department) until the next day,
because people would think I'm crazy. And I don't drink, I don't use
dope, and I was wide awake," Hughes said.
Cattanach said Hughes gave a very detailed description, but without
tracks or other evidence suggesting a creature was in the area, there's
not much the Sheriff's Department can do. He also said the reported
Bigfoot sighting is the talk of the community.
"There's been a fair amount of joking around with this," said Cattanach.
Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones contributed to this report.
Richard Hendricks of Weird Wisconsin also interviewed James Hughes and did a followup story.
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