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Location: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Source: The UFO Roundup
, Volume 2, No.44
BIGFOOT TRACKS FOUND IN WESTERN WISCONSIN
On Monday, November 3, 1997, Bigfoot tracks were found near the Christy
Mountain Ski Area near Rice Lake, Wisconsin (population 9887), located
about 295 miles (472 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee.
"Brad Mortenson of the U.S. Expedition and Exploration Society said three
tracks found Monday could be from the mysterious-- some say
mythical--ape-like creature known as Bigfoot."
"He describes the tracks as about 16 to 17.5 inches long and 8 inches wide
at the widest."
"Asked about the shape, he said, 'It looks like a big foot. It's very
"One print showed five toes, and the impressions indicated a creature with
a stride of about 4 1/2 feet, typical for the Bigfoot."
"Mortenson, 41, of Sarona said he started receiving reports about possible
Bigfoot activity after a local newspaper report two weeks ago told about
his work with the society, based in Doris, Calif."
"'After that we started getting the reports of people coming across the
tracks in the Blue Hills,' he said."
"That's the hilly wooded region around the Barron County-Rusk County Line
(just east of Rice Lake--J.T.) where a preliminary search turned up the
tracks this week, he said." (See the Duluth, Minnesota News-Tribune for
November 6, 1997, "Bigfoot Searcher Targets Wisconsin," page B-3)
Source: Newspaper article published November 7, 1997 in the Pioneer Press. (from
the AP wire) I believe this is the same story that was printed in the Duluth, Minnesota News-Tribune, (mentioned in the previous story) -Jim
Posted to the BFRR web site by Matt M
Are Big Footprints Bigfoot's?
RICE LAKE, WIS.
Bigfoot in Wisconsin?
the possibility under investigation in the Rice Lake area, about 70
miles northeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Brad Mortenson of the U.S.
Expedition and Exploration Society said three tracks found Monday could
be from the mysterious -- some say mythi
cal -- ape-like creature known as Bigfoot. He describes the tracks as
about 16 to 17 1/2 inches long and 8 inches wide at the widest. Asked
about the shape, he said: "It looks like a big foot. It's very
distinct." One print showed five toes, he said, and the impressions
indicated a creature with a stride of about 4 1/2 feet, typical for the
Mortenson, 41, of Sarona, said he started receiving reports about possible Bigfoot activity after a local newspaper story two
weeks ago told about his work with the society, based in Doris, Calif.
"After that we started getting the reports of people across the tracks in the Blue Hills," he said.
That's the hilly, wooded region around the Barron County-Rusk County line where a preliminary search turned up the tracks
this week, he said.
He said he planned to do more preliminary searching, and if enough signs are found, the society would bring in equipment
and personnel for a full search.
"I'd like to be a little more certain . . . before I commit the society to the expense of a full-scale expedition," he said.
The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is said to inhabit remote regions of the
Pacific Northwest, but Mortenson said there also have been a lot of
sightings in Florida, Ohio and Maine.
He said he became involved searching for Bigfoot in northern California in the 1970s, and he now serves as the society's
international director of operations.
Source: WISN-TV, Milwaukee, Channel 12. 10:00 pm newscast on November 14, 1997.
We are however, going to need some tracking snow up north.
Mark Baden (Meteorologist):
Yes, because Bigfoot is up there, or Sasquatch, or the missing link, or
whatever you want to call him. An elusive creature has captured the
attention of a northwestern Wisconsin community.
Yes, Bigfoot trackers are hunting the woods near Rice Lake after several
area residents reported sightings. Colleen Henry tagged along.
Brad Mortenson has spent years hunting Bigfoot, but this search is his first in his own backyard.
I've never seen it. I've been close enough to smell it. Seen a lot of tracks.
Reports rolled in after Rice Lake's paper featured Mortenson's work for
the California based U.S. Expedition and Exploration Service. Reports
vary from finding footprints along the ice age trail to actual sitings.
One woman told Mortenson Bigfoot crossed the road right in front of her
She said it stood taller than the van. It went across the road in two
strides - two, three strides - and it just appeared, was there in the
headlights, and disappeared.
Bigfoot is elusive. He lives in the woods and moves quickly. Witnesses
say he's there, and then he's gone, which leaves trackers looking for
evidence left behind. Bigfoot hairs or footprints, like this cast made
in Northern California.
It sure looks like a large human foot.
Trackers say the best evidence was captured on film by a California man
in the 60's. A tall hairy primate walking upright retreating back into
the woods. Still, there are skeptics - many right here in the Blue
"I think it's somebody having a costume on walking around."
At Maxine's, Rice Lake's favorite lunch spot, some diners say they'll believe it when they see it.
Jeanne Alvarez (Blue Hills resident):
"Nope, never seen it. No, never seen any big footprints either."
Bob Costenero said he wasn't a believer until the 200 pound dinner bell at his Blue Hills Inn began ringing in the night.
"Yeah, I thought maybe the wind moved the clapper, ya know."
Costenero said locals have long told the legend of the "Blue Hills
Beast" but he says all this Bigfoot talk, and his bell, have him
"No dear track, no bear track, just the bell ringing. Actually, UFO's scare the shit out of me. Bigfoot doesn't."
Brad Mortenson says Bigfoot is no phantom. Just a primate species yet to be scientifically identified.
The snow leopard and the giant panda - at one time or another those
were all considered myths and people who were looking for them were
When it comes to Bigfoot, Mortenson hopes he'll have the last laugh.
In the Blue Hills, Colleen Henry, 12 News at 10:00.
Mortenson says Bigfoot sightings are kept strictly confidential. He
wouldn't identify anyone who reported sightings in Rice Lake. If you
have seen Bigfoot, you can contact the U.S. Expedition and Exploration
Service through Brad Mortenson in Rice Lake.
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