May 26 • 07:55 PM

Experts: 'Be cautious'

Officials examine suspicious image on trail cam photo

Officials are investigating this photo as a potential Bigfoot sighting in Lapeer County. A full report is expected in a few days. photo by Bob Wilcox.

March 28, 2012
LAPEER COUNTY — Animal lovers are cautioned to keep an eye on their small pets after a trail camera captured a suspicious image wandering through dense woodlands near North Lake George Road in Attica.

Officials with the DNR are examining the photo, which is being treated as a potential Bigfoot sighting.

The March 12, 2012 sighting is a first for Lapeer County. Prior investigations around the area over the past decade centered around various reports that a large cat—a mountain lion—had been spotted along I-69 between Capac and Imlay City, in a cornfield in Almont and paw prints that were lifted from a Goodland Township garden.

Bigfoot—or Sasquatch—is purported to be a large, ape-like creature who inhabits forests in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

For years, scientists and the general public have debated the existence of such a creature—with the first claims of encounters with Bigfoot dating back to 1924.

Because the bipedal humanoid is extra-large, so are the alleged footprints of the creature—thus the name.

Presumably, Bigfoot is capable of taking big steps, thereby covering a lot of ground. The last prominent siting of note was on September 16, 2007 near the town of Ridgeway, Pennsylvania.

According to the Bigfoot Research Organization, his image was captured by hunter Rick Jacobs, who had attached a trail camera to a tree in the Allegheny National Forest.

The sighting was discounted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which through a spokesperson observed that the subject in the photo was likely an image of "a bear with a severe case of mange."

Even if the outcome is the same with the March 12th sighting, officials remind residents to be watchful and careful when walking through the woods this spring.

Scientists expect to wrap up the Lapeer County investigation on April 1st, at which time a full April Fool's Day report is expected to be released.

Editor's note: The "Bigfoot of Lapeer County" photo was submitted by reader Bob Wilcox of Lapeer for consideration in the Times' 'Signs of Spring' photo contest. Wilcox couldn't resist the urge to snap the photo of "Bigfoot," which is a 7-foot tall 3-D archery target that was used for practice last weekend at the Lapeer County Sportsmen's Club. "Bigfoot" is made of styrofoam and weighs about 75 pounds. He joins about 30 fellow archery targets, which include an elk, moose, deer, bear, rabbit and even a Sasquatch-sized mosquito.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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