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COUNTY: Mackinac County
NEAREST TOWN: St.Ignace, Michigan
NEAREST ROAD: I-75
OBSERVED: I was steelhead fishing in the U P michigan, 8:00am. After two days raining only tracks on the river were deer, and mine...until I found two sets of barefoot tracks. I have pictures. One set was larger than the other. What bugs me is, I was two miles upriver from my truck, nobody around for miles.
It was 5/10/15, 40 degrees out, water temp about the same, and they crossed the river...there isn't anything over there for miles but woods
and the river is four foot deep right there. Neither track had an arch, the tracks were flat and broad.They sunk in the wet sand way deeper than mine. They were not human. If someone would call me, I would be happy to share the pictures, and the rest of the story.
ALSO NOTICED: you need to see the pictures and the video
OTHER WITNESSES: 0
OTHER STORIES: for years, tracks, hair, howls,screams,whistles, tree banging ,whoops all kinds of stuff we cant explain. three of us, that is.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 8:00am cloudy cool been raining for two days
ENVIRONMENT: mature spruce, pine forest, steep embankments, some tag alder, typical UP river country
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
Witness is a retired carpenter that lives down state and comes up to to the UP many times a year, hunting and fishing the area. He has done impressive carpentry work at one of the local national parks as well. In addition to submitting this report he called us, excited to share. I called him and he sent me his photos.
Many times he and his buddies have experienced home-run knocks, charging, paralleling, interesting track and hair finds.
He is positive nobody else was there that morning. He feels as if he surprised the track makers, insisting they were recently made.
Knowing the area well and where other folks would be going into the area or parking, he knew he was alone. With the weather being in the 40s its hard to imagine anyone barefoot, let alone crossing the river in that depth. Our waters up here are still very cold that time of year.
Witness described the location, the gorges and the creek meeting Carp River, where these tracks were found. Too much time had passed to look for the tracks now.
Below are the photos he took that morning. The knife is 8" long and he said the fish looked as if a bite had been taken out of it.
We were unable to get the video to me from his phone, he explained that the video is of the fish with tracks around it, two sizes, one a bit larger than the other. He admits he wasn't thinking very good at the time, as far as measurements and collecting evidence.
One-third of St. Ignace is Native American, the second-oldest city founded by Europeans in Michigan. Various cultures of Native Americans have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
About BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
- Worked as an Assistant to a Circuit Court Judge in Florida for thirteen years
- An avid outdoorswoman, growing up in the UP of Michigan on a family-owned fishing and hunting resort. Currently lives in the Hiawatha National Forest
- Certified Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Attended and assisted with numerous public and private BFRO expeditions
- She and the Florida BFRO organized South Florida Expedition 2008, North Florida Expedition 2008 and Central Florida Expedition in 2009.
- She and the Michigan BFRO organized the Lower-Michigan Expedition in 2011, Michigan UP Expeditions in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and Wisconsin 2018.