KALAMAZOO, Mich. – We’re starting a special series of reports that take a look at mysterious creatures that could be lurking around Michigan.
The creature, known as Bigfoot, has made a big impression all over the country and right here in Michigan.
Phil Shaw says he’ll never forget when he came face to face with a Sasquatch.
It happened 10 years ago during a trip through Nova Scotia, Canada.
“There were a bunch of trees, there was an opening. We saw someone walking but there it did not have any clothes. We looked at each other and said “Yeah, we saw Bigfoot’,” Shaw said.
Since then, the man from northern Michigan has been on a mission to find Bigfoot.
“There’s no question in my mind that these animals are not only all over the world, but they’re right in our neighborhood,” Shaw said.
Shaw recently snapped several pictures in the woods near his house in West Branch.
They show footprints, tree breaks, and stick structures that he says were left behind by a Bigfoot.
It’s believed that these creatures build them for shelter.
“It’s quite obvious they didn’t just fall out of the tree, they’re not a hunter’s blind, they’re not a kid’s tipi,” Shaw said.
Looking around the internet, you can find plenty of videos and pictures of this anomaly.
Stories about these ape-like humanoids date back thousands of years.
It’s said that Native Americans were in close contact with them.
The Big Foot Research Organization tracks sightings all over the country.
A map on their website shows Michigan to be a hot spot of activity.
“Recent DNA testing shows them to be almost human. If anything, they might be smarter than us. They have a bigger braincase. The average male is 8-10 feet tall,” Shaw said. “If they are almost human, they could hide, very well. They don’t want to be seen.”
But they are being heard.
Sasquatch hunters have recorded sounds, like howls and knocks, that could be from the creature they’re after.
Shaw says the truth is out there, and with so many cameras nowadays, it’s just a matter of time before a big discovery.
“I think everyone should have an open mind. I don’t think we know it all. I’m 100 percent convinced they’re there, the question is, what are they?” Shaw said.
If you’re going to go out looking for big foot, Shaw recommends looking for footprints and stick structures.
He says hunters should have a camera ready, and be very cautious.
source: NEWSCHANNEL 3