The sighting is at least eleven years old, granted, but for some reason it feels like a tipping point. There are too many Bigfoot sightings in a certain area of SE Wisconsin to ignore.
Phoned in to me this July 2, I wrote it up quickly and stashed it in the already-proofed manuscript for The Michigan Dogman, Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines of the US, to use as a contrasting description to canine encounters. Here is the excerpt:
It occurred around 1999 halfway between Elkhorn and Whitewater near North Lake and only a scant twelve miles from Lima Center. A Chicago computer salesman named Joe was on his way to fish at the lake one day and was about a mile north of Millard on County Hwy. O (in map below that’s north of the bottom right intersection near small cemetery) when he noticed movement on the east side of the road through his passenger window.
He slowed down and saw a seven-foot, 400-pound creature walking through the tall grass in the ditch, swinging its long arms from big shoulders and leaning slightly forward as if intent on where it was going. It was covered in “rust brown” fur that appeared uneven and unkempt, and as it turned its head to look at him, Joe said his first thought was, “Whoa, that is not a person!” His second thought was, “Don’t stop the car.” The creature’s eyes were “sunken into” the fur that covered its face, he said, and no ears or muzzle were visible. He said it reminded him of Chewbacca from Star Wars. He kept on driving and did not look back, and never told anyone about it. He is not into the supernatural at all, he said, but he came across my Beast of Bray Road site while browsing the Internet only a few days earlier and, because that was in Elkhorn too, assumed he had seen the Beast. But when I asked him to describe what he saw, his answer made it clear this was no canine.
By itself, it might be easy to dismiss this sighting from a man who prefers to remain anonymous. But here is a quick list of my own compilation other sightings of large, fur-covered primates from Delavan and Jefferson Counties in SE Wisconsin: