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Ellendale man believes huge footprints belong to Bigfoot

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Ellendale, ND (WDAY News) - The latest Bigfoot sighting is right here on the North Dakota prairie.

Some Ellendale residents believe Sasquatch took a walk through rural Dickey County this Christmas.

It's the kind of folklore you see in grainy photos and hear in campfires stories, but what about rural North Dakota?

"It's a bigfoot, sasquatch, gigantopithecus, whatever you want to call him," said Christopher Bauer, Ellendale, ND "He's a real animal, he's here and I want people to know."

Christopher Bauer is an experienced trapper near Ellendale, but a Christmas day track is more extraordinary than the outdoorsman has ever seen.

"Picked up the trail down that way about 20-yards in, right in the open and then crossed the highway and made his way to the hills, I think," said Bauer.

Bauer started on the trail after a family friend spotted something alarming through her kitchen window.

"She described him as a huge, hairy, ugly monster and I guess that kind of describes it, if a Sasquatch is looking through the window at you, that's how I'd describe him, too," said Bauer.

That 'monster' left miles of tracks, 18 by 8 inch footprints.

"He has a four foot stride and when he hits, he makes a deep impression. So it really wasn't hard to track him, it really wasn't," said Bauer.

Christopher Bauer says he tracked hundreds of footprints for more than seven miles, that's when the Bigfoot tracks disappeared into the hills.

"There were two places where he kicked up the snow and reached down and picked up either a mouse or a vole or something like that," said Bauer.

Bauer knows many people won't believe what he found, but he says the tracks are too perfect to be a hoax.

He hopes someone will get video evidence of the mysterious creature, but he also hope to find that proof without any harm coming to Bigfoot.

"The truth is out there. It's there. I know he is, I tracked him," said Bauer.

Bauer sent his photos to a 'bigfoot expert' at the University of Idaho.

The professor says the prints look promising.

The Dickey County Sheriff says he's not investigating the Sasquatch case and can't confirm whether the creature exists.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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