Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 21st, 2006
From the Battle Creek (MI) Enquirer.
25 years ago today, 1981: Is "Bigfoot" stalking the swamps and woods of the Fort Custer Recreation Area? A hairy, 9-foot-tall creature has been seen again near the Kalamazoo River in the state recreation area. It’s been seen in several spots at different times. Bigfoot observers now include the supervisor of the recreation area, a Michigan State Police trooper, an elderly angler and an author.
And here’s another article about Bigfoot and other strange creatures from that neck o’ the woods.
From the Petoskey (MI) News-Review.
Tales of bigfoot go back to Indian times, when legends told of a man of the woods. Bigfoot – or sasquatch – is over 8 feet tall, covered in dark black, gray or reddish fur, walks on two feet and is similar in appearance to the great apes. They are known to let out horrible screams in the night or loud, deep human-like growls.
People all over the state have reported sighting this mysterious creature, and there is at least one man who is hunting them.
Simon Otto, of Petoskey, retells stories told to him years ago by local Indian elders of a monster being seen in Lake Michigan off of Petoskey around the turn of the century.
The monster, called the underwater sea panther, had been spotted in Lake Michigan, off of Cross Village, off of Harbor Springs and off of Northport and in Torch Lake.
Even Otto’s grandfather reportedly saw it near the water when he was a lumberman near Manistee. Otto’s grandfather called it the big snake that lived in the woods.
The animal was called the sea panther by local Indians because its head looks like a cat’s, with the body of a large lizard and spikes down its back.