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Location: Cashton, Wisconsin
Source: Newspaper Article, Sparta-Monroe County
Democrat; November 11, 1976.
Article found here
DNR MAY CHASE BIGFOOT
There have been no sightings in the Cashton area over the past week of the alleged creature
with an offensive odor that resembles a prehistoric man, according to Cashton Record Editor,
Erickson added that the services of the DNR are being sought to determine the identity of the
A 28 year old farmer spotted the creature in a wooded area on his farm about six weeks ago. The
farmer said that the burly looking character he saw at a distance of 60 feet gave off a
"I became teary eyed and began to gasp for breath," he said.
The farmer who wishes to remain anonymous, added that his dog, who approached the "thing"
became sick and totally listless for several days.
The farmer, admitted to Herald reporter that, at first, he thought the creature was a Bigfoot.
However, now he is unsure.
The farmer also admitted he had seen the motion picture, "Bigfoot", about the elusive figure of
Source: La Crosse, Wisconsin Tribune; November 17, 1976
BIGFOOT GONE, RUMORS LINGER
By Terry Burt Of the Tribune Staff
CASHTON, Wis. - The Cashton Creature is nowhere to be found, but rumors about the demise of the
Bigfoot-like animal are alive and well.
Some of the rumors have lingered longer than the stench reportedly coming from the creature.
The most persistent rumor has been that the hairy, seven- foot tall unidentified creature, seen
this fall by a rural Cashton farmer, was an injured bear. And that bear was later killed by a
hunter or hunters unknown.
If any bear, injured or otherwise, was killed in Cashton area this year it has been kept a
Cashton police Chief Dave Schaldach said he has no report of a bear being shot. Calvin Clark,
Monroe County game warden, said as far as he knew no bear has been shot, or sighted, in the
Cashton area. Mike Lanquist, a state forester with the Department of Natural Resources also
said to his knowledge no bear has been shot or seen in the area.
To have been shot legally, the deformed critter would have to have been taken with a bow and
arrow as Monroe County does not have a firearm bear season. If someone had killed a bear with
a bow it is unlikely the proud hunter would keep it a secret. And if taken by gun, there is
good reason why no one has stepped forth with the trophy. Clark and Lanquist both said that
anyone shooting a bear illegally would be subject to a fine.
Also, within a half mile of where the farmer spotted the smelly, hairy, creature there are
several bee hives containing honey. These were unmolested during the time the creature was
believed to have been in the area. In many minds, this discounts the bear angle.
The rumor also said that the bear had managed to escape from a cataract forest fire this fall,
suffering with burns on the front paws and muzzle. The burns, so said the rumor, resulted in
gangrene. With the demise of this bear several unusual circumstances in the sighting could be
The bear in most of the rumors had its muzzle disfigured, making it blunt and unbearlike
(matching the farmer's description of the flat face of the creature which was seen mingling
with cows). The rumor of the burned front paws would encourage the bear to walk erect (as did
the creature). And the gangrene would give off a strong odor (as did the creature). Thus rumor
mongers would have killed the Bigfoot sighting by disposing of one bear.
Another rumor is that the creature is an escaped gorilla, orangutan or chimpanzee from a
circus, carnival or zoo.
The most likely source of the bear rumor was explained by one Cashton man who said that a local
farmer's wife was scared to go outside because of rumors of an unidentified creature in the
area. Thereupon the quick-thinking farmer calmed her fears by making up the story of the bear.
Apparently it worked to the satisfaction of the farmer. His wife now regularly goes to the barn
and does her chores as before.
The wife of the farmer who saw the creature in September said Monday that for the past three
weeks the area has been silent. The family has not heard the strange bellow of the creature,
nor smelled its vile scent.
However, George Wuensch of Middle Ridge said his son, Paul, and an 11-year-old companion from
Sparta were hiking in some nearby woods the last week in October when they came across a large
footprint which was clearly visible in the soft dirt of a mole trail.
Wuensch said the print, which showed four toes, was 18 inches long and seven inches wide at the
widest point. It had a four-inch heel area and what was believed to be a deep arch. He said
there were four prints in all, about 3 1/2 feet apart, and that two strands of a wire fence had
been broken near where the prints were found.
The Wuenschs attempted to make a cement cast of the print, but the cast broke and only crumbled
pieces remain. When asked what the footprint was, Wuensch said: "It looks like a regular foot."
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