911 call: Claims of Bigfoot 'proof' started an online Bigfoot frenzy. The investigating officer concluded the footprints belonged to a bear, but the 911 caller remains convinced it was Bigfoot.
It's Bigfoot! Or is it? A 911 call in the Altoona, Penn. reported "proof" of Bigfoot.
A group of Bigfoot enthusiasts promptly investigated the claim, and the police released this partial transcript to them:
Person 1: “[an individual] called 911 advising that he contacted the Game Commission to call him back; wants a police officer to come to his residence. Apparently he has proof there of Bigfoot.”
Officer: “Bigfoot, right?”
Person 1: “That’s affirmative, he has evidence, uh … proving Bigfoot. He would like a police officer to come there."
An officer responded to the 911 call and found John T. Winesickle, who told him he'd found Bigfoot tracks when out for a walk. The officer accompanied Mr. Winesickle to the tracks, and took pictures of them.
His conclusion: The large tracks were made by a big-footed creature, all right: a bear.
Winesickle remains convinced that it was Bigfoot, a creature he has believed in since childhood.
Winesickle, a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, said has seen Bigfoot – and its female companion – a few times, describing them as skittish creatures who occasionally emerge from the mountain laurel in the woods behind his home.
Winesickle has encountered black bears on his walks before, but not grizzlies. He'd first thought that this was a grizzly, he said, but became convinced it was a Bigfoot because of the foot-like shape of the print, the upright gait, and the ability to climb steep inclines on two feet.