Richard Rohrberg didn’t think he would find signs of Bigfoot while deer hunting in rural Harrison County on his mother’s birthday.
The 65-year-old Council Bluffs man – who has hunted the backwoods of southwest Iowa for 50 years – says he spotted what he believes is the creature’s footprint Sept. 2 in the Loess Hills near Magnolia. An expert on Bigfoot sightings, however, believes the print is a collection of deer tracks.
Rohrberg said deer don’t visit the grassy creek where he spotted the footprint because it’s too deep and narrow. The print didn’t match anything the veteran hunter had ever seen in the Loess Hills.
But everyone who looked at it, even me before I read anything about the piece, said it was a jumble of deer tracks. The trouble is, what was in the mud around the track? We’re not shown. Did Bigfoot drop down, leave a one-foot impression then float away? Animals leave trackways. Taking a snapshot like this is misleading. You can’t get to an answer with only one data point.
Recall that earlier this week there was media interest in a Nebraska sighting of Bigfoot. So, people have this in mind, they interpret things in light of hopes that they too will find something newsworthy. This, however, is not.
This editorial showed up in a Nebraska paper.
It is only a matter of time until a trail camera or hunter brings back proof of a wild cougar from the Bohemian Alps.
But a Bigfoot? I am more than a little dubious about this one, even though a friend says the young man responsible for this sighting is a good kid.
I think if I were still a kid, however, that I might take advantage of this situation. Placing some fake footprint impressions in the soft dirt at the road edges might be a good start.
Walking very close to a hunter’s trail camera in a hairy outfit, so close that it would be out of focus and only capture one’s midsection, seems another fun idea.
Perhaps donning the same costume and shuffling across the road far in front of oncoming traffic — complete with a disinterested glance over your shoulder — would be just the ticket, especially for the true believers who have now descended on the area from places far away.
That’s going to give people ideas. Watch for a continued Bigfoot flap (flurry of reports) in NE, a place not really known for Bigfoot sightings. Maybe they feel left out. They want the Finding Bigfoot squatching crew to visit them too. Then, more stories are magically recalled.
Tip: Claire Larson