HONOBIA — Researchers believe a footprint they discovered over the weekend in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma is that of the elusive creature Bigfoot.
D.W. Lee, global director of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center, said the print was found about five miles into the woods. A cast was made of the print, which was 15 3/4 inches by 5 inches.
"The toes were clearly visible on the cast after it was lifted up,” Lee said.
Lee said crew members heard "vocalizations” in the woods, which they recognized as telltale mocking calls of Bigfoot.
He said a crew member was hit by a rock during a night hike just moments after two large animals were spied through a night scope walking across a logging road on two feet.
"A lot of people, it doesn’t really dawn on them when rocks land near them” that Bigfoot is responsible, Lee said.
Lee and his crew are evaluating hundreds of photos and hours of video recordings taken over the weekend. About 30 researchers spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday looking for evidence of the creature.
Was it real?
U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Scott Simmons said he has not been personally involved in any Bigfoot-seeking expeditions, but that people are capable of collecting and analyzing data and have been doing so for years as part of their fascination with the possibility of an unknown apelike species.
"I’m not going to tell someone they did not see or did see something,” Simmons said.