It was the first day of the spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania, and rumours were flying that a hunter had shot something much bigger than a gobbling bird.
So began the winding tale of Pennsylvania's latest Bigfoot sighting — with a splash — though it ended with the faint wah-wah that often accompanies such tales of mythical beasts.
Then a police recording of a phone call suggested the mystery of Bigfoot was solved. The phone exchange didn't mention a shooting, though, only some mysterious shred of proof.
Person 1: [...] 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.
The caller on the line was was John Winesickle, according to the television station WTAJ. As it turns out, he didn't have Bigfoot's dead body laid out on his living room floor.
No, Mr. Winesickle had only a set of tracks in the forest and a deep, abiding belief that Bigfoot exists. Police closed their report, saying the tracks were left by a bear, according to the news station.
But Winesickle persists.
"A bear can't go down a steep bank on all twos," he told WTAJ. "This is Bigfoot."