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Anonymous writer claims N.D. Bigfoot tracks a hoax

ELLENDALE, N.D. -- Mysterious tracks that showed up near here had one local man thinking it was evidence of Bigfoot, while others dismissed it. One writer claims to know the truth, though. The tracks were man-made, an anonymous writer claimed in ...

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ELLENDALE, N.D. - Mysterious tracks that showed up near here had one local man thinking it was evidence of Bigfoot, while others dismissed it.

One writer claims to know the truth, though.

The tracks were man-made, an anonymous writer claimed in a letter sent to the WDAY-TV station in Fargo. "This is not a hoax, it was supposed to be a prank," the writer said.

WDAY is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service.

The tracker who discovered the big footprints says he’s still certain there’s something on the prairie.

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"Someone saw him, and he left behind a trail and tracks,” Christopher Bauer said.

The unnamed letter writer claims he went for a booze-fueled stroll on a pair of homemade Bigfoot slippers.

Still, Bauer refuses to budge. “This is a real, real animal,” he said.

What do other real, real animals in North Dakota need to survive? Large mammal expert Nicole Lee of the Red River Zoo in Fargo said many have adaptations to help.

"With the very hot summer and very cold winters they grow thick coats in the winter time,” Lee said.

Huge mammals in the region like moose need dozens of pounds of food per day, Lee said.

"Especially during the winter months, those food resources are going to be scarce,” she said, not exactly a vote of confidence for a giant ape.

But there are some inconsistencies in the letter. Bauer said he followed tracks for miles, much farther than the anonymous letter claims the tracks went. He believes the letter is a hoax of a hoax.

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Bauer also noted that the footprints were made with a 4-foot stride, which he said was nearly double a human step. He think anyone trying to stride that long in faux-feet would leave heel marks, which he never found.

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