Recently, a reader of this blog emailed me to ask my opinion on a footprint she and her husband found in northwest Montana. Considering how poorly most photographs of footprints turn out, this picture is one of the best I have seen. To make it even more interesting, assuming it is a sasquatch footprint (as is suggested by the context), it is clearly of a juvenile of the species. I asked permission from the reporting witness to use her pictures and to add the footprint to my online database of prints and casts. She kindly agreed and has been very forthcoming with information. She has asked me to keep her identity and the location confidential, and as always, I agreed.
Below is the background of the footprint, and more information on this excellent find can be read here.
This footprint was found on September 10, 2009 around 3:00 pm (in case you look at the “properties” of the photo, the (new) camera was set for AM, not PM) by the witness and her husband while hiking off trail in Kootenai National Forest, located in northwest Montana. The trail head they departed from was accessible only with a four wheel drive vehicle in low gear. The witness is a tracking hobbyist and is well-versed in the signs of North American mammals.
The terrain in this area is steep, similar to interior Alaska with tundra, bogs, swamps, grassy meadows, large mountain slides with boulders and scree, dense alpine and subalpine forests, thick alder, and plenty of wild huckleberries. The daytime temperature was only 38 degrees, and a light snow fell earlier in the day. The elevation was between 6000 and 7000 feet.
The witnesses took some time to look for additional tracks after the initial find. They found plenty of tracks of other animals, including bear, various ungulates, wolf, coyote, and bobcat, but no other sasquatch tracks.
The witness commented that the photograph is misleading in that the print looks skinnier than it did in person. She suggested looking at the context picture to get a better idea of the wideness of the print.