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Bigfoot sighting in Eagle turns out to be less than meets the eye

May 16, 2012

An Eagle Elementary school student who says he saw Bigfoot in the woods behind his school likely saw just the groundskeeper, police said.

The 9-year-old boy and his father went to the Village of Eagle Police Department at about 5 p.m. May 8 to file a report about possible suspicious activity behind the school. The boy told his father he had seen Bigfoot in the woods behind the school that evening. The boy told police that he and a friend had been playing near the woods, and although he didn't see the creature in its entirety, he stated that he had seen a leg that belonged to the beast.

An officer dispatched to the school found several adults and children playing in the field, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The next day Eagle Elementary School principal Sarah Norton contacted police, indicating that she follows up on all matters involving her school. Concerned that someone or something may have been on school property the evening before, she called police to inquire about their findings.

After further investigation, police learned that the school's groundskeeper had been performing standard duties in the wooded area north of the school - such as clearing brush/branches, or putting leaves in the woods to decompose - at about the same time of the sighting of Bigfoot's leg. Police determined that the leg the boy saw was likely that of the groundskeeper.

"… it was determined that most probably, Mr. (Jerry) Segart is, or was on the evening of May 8, Bigfoot," the police report said.

The police report states that though the father didn't believe his son's story, he felt it best to file a report with the police anyway.

"This is the first alleged Bigfoot sighting we've had in Eagle at least since I've been here," said Police Chief Russ Ehlers.

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