CHATHAM, IL –  A Bigfoot footprint was identified and authenticated in Illinois!
There’s something amiss in the backwoods of Chatham, something potentially big. Lately there’s been talk around certain areas of town of an unusual howling and screeching sound as well as evidence of some very large footprints.

Since June there have been at least five to six instances of residents discovering or hearing evidence that the infamous Bigfoot may be lurking somewhere in the Chatham community. One case in particular has garnered some attention from local police, as well as a few proclaimed Big Foot experts.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, Michael Patrick’s mother was getting the liner to her pool changed at her residence, when workmen noticed an abnormally large footprint under the apple tree in the back yard and brought the footprint to Patrick’s attention.
Over the years Patrick and his mother had, at times, heard bizarre noises, but had always passed them off as coming from some common forest animal. But they weren’t the only ones that had heard the sounds either. The night before the footprint was found a neighbor had also commented about unusual sounds.
This is the apple tree where the footprint was found near:

“My neighbor has a German Shepherd, and it heard something that night that spooked him. The dog went outside to investigate, but came back cowering, now it won’t leave its owner’s side,” Patrick said.
Unsure about what exactly the footprint was, and concerned for his mother’s safety, Patrick called the Chatham Police Department. An officer came to investigate the scene, but was unable to determine what might have caused the print.
“The responding officer stated that there was a large footprint approximately 18 inches long and 8 inches wide, and it appeared there were five claw marks,” Chatham Police Department Deputy Chief, Vernon Foli said.
To give you an idea how big 18 inches is, retired NBA center Shaquille O’Neil’s feet are approximately 15 inches long, and he wears a size 23 shoe. The average human being’s foot measures approximately 9 ½ inches. Most shoe size charts end at a size fifteen shoe. An 18-inch footprint is about the size of a healthy newborn baby. Considering the size of the print, it’s understandable for a person to show a little concern if they found such a print in their yard.
The footprint measured approximately 18 inches long and eight inches wide according to the Chatham Police Department report. The immense size of the print isn’t fully appreciated until a hand is placed beside it.

Patrick documented his discovery on Facebook where he struck up a conversation with a friend. Patrick’s friend knew John Winterbauer, a Bigfoot investigator. Winterbauer in turn contacted local Bigfoot expert Stan Courtney.
Courtney has documented sightings and gathered sound recordings and evidence of Bigfoot for years. He has interviewed over two hundred witnesses who have seen Bigfoot.
“I literally know hundreds of people who’ve seen these animals. There have been lots of them in central Illinois. I’ve recorded lots of sounds that other researchers and witnesses believe come from these animals. People in Springfield don’t realize it, but there have been a lot of reports from the Sangamon River around Riverton.” Courtney said in a previous interview.
Courtney said that there have been five to six other reports of finding footprints and howling in the Chatham area since June.
So why is Bigfoot in Chatham? Well it’s hard to say really. Patrick’s property does back up to a wooded stream which flows into Lake Springfield. Courtney proposed that the creature was drawn to the house because of the apple tree that grows in Patrick’s mother’s back yard.
Stan Courtney explained to Patrick that the apple tree might have somehow been interpreted as a gift of food. In the past the Patrick’s had noticed that apples from the tree had been picked, but only to a certain height. They believed that the culprit was a wily raccoon, but the large footprint seemed to suggest otherwise. Courtney told Patrick that a creature such a Bigfoot will usually return the favor, and present a gift of its own as a show of appreciation in the form of a dead animal or a strange arrangement of flowers.
The day after his meeting with Courtney, Patrick discovered the Sasquatch’s gift, a decapitated rabbit, near his mother’s house. In Courtney’s account he stated that the rabbit had, “its head pulled off, not bitten or cut, but just simply pulled off.”
Since that strange June evening, no more incidents have occurred at Patrick’s mother’s residence. You might think that such a strange series of events would frighten most people in to staying out of the back yard, but the occurrence has not deterred Patrick’s mother from going about her normal routine.
“She’s not scared, she continues to do her yard work, she thinks it’s neat. My mom has never been skeptical of it.” Patrick said.
While his mother may not be skeptical of what happened, others aren’t ready to pin the event on Bigfoot just yet. Vernon Foli posed a possible explanation, albeit an indirect one.
“One thing I can tell you is that approximately ½ mile south of this location is the former Grindstone Valley Zoo that use to have exotic animals. The zoo is no longer in existence but the owner is Brad or Larry Reynolds and he still has some animals at this location,” Foli said.
Could the print have come from an animal from the old zoo? The Reynolds had kept large animals such as buffalo, antelope, elk, deer, tigers, leopards, monkeys, and zebras while the zoo was open. Or could it be a bear footprint? It’s widely believed by many that there are no bears in Illinois, but with their presence in neighboring states, Wisconsin and Missouri, would it be so far fetched to think that there are indeed bears in Illinois?
At this point it’s hard to tell what exactly made the footprint, but with other accounts of strange happenings and unusual howls and screeches in Chatham, many residents are raising an eyebrow.
“I definitely don’t think it was a hoax, and it was more than just a coincidence. I think that people should just be a bit more vigilant and careful, because you never know what you’re going to find out there,” Patrick said.
Kevin Tremain
The State-Journal Register

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  2. Chatham's "Bigfoot" is nothing more than the spot were the water hose made a puddle then dried and a person used a nut to imprint the toes. Garrett had been talking about a big foot show all morning and his coworker provided him with a foot print!

  3. Bigfoot sightings have been confirmed in Saunemin,Il. as well with reports of the Saunemin Giant for years. The wooded area along 5 Mile Creek just outside town yielded pictrues that were put on display at store in Saunemin They ranged in height from about 6'6" to 7'. I hope we see more reports on the "Saunemin Giant" or giants?

  4. i think it may be a hoax, for the print is just so clear, it is to good to be true, for a print to be that clear,
    honestly, it is like it is posing or something, plus it does not has claws, it has toes.

  5. The Saunemin Giant near Saunemin,IL. is supposedly a ghost. Could it be the ghost of a bigfoot? There have been giant footprints found along 5 Mile Creek, especially near bridges. My guess is that there are more Saunemin Giants that we just haven't heard about. Some motorcyclists report that he hurled rocks at them when they were in the woods near the creek. When they went back later they found footprints that looked much more believeable than the one in the picture.

  6. When I saw a reference to bigfoot and Illinois, I thought it must be the "Saunemin Giant". Is Chatham IL, close to Saunemin,IL.? It's always seen near 5 Mile Creek, especially the wooded areas. The Saunemin footprints are big, but not 18 inches. They had pictures of the Saunemin Giant posted at Callaby's store in Saunemin years ago.

  7. The Saunemin Giant has been seen again! I don't know how far Chatham,IL. is from Saunemin,IL. though. About a week ago we were driving over a bridge on 5 Mile Creek near Saunemin,Il. and we saw a very large dark figure along the creek. We stopped on the bridge and the giant lumbered into the woods. No way were we going to get out of the car. It was a cold January day so we were sure no one would just be out walking along the creek.

  8. The "Saunemin Giant" has only been seen around 5 Mile Creek near Saunemin,IL. so this is probably not the same creature, but it could be a relative.

  9. Grew up around the Saunemin area and remember the pix in the old store. I now live near Springfield, Chatham is just south of here.. Definitely not the same because the Chatham siting is just some folks having a time with their neighbor. But they did get the SJ-R newspaper to write about it. At least it was something to read other than what a clueless bunch of politicians we have in Springfield.

  10. This is legit…I know the folks who's home it is, also there has been sightings by the Sugar Creek covered bridge, just a few miles from there…Stan courtney the investigater is one honest guy, I have spoke with him a few times, not a nut or a whack job……I have had a sighting myself so I am positive they are real…And these people in Chatham, if you knew them like I do you would have no doubt about their credibility

  11. There have been so many reports of the Saunemin Giant over the years that it has to be credible. If Chatham can have one then the Saunemin Giant can be just as much a story. I remeber the pictures of it in a general store in town. They should do an investigation of the Saunemin Giant and put a story on it here. Some claim the Saunemin giant is actually a ghost, but I don't think ghosts leave footprints?

  12. My first thought was the Saunemin Giant too. Bigfoot sightings in Illinois are nothing new. Saunemin,IL. has had them for years. My guess is that there have been more bigfoot sightings of the Saunemin Giant than anywhere else in the state. The Chatham footprint may be just another version of the Saunemin Giant. I give a lot more credibility to the Saunemin Giant sightings though. There are reports going back to the 1920s or 1930s and some better evidence of the Saunemin Giant . There are probably actually numerous Saunemin Giants. The Weekly World News should send a reporter to Saunemin,Il.

  13. This is a really big print. A big foot print? Where did they found this. I want to see this for myself. I want to know if this is true or not. Do you think this is true or not? I want to know your opinion about this.

  14. Hi I’m running a new YouTube channel and I am desperately looking for someone willing to share their stories regarding the Saunemin Giant. I am only able to find a handful of posts about this subject online. I live very close to Saunemin, IL and would really like to hear the stories.


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