^^LOL, what an odd way of reading what Sailgirl wrote, AaronD. I also keep track of all the Wisconsin reports, it just means we follow closely what's going on in our home state.
This is more of a "Tales from the Northwoods" comment, but relevant. When I lived up there as a teenager, we had nothing better to do at night than go joy riding throughout the countryside. And because we often were up to no good (underage drinking and worse), we often chose the most back country roads we could find. I know I drove down a road one night that made the guys in the car with me pretty nervous because it was nothing more than a fire lane. We came to a plank bridge that was so old, we all got out to make sure it was safe to drive over. We were deep in the woods and the guys said I was going to have to be the one to walk back for help if we fell in, because they weren't walking out.
That's just an example to indicate where we would go. In all those drives, I never once saw anything even suggestive of a bigfoot. On the other hand, someone I went to high school with claims to have seen a bigfoot out where W and 70 meet. Unfortunately, she was known do drugs, so her testimony is somewhat suspect.
I know a lot of guys up there who hunt year round, and not one has ever seen a bigfoot. On the other hand, there are lumberjacks up there who live in the woods and only come into town once a week (if that). I once asked one I knew pretty well if he ever saw bigfoot. He just looked at me strange and said, "Stay in the woods long enough and you'll see some strange things." He didn't clarify what he meant by that and to this day I wonder (he's long dead now).
When the BRFO had their expedition up there, people were talking about it because it was a surprise to them that there were bigfoot there. Yet, they conceded that although they know there are a lot of bears up there, most living there rarely see them, so they accepted maybe it was possible there was something else out there. Maybe strongly emphasized.
I also know it's a cultural past time to mess with 'city slickers' or worse if you're from Illinois. The bigger the lie you can tell and get away with, the more points you score. Shortly after moving up there, I was told about this guy that lived around there who was discovered to have eaten people and made lamp shades out of skin. I pointed out that they were talking about Ed Gein and that he lived far from there. I got a lot of that kind of stuff for a while until I became 'one of them' at some point.
I talked to the person who investigated the Rice Lake episode. I asked if he thought it had been a bigfoot and he said he really didn't know. By the time he got there, it was a media fiasco. Once it hit the papers, all kinds of people were out in the woods looking and they had obliterated and obscured any potential evidence making it impossible to properly investigate.
So anyhow, one of these days, I'm going to move back up there way out in the woods and see what I can find. It's my goal anyhow, because I know just visiting a weekend here and there doesn't allow enough time.