Bigfoot caught live on camera in Michigan

Social media was abuzz with a clip from a camera mounted to a tree near the Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beaulah, about 30 miles west of Traverse City, placed there to highlight a bald eagle nest. Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti. It has many different names, and now some are wondering if the elusive beast has been caught on camera in Michigan. In the footage, baby eaglets peep in the nest, while on the forest floor below walks through what some think is Bigfoot — the never-confirmed, mythological man-ape-like creature that’s spawned many an unwatchable cable TV night-vision camera show.

The figure walks on two legs, but because of the distance it’s hard to distinguish much more.

It’s also unclear exactly when the video was shot, but because the eaglets seen in the nest have now grown-up, it was probably sometime this spring.

The live-cam clip was highlighted on the website of, a Bingham Farms-based company that specializes in online video content related to the outdoors, and on its YouTube channel. The company partnered with the state Department of Natural Resources to install the eagle cam on state land adjacent to the fish hatchery. It went live last March.

The clip was captured on video in May, CarbonTV executive director of content and marketing Daniel Seliger said. A viewer of the live cam apparently noticed the unusual guest appearance and posted about it on a Bigfoot enthusiasts website. A CarbonTV editor stumbled across the posting, staff reviewed their archival footage, found it and highlighted it last month.

“Like most videos purported to be Bigfoot, it’s grainy and out of focus — of course, the camera wasn’t set up to be focused on the ground; it was focused on the nest,” said Ed Eisch, DNR Fish Production manager for the state and the Platte River hatchery.

“From what we can see, what anybody can see with their plain eye, it’s up to interpretation,” he said. “It’s definitely grounds for speculation as a legitimate sighting. But who knows?

“It’s the kind of thing the Internet really loves.”

Eisch, while admitting he’s “not a big Bigfoot proponent,” said he draws no conclusions about what’s depicted in the footage.

“I have a nephew who does a really good Bigfoot gait impression,” he said. “But I know it wasn’t him.”

One of the nation’s leading Bigfoot researchers also finds the eagle cam clip intriguing, but inconclusive.

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