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This Week in Montana: Wolf and Bigfoot Sightings

One species has recently landed back on the federal endangered species list as the result of a ruling by a sympathetic judge. The other has never been recognized as a viable species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service—or any other wildlife or scientific agency, for that matter.


Yet both creatures—the gray wolf and Sasquatch–were identified in separate sightings on the same interstate highway this week in Montana.

Is it any wonder why this state is referred to as “The Last Best Place?”

Authorities with the Montana Department of Transportation say a gray wolf carcass was found along Interstate 90 near the Idaho border. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials subsequently reported that the animal had injuries consistent with a vehicle collision.

A few miles to the east, a motorist driving along I-90 near Alberton called 911 to report that he saw a Bigfoot approaching a couple who were fly-fishing on the Clark’s Fork River.


According to a report in The Missoulian newspaper, the motorist said the Sasquatch was more than 7 1/2 feet tall, with long arms, a skinny frame and brown hair.

But even the director of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization in California (oh yes, it exists, alright) told the newspaper that he believes the report is suspect.

The BFRO’s Matt Moneymaker said he was skeptical because the sighting allegedly occurred where there were dozens of motorists and in broad daylight, but only one person called 911.

So, if Bigfoot really exists and frequents locales around Interstate 90, as Moneymaker and others of his ilk would have us believe, then why has one never turned up as roadkill, or dead of natural causes in the woods?

“You can walk in the woods in Montana your whole life and never come across the remains of a mountain lion and they outnumber the Bigfoot 1,000 to one,” Moneymaker explained.


Me either.