Rumor has it that there’s a bigfoot on the loose. And no, we’re not talking about the sassy-grinned Bigfoot cut-out that Get Fit Itasca has been putting out on the trails for people to find. This is supposed to be the REAL bigfoot, and it caught the attention of the producers of the Animal Planet series, “Finding Bigfoot.”

It all started last winter, when the owner of Maple Ridge Resort in Bigfork, Lyle Enger, heard noises outside at the resort. He let the dogs out, but they came right back in, looking spooked. So Enger went outside to investigate, armed only with a flashlight.

He said he saw some tracks, but didn’t get a very good look in the darkness.

“Then in the morning I started checking them out. And I couldn’t believe my eyes! The tracks had come up from across the lake, up the bank around one of the cabins, and onto the driveway and across the park at the resort,” said Enger. “They were pretty consistent at about eight feet apart. And the first print that was off the edge of the driveway was a perfect footprint. I couldn’t believe it.”

After telling a friend about what he had seen, he contacted Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). From there he was contacted by a representative of “Finding Bigfoot” to let him know that they would be coming to northern Minnesota because of his testimony.

The crew shot footage for a little over a week at and around Maple Ridge Resort last July. And on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m., the episode featuring Enger and his resort will premiere on Animal Planet. The episode is entitled “Bigfoot Basecamp.”

When asked if the crew found bigfoot, Enger said they “were pretty secretive about some of that stuff.” So for more information, tune into Animal Planet on Sunday night.

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