Craig Sulk, Menominee, points out the area where his camera captured an image of what could possibly be a Bigfoot. The image was powerful enough to send a team of experts to investigate and record a TV documentary. EagleHerald/Mike Desotell
Craig Sulk, Menominee, points out the area where his camera captured an image of what could possibly be a Bigfoot. The image was powerful enough to send a team of experts to investigate and record a TV documentary. EagleHerald/Mike Desotell
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MENOMINEE - Anyone who says there's nothing exciting going on in Menominee probably hasn't been paying close attention. There have been numerous reports of ghostly apparitions on 1st Street, brooms that stand up on their own and now perhaps the biggest story of all, a report of a Bigfoot sighting.

Bigfoot (noun) a large, hairy, apelike creature resembling a yeti, supposedly found in northwestern America. Also called Sasquatch.

Rewind the calendar to March of 2012. Craig Sulk of Menominee had several game cameras strategically placed around his wooded property. Sometime in May he retrieved the digital camera cards and started looking through the photos. When Sulk looked at the photos again over this past winter he discovered a unique three-frame sequence.

"The middle picture, there was something. I said, 'a squatch!' and we laughed," he recalled. "This is something. It's not just a shadow or a branch or a bear. Something is in that picture that doesn't belong."

Sulk pulled together a couple family members and friends and headed to the spot in the woods where the object was photographed to get an idea of just how big it was.

"I put Barb there and took a bunch of pictures with a digital camera," he said. "We came back to look at the pictures on the computer and dammit if this thing wasn't bigger than her." Barb is Sulk's wife and she stands 5 feet 8 inches tall.

If the object photographed really was a Bigfoot, the Sulks wanted to know for sure, so they turned to the experts from the TV show "Finding Bigfoot" which airs on Animal Planet, a satellite television channel owned by Discovery Communications.

Each week the show explores another reported sighting. Sulk said that he followed the instructions in the show and sent in his photographic evidence along with an explanation of what they showed. The very next day he got a response saying the show's producer wanted to talk to him as soon as possible. That was in February of this year.

"They called me on a Friday and talked to me a little more and said we've always wanted to do an investigation in the U.P. and we'd like to come," Sulk said.

"They said they were very intrigued and that the picture was compelling," said Barb. "What they liked about Craig's was he got a photo a minute before and a minute after. Nobody ever gets that."

Sulk and the producer discussed what would be the best time of year to come to Menominee. Summer was ruled out because of all the mosquitos so they settled on fall. On Sept. 21, a cast and crew of 17 people showed up on the Sulk's doorstep, including a director, two producers, sound and camera operators and the four-cast members - the president of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization Matt Moneymaker, researchers James "Bobo" Fay and Cliff Barackman and Ranae Holland, a skeptical scientist.

The group arrived around 3 p.m. and stayed until midnight. During that time they combed the area for evidence and performed a night exploration.

"We did a re-creation at the site but I can't get into what we found until the show airs," Sulk said. If you want to know what, if anything, was found you'll have to watch the show.

Animal Planet and Sulk have signed contracts and agreements that prohibit him from divulging certain information prior to the show. As for the photo, Sulk agreed to share it with Animal Planet but only for the show itself. It is being kept in a carefully guarded location. The Sulks are also prohibited from putting certain information about the investigation on social websites until after the show airs.

The new season of "Finding Bigfoot" begins Nov. 10. The show featuring the Sulks is tentatively scheduled for the fifth show of the 2014 season.

Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, has reportedly been spotted in every state except Hawaii. So, just what was it that was captured on Sulk's camera? Was it a missing link between man and beast? The jury is still out. The Sulks and their nephew Jake Sulk, aren't coming out and saying anything definitive but the image that was captured by Sulk's camera was compelling enough to fly a crew of 17 people to Menominee.

"This whole time we haven't said, 'oh I know this is a Sasquatch,'" Jake said. "I think that's why the Bigfoot team was so intrigued to come here; because we're not trying to get on TV. We just want to know what it is."