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Bigfoot saga continues in Ellendale, N.D.

Ellendale, ND -- Hoaxes, monsters and coverups. 

After mysterious tracks showed up near Ellendale, North Dakota, some thought it was evidence of bigfoot, while others dismissed it. But, a bigfoot enthusiast says a new chapter in the Ellendale Bigfoot saga doesn't mean it's case closed. A letter sent to the WDAY TV station anonymously claims to know exactly where the puzzling tracks came from.

After finding massive sasquatch tracks near Ellendale, Bigfoot tracker Christopher Bauer is certain there's something on the prairie. 

"Someone saw him, and he left behind a trail and tracks,” Bauer said.

But an anonymous letter sent to WDAY claims the tracks are man made. It reads: "This is not a hoax, it was supposed to be a prank."

The letter details how the writer allegedly went for a booze-fueled stroll on a pair of homemade sasquatch slippers.

It refutes Bauer's claims, but he refuses to budge on his stance about the undiscovered ape.

"This is a real, real animal,’ said Bauer.

What do other real, real animals of North Dakota need to survive? Large mammal expert Nicole Lee of the Red River Zoo says many have adaptations to help.

"With the very hot summer and very cold winters they grow thick coats in the winter time,” Lee said.

"Large, hairy, ugly monster,” Bauer said.

Hairy, check, but huge mammals in the region like moose need dozens of pounds of food per day.

"Especially during the winter months, those food resources are going to be scarce,” Lee said.

Not exactly a vote of confidence for a giant ape.

There are some inconsistencies in the letter.

Bauer says he followed tracks for miles, much further than the anonymous letter claims the tracks went.

He believes the letter is a hoax of a hoax and the tracks couldn't be faked. He also claims the marks were made with a four foot stride, nearly double a human step. Bauer claims anyone trying to walk in the faux-feet would leave heel marks, which he never found.

So is bigfoot living in Dickey County?

We'll let you decide if there's anything skulking around the prairie.

Bauer tells us he hopes whoever wrote the letter will come forward.

He also sent pictures of additional tracks he found in the area, which he says are much smaller, suggesting another bigfoot is walking around.