Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Something stirs in the waters of the Fox River


WNS – Waukesha  Something is lurking in the waters of the Fox River in Waukesha and biologists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is struggling to explain what it is.

“At first we tried to dismiss the sightings,” said Dr. Isaiah Lochners, a marine biologist with the DNR. “But the sightings have become more numerous, and there are definitely less ducks on the water.”

One sighting was especially unusual. According to Dr. Lochners, a witness even reported seeing a head of a creature poke its head above the water and drag a helpless duck under the water.

Then there’s Enrique Dallaire. He says he saw the unknown creature in the Fox River near Frame Park, but he just missed taking  a photo of the animal. “At first I thought it was a swan or a goose. But then I realized, that’s no goose.”


Photo taken by Enrique Daillaire possibly shows splash and wake of an unknown creature in the Fox River near Frame Park.

Dr. Lochners says the most disturbing report he received was from a woman who claimed the head of the creature actually stretched out to the shore and pulled in a small dog that was along the river. The elderly woman who had the dog on the leash was almost pulled into the water with the dog.

“If I had a small child, I wouldn’t want it near the edge of the water,” Lochners said.

Lochners says most of the sightings have been in the area of Frame Park. Witnesses describe the creature as a large, almost-serpentine head and neck attached to a large body. The head and neck are estimated at four feet in length.

According to Lochners, there have been reports of a large marine creature in the Fox River going back to before the city’s founding.

“When Increase Lapham came to the Waukesha area, he wrote in his diaries stories he heard from the Ojibwe tribe of a large creature in the Fox River that would capsize their fishing boats.”

He said most reports could be dismissed, but the recent spate of sightings and possible photographic evidence made looking for the creature a higher priority for the DNR.

“It’s an especially large animal, and we’re confident that we will be able to locate it and classify it soon. We have a boat on the water everyday now looking for the creature.”

Daillaire said, “They’re going to need a bigger boat.”


According to Dr. Lochners, most sightings of the creature have been in the wider, deeper area of the Fox River near Waukesha’s Frame Park.

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