Armed with only a camera, Horseman and two friends last month bravely headed into Mission Canyon, a mile south of Hays.
What they found surprised even the grizzled investigator. On the south end of the canyon park, some 25 prints were spotted in a 75-yard stretch. The prints looked like giant handprints, with fingers a good 4 inches longer than Horseman's.
"He brought it up to me two weeks before it happened," Shambo said Wednesday. "I kind of laughed at him and said nobody's going to believe that."
Reno Shambo, a coyote hunter, had cut the large prints out of 2-by-4s and strapped them to his feet.