- The discovery of crop circles in a remote area of the
Interlake has intrigued the UFO researcher who debunked Manitoba's last
- The author of four books about local UFO sightings and
related phenomena in Manitoba, Chris Rutkowski is contemplating a trip
to a field east of Ashern where locals have discovered unusual markings
on some unused Crown land.
- "It would be interesting to take a look and see
what has people excited," Rutkowski said yesterday.
- Chuck Gosselin found the site while on a nature hike
with his wife Laverne.
- "If you put that I thought it was a spaceship, everyone
would say I'm a nut," Gosselin told the Interlake Spectator.
- The Gosselins happened across several doughnut-shaped
markings, with a small circle of live growth in the exact centre of a larger
circle of dead vegetation. The perfectly formed circles range from about
10 to 25 feet in diameter, and at least four appear to have been created
in the past year.
- Some of the circles may be up to five years old, judging
from the amount of regrowth, Gosselin said. That factor particularly piqued
- "An argument against hoaxing would be: What's the
point of doing it if they're not going to be discovered for a year?' "
- There haven't been any crop circles reported for three
or four years in Manitoba, Rutkowski said.
- "Although they are, pardon the pun, cropping up
all over the place," he chuckled. "There have been some in Alberta
this year, in England and in parts of Russia."
- Lesley Bond, a Manitoba Agriculture representative from
the area, was baffled after visiting the site.
- "It's definitely the first time I've seen anything
like this and I don't have any explanation for it," Bond said. "To
me it's not herbicide or insecticide injury or fire. I have no clue what
could have caused it."
- Crop markings can appear naturally as a result of copper
poisoning from manure dumping or copper deficiencies in the soil, Rutkowski
- Rutkowski was able to prove the last reported circles
to be a hoax a few years ago. He found the 17-year-old boy who made the
triangular and round impressions in a field in Cook's Creek.
- "This one was a real good one in that he actually
signed his work," Rutkowski laughed.
- "He was pretty cagey, he didn't want to say how
he did it. There were these interesting triangles and circles and next
to them were giant letters spelling out his name. That was a pretty dead
- It was difficult to see the letters from the ground,
however, because they were so large. Rutkowski looked at photographs from
someone who'd flown over the field.
- When Rutkowski confronted the lad, he said 'Yeah, I did
it. What did you think? Pretty good, eh?' "
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