Loch Ness monster ordered to leave Wisconsin river
A sculpture resembling the Loch Ness monster rises out of the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP / Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Dan Reiland)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 4, 2012 11:29AM EDT
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The Loch Ness monster is on vacation in Wisconsin - and state officials want the legendary lady to leave.
Department of Natural Resources spokesman Dan Baumann says a sculpture of Nessie is illegally obstructing the Chippewa River in Eau Claire and must be removed by the person who placed it there.
The sculpture's creator remains a mystery, although a person who anonymously emailed the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram on Thursday said it would be removed within 10 days.
Retailer Menards says it would like to acquire the guerrilla art and that the monster could make her home in retention ponds at the home improvement chain's Eau Claire property.
The Loch Ness monster was first "spotted" at Loch Ness, a waterway some 15 kilometres south of Inverness, Scotland, in 1933.