The Survival of Primates is in Doubt

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Jan 192017
 

Golden snub-nosed monkey from China. Photo by Cliff Barackman

Golden snub-nosed monkey from China. Photo by Cliff Barackman

Bad news has arisen from a review of primate species populations.  The conclusion reached is that 60 percent of all primate species are threatened with extinction, and a full 75 percent of species’ populations are in decline.  Why is this important?  Well, humans are primates, and we are causing the extinctions of all the others.  To me, this doesn’t bode well for our own species.  If we ruin various habitats to the point where other primates cannot survive, it’s only a matter of time until we ruin our own habitat to the point where we cannot survive.  As they say, don’t crap where you sleep.  

OK, fine.  Why is this environmental news on a bigfoot blog?  Well, sasquatches are primates as well.  They are clearly hominids, just as we and the other known apes are.  Whatever else they may be, they are primates.  Could it be that sasquatches will also succumb to the pressures that are driving the other primates to extinction?  

Human actions were found to be behind all of the factors that threaten the various primate species.  Poverty and greed seem to be the largest contributing factors.  

“The IUCN has found that agriculture, logging and wood harvesting, livestock farming and ranching, as well as direct loss due to hunting and trapping pose the primary threats. Still other threats include habitat loss due to road and rail construction, oil and gas drilling and mining, pollution and climate change.”

The fact that human forces are behind the decline of primate populations is a good thing, sort of.  This means that we can do something about it.  The article says, “Building economies based on the preservation of forests and their primate inhabitants, and broadening educational opportunities for women would begin to address some of the greatest threats to these animals.”

This is a serious problem, and one that is not a political issue with red or blue sides to take.  It is a human issue.  It is something that we, as a species, must address before it’s too late for hour primate cousins, and then later, for ourselves.  

Click here to read the journal article in Science Advances.

The Survival of Primates Is in Doubt

The most comprehensive review of primate populations ever conducted finds that 60 percent of our closest biological relatives are threatened with extinction.

BY JEN VIEGAS

A future without primates outside of humans seems unthinkable, but an extensive review of ape, monkey, tarsier, lemur and loris populations finds that 60 percent of all primates are now threatened with extinction, and about 75 percent are declining in numbers.

The review, the most comprehensive of its kind to date and published in Science Advances, paints a dire future for our closest biological relatives. Their only hope hangs on global conservation becoming an immediate priority, the international team of authors says.

“It is possible that some primates will go extinct in our lifetimes if we don’t increase our efforts dramatically,” Russell Mittermeier, a primatologist who is the president of Conservation International, told Seeker from a Madagascar airport.

Madagascar is one of just four countries—with Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo being the other three—that host two-thirds of all species of primates. Mittermeier, who is also the chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, explained that “primates are largely tropical rainforest animals,” and these countries have such habitat, although these once-lush landscapes are shrinking across the planet.

A species of monkey might have already gone extinct during your lifetime: Miss Waldron’s red colobus monkey. It was reportedly last seen in 1978.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Orangutan Research Predicts What Bigfoot Research Will Look Like

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Jan 172017
 

A male Sumatran orangutan challenges a rival by baring his teeth and shaking branches. Now recognized as a distinct species, Sumatran orangutans number around 14,000 in the wild.

The below article is one of the best short articles I have read in a long time about the trials and tribulations of doing research on orangutans.  While reading it, I was struck by the similarity between what orangutan researchers put up with and what bigfoot field researchers deal with, and what professionals biologists will have to deal with after species recognition.  Long excursions to desolate locations, listening for howls and calls to locate the creatures, and difficulty visually observing the animals are all commonalities while doing field work on these elusive and solitary apes.  

“Sometimes I feel like I’ve chosen the most difficult thing in the world to study,”  
– Cheryl Knott, biological anthropologist

I’m sure it feels like this to Cheryl Knott, but bigfoot research after the species is recognized by science will be even harder.  Like orangutans, sasquatches seem to live mostly solitarly lives, or if they do travel in groups, they do so at a distance from one another.  Orangutans also have large territories and wander widely, but being a terrestrial species rather than the arboreal orangutans, sasquatch range would be much larger, and they would move much faster.  

Keep these challenges in mind as you read the below article.  Also, note the behavioral similarities between sasquatches and orangutans, such as the long calls and pushing down of trees in territorial displays.  Articles like this leave me wondering about what unknown sasquatch behaviors they share with orangutans and the other apes that are waiting to be observed.

Inside the Private Lives of Orangutans

 

Scientists are gaining vital insights into the red apes at a time when they face a precarious future.

FLIR Scout TK

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Jan 132017
 

FLIR Scout TK Thermal Monocular

For years, thermal imagers have remained very expensive and largely out of reach for most bigfooters.  Even the less expensive units cost thousands of dollars.  Recently FLIR has been working to change this, starting with the release of their FLIR One back in 2015 (Click here to see a list of thermal imagers I have used, including the FLIR One).  

Now FLIR has raised the bar by lowering the price of an excellent little unit that can literally fit into your pocket.  Most importantly for bigfooters, it can record both still photographs and videos internally, to be later exported to your computer.  What is the price for this little unit?  Less than $600 at the time of this writing (click the above link to find out what these are priced at now).  

Of course, at this price there has to be a down side.  In this case, the resolution of the unit is not as good as their higher priced units, but that can be forgiven at this price.  The resolution really matters for bigfooting when looking at objects at a great distance.  This isn’t really a problem if you mostly scan the woods around your camp or the road you’re walking on, though.  Visibility in these conditions is usually less than 40 or 50 yards anyway.  Under those circumstances, this unit would be more than adequate.  

 For examples of what people look like at various distances through this unit, check out the video below from an independent party:

 

So there you have it.  Yet another piece of thermal imaging technology has come within the financial reach of the average Joe.  Yeah, $550 is still a lot of money, but just think what units like this will cost in a few years!  Think how good the units will be in this price range if you wait around a bit.  Whether you buy now or later, good things are coming to Bigfootland.  I can’t wait to see the footage we, the bigfoot community, obtain over the coming years.

 

 

 

Bigfoot Lying on Hwy 299 – July 14, 2016 Sighting

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Jan 122017
 

Bigfoot lying in Hwy 299 west of Del Loma, CA.

A witness named Jeremy (last name withheld) recently submitted an interesting bigfoot sighting report from California to my online sighting report form.

On July 14, 2016, a man in his mid-sixties was driving west on Highway 299 at approximately 3 am on his way to Crescent City, CA.  He was travelling quite fast, upwards towards 75 mpg on the twisty, dark road.  Somewhere shortly after Del Loma, but before Hwy 299 crosses to the south side of the Trinity River, the man accelerated out of a right curve the man swerved into the oncoming lane in order to avoid hitting a huge object laying smack in the middle of his lane and partially in the left lane as well.  The witness observed the object as best he could while his headlights swept across the figure lying a full six feet across the lane. 

Highwy 299 just west of Del Loma, CA

The witness described what he saw as black, but not shiny black.  His first thought was that it was a very large tire from a front end loader lying in the lane, but there were no treads on it and it was one uniform color from one end to the other.  It was very large, being almost as high as the hood of his Toyota Prius.  The witness then realized that he saw from the shoulders to the buttocks of a large figure lying in the fetal position across the lane. 

Lying fetal in the middle of the road seems like a strange thing for a bigfoot to be doing, but this behavior is not unprecedented in bigfoot reports.  Charlie Raymond from the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization recently shared a presentation in which he details several reports of just this behavior from other credible witnesses.  Remembering this, I contacted Charlie and he was generous enough to do a follow up interview with the witness.  Below are excerpts from his notes with the witness’ name removed.

I called the witness and left a message. The witness promptly returned my call. It was immediately apparent the witness was excited, highly intelligent and very articulate. He’s an ex-Army helicopter pilot and has been a special education teacher for 26 years.  I asked him if it could have possibly been a black bear hit by a car?  He adamantly denied it by saying, “This was much too wide at the shoulders and much too huge to have been a bear!  From its shoulders to hips was at least 5-6 feet, not including the neck, head or legs!  I have 20/20 vision. After passing the creature, I was totally flabbergasted…stunned!”

Because the witness was in rush to reach his destination, he was travelling close to 75 mph.  As he entered a long curve, the creature was ‘already’ in the fetal position. It never moved a muscle. The witness swerved to his left into the oncoming lane just in time to miss it, coming within 2-3 feet from its shoulders. The witness estimated the shoulders at about 30” in height, which was the same height as the hood of his car. It had solid black hair.  When I asked him how long was the hair, he said, “I don’t recall.  All I know, it was uniform in color from its shoulders to its hips.”  He added, “The shoulders and hips were more rounded, not squared-off like a huge tractor tire and no noticeable tread. It definitely had black hair. This was no doubt an animal. The shoulders were much wider than the hips.”

In regard to it lying in the fetal position on the road:

This rather peculiar behavior happens more often than one would think. In some cases, it’s in the cold winter on an isolated country road. In that case, perhaps the Bigfoot was benefiting from the warm road?  In the above case, something else seemed to have caused this behavior because it occurred in July.

Here are some related encounters involving Bigfoots lying in the road.

  • Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization report of an elderly woman driving up on a Bigfoot lying in the middle of the road. 
  • BFRO report of witnesses coming upon TWO Bigfoots lying in the middle of the road. It also mentions how quick the one creature sprang up from its lying down position.
  • BFRO report of a Bigfoot standing in the middle of the road, then laying down in front of the approaching car.
  • Oregon-Bigfoot story of a car coming upon a Bigfoot sitting in the middle of the road.
  • Oregon-Bigfoot report where a truck driver comes upon a Bigfoot lying in the center of the road. Read his description of it….“in a fetal position, lying with its back to him.”
  • Weird-USA reports someone coming across a Bigfoot lying in the road.

Follow up report by Charlie Raymond, Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization

 

A huge thanks to Charlie Raymond for following up with the witness, and to Terry Thomas for an excellent artist recreation of what the witness reported!

“A Wish for Giants” Production Tee Shirts

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Jan 112017
 

A Wish for Giants Tee Shirts now available

Last year, a new bigfoot book called A Wish for Giants was released.  A large portion of the proceeds from that book go towards helping an organization (that for legal reasons cannot have their name officially associated with publications) that takes children with life-threatening diseases and helps them live out one of their wishes.  I have done work with this organization in the past, so I know they are legit.  

A Wish for Giants

The author, Aaron Dunbar, is not taking the extra step to make a movie from his book.  To help fund this endeavor, he is selling A Wish for Giants tee shirts.  If you would like to help this movie become a reality and help some children along the way, click on this link and pick up a shirt!

 

Oops! Finding Bigfoot Photo Bomb Blooper

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Jan 092017
 

Every once in a while, a keen-eyed viewer writes to me about a figure they see in the background of a Finding Bigfoot episode that could be a bigfoot.  Every time (so far), it has been a crew member that failed to hide themselves well.  A few years ago I wrote a short article to explain this to my readers. 

Another instance of this has been popping up lately from our most recent expedition to the east side of Mount Hood in Oregon.  Several viewers have spied figures under the trees as I walk by a treeline around the 40 minute mark in the episode (see the photo above).  Those figures are the other cast members trying to stay out of site of the helicopter that is filming me!  It seems that (most likely) Bobo was standing a bit further out from behind the trees than he though!  

Oh well, we all make mistakes…  

“Gone Squatchin'” Hats

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Jan 092017
 

Gone Squatchin’ Unisex-Adult Trucker Hat -One-Size Green/White

While I have my own line of merchandise that I like to wear and/or use, I do get asked for these Gone Squatchin’ trucker hats kind of a lot.  The above link leads you to an outside site where these can be purchased, and according to the link, one size fits all.  

If they can make Bobo look suave and debonair, why not you?

Chuck Rondeau Art

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Dec 212016
 

While in attendance at the recent Sasquatch Summit in Ocean Shores, WA, a talented artist named Chuck Rondeau gave me a piece of art he created.  Thank you, Chuck, for allowing me to share your art with my readers.  

Enjoy his art, and visit his page on Facebook under Chuck Rondeau, Wildlife Artist.  

New Finding Bigfoot Season Starts January 8, 2017

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Dec 142016
 

 

After a very long wait, I am very happy to announce the next season of Finding Bigfoot is scheduled to air starting January 8, 2017!  To everyone’s pleasure, we will be back on Sunday nights at 9 pm, just like old times.  

This season will feature expeditions to new locations, as well as follow-up investigations to some states we’ve been to before.  There will be a couple 2-hour episodes thrown in as well!  

Set you DVRs for Sunday night, January 8, 2017 for the 2-hour season premiere, but be sure to keep your eyes open for the ones you’ve missed leading up to the starting event!  The schedulers at Animal Planet like to do those Finding Bigfoot marathons leading up to season openers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do so again this year!