Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginner’s Field Guide to Common Trees of North America

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Feb 232017
 

Walking with Bigfoot – A Beginners Guide to Common Trees of North America 
By Sharen and Mark Mellicker

This book is a short field guide of trees in North America as seen from a walk with a family of bigfoots.  Each page has easily read, hand-written information on bigfoots, trees, or their fruits.  The language is not “dumbed-down” for young readers, giving them the real scientific terms for classifications of leaves.  A visual glossary of leaf terminology is given in the last pages of the excellent book for young naturalists/bigfooters.  

The art in this field guide is of an interesting style.  It seems to be a combination of paint, markers and collage.  This combination makes many of the features in the art pop off of the page for the reader.  It would also inspire young artists to try their hands at using these same techniques.  If any original bigfoot art is created in your home using these techniques, I’d love to see it!  Email a copy of it to me by clicking here!  

A family of bigfoots chill while you read about wild fruits of North America.

At the publisher’s website, NatureLoverBooks.com, you can find links to bigfoot information, nature art projects and more.  It’s a great resource for parents and teachers alike.  

To buy a copy of this excellent book, click this link.

Historic Bigfoot Business in Oakhurst, CA

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Feb 212017
 

Bigfoot Burger Pit

Bigfoot Drive-In Burger Pit in Oakhurst, CA

This historic photograph was found on The Studebaker Drivers Club Forum and was posted by user “kurtruk” with the following information: 

Bigfoot Drive In Burger Pit was in Oakhurst, Ca on Hwy 41. Closed in the early 1980’s. Former MLB pitcher Rudy May owned the property and was going to build another restaurant on the site but never did AFAIK. Restaurant had a few yellowed newspaper clippings, and a casting of a Bigfoot “footprint.”

What I would like to know is whatever happened to that footprint cast?  Was it a copy or an original?  Where and when was it cast?  Do any of my readers have any information on this?  If you find out anything on this, or already know something about this, please contact me!  

Senate Bill to Make Sasquatch the Official WA State Cryptid

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Feb 192017
 

WA official state cryptid: Sasquatch!

Washington moves to make sasquatch the state’s official cryptid!

Sasquatch is everywhere nowadays, and I’m not just talking about in the woods.  You can see sasquatches on billboards, commercials, and everybody’s favorite reality TV series.  Strangely enough, though, there is not a single mention of the creatures in the state laws of Washington despite the tourism dollars brought there by the hairy hominoid (though there are a couple local ordinances).  That might be about to change.  

Senator Ann Rivers who represents the 18th Legislative District in Washington has proposed a bill to make sasquatch the official state “cryptid,” or undiscovered animal.  This was brought on by a letter from “Caleb,” a boy who lives in her district.  

Some might complain that this sort of thing doesn’t belong in the solemn halls of legislative government, but I would strongly suggest otherwise.  A very large sum of money is spent in Washington every year by bigfooters coming to conferences, paying for campsites, buying gasoline, buying souvenirs, and going on paid expeditions looking for evidence of sasquatches.  These bigfooters therefore use the public lands set aside by the state, thus ensuring their protection for future generations.  Clearly, bigfoots have played a small yet significant role in Washington’s tourism and public lands.  

I predict that as bigfoots become more prominent in the minds of the public, and especially after academic acceptance of the species, they will play a huge economic role in Washington and other states.  How will they be protected?  What, if any, rights will they be granted to ensure their safety and autonomy?  Will they be viewed as threats or assets?  How will our own views of the lands they live on be changed?  All these questions and more will surface, so it’s a good thing to put sasquatches on the minds of Washingtonians now, before they are proven as a real species, so some of these questions can be pondered before answers are demanded.

Here’s a snippet from the press release: 

Child’s letter prompts bill to designate Sasquatch as state ‘cryptid’

Read the rest of the article by clicking this link.

More on the Sulawesi Tool Makers

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Feb 102017
 

Signs of a tsunami? Ancient tools from the island of Sulawesi show that human ancestors island-hopped around Southeast Asia, perhaps illuminating the origins of the ancient tiny humans called hobbits. – Photo by Erick Setiabudi

A new article published in Nature details the latest developments in the study of mysterious stone tools discovered on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.  The makers of these tools remains unknown and is pondered in a previous blog article on this site.  

This discovery is pertinent to the study of bigfoot for several reasons.  First of all, at least three species of unknown hominoids are reported throughout Indonesia.  One fits the description of the orang pendek on Sumatra which can be speculated to be a type of bipedal orangutan.  The other is more manlike, but smaller, and is referred to as the ebu gogo on the island of Flores.  This form is probably a relict form of Homo floresiensis.  The last of the three commonly reported forms fits the description of the North American sasquatch, and is in fact present in the folklore of Sulawesi where the tools were found.  

While it is unlikely that the larger, sasquatch-like form is responsible for these tools, the study of pre-modern humans and our relatives should always be encouraged.  It is within this framework that the sasquatch will eventually be recognized by science.  Though paleoanthropology is a newer science, it will certainly help provide a foundation for the subject of bigfoot and other unknown hominoids in the near future.  

For interested readers, the best book (by far) to detail the possible unknown hominoids found in the folklore of Southeast Asia is Images of the Wildman in Southeast Asia: An Anthropological Perspective by Gregory Forth.  It is detailed, scientific, and open-minded while remaining skeptical.  For any serious student of wildmen in that part of the world, I cannot recommend this book enough.  

 

Archaeologists dug deep in Sulawesi, excavating 10 meters down. Photo by Dida Yurnaldi

Ancient tools may shed light on the mysterious ‘hobbit’

The “hobbit” had neighbors. Back in 2004, researchers announced the discovery of this tiny, ancient human, which apparently hunted dwarf elephants with stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 18,000 years ago. Its discoverers called the 1-meter-tall creature Homo floresiensis, but skeptics wondered whether it was just a stunted modern human. In the years since, researchers have debunked many of the “sick hobbit” hypotheses. Yet scientists have continued to wonder where the species came from.

Now, an international team originally led by the hobbit discoverer reports stone tools, dated to 118,000 to 194,000 years ago, from another Indonesian island, Sulawesi, likely made by another archaic human—or possibly by other hobbits. “It shows that on another island we have evidence of a second archaic early human,” says paleoanthropologist Russell Ciochon of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, who was not involved with the work. The discovery makes the original hobbit claim appear more plausible, he says, by suggesting that human ancestors may have island-hopped more often than had been thought.

After international debate over the hobbit’s origins, co-discoverer Michael Morwood—then an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia—set out to search other islands from which the tiny humans may have come. Java—more than 800 kilometers west of Flores but with a chain of islands in between—was already known to be the ancient home of the human ancestor H. erectus, a globe-trotting species that dates as far back as 1.7 million years ago. But Morwood instead set out for Sulawesi, 400 kilometers to the north, because powerful ocean currents sweep southward from this island toward Flores. Researchers had already found some simple stone tools on Sulawesi, but they couldn’t date the artifacts because they were found on the ground rather than buried with datable minerals.  

Click this link 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?