Mar 242013
 
Scott Carpenter’s photograph

Tennessee has a long history of bigfoot encounters, and many interesting bullet points in the bigfoot history books as well. One of the very first bigfoot websites I ever encountered was Mary Green’s website on which she called herself the Tennessee Bigfoot Lady. While I have never met Mary, I have friends who have, and they speak of her in good terms. Also from Tennesse was the Janice Carter habituation case, probably the first that most bigfooters would have heard of. While many bigfooters have doubts about what both of the above women have to say, I reserve judgment for cases where I know a little bit more about the people involved than what I’ve heard through the sometimes vicious bigfoot rumor mill (being a frequent victim of this rumor mill has taught me its inaccurate nature).

The evidence that brought the Finding Bigfoot team to Tennessee was a trail camera photograph obtained by Scott Carpenter on May 29, 2012. The camera was not a motion-activated camera as is often deployed by hunters throughout North America, but rather a camera that takes one photograph every minute until the memory card is full, or the batteries die. It is rare that this kind of camera is deployed, but I think these show promise in our collective endeavor of capturing footage of sasquatches.

Click here to read more about the TN evidence and eyewitness reports.

Mar 082013
 

While watching this, remove the gorilla and insert a sasquatch.  Is this level of interaction with a bigfoot possible?  Could it be that extended video of this quality could remove the need of a type specimen (a dead one) to prove the species?  I think it’s at least possible, and certainly worth a try.

People claim to have achieved this level of interaction with bigfoots, but so far these stories are just that: stories.  I suggest that to avoid the killing of a bigfoot, people who say they have this level of interaction should produce video of this quality or better.

I’m not saying, “Put up or shut up.”  I’m saying that we should do this for them, the big guys.  There are already several groups actively pursuing the killing of a specimen.  One will eventually be successful.  Can those who take a more compassionate stance beat them to the punch?

Bigfoots are real.  The “discovery” of the species is inevitable.  Can we avoid killing one to prove they are real?  Not unless we try.

Jan 312013
 
Scott in the Cascades in May, 2005

It is with great sadness that I share the news that researcher, witness, and friend Scott McClean has lost his battle with cancer.

Scott was the first and best at mining historical archives for newspaper reports detailing sasquatch encounters dating all the way back to the early 1800’s.  His interest in the subject was spurred by seeing a juvenile sasquatch run across the road in front of his car while on a college road trip.  He described the creature as a “jawa” for years due to its coloration and pointed head.

Besides his bigfoot interest, his love for the Greenbay Packers was legendary, and he ran a website devoted to this love.  Whenever we hang out, good conversation, good beer, and good times could be counted on.

Scott, you will be sorely missed.

Bob Gimlin with Scott McClean in May, 2009

Craig Flipy and Scott McClean in Willow Creek in July, 2012

Thank you to Tom Yamarone for sharing his photographs with me for this blog post.