Peter Byrne and Cliff Barackman
Besides the where and when, the other valuable thing in sighting reports is the observed behavior of the creature(s). These behaviors might shed some light on what we as field researchers could be looking for.
Which brings me to the real point of this blog entry. I recently received an email from a witness who calls herself “Carol”. The following is her email, edited only for punctuation:
“In 1968 I lived in the Bay Area of California. A couple of young men friends and I took a car trip to where I believe was inland from Highway 1 from the Monterey area. We hiked into a wooded area that had a deep bed of fallen leaves. I stopped and turned to say something to my companions when there was a shuffling, rustling sound right beside me. When I looked, I saw a (how can I best describe this…) maybe 4′ tall, rounded stance figure as though almost crouching and hunched forward; a broad-bodied creature that appeared to have come up from under the leaves where it may have been napping, I thought. The head/shoulder differentiation was quite slight, though I saw it from the rear. I am assuming it was a juvenile, since it was so small, compared to the extraordinary size a mature adult is purported to be. This creature did not pause, but scuttled away from us, disappearing very quickly into the thickly wooded distance. It did not move like, for instance, a bear, but was upright as it ran. The back was covered with a medium brown fur-like hair that was very thick and long. The three of us who were observers were startled and amazed in the same instance at the brevity of this encounter. The only thing we could say at the time was… Sasquatch!? Well, I’ve not told many people of this experience, but it remains vividly in my memory. I don’t know if there have been other sightings in this area, but I thought since there seems to be ongoing research on the existence of these creatures, my firsthand experience might be of some use.”
First of all, thank you, “Carol” for reporting this to me. I appreciate all of the stories of encounters that I receive through my website.
This encounter report caught my attention for a couple reasons. First, I have done some work in the mountains south of Monterey, CA. There are some very remote areas that are next to impossible to penetrate despite the proximity to densely populated urban areas. Also, I personally know several investigators from this part of California, so I’m always looking for ways to support them, usually by passing along information, as they often do for me.
Secondly, what really interested me about this report was that the juvenile sasquatch was thought to be napping under a layer of leaves. It’s probably a fairly safe assumption that juvenile animals mirror the behavior of the adults of their species (they are learning how to be adults, after all), so what can this tell us about the sleeping habits of sasquatches?
A snoozing gorilla in its nest.
I’ve heard of bigfoots making nests, bedding down in the open, and being found in the thickest cover one can imagine. All of these behaviors mirror the other apes’ habits, including our own.
It might also be valuable to ponder where other large omnivores bed down in the same environment. I’ve looked into where bears bed down and have found they sleep in a variety of areas, usually under thick cover (but not always). A park ranger in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California once told me that bears often sleep in the tree tops in that particular area. I’ve also heard of bears sleeping out in the open near mature trees. That would be kind of like sleeping next to a fire escape for them…
A black bear sleeping in the tree tops
Perhaps sasquatches sometimes sleep in the tree tops? Certainly, bigfooters don’t spend enough time looking up. Since sleeping sasquatches are rarely seen, they must hide themselves pretty well. I suspect (and this is only a hunch) that sasquatches sleep in the thickest, nastiest brush they can find, and probably on the steep slopes surrounding their favorite feeding grounds where human traffic would be least likely. These bedding sites would likely have commanding views of the surrounding area, and are probably close to a clean running water source. Of course, this is just a guess. I’ve also heard a tale or two of bigfoots sleeping out in the open. When I stumble on a sleeping sasquatch, I’ll let you know where I found it.
“Carol’s” report might shed some light into what some sasquatches do at least some of the time. It seems like a good strategy if the leaf litter is thick enough. Could the big ones do this? Probably not as effectively using just leaf litter.
If you have any thoughts on the matter, feel free to leave a comment below.