Hazards of Hunting Hominoids

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Dec 202018
 

Bigfoot researchers face a conundrum of life-and-death importance. We pretend that it’s not true, but it is. The only way that sasquatches will be proven as a real species is for a dead one, or a large portion of one, to be brought in for scientific scrutiny. That’s right, a dead one is the only way this mystery will be solved.

We might hope that DNA evidence will prove the species exists without having to kill one, but this is unlikely. Novel DNA would only draw the interest of those specialists that understand DNA data to begin with. I suppose that when enough specialists start making enough noise about the likelihood of bigfoots being real, then perhaps an organized party would be dispatched with the mandate to take a specimen. At the end of it all, though, is a dead one.

This post isn’t about whether or not that point of view is morally or philosophically right (we all have our opinions), but rather about the dangers that obtaining a specimen holds in store for the person holding the gun. It is a position that I would never want to be in, and one that could cost the hunter his/her own life, as well as that of the sasquatch in the cross hairs.

The first danger that comes immediately to mind is the general hazard of being in the woods. Since most seasoned hunters are pretty well equipped to deal with the elements and animal dangers in the woods, I’ll skip this one.

Personal safety should be seriously considered AFTER the shot is fired at a sasquatch. If a hunter managed to shoot one of these things, it is most likely that the shot would not immediately kill the sasquatch. So, the hunter would effectively manage to seriously injure and piss off a cunningly intelligent, blindingly fast, and brutally strong monster that probably knows where you parked your car. Think about that walk back to the car, probably in the dark, and probably in difficult terrain… The wounded sasquatch is out there somewhere, and it isn’t happy.

In the unlikely event that the sasquatch is brought down with one or two shots, can one be sure it was alone? Primates, whether we’re talking about humans, baboons, or apes, are social animals. When a bigfoot vocalizes or knocks, is it doing that to itself? Probably not. They’re doing that to communicate with the other bigfoots in the neighborhood. If there are other bigfoots in the neighborhood, I wonder what they’d think about someone killing a member of their family group? They might feel much like what you would feel like under similar circumstances: vengeful.

Dr. Grover Krantz was an advocate of killing a sasquatch to prove their existence.

Dr. Krantz, an advocate of killing a sasquatch to prove they exist, was once asked what he’d do after killing a sasquatch. He thought for a moment and replied, “Reload.” Good advice.

Think Ape Canyon. Think about the Bauman Story. Think any number of mediocre squatchploitation movies. This could be the immediate consequences of such an action.

And finally, think about misidentifications. What if it’s not a bigfoot that is being shot at? What if it’s a person in an ape costume? What if it’s a person in dark clothing? While laws prohibiting the hunt of sasquatches are rare, it is illegal to shoot morons in ape costumes everywhere in America and Canada.

Hunters out there are probably saying that they know about the first rule of hunting, which is to never shoot at anything unless you are absolutely positive you know what it is. That may be true, but some hunters aren’t as smart as you probably are, and mistakes happen. It’s possible that somebody might take a shot at someone thinking they were a bigfoot.

That happened recently. Check out this news item:

Montana man says he was shot at after being mistaken for Bigfoot

Alleged shooter: “If I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot”

By Brian Newlin

HELENA, Mont. – A Montana man told authorities Monday that he had been shot at while doing target practice because a man mistook him for Bigfoot.

The 27-year-old alleged victim said he had been putting up targets on public land in the North Hills on Sunday when bullets started flying. He told police a bullet hit about 3 feet to his left, and then another to his right before he ran for cover and continued to hear more shots.

The man said he then confronted the shooter, who was in a black Ford F-150. The shooter reportedly told him that because he wasn’t wearing orange, he thought he was the mythical creature Bigfoot.

“I don’t target practice, but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it,” the shooter said, according to the victim.

For the rest of the article, click this link.

Where Bigfoot Walks – Crossing the Dark Divide

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Aug 032017
 

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide 
By Dr. Robert Pyle

One of my favorite bigfoot books (and one that has been on my list of excellent additions to any bigfoot library for a long time) has been reprinted this year with a new chapter!  The butterfly specialist and wordsmith, Dr. Robert Pyle, has updated his classic tome, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.  

This isn’t your average bigfoot book in that it isn’t full of sighting reports and evidence supporting the existence of an undiscovered hominoid species.  This book is from the perspective of an educated, open-minded skeptic who takes a personal journey into the mystery (which is more than most skeptics do).  His knowledge of the terrain and environment of the Dark Divide, an area deep in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, comes forth in his writing, as does his appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.  

This book doesn’t necessarily persuade the reader that bigfoot is real, but it does something equally important.  It persuades the reader that the possibility exists, and this is often the first step into a larger world for the uninformed on the subject.  Dr. Pyle takes you on his journey with him, and shows that the mystery itself is a valuable thing for us all.  The quest is worth the journey, though the final destination of that quest is uncertain.  

And, as an added bonus, the newest edition includes a few words from yours truly as well.  

I will be making an appearance in White Salmon, WA with Dr. Pyle on October 28th where he will be doing a reading from his book.  If you haven’t had a chance to meet Dr. Pyle, you really should make an effort to do so.  His thoughtful perspective on the subject is a delight to hear, to say the very least. 

Click on the link above to pick up your copy.

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May 162014
 

The residents of the Pacific Northwest are in for a treat this week.  On both Monday and Tuesday evenings (May 19 and 20), Dr. Robert Michael Pyle is lecturing, proudly sponsored by the non-profit organization Mount St. Helens Institute.

For bigfoot newbies, Dr. Pyle is a lepidopterologist, or someone who studies butterflies and moths.  Though this is his specialty, I would describe Dr. Pyle as a naturalist with a wide range of interests.  One of those interests is in the study of bigfoot.  In fact, he wrote an excellent book about his journey in bigfooting entitled, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide (required reading for any bigfooter, in my opinion).  


Monday’s lecture will be at the Kelso Theater (214 S. Pacific, Kelso, WA), and Tuesday’s will be at the Loowit Brewing Company (507 Columbia St., Vancouver, WA). Both lectures start at 6:30. I hope to see you there!