I recently was interviewed for a podcast called “On the Odd.” Here is the result!
I recently was interviewed for a podcast called “On the Odd.” Here is the result!
If you love bigfoots like I love bigfoots, you are always looking for things to do that might help them in some small way. Even at this point in time, before discovery, there are many things we can do to help our hairy cousins in the woods. Some are political, some are monetary, but most are simpler than that.
Before I get specific… In general, as a bigfooter, anything you do should be done in a professional manner. That involves being a positive force, whether that is in person or online. Being negative, whether it’s trolling online, talking crap about other people, making statements that bully others, or any number of other things one can do that lack maturity makes us all look bad. Remember, the vast majority of people who are interested in bigfoot are not part of the bigfoot community, and when they peek in on us and see bitter infighting and childish name-calling, it would probably turn them away from not only the community, but the subject itself. Behave yourself, no matter what else you do. If you have trouble being kind and positive, then the most important thing you can do for bigfoots is to remain silent.
But I digress…
I was asked to compile a list of specific things one can do to help sasquatches. Below is a list of five simple things that one can do that would have a direct impact on bigfoots, even before their discovery. They are simple things, with little or no monetary or personal impact. In some ways, they are literally the least we can do without doing nothing at all.
These are simple actions that anyone can perform to help sasquatches. We are their advocates, and we should act accordingly. Be sure to act in their best interests with a positive attitude. Remember, what you do in public or online reflects all bigfooters.
They have no voice. Be their voice.
I had a nice visit from John Rosman from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) a few weeks ago. He wanted to talk to me about the legacy and impact of the Patterson/Gimlin Film 50 years after it was obtained down in Bluff Creek, CA. We spent a couple hours in my garage looking at the film, talking about the creature and its movements, and looking at casts. He was very interested in the subject, and had read a bit before coming over to do the interview. (Informed reporters do interviews that are much more enjoyable.)
The article he was working on just came out today. There is a video component as well, so be sure to click on the article to check out the interviews of me in my garage, and of Dr. Jeff Meldrum in his lab via Skype.
Although it’s been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later.
The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California.
Bigfoot is seen on film for less than one minute, but one frame — 352 — has pretty much become the universal symbol for Sasquatch. And that famous giant walking ape is actually a she; her name is Patty.
But what might be most surprising — after a half century of advancement in film and costume technology — is that this footage has yet to be officially debunked.
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The (Wood)Devil’s coming down to Georgia this February!
Tickets go on sale today for my appearance at Expedition Bigfoot in Georgia. The good folks at the museum have given my fans a couple days head start to buy tickets before they announce it to their locals who will certainly buy all remaining tickets to sell out the event (seating is very limited).
I will be giving one talk on Friday and another on Saturday. Each talk will be two hours in length from 6 pm to 8pm, so we are asking that young children be left at home (their attention spans are even shorter than my own). I will also be in attendance for a meet and greet at the museum from noon to 4 pm. That’s the one to bring your toddlers to for photos with me or the exhibits at the museum.
For tickets, click this link TODAY. I’m telling you, this is going to sell out.
No understanding of sasquatches can be complete without some knowledge of paleoanthropology. After all, sasquatches had to come from somewhere, and paleoanthropology is the science that shows us what sorts of cousins we had that came before us. Bigfoots would be descended from one of those cousins. It is with that in mind that I eagerly devour pertinent articles on human ancestors in hopes to shed light on bigfoots and where they came from.
One of the leading figures in paleoanthropology was Mary Leakey, wife of Louis Leakey, was the discoverer of many hominin fossils in eastern Africa. She was meticulous, innovative, and dedicated.
The following is a beautifully animated short briefly describing part of Mary Leakey’s life, particularly her discovery of the Laetoli Footprints. Enjoy!
A few years ago in a blog post, I commented on how the legal protection of wild land is hugely beneficial to sasquatches, and indeed advocating for such protections might be one of the only things we (the bigfoot community) can do at the moment to protect our hairy friends. I called the idea, “Conservation Before Discovery,” and it was largely the result of former President Obama making huge tracts of land into official wilderness areas, including the nearby Roaring River Wilderness. Whether you agree with the politics or not, it’s hard to argue that wild lands are good for bigfoot populations. Conservation of the land could provide sasquatches with a well-protected core area in which to rear offspring.
When the article below crossed my desk the other morning, I found the general idea of the article to be what I was writing about all those years ago. With this in mind, I thought I’d bring up the notion again in the context of the recent news piece.
After fears the Loch Ness Monster had “disappeared” last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or “cryptids“) such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as “cryptozoology”.
On the face of it, cryptozoology has little in common with mainstream conservation. First, it is widely held to be a “pseudoscience”, because it does not follow the scientific methods so central to conservation biology. Many conservation scientists would find the idea of being identified with monsters and monster-hunters embarrassing.
Moreover, in the context of the global collapse in biodiversity, conservationists focus their attentions on protecting the countless endangered species that we know about. Why waste time thinking about unknown or hypothesised creatures? Most people are rightly sceptical of sightings of anomalous primates or plesiosaurs in densely populated regions that have been surveyed for hundreds of years.
However, while there are strong ecological and evidence-based reasons to doubt the existence of charismatic cryptids such as Nessie and Bigfoot, conservationists should not automatically dismiss enthusiastic searches for “hidden” species. In fact, cryptozoology can contribute to conservation in several ways.
The article continues here:
One of the best documented footprint finds was in Grays Harbor County, WA in 1982. Over a period of a few months, at least nine footprints were found and cast by witnesses, the local police, and a small number of bigfooters including Dr. Grover Krantz and Cliff Crook.
However, it has come to my attention that two very good quality replicas are being commercially and legally sold. The two casts in question come from the original molds made by Dr. Grover Krantz and licensed to Skulls Unlimited, a commercial fossil supplier.
The casts can be bought as a pair (click the picture or link above), or as individuals (click the picture or links below). There are other casts from this individual occasionally available from reputable sources at various bigfoot conferences across the country.
This track line also produced two half-casts from when the creature was running. One half-cast was taken back in 1982 and is well-documented in the literature, but the other and its recent discovery is documented on the DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip. Both half-casts are shown below.
A page in my bigfoot track database is long overdue for the footprint finds during this time, and one will eventually be added. For now, you can enjoy reading the report filed by the sheriff witness himself, Dennis Heryford, in the BFRO database by clicking this link.
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Big news on the science front is just emerging, and you can be a part of it. But first, let me give you a little background.
If you haven’t yet heard, some very peculiar nests which very well might have been made by the local sasquatches in the area have been found on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Over twenty nests have now been discovered in an area not larger than one square mile. The site, which is off-limits to the general public, has been under observation for two years by some of the top researchers from the Olympic Project. I will leave it to them to eventually publish the findings and results of their study at a future time. For now, just know that this is going on, and has been for a couple years now.
I have personally seen the nests, and I am very impressed by them. I will go on record as saying that I believe sasquatches made them. They were constructed by twisting and breaking off branches from the surrounding huckleberry bushes which grow up to 8 feet tall in the area. The branches were brought to the nest locations and seemingly woven in an intentional shape that most resembles the ground nests of gorillas. The only other contender for possibly having made the nests would be a black bear, but a biologist who saw the nests noted that if this is black bear behavior, it is undocumented black bear behavior. Nothing like this has been seen before by anyone involved.
Recently, Dr. Jeff Meldrum was taken to the nest site area and shown a number of the nest structures. He took core samples from a number of the nests and will now attempt to get an environmental DNA analysis, or eDNA study, done on them.
Environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, is a way to get DNA from the environment, hence the name. This means that samples can be taken of dirt from the floor of caves, feeding sites, nests, or other locations where an animal is known to have been and tested for residual DNA, thus proving their presence. This technique has already been used to obtain DNA from a variety of animal species, including extinct species such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, both extinct hominins (or thought to be extinct) closely related to humans. Click here to read about these remarkable finds.
EDNA testing is pretty expensive, though, and that’s where we come in. Dr. Meldrum has started a crowd-funding effort to raise the money to get the samples tested. This is something we can all do together as a community to help provide solid, verifiable, scientific evidence for the existence of sasquatches. No donation is too small, and every dollar counts. I have donated, and I recommend you do too. Please share the link widely, post it on your social media accounts, and be loud and proud that you are helping to possibly solve the mystery of bigfoot. Click this link to participate in the fund raising campaign to prove bigfoot is real by eDNA analysis.
Sure, there is a chance that these are not nests made by sasquatches. Perhaps this will be another dead end, like so many efforts that have come before. But, think about it… How would you feel if this proves bigfoot is real and you didn’t donate even a dollar? This is an opportunity to participate in what could be the biggest scientific discovery of the new century. It’s worth a buck. Do it.
In a nutshell, Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective is a book that looks at data from various sources and uses that data to come to conclusions about bigfoot. The sources range from John Green’s sightings database, the BFRO database, and various books and publications. Wilson uses his own field experiences as grounds for his conclusions as well, as any field researcher should do.
The book is definitely a valuable resource for researchers. Wilson has created numerous charts and graphs in which he shows a breakdown of how many reports from Green’s database show a certain characteristic, such as height, arm length, or even the types of foods sasquatches have been seen eating. In fact, there is an entire section at the end of the book that only features these graphics, though they are peppered throughout the book in the appropriate chapters where those features are discussed.
A notable chapter in the book solely deals with the value and reliability of eyewitness testimony. This is particularly important to bigfooters because of the assumption by skeptics that eyewitness testimony is unreliable. Using data from psychological field studies, Wilson clearly shows that eyewitnesses are adroit at getting the main details of unusual events correct in retellings.
Other conclusions Wilson draws from the data are interesting to note, though many have been published elsewhere, such as the running speed of saquatches, how far and high they can jump, and others. However, even when rehashing these particular abilities, he does an excellent job using sighting reports to support his claims.
There are several points where my own opinion differs from that of Wilson’s. These points tend to come from assumptions that Wilson makes. Fore example, one entire chapter of the book details how sasquatches couldn’t possibly be a relict form of Gigantopithecus. While I am far from certain that sasquatches are relict Gigantos, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the idea. Wilson sites the research done by Cinchon in his book, Other Origins: The Search for the Giant Ape in Human Prehistory, probably the most complete book on the discovery and analysis of the Gigantopithecus fossils. Many assumptions about Gigantos have been made by both Cinchon and Wilson that would be difficult to know considering how few fossils we have of these creatures. No post cranial fossils of the species have been recovered, and everything we know about these creatures is derived from a handful of mandibles and a few hundred teeth. Saying that they were quadrupeds is as speculative as saying they were bipedal. Saying that Gigantos were almost exclusively herbivorous, had limited endurance, or only ranged locally are other examples of speculations based on incomplete data.
Another glaring example where my opinion diverges from that of Wilson has to do with the sasquatch hand. Since Wilson assumes that sasquatches are a hominin, which could very well be true, he also assumes that they would have to have human-like hands for precision grip. Yet the data suggests otherwise. Wilson contests the idea that the sasquatch thumb lies parallel to the other fingers. Such a thumb, if limited to this one position, would indeed lack the ability to pick up, grasp, and hold objects, just as he claims. Wilson’s mistake is his assumption that the sasquatch thumb can ONLY lie parallel to the other fingers. Just as your thumb can move inwards in a grasping motion and back and forth on a more horizontal plane, sasquatch thumbs seem to do the same. In fact, the available sasquatch hand casts show the thumb to be impressed at various angles from the other fingers demonstrating this mobility. Wilson uses many paragraphs to explain why such an inflexible and strange hand structure could not possibly be used for the variety of applications that sasquatch hands must be used for. I agree. The problem here is the inflexible idea that sasquatch hands can only bend a certain direction. I would argue that assuming a sasquatch thumb can only move in that limited way is a product of rigid expectations.
Since Wilson disagrees with the hand analysis supported by Krantz and Meldrum based on the Freeman hand casts, he therefore goes on to assume that the Freeman handprint evidence, and indeed other casts not collected by Freeman but are often ascribed to him because they were collected in the Blue Mountains, are all hoaxes. This assumption then spills over to any evidence thought to have been collected by Freeman in the Blue Mountains. In my opinion, this is an error. Not only does most of the Freeman evidence stand up to analysis, but many of the so-called Freeman casts were actually collected by others, including Wes Sumerlin, Dar Addington, John Mionczynski, Vance Orchard, and others. Unfortunately due to incomplete and poorly-recorded data, these others’ contributions to the Blue Mountains evidence has been incorrectly ascribed to Paul Freeman.
Don’t get me wrong. Just because I disagree with some of Wilson’s conclusions doesn’t make this book any less valuable. In fact, I agree with most of his conclusions about bigfoots. I can also happily say that I picked up a couple things from the book that I hadn’t considered before. Wilson bravely speculates on what he thinks bigfoots are and can do, which makes for a much bolder book than the compendium of sighting reports that most bigfoot books end up being. Early in the book Wilson states that these are only his conclusions and he can be reasonably disagreed with. All good researchers should have this opinion. None of us have all the facts, and Wilson uses statistical analysis well to support many of his conclusions.
The book can be a little dry at times, as any statistical analysis can be, but the text is information-rich. I don’t agree with some of Wilson’s assumptions, but I also don’t mind my own assumptions being challenged by others, such as Wilson, when they are well-informed, use data, and have some field experience to back them up. While peppered with sighting reports, this is not a narrative, and the eyewitness reports are included to support Wilson’s conclusions as examples. For those scientifically-minded bigfooters that use facts and data to drive their opinions about sasquatches, I strongly recommend reading this book.
Click the link below to purchase your copy of this excellent bigfoot book.
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Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods
By Dana Lynd
I love it when people think outside the box, and there is not doubt that author Dana Lynd did just that when coming up with the idea for Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods.
The book shares an account of a family’s camping trip to the woods. Knocks are heard, a footprint is found, but not much really comes from the events. When the end of the book is reached, the reader is instructed to turn the book over and backwards, and then to read the book again. This time it is presented from the eyes of a sasquatch watching the family on their camping trip.
The book is an excellent example of perspectives in storytelling, and with a sasquatch as a silent protagonist, it would certainly be a favorite in the classroom or at home.
To order the book, click the links above. For more suggestions on bigfoot books for kids and teens, click this link.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Making perfect Squatchmas gifts for the cryptozoologist in the family, Creatureplica‘s articulated action figures are now on sale for the holiday season. All models are priced $40 and under, and between now and Friday the shipping is FREE! This window of free shipping enables the gift to arrive safely by Squatchmas Eve.
To browse Creatureplica‘s selection and order today, check out their website by clicking here. I have seen these creations sell for much higher prices than these (but never with free shipping), so don’t wait too long to order yours.
On the December 3, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, a sketch about tracking down former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a familiar look. The font, screen shots, and references to bigfoot all come straight from Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. Instead of whoops and knocks, the Hunting Hillary team utilized the distinctive laugh of Secretary Clinton and waited for callbacks.
This is not the first time other shows have given a nod to Finding Bigfoot. In 2012, South Park skewered us in their episode entitled Jewpacabra. Soon after, Steven Colbert had the Finding Bigfoot cast members star in a comedy short on his former show, The Colbert Report. And, of course, we have long been a favorite target on The Soup.
A new cast has been added to the database. It is from Greenwater, WA, an area of frequent activity north of Mount Rainier in Washington State. The print was found very close to a cabin in the area by a man and his family.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Brian Bull, Reporter/Announcer on KLCC 89.7 FM in Eugene, OR. As sometimes happens with public radio affiliates, the larger NPR stations picked up the story and featured it on one of the popular national shows. In this case, the excellent show, Here and Now featured Brian’s work. You can listen to the feature by clicking this link.
I was recently interviewed on the Deviatus Podcast. To listen, click this link, or simply listen on the media player below!
A recent yowie sighting from near Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia has been reported and made the news. The good folks at YowieHunters.com have posted their audio interview with the witness (see below).
Having done an expedition in Australia while filming Finding Bigfoot, I am 100% convinced that yowies are real animals, along with their diminutive cousins, the junjudee, or brown jack. After having a close encounter with what I think was a yowie about an hour south of Brisbane, I suspect yowies are pretty much just another population of sasquatches that have somehow made it to the island continent.
The article that brought this sighting to my attention is below. (Be aware that the footprint photo that is displayed with the article is not from the encounter, and no information about it was given.)
A bushwalker claims to have spotted the mythical Yowie in the Darling Downs’ mountain ranges near Toowoomba.
In an audio interview posted this week on The Yowie Hunters YouTube page, the woman says she was six metres away from Australia’s answer to the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Sasquatch.
“It was probably around seven foot tall, it had a head like a gorilla and long arms, I couldn’t see it from the waist down because it was walking through the long grass,” she said.
Read the rest of the article by clicking this link.
A short while ago, I published my list of “must-have” books for any bigfoot library. I left many excellent books off of that list because I wanted a narrower focus only on the books that I feel every bigfooter should be familiar with. Here I give the reader another list of books that I think would round out one’s bigfoot education.
I chose these books for a variety of reasons which are mentioned in my short synopsis of the book below the picture and link to where the buy it. More books will certainly be added to this list over time, as I am always reading more on the subject. In fact I have more than a dozen bigfoot books in queue right now just waiting for me to get through.
This map is centered around the Tlicho area.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a man who was suddenly thrust into a survival situation in the Canadian Northwest Territories stumbled onto a sasquatch last week. An article telling of the encounter was published, along with some traditional native knowledge of the creature. The article is definitely worth checking out. (Thank you to the person who sent this to me!)
An interesting news item caught my attention this week. Apparently, an orangutan in the Indianapolis Zoo has learned to repeat and mimic the pitch of open vowel sounds. This shows that great apes have the capacity to learn to control their muscles to deliberately alter pitch and shape of the sounds they make. This would be a necessary precursor to having language ability.
It is already well established that some individual great apes can think and communicate using symbols. Koko the gorilla that uses sign language is the best known example of this. The discovery of an ape that mimics conversational tones is another interesting tidbit in our uncovering the mysteries of our greatest gift that seems to separate us from our more hirsute cousins, the use of language.
There are some excellent observations of sasquatches seemingly talking to one another in what seems to be more of a language than mere animal noises. One witness from the Oregon Coast described to me what seemed to her like a language that mixed phonemes from Southeast Asia and the Native tribes of Southeastern Alaska (she had experience with both the Vietnamese language, as well as the language used by the Haida people from Prince Edward Island). Interestingly, she noted that there were clicks and pops in the vocal chattering that reminded her of the Bushman, or Khoisan, language. These sounds were articulated by two distinct voices in what seemed like a conversation.
It is possible that sasquatches are just muttering to one another with no meaning behind the sounds, but I find this unlikely. The two creatures bouncing their mutterings back and forth strongly suggest some sort of conversation. It makes sense to me that since sasquatches are so human-like, they have some eerily human similarities, such as language, or at least a proto-language.
The orangutan in the Indianapolis zoo is showing us, once again, the amazing abilities of great apes. They are not so different than us, and indeed show us what we once were sort of like millions of years ago. It’s akin to looking at a child and seeing us as individuals in a less-developed state. There is no lack of love or compassion in our view of children, so there should be no less in our view of apes from our species’ perspective.
To understand what Rocky did, imagine if you meowed at your cat and it was able to mimic you completely. You start out in a high-pitch voice and then your cat surprises you by responding with the same high-pitch call. And then when you drop into a Barry White voice, your cat responds with its own seductively deep meow to match.
Orangutan hear, orangutan do.
Researchers at the Indianapolis Zoo observed an orangutan mimic the pitch and tone of human sounds, for the first time. The finding, which was published Wednesday, provides insight into the evolutionary origin of human speech, the team said.
“It really redefines for us what we know about the capabilities of orangutans,” said Rob Shumaker, director of the zoo and an author on the paper. “What we have to consider now is the possibility that the origins of spoken language are not exclusively human, and that they may have come from great apes.”
Rocky, an 11-year-old orangutan at the zoo, has a special ability. He can make sounds using his vocal folds, or voice box, that resemble the vowel “A,” and sound like “Ah.” The noises, or “wookies” as the researchers called them, are variations of the same vocalization.
Sometimes the great ape would say high-pitched “wookies” and sometimes he would say his “Ahs” in a lower pitch.
The researchers note that the sounds are specific to Rocky and ones that he used everyday. No other orangutan, captive or wild, made these noises. Rocky, who had never lived in the rain forest, apparently learned the skill during his time as an entertainment orangutan before coming to the zoo. He was at one point the most seen orangutan in movies and commercials,according to the zoo.
My favorite bigfoot eyewitness sketch artist, Sybilla Irwin, has supplied me with a free download of a black line master of one of her works specifically designed for coloring!
Personally, I love to color, and always have. It was coloring that taught me NOT to stay within the lines (and driving that taught me that sometimes staying in the lines is a good idea). I suspect that either you love to color, used to love to color, or have a little humanling in your home that loves to color. Whatever your situation, feel free to download the graphic above and get to it (right-click and “save as”). You can access her coloring project page by clicking this link.
Sybilla would love to have you color the page and send her a photo or scan so she can post your work on her website! You can contact her by clicking this link.
An accidental discovery of a beached whale carcass on St. George Island in Alaska has led to the realization that it was in fact an entirely new species. Though the species may be new to science, it turns out that Japanese fisherman refer to as karasu, or raven, due to its dark coloration. What’s more, an entire skeleton of the species has been tracked down in an unlikely place: suspended from the ceiling in a high school gymnasium.
Here is a snippet from the article with a link to the entire thing at the end.
Scientists say a dead whale on a desolate beach and a skeleton hanging in a high school gym are a new species. Yet experts have never seen one alive.
I am very often asked by bigfooters to recommend books for them to read. To satisfy this request, I have put together a list of books that I personally consider “required reading” for any bigfooter. This list can be found by clicking this link.
However, the recommendations I am asked for are not confined to just books. I am routinely asked to recommend what kind of technology is useful, what bigfoot movies to watch, and even what kind of software I use for analysis. To satisfy those demands, I am currently working on a new section of my website in which I will list books, technology, and other items that I recommend for bigfooters. With each product description will be a link to buy that product. I hope to have this section of the website active by mid-August (schedule permitting), but until the entire section is complete, this will be the only portal to that page.
One of the most common misconceptions about sasquatches is that many of the thousands of sightings can be written off to misidentified bears. This myth has taken on new life because of frequent encounters with a bear in New Jersey that seems to habitually walk on its hind legs due to an injury to its front paws.
Of interest to the reader would be the bear’s gait. It has a waddling motion to it that starkly contrasts against the smooth, fluid gait most often described by sasquatch eyewitnesses. Also visibly absent is the long arm swing almost uniformly reported by eyewitnesses. There are many more visual inconsistencies of note as well, most of which can be read about in Dr. John Bindernagel’s excellent summary of the differences between bears and bigfoots. You can read his summary by clicking here.
Matt Moneymaker, fellow cast member on Finding Bigfoot and President of the BFRO, was recently contacted by the Washington Post about this possibility of bigfoots being bears seen under less-than-ideal viewing conditions. Matt does a good job dispelling this myth in the article below:
On a final note, it is true that some reported bigfoot sightings are certainly of bears. That would simply have to be the case given the number of bears verses the number of sasquatches in the world. The brevity of many bigfoot encounters would introduce that sort of error in the account. However, this would not explain all of the tens-of-thousands of reports on record. Conversely, it should also be considered that some of the bear sightings that people have had would be misidentified sasquatches. This type of error would go both ways, especially considering that many people who don’t believe in sasquatches and happen to see one in the woods would HAVE TO think they saw a bear.
Authors Thom Powell and Joe Beelart made an appearance this past week on the local Portland, OR television station, KATU. Thom has penned two nonfiction bigfoot books to date, his newest being titled Edges of Science (his older book, The Locals, has now become a classic). Both of Thom’s books are must-reads for any bigfooter, but especially if one tends towards the weird side of the phenomenon. Joe’s book, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway, was released a year ago and lays out his decades-long investigations into bigfoot sightings along the Clackamas River corridor.
The segment on KATU was a nice interview with the authors and their take on the local bigfoot mystery here in Oregon. Of particular interest is that Thom Powell wore a jacket and tie! Seeing that is probably rarer than seeing a sasquatch!
Here’s a link to the interview for your viewing enjoyment: http://katu.com/amnw/books-authors/the-oregon-bigfoot-highway
The paleoanthropological world was stunned by a January, 2016 publication of the discovery of stone tools from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. More than 200 artifacts were unearthed that were made by an unknown species of human ancestor, or hominin. Modern humans are thought to have occupied the island sometime between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago, yet these newly discovered tools date back to between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago. The most conservative dating estimate indicates some of these tools were made about 118,000 years ago, or more than 40,000 years before Homo sapiens arrived. This squarely points to a yet-to-be-recognized species of human occupying the island long before modern humans arrived.
Less than 100 miles to the south of Sulawesi is the Indonesian island of Flores. It is here in 2003 that the fossils of the now-famous “hobbit” species of hominin, Homo floresiensis, were discovered. These diminuative hominins are known to have been a little more than three feet tall, to have made and used stone tools, and to have lived on Flores as recently as 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. The presence of this tool-making species so close to Sulawesi makes them a strong candidate for the makers of the recently discovered tools on the island to the north, though this is not certain as no Homo floresiensis remains have been found anywhere but on Flores.
One of the many fascinating things about the discovery on Sulawesi and how it ties into the Flores hominins is the presence of folkloric, historic, and present-day reports of unknown hairy hominoids from both islands. On the island of Flores, long before the fossils of Homo floresiensis were unearthed, there were tales of the ebu gogo. Ebu gogo are described as what can only be described as either ape-like, or primitive man-like. They seem to be short (three or so feet tall), covered in hair, and extremely elusive. In some areas of Flores, they are thought to be extinct by the Floresians who live there, though in other areas sightings persist until the present. There is a strong possibility that ebu gogos are simply extant Homo floresiensis that never got the memo that their species had gone extinct.
On Sulawesi, there is also a tradition of hairy hominoids dating back to at least the 17th century. In 1701, the French priest Nicolas Gervaise wrote about the island being occupied by aggressive “monkeys and baboons,” some of which “walked upright like men.” They were also described to be as large as an English mastiff, the males of which are typically between 150 and 200 pounds, making the compared apes quite large.
The people who inhabit Sulawesi today continue to talk of what appears to be an unknown species of hominoid. In the northeast part of the island, they speak of the lolok, or “little forest men.” These creatures are the size of a child and are covered in hair which is longer on the head. They are rumored to have supernatural abilities, which is a motif found in many cultures worldwide in their descriptions of the local hominoids in the area.
While the lolok seems to be largely spiritual or mystical in nature, contemporary populations of Sulawesi have a tradition of far more human-like beings. In the mountainous Dirijo region of the island, the local people call these creatures To Ipono (“To” means human or person), and in the north they are referred to as To Uta (reportedly translated to “people of the forest”). Both the To Ipono and To Uta are described as being a little more than three feet tall and covered in hair. The To Uta is said to live in caves or hollowed out trees. They are also thought to have become “invisible,” but were often seen by the ancestors. Could it be that this “invisibility” is just another way of the locals describing the extinction of a species from the local area?
With the discovery of the stone tools in Sulawesi, it seems that the suspected range of Homo floresiensis might have to be expanded to several of the islands in Indonesia. If, as I suspect, the modern day descriptions of ebu gogo, to ipono, and others are simply members of Homo floresiensis that have somehow survived to the present day, a very close look will have to be given to the folkloric tales from all of the islands of Indonesia, as well as the present day sighting reports from these same islands, southeast Asia, and even Australia. It could very well be that one or more hominin species quietly survive in remote corners of the world only rarely seen by the Homo sapiens that live alongside of them.
Enjoy this article, complete with video!
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Ray Doherty of the Australian Yowie Project recently sent me an interesting audio clip from one of the group’s feeding stations on the east coast of Australia. I am unaware of the direct link between this audio and a yowie, but I do find the recording interesting. Kudos to Ray and the group for their continuing efforts to gather data on the bigfoot down under!
A new book has been published by University of Nebraska Press covering bigfooters and their search. Joe Gisondi, a professor of journalism at Eastern Illinois University, interviewed a ridiculous number of bigfoot researchers and pieced together a book that is as informative as it is engaging.
Mr. Gisondi met me in the field and interviewed me by phone and email on several occasions, so I have some knowledge of his depth of research and personal integrity. I have not yet read the entire book, but was privy to some of the written sections before publication. I have already ordered my copy.
For more information on this book, or to order your own copy, click this link!
Talented artist and friend of the ‘squatch, JL Bernard has created two pieces of art that I think are fantastic. These black line drawings depict two faces of sasquatches, the benevolent and the not-so-benevolent. Both pieces are available in full size prints and can be ordered directly from the artist himself by emailing him. To contact Mr. Bernard, use this email address: email@example.com.
Friends of the ‘squatch Joe Beelart and Thom Powell appeared on KGW news recently. The news segment is above.
Both men have recently authored books on the sasquatch subject. Joe’s book, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway, details sightings and encounters along Highway 224 from Estacada, OR down to Detroit Lake. It is an excellent read with many details left out of other books, such as names and GPS coordinates. You can purchase this book through Amazon by clicking this link.
Thom has recently published his second non-fiction bigfoot book entitled Edges of Science, a sequel to his first ground-breaking work, The Locals. Not being one to shy away from controversy, Thom digs in deep trying to connect sasquatches with such far-flung topics as UFOs, crop circles, and other paranormal subjects, and does so with great humor. You can purchase Thom’s book through Amazon by clicking this link.
New photographs from an Indonesian bird market might have exposed the existence of a previously-unknown species of monkey. It is rare that new species of primates are discovered at all, anywhere in the world. In this case, though, the species might be proven real just by a photograph, not the collection of a type specimen, which is a dead animal to study and dissect. Of course, this is what most compassionate people want for the sasquatch as well.
There is a very good reason a type specimen is needed to prove a species exists, and that is to remove all doubt about its reality. Of course, sometimes the skeleton or a pelt of an unknown creature seems too strange to be accepted at first by the scientific establishment, as in the case of the platypus, but eventually the corpse of something unknown in front of even the most hardened scientific skeptic must eventually be accepted as real, no matter how strange or unexpected. However, in our (hopefully) more enlightened age, perhaps good photographs combined with DNA evidence can get the job done. That is what is currently underway with the langur monkeys pictured above.
After these photographs were published, the idea of a new species was challenged by other primatologists. Vincent Nijman, a primatologist at Oxford Brookes University, has suggested that these langurs are a previously known species that have been dyed or bleached, as he claims is often done in Indonesia. However, this claim has been questioned by Francesco Nardelli who has never seen an example of an altered animal being sold in markets in over a decade of field work in Indonisia.
We bigfooters can sit back and watch this potentially important case unfold. I will keep you updated as I hear about things unfolding.
My first visit to Bluff Creek was in 1994. A good friend and I went on a naive and fruitless quest to visit the Patterson/Gimlin Filmsite. Having no idea whatsoever as to where to find the site, I chose a location just upstream from a tributary of Bluff Creek called Bigfoot Creek. I reasoned that perhaps the creek got its name from the famous 1967 footage. I was wrong, but that first excursion to Bluff Creek made me fall in love with the area, both for its historical significance as well as its natural beauty. (I found out many years later that supposedly Bigfoot Creek was named thusly because that’s where bigfoots would go to fish steelhead.)
I have gone back to Bluff Creek almost every year since that first expedition, and have learned a lot about the area and its historical locations over time. I finally located the Patterson/Gimlin Filmsite in about 1997. The pond on Onion Mountain where Bob Titmus cast his famous hand cast was located in the early 2000’s. The location of the 1958 Jerry Crew casts that gave American English the word “bigfoot” was found and visited in 2013. There are many secrets still untold in the Bluff Creek drainage, so I will continue to return there for probably the rest of my life.
Over the years, my trips to Bluff Creek were usually in July or August since I was an elementary school teacher and had summers off. This year, I elected to visit in October, which has a historically high frequency of events associated with it. The PG Film, Jerry Crew cast, and several other footprint casts were all taken in October. Bob Titmus used to spend a month or more at a time at Bluff Creek in October every year. If it’s good enough for Titmus, it’s more than good enough for me.
Since bigfooting does not guarantee bigfoot results, it’s always best to go for reasons other than those that are bigfoot-related. To those ends, I arranged to meet friends for this trip. Tom Yamarone, James “Bobo” Fay, and Terry Smith would be my camping companions on this expedition. With these gentlemen, I was sure to enjoy my time in the woods.
I arrived first at Aikens Creek Campground, our rendezvous spot, in mid-afternoon. In less than an hour, my companions started to arrive. By four o’clock, all members of our party had arrived. We were leery about camping in Louse Camp because we were so close to October 20th, the 48th anniversary of the Patterson/Gimlin Film, and we didn’t really want to run in to other bigfooters. We were all looking forward to spending a couple nights with bigfooting buddies in a spot that was and still is special to us all. This trip was for old times’ sake just as much as it was for research.
We gambled on Louse Camp, and were overjoyed when we found it vacant upon arrival. No activities were on the agenda for Friday, so we mostly just made camp and hanged out. Later in the evening, two other bigfooters showed up and stayed on the fringes of the camp. They were young men in their early 20’s wanting to visit the PG Film site. They turned out to be cool and non-invasive, so we hung out with them periodically until they left on Sunday morning. Personally, I saw a lot of myself in them. After all, I started visiting Bluff Creek in my early 20’s in search of the PG Film site. You gotta start somewhere.
Saturday morning brought rain, but luckily we were expecting it. After a breakfast, Tom, Terry, and I went uphill to the east. Bobo elected to hang out and nap in camp since he was feeling slightly under the weather. To help with Bobo’s rest, I took Monkey (Bobo’s dog) along with me. Xochitl (my dog) was with me, so she would have another dog to hang with and do dog stuff..
My group’s destination was Laird Meadow, about halfway up the mountain to the east of camp. Back in October of 1963, Roger Patterson cast two footprints on the road in this area. There were plenty of reasons to make this our destination, plus the spot was just a short drive away.
On the way to Laird Meadow was another destination I wanted to visit. Tucked away along an old forgotten road near Laird Meadow is a small pond hidden by a thick covering of brush. I believe it was here that in 1982 that Bob Titmus cast a handprint of a sasquatch he was tracking. The creature entered the water and scraped its hand across the pond’s muddy bottom and left a long streaky impression. Titmus drained this pond with the help of others and cast the hand print. The original cast, a rare treasure indeed, is on display in the Willow Creek/China Flat Museum.
The water level was low in the pond, so footprints were obvious along its fringes. Bear and deer had visited the water hole in the past week, but no sasquatch prints were observed.
Laird Meadow is really a series of small meadows extending to the north and south of the road. There are usually many animals in the area, and the wet meadows give some chance of footprints being recorded. It’s always good to know what kind of animals are around, so muddy spots should be checked for not only bigfoot footprints, but those of bear, elk, coyote, cougar, or humans. In this case, deer, elk, and bear prints were observed.
Bushwacking through Laird Meadow left me soaked to the bone. Though it was only misting lightly, all of the plants in the area were covered with water drops from the accumulation of precipitation. I had forgotten about the walls of manzanita that one must plow through to get to the good tracking site: a dry pond with lots of exposed silty substrate. Bear, elk, and deer prints were all visible there. At this point, the rain started to come down in earnest, so I made my wet way back to the vehicles and met up with my companions who took their own paths and didn’t want to get so wet.
Once back in the warm cars, our caravan made our way back to base camp. We explored an overgrown and abandoned logging road along the way before making a quick stop at Notice Creek Landing. This is where I had my first definitive sasquatch experience with my ex-wife also being a witness. I went over the encounter with Tom and Terry and showed them the road where I found possible footprints a few years after my initial encounter.
When we returned to camp, Bobo was feeling better and was up and around. He informed us that he heard “rock clacking” from downstream in the creek after we had left that morning. He initially thought it was us, but soon realized that we were gone. No answers to the clacking, nor anything else unusual was heard.
Later that afternoon, I walked downstream from Louse Camp on what was once a road, but is now a moderately flat, overgrown trail. It was clear that I was not the only thing using this trail. Bear prints criss crossed the path every which way.
I made a few whoops and claps as I walked down the valley. I never heard any animal noises above the sound of the nearby creek. Eventually, dusk made me turn around and make my way back to camp. I always make sure I have plenty of time to make my way back to camp before dark falls. I was once forced to walk alone several miles in the dark down the riverbed of Bluff Creek due to a stupid timing mistake on my part. It is not an experience I am hoping to repeat, so safety and timing are always forefront on my mind when hiking alone.
We stayed close to camp that night, choosing to remain under our rain tarp rather than walk the muddy roads in periodic showers. I eventually headed to bed a little before midnight hoping to rest enough for a full day of hiking on Sunday.
After coffee and breakfast the next morning, the group decided to split up. Bobo decided to head home since he wasn’t feeling well and he lived so close. Tom and Terry wanted to go to Orleans for supplies.
Our young bigfooting friends in the camp next door needed to drive back to Ventura that day. I had nothing particular to do, so I was eager to see what happened. I like having no plans. After all, a jar is only useful if it’s empty.
By mid afternoon all of the various folks went their various ways, and I decided to head to the Patterson/Gimlin Film site. After all, the anniversary of the film was in just two days, and this was my only chance to get there on this trip. Xochitl had never been there, either, and I definitely wanted to bring her there.
I drove up the forest service road to the east until I found the turn off down to the creek nearest the film site. Back when I first started visiting the site, one could drive all the way down to the creek bed, but at some point in the last ten years the forest service built a large berm to stop vehicles from driving the road. There is a nasty rock slide on this road that has claimed two of my tires over the years and almost claimed a few bigfooters’ lives. A bit further down the road is a huge washout that assures that the road will never be driven again by any vehicle.
It’s a bit of a walk downhill from where one has to park, but after a thirty-minute walk that crosses the creek several times, I made my way to the film site. Once at the site, I found three game cameras left there by the Bluff Creek Project, so I smiled and waved as I passed them hoping to give them something to laugh at when they check the SD cards. There is a water bottle containing a notebook hanging on one of the cameras as sort of a guest book, so I wrote my name along with Xochitl’s with the date of our visit.
Sunlight can disappear quickly in deep, narrow canyons like Bluff Creek. Still, I judged I had enough time to hike downstream to an area where Jerry Crew found footprints in the creek bed back in 1958. This location is just a little upstream from where Jerry cast the famous footprint on a logging road above the creek that same year. I took home video of that area for my personal files. (I might use it as B-roll in the Jerry Crew segment of the upcoming Bigfoot Roadtrip 2, but it’s good to have whether I use it or not.) I was able to visit this other Jerry Crew site and walk up the hill to my vehicle before dark.
The group’s last night in Bluff Creek was spent feasting, playing guitar, and enjoying the company. I headed to bed around midnight, exhausted from walking through the uneven terrain all day.
My friends were up earlier than I was and were almost done packing by the time I climbed out of my tent. We hung out a bit before they drove away leaving Xochitl and I alone at Louse Camp. I took my time getting things together before leaving. I was in no hurry to leave. I love it there. I wanted to soak in the sounds, smells, and sights of Bluff Creek before I had to leave.
I still had a long day ahead of me. I scheduled a visit with Steven Streufert at Bigfoot Books. He is intensely interested in Bluff Creek history, and I wanted to chat with him about Jerry Crew and other topics. We ended up having lunch together and talking way too long. I didn’t leave Willow Creek until after 5:30 pm.
That night, I found a camp along the Smith River. I wanted to shave a couple hours of driving off my trip back home to Portland, OR. I spent a short night sleeping before getting up before sunrise. I was greeted by a lovely conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the eastern morning sky. It was a perfect ending to a great trip.
To see more photographs from this expedition, click on the gallery below:
One of the many tragedies that has arisen from the wars in the Middle East is the theft of antiquities dating back to the dawn of human civilization. During the US-led invasion of Iraq, many of that country’s museums were looted by thieves despite the efforts by the Pentagon and local museum authorities to stop such thefts. Since that time efforts have been underway to find and obtain the property that went missing, and thousands of pieces have since been recovered. This effort continues today.
One way that museums are attempting to recover their collections is to directly barter with smugglers, offering money for them to “intercept” relics before they leave the country to be sold on the black market. No questions asked, no charges pressed. It was through this means that a collection of clay tablets was returned to the Sulaymaniyah Museum. There were 80 or 90 tablets in this collection, and their provenance remains unknown.
Most interesting in this find is a tablet that has verses of the Epic of Gilgamesh that had never before been documented. Why is this of note for bigfooters and others who read my blog? Well, it’s possible that the Epic of Gilgamesh has the very first written depiction of a sasquatch.
Enkidu the wildman is a main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He lived with the herds (followed the deer?), drank with the animals at the water hole, and was created by Aruru, the Goddess, to teach Gilgamesh humility. All of these strike me as being very bigfooty.
In these newly-discovered tablets, there is another mention of a sasquatch-like being called Humbaba, the giant ogre that guards the cedar forest (sound familiar?). Enkidu and Gilgamesh eventually slay Humbaba, a fate that I don’t support for our modern-day giants that guard our cedar forests.
There are many paths to bigfooting, some of which lead back to the dawn of civilization. The longer I’m in the bigfoot game, the more intriguing it is, and the broader my horizons become. I think it’s pretty cool that bigfoot has had a possible presence, albeit a veiled one, in human history from the beginning of the written word.
To read more about the recovery of these tablets, as well as a summary of their contents, click this link.
A triumph and a failure happened almost simultaneously when researchers from the American Museum of Natural History recently photographed the endangered mustached kingfisher for the very first time, but then elected to kill it to study it further. Such is the way of science, but there are indications of a change in attitude as some of those involved in decisions like these become more compassionate.
This relates directly to the sasquatch problem. Science needs a body to prove something like the sasquatch exists, but to me the act of killing a sasquatch seems barbaric for any reason. No ape, hominoid, nor hominin of any type (proven or unproven) should be killed to satisfy humanity’s curiosity. Perhaps, not even a kingfisher should. I try to err on the side of compassion in my choices, especially when life and death decisions are made.
Could we set a precedent and prove the existence of sasquatches to the academic community and NOT kill one? I believe so, but only with a growing body of well-documented evidence collected by level-headed citizen-scientists. The mountains of blob squatches, bad DNA evidence, misidentified hair samples, and fake footprints being waved about by zealots, hoaxers, and attention-seekers only make the job that much harder by making the scientists even more reluctant to look at the good evidence that is out there. It’s tantamount to professional suicide for most scientists to become involved in the fray, and only a few brave souls with credentials have dared to wade into the bigfoot quagmire. The longer the circus barkers continue selling their wares, the more likely it will take a dead sasquatch to prove anything to anyone.
For now, I’ll leave you with the words of Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, who wrote in a blog post: “Killing ‘in the name of conservation’ or ‘in the name of education’ or ‘in the name of whatever’ simply needs to stop. It is wrong and sets a horrific precedent for future research and for children. Imagine what a youngster would think if he or she heard something like, ‘I met a rare and gorgeous bird today…and I killed him.’”
“Even if this handsome male [mustached kingfisher] were a member of a common species, there was no reason to kill him. It sickens me that this practice continues and I hope more people will work hard to put an end to it right now, before more fascinating animals are killed.”
To read more about the kingfisher situation, click this link.
In the early morning hours of September 19, 2015, Will Robinson observed a sasquatch from fairly close range near White River, OR in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Two nights later, Will and I were on the scene to explore the area and see if we could find the sasquatches that he encountered. (You can read about that investigation by clicking this link.)
Before I came home from the area, I deployed two game cameras in hopes of learning about what animals are in the immediate area, and also to maybe get a shot of one of the bigfoots themselves (I am an optimist). I returned to the area this past Thursday to pull the cameras and see what there was to learn.
This area holds a tremendous amount of deer. Several herds of them passed each of the two deployed cameras. I was hoping to get some photographs of bear because of the dietary similarities I hypothesize between them and sasquatches. No bears were photographed, but several mountain lions were, which is just another indicator of the sheer number of prey animals there.
At 12:25 am on Thursday morning, a large cougar triggered the camera. The following morning, three cougars walked in line past my camera at just before noon. The photographs of these animals seem to indicate that all three were about the same size, so it is unknown if this is a mother and two kittens or three kittens. Either way, it’s super cool. Something else that’s super cool is that I showed up just 40 minutes after these three cats walked through the area, and I never knew it until I got home and checked the pics. My dog, Xochitl, knew. She was intently smelling the ground and tracked them up an adjacent road a little ways.
This many deer and the presence of predators in these numbers clearly indicates that this is an excellent area to continue working. I intend to be out there for at least one night this week, and will post updates on the blog as I feel warranted.
Below is the gallery from my initial sighting follow-up, which now includes the photographs of the mountain lions.
Three casts from the same trackway have now been added to the online track database!
These casts were discovered while filming the Four Corners expedition for Finding Bigfoot. The circumstances of the find strongly suggest a sasquatch as the track maker despite their slightly-smaller-than-average-for-a-bigfoot size.
For more info and lots of photographs of these tracks, click here.
The Bluff Creek Project is a camera trap experiment investigating the animals that frequent the area around the famous Patterson/Gimlin Film site in Six Rivers National Forest, CA. They are hoping to obtain a photograph of a sasquatch using game cameras deployed year-round, and have already captured a variety of species that call this forest home. They recently managed to obtain a couple pictures of an animal that was once thought to be extinct, the Humboldt Marten.
This accidental achievement is just one of any number of surprises that comes with bigfooting. The forest is full of interesting things, and most of them aren’t eight feet tall and covered in hair.
Congratulations to the Bluff Creek Project!
I often call sasquatches the “ninja of the woods.” Well, there’s a guy up in Government Camp named Mountainous, the Mount Hood Ninja. Mountainous makes videos (you definitely should subscribe to his YouTube channel), and he recently teamed up with Craig Flipy to put together this ridiculous clip. Enjoy!
On Saturday, September 19, 2015 I received a call from Will Robinson. He excitedly informed me that he had seen a sasquatch the night before.
Will and a friend were hunting and camping just southeast of Mt. Hood in the general vicinity of White River. Being an experienced bigfooter with an excellent bigfoot call, Will wanted to elicit sasquatch vocalizations for his skeptical friend. They stopped randomly at an intersection of roads and got out their vehicle to do some calls.
Will did a call and miraculously received an excellent return vocalization from the west followed by a series of owl vocalizations. The call was not an owl nor a coyote, and sounded like the yells that Will and I got at Will Call Hill that were featured on an episode of Finding Bigfoot.
Will was thrilled, and his skeptical friend shaken, so the two stayed around and discussed what they were hearing. After approximately ten minutes, the two started hearing periodic brush popping off the road to their left. An animal was moving through the brush doing its best to remain quiet, but the two had heard it. Will guessed it was a bear or maybe an elk at that point.
Will’s friend was pretty unnerved, so when Will suggested that they go find out what was making the noise, his friend refused. Will borrowed his friends tactical flashlight, turned it on, and approached the dense cover where the “bear” was heard lurking.
Will shone the light across the wall of trees and brush scanning for a glimpse of whatever was moving. The light fell on what was clearly a face in the brush. It was peering through a break in the bushes at about four feet above the level of the road. After just a split second, the face ducked out of view and was gone leaving behind a black void in the trees where it had been. Will’s friend said he also saw a flash of an animal’s movement in the brush at the same moment, thus eliminating some sort of misperception. Neither of the two heard nor saw anything else from this creature after their brief glimpse.
A woman new to the area in Bedford County, VA ran across a sasquatch a few nights ago (possibly 9/15/15) a little before midnight. She was driving home on Highway 43 near where it intersects Turkey Mountain Road when her headlights shone on a sasquatch on the side of the road.
There were reportedly footprints (which might still be there since this report is less than a week old), and the sasquatch seemed to be holding an infant in the same manner a human would hold one.
A sheriff cruiser reported to the scene two days later and found nothing. It is not known how seriously the deputy took the report, or even if he got out of the vehicle when he was on scene.
For more on the encounter, click this link to visit the news affiliate’s web page. The news video can be found by clicking this link.
Black panthers are of interest to me not only because sightings of them are unusually persistent throughout North America, but I personally saw one while shooting an episode of Finding Bigfoot.
In the very early morning hours of November 25, 2012, the Finding Bigfoot crew was driving back to the hotel after a night investigation for the Illinois expedition. After a visit to Stan Courtney and doing numerous interviews, we headed out to a nearby river bottom where Stan told us vocalizations had been heard. We didn’t get any bigfoot action that night, though we tried late into the night.
After the quiet night, we had a long drive back to the hotel. Matt Moneymaker was driving the cast car, and I was riding shotgun. Bobo was in the back (I’m not sure if Ranae was with us in that vehicle or not). At some point in an otherwise featureless ride, I saw what I initially thought was a dark-colored German shepherd trotting towards the highway at the edge of our headlight beams off the right side of the road. As we drew closer, I saw that it wasn’t a dog at all, but a large cat. It had slightly rounded ears, a flatter face than a canine, a sleek body that was fairly low to the ground, and a long, flowing tail behind it. It wasn’t quite black, as I could see the tip of the tail and the tips of its ears were darker than the fur on the rest of the body. It was now well-illuminated, and it was clear that I was looking at a charcoal-colored mountain lion of some sort. The legs looked a bit shorter than other mountain lions I have seen, but that could have been due to the way it was trotting at the time.
The cat turned and moved parallel to the road in a shallow roadside ditch as we passed. I turned to Matt, who also saw it, and we compared notes on what we noticed. I got a better view of it because Matt was driving, but he saw it as well. Immediately, the walkie-talkies erupted as crew members in other cars started asking, “What was that?!”
Interestingly, these cryptids are reported from nearly everywhere I’ve ever looked for sasquatches. I’ve probably spoken to more than a hundred witnesses who have seen black panthers in the same habitat that sasquatches inhabit. They are well-known to the rural humans who share the land with these cats, but the government doesn’t officially accept their presence, just like bigfoots. I can understand why, and it’s not some sort of Illuminati-inspired conspiracy (though that would be a lot more fun than what I think is going on). I think it’s more a matter of management funds. If the States admitted that these cats (or regular cougars, for that matter) had a viable population in their on their land, they would be mandated to put together a management plan for them costing thousands and thousands of dollars. It’s easier to ignore them and let them manage themselves… like bigfoots.
What I saw can probably best be described as a melanistic mountain lion, but the photo above is a leopard (the spots are clearly visible). Bobo has told me about a sighting of a melanistic mountain lion he saw near Orick, CA years ago. I’ve heard of photographs of large black cats being taken, but have never seen one. I’m pretty happy I got to see one in the flesh, though I would trade it in a second for a bigfoot sighting of the same quality.
Humans like to think of ourselves as special, often relegating them to the rank of just “dumb animals.” Sure, we are pretty special, but nearly all of the things that make us special can be seen in some form or other in the other apes. Planning for the future is one of those things.
The article below details a chimpanzee taking down a drone from flight, and a paper was published in a peer-reviewed journal discussing the event (You can click this link to go straight to the journal article detailing the behavior in the journal, Primates). As it turns out, it wasn’t some random act of aggression. The chimp planned ahead to take down the unwanted aerial intruder and was successful. Continue reading below for more.
An enterprising chimpanzee caught the world’s attention earlier this year when she swatted a camera-mounted drone out of the sky as it buzzed past though her habitat in Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands:
As it turns out, the chimpanzee’s attack wasn’t a random act, but rather a deliberate, planned response to a perceived threat.
In a newly published study, researchers reveal that the drone had recently completed a test pass through the chimpanzee habitat. At first sight of the drone, the chimpanzees collected willow twigs from the ground and ascended up scaffolding to the drone’s level, preparing to incapacitate the airborne interloper (and, predictably, succeeding).
I spent some time in Gifford Pinchot National Forest this past week driving from Stevenson, WA up to Randle, WA. I then turned south and went through Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. It was there while driving on Forest Road 90 that I saw a sign for the Eagle Creek Store and Campground. My mind went into overdrive at that moment trying to figure out why I knew that name, and then it dawned on me. I was once told that this store had some bigfoot casts on display. I immediately made a left turn and went to the store for a visit.
I quickly located the two casts that were on display. They were hanging on a support post to the left of the cash register. A nice woman named Emily greeted me and asked if there was anything I needed. I told her that I heard about the bigfoot casts she had on the wall, and then went on to notify her that the sign stating they were from 1968 was incorrect. The top cast is a copy of the Patterson/Gimlin Film subject’s left foot cast which was taken by Roger and Bob on the same day they got the footage in 1967. The bottom cast is surely a sand-copy of a Gray’s Harbor cast from 1982, probably duplicated by Cliff Crook.
Emily then asked if I was on “that show.” I confessed I was, and she invited her two sons in to meet me. The younger boy, Chase, was coincidentally celebrating his sixth birthday that day, so I briefly played it like I came for that reason.
According to Emily, the store’s owner, she receives on average one bigfoot-related story every week from people stopping in to the store. This is exactly the reason I try to make it a point to stop by rural stores like the Eagle Cliff Store as much as possible when I’m out on the road. So much information can be found by contacting the people who live out in the woods like Emily and her family. In general, I find that people like Emily are happy to share information, though this might be skewed a bit because of my being on television. Perhaps the stories would not be so readily shared if I was just some guy asking about sasquatches.
Emily also shared that there used to be many more bigfoot-related things on the walls, including more casts. The previous owners all took their favorites off the walls when they left, leaving the current establishment with only two. If anyone has photographs of the other casts on the walls from long ago, I’d very much like to see the pictures. If anyone has any of the casts themselves, I would be very interested to find out which ones you have. Please email me directly at NorthAmericanBigfoot@gmail.com with any information about the past artifacts on display!
After a nice conversation and an invitation to email me with any interesting bigfoot stuff she runs across, I said goodbye. On the way out I found my traveling partner, Craig Flipy talking to Chase outside. Chase was showing off to Craig how hard he could bite his own teeth.
When you find yourself out on the road in bigfoot country, do yourself a favor and stop at some of these little stores. Be sure to buy a couple things (most of these stores need all the business they can get), and strike up a conversation with the people who work there. Interesting stories, local legends, and helpful contacts can come from a few kind words exchanged.
At first, I was convinced the tracks were real. Now, after more than two years of closely examining them, I have my doubts. I have since started experimenting with fake tracks to see if I can duplicate what I see in the London Trackway, and a research paper is in progress detailing my findings.
In the meantime, Toby Johnson and his son, Jude, have started a YouTube series called “Off Track.” Toby called me for comments on the London Trackway, and I was more than happy to oblige. Below is the result.
The above video is a good quality production, but for whatever it’s worth, Toby deserves extra kudos for doing it all on his phone!
I know that zoos play a huge role in education and conservation of species. I’m not knocking them here. I do want to raise the question if apes and other sentient creatures should be displayed in such enclosures as the one seen above. Are there other ways of doing things?
What turns out to be a few minutes of observation for the tourists is actually a lifetime in captivity for the orangutan above. Orangutans live nearly their entire lives in the trees where they feel safest and can best avoid detection. Looking directly at an ape of any species is a threatening display for them, a direct challenge. I wonder how the apes deal with being stared at in the wide open so often. Do they eventually become numb to it? Do they emotionally shrink until they feel dominated? It must be at least uncomfortable.
A little known fact is that the largest known ape, the mountain gorilla, does not survive for very long in captivity. Every gorilla you’ve ever seen in a zoo has been a lowland gorilla. It is unknown why mountain gorillas do not survive in captivity, but speculations include specific dietary requirements and the high levels of stress associated with living in enclosures.
I think that after academic acceptance of the sasquatch, it will be a natural inclination for our species to try to keep one or more of their species in captivity. This will probably eventually be in a zoo setting, though it might not start out that way. No matter where they are kept, I think problems will ensue.
First off, I suspect that sasquatches would not fare well in captivity, probably due to the above reasons mountain gorillas don’t survive (diet and stress). I think an example of this can be seen in the story of Jacko, the juvenile sasquatch captured outside of Yale, British Columbia in 1884. If this story is real, the sasquatch is thought to have died while in transit to the east. It is very possible the sasquatch could have died from harsh treatment by its captors, but diet and stress seem just as likely.
Secondly, I sometimes ponder what it would take to keep a sasquatch in captivity. I’m not so sure it could be done for very long, and no enclosure I have personally seen in a zoo would do the trick. Even now, apes occasionally escape their enclosures. How would one keep a 900 pound ape with intelligence that approaches our own and physical abilities that far surpass anything we know in captivity? These things run frighteningly fast, jump high and far, climb like an ape (go figure), learn patterns quickly, and are stronger than we can imagine. Any sasquatch that wanted to escape would certainly start to learn how to do so after watching their captors enter and exit the enclosures a few times. Sasquatches spend much of their time in the wild observing. They seem to have an amazing ability to learn about the patterns of humans who invade their habitat which enables them to avoid us so easily. After a brief period of trial and error, a sasquatch would figure out a way to escape and then all hell would break loose among the humans, probably resulting in a dead bigfoot.
One of the many benefits of not being “discovered” yet is that the question of putting sasquatches in zoos isn’t even on the table. However, this question will eventually have to be grappled with, and I would encourage a moral soul-searching before any decision is made. It reminds me of the 1984 movie, “Iceman.” You can watch Iceman for free at this link. If you do, just switch out a neanderthal for a sasquatch and ponder the implications.