I’m not a big fan of snow. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s a lot of things that don’t make sense to me. However, there are some great things about snow. My favorite thing about it, is of course, SnowSquatches.
The Legend of Boggy Creek was an important movie to me when I was growing up in the 1970’s Honestly, it scared the willies out of me. Since then I’ve watched the film dozens of times, including at a screening in Texarkana when we were filming an episode of Finding Bigfoot based on the local sightings. I suppose it was because of my special relationship that I chose Boggy Creek Monster to be the first movie to watch made by Seth Breedlove and his Small Town Monsters production team.
The reader should probably know that I have a love/hate relationship with bigfoot documentaries. I have a special place in my heart for those that I watched growing up. Many modern documentaries seem to lack something in my mind. Perhaps it’s the familiar format of talking heads and recreations. Maybe it’s that they lack actual evidence and analysis and instead rely on eyewitness testimony. Maybe it’s just that I worked on a television show for eight years and the magic is gone in my eyes. I don’t know. Whatever the case, it’s hard for me to get excited about watching bigfoot television anymore. However, after being gently heckled by Seth about not having any of his films on my list of recommended documentaries, I decided to do my friend a solid and start watching his films. I’m glad I did.
Boggy Creek Monster is a deep dive into the events surrounding the film, The Legend of Boggy Creek. Hosted and narrated by the only person qualified for the job, Lyle Blackburn, the film has information and access to locations and evidence that had never been presented in this format.
In case the reader is unaware, Lyle write the book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, which documents the sighting reports in the movie, as well as the bigfoot activity in the area before and after the film was made. He has done a masterful job digging into the bigfoot history and current activity in the Fouke, AR area, and has endeared himself to the community, giving him access to never-before-heard accounts.
I was pleased to find a plethora of historical documents and images in Boggy Creek Monster. The photographs of the famous footprints through the bean field were some I had never seen. Actual locations from The Legend of Boggy Creek where actual bigfoot encounters occurred were shown in the film, bringing them to life in a way that no still photograph could.
Speaking of those footprints through the bean field, most researchers have deep doubts about their authenticity due to there being only three toes visible in the cast. While I also have my doubts, there is an outside chance they could be real. I find that the vast majority of bigfoot enthusiasts and even researchers don’t have a good grasp on the flexibility of the sasquatch foot. I have numerous casts in my collection in which not all five digits registered in the ground. Three is a bit strange, but it’s possible. Unless deformed or injured, the animal would have five digits, but if the sasquatch favored the inside (or outside) of its foot as it walked, it is possible that such prints could result. I still suspect they are likely a hoax because of the uproar of events in the area, but I thought this point was worth mentioning.
The film featured footage of Smokey Crabtree, author and default patriarch of the Boggy Creek legend. I did not meet Smokey before he died, though I wish I had. He was feeling ill when we were filming the Finding Bigfoot episode in the area and was unable to get together, but I did have the opportunity to meet numerous other Crabtrees in the area. Let me tell you, there are a lot of Crabtrees in the area. It was no shock to me that there is a body of water nearby named Crabtree Lake.
Doyle Holmes, one of the witnesses we worked with on Finding Bigfoot, was featured in the film as well. He retold the story we featured in our episode, but he also had the opportunity to recount his second sighting as well, which our editors chose not to include in the Finding Bigfoot episode. The second sighting was interesting in that he observed a juvenile, supporting the idea that the Mercer Bayou is a rich enough habitat to support a breeding population of sasquatches. Doyle’s 2004 cast got some screen time as well.
I really enjoyed Boggy Creek Monster and was happy I took the time to watch it. I certainly enjoyed it enough to get over my bigfoot-documentary bias and take the plunge into some of the other documentaries Seth and his team have made. More reviews will be coming! Besides, I owed it to Seth. I made friends with the man before I watched any of his works. Apparently, I have some catching up to do.
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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. 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.
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.
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.
- Vote with bigfoot on your mind. As we approach each new and crazy election season, keep in mind that those folks we’re putting in office can occasionally have an effect on sasquatches. This is true whether we are talking about an election on the federal, state, or local level. When it’s my turn to cast a ballot, I always take into consideration a candidate’s environmental record. Which candidate is on record saying that he/she will cut back on environmental pollutants? Which candidate is a proponent of preserving wild lands? Which candidate will help bigfoots the most? Vote your conscience. Vote for bigfoot.
- Pick up litter. This is especially true when you’re in the forest. I suspect that sasquatches don’t appreciate humans coming into their forest homes and leaving trash around. After all, if the tables were turned and bigfoots were leaving deer carcasses and such (their trash) in our living rooms, we’d be pretty ticked off. Besides, as my friend Thom Powell suggests, maybe a bigfoot will see you picking up litter in the forest and slowly learn to trust you because of it. Anything’s possible!
- Choose a worthy environmental cause and donate to it. You can donate either time or money, and you don’t have to donate very much of either to make a difference. I have a small number of charities and organizations that I donate to, and the worst thing that comes of it is an occasional email from the group asking for a bit more. There are many worthy causes that can use your help, and I’m certain that there’s one out there that would resonate with you and your beliefs. Remember, such donations are usually tax deductible.
- Learn about bigfoots. For most folks, that means reading a variety of books on the subject, as well as about other related subjects like tracking, ecology, geology and more. The more we know about bigfoots and their habitat, the more real they get. By knowing as much as possible about bigfoots, you’ll be able to speak about them with more authority.
- Talk about bigfoot with others. If you do this in a respectful and toned-down sort of way, you can do a lot of good for sasquatches. Most regular people have no idea that bigfoots are real creatures or how they fit into the landscape. They think bigfoots are a myth or folktale. When people start to understand the breadth of data available that supports the hypothesis that bigfoots are real animals, they might start opening their minds to the subject a bit. Be careful to not try to convince anybody of anything. You don’t want to seem like your trying to gain converts or something. It could end up in an argument or worse. Just inform the masses.
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.
Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later
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.
How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world
July 31, 2017 by Bill Adams And Shane Mccorristine, The Conversation
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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