Connecticut is not exactly what people picture when one thinks of good bigfoot habitat, yet people sometimes report seeing them there. This is no surprise when looking at the idea of bigfoot in Connecticut in context. There have been documented sightings and encounters of bigfoots dating back to the 1800’s, though certainly the locals knew about the wildmen in the woods long before they were reporting their encounters to newspapers. But that was a long time ago when the East was much wilder than it is today.
Nowadays Connecticut seems awfully populated to hold a good population of bigfoots, or so it would seem. Connecticut is incorrectly identified as the most densely populated state during the episode, but actually it’s number four after New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Still, it’s a little state with lots of people. I didn’t have my hopes up for getting much, if any, evidence.
When I arrived in Connecticut, I found it to be very much like Rhode Island and Eastern New York. There were still areas that had not been urbanized, and much of the land was actually pretty wild, but was in private hands and thus unaccessible.
The video we came to investigate was pretty interesting, though short and unclear. It was obtained by Tanya DiAngelis while filming her two children riding on a motorcycle track. The figure was not noticed that day, but later found on the footage by her children while watching the video at home. What can be seen in the video is an upright figure that clearly runs on two legs as it leaves the area. Being on two legs clearly makes it a human or a bigfoot, so some onsite investigation was needed to determine if there was a chance that this could be a misidentification.
After a good amount of off-camera work, we eventually found where Tanya had to be standing when she filmed the footage, as well as where Bobo had to run to duplicate the course of the film subject. We found Bobo to be much slower and less graceful than the figure. Bobo was also approximately the same size as the figure, if not a little smaller.
When I went down to where the creature had been, I found that the location where it ran from was a thick patch of brush, a perfect place in which to hide. Where the creature ran to was the least likely place to go if it was a person. There was a perfectly nice, wide trail just a few yards away, yet this thing ran through brambles and into a swamp. Both of these facts makes it less likely than ever that this was a human.
The black bear hypothesis can safely be dismissed. There are many frames of the video that clearly show that the creature was on two legs running with a wide step length. During the entire length of its run, the top of the figure hovers around a height of six feet or so. Simple observations such as these safely discounts the possibility that it could be a bear.
Most of the rest of my trip to Connecticut was spent in the woods with Tyler Bounds filming the “solo” part of the show. There were several highlights worth mentioning. First was our sighting of a black bear. We stumbled across it, observed the rear end of it as it ran into the brush, and then utterly failed to see it again. We also didn’t hear it for as long as we stood around afterwards. This shows how difficult it is to get any animal on film, even if only a few seconds after a visual encounter. Also, I was stunned at how much land there was in the area of the Connecticut/Massachussets border (nicknamed the “Quiet Corner” by local residents) that a bigfoot could be holding up in and remain safely out of contact with the humans nearby.
Since it seems likely that bigfoots are at least occasionally found in Connecticut, their proximity to humans must have affected their behaviors to some degree. First of all, I would suspect that whatever bigfoot population is in Connecticut would be the same ones that are found in neighboring Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Being large, terrestrial mammals, one would expect bigfoots to have a large territory, so this might not be unexpected. Our expedition to Rhode Island seemed to indicate a transitory population, so this seems reasonable for Connecticut as well. I could be very wrong in this assumption, but will change my model as more information comes to light.
Another consequence of living so close to humans is that they bigfoots would be very, very wary of giving themselves away. I would not expect to find that bigfoots vocalize often in this part of the country. I believe they would also be very prone to almost never be seen nor leave prints. I have observed these same behaviors in other parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest when bigfoots have taken up residence just outside of city limits or in semi-populated areas. The closer to humans they live, the more secretive they become.
My expectations of Connecticut were unfounded (silly west coast boy), and I can only imagine what a wilderness it was just a few hundred years ago. I do believe that bigfoots can be found in Connecticut, even if they are only passing through, or are perhaps exploiting a food resource for a few weeks in a certain area.
View the gallery below for more photos of the subject, film site, and habitat found in the area.