Monday, December 9, 2013

Quantum Bigfoot


From a story posted in The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, by Rob Boston>.
Scenes from a Bigfoot Conference - Dec. 2003

Paul Johnson, a chemistry professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, followed Gordon and offered his explanation for what lies behind the Bigfoot mystery. Johnson told the crowd that his original interest was in UFOs and admitted that he considered Bigfoot “silly.” But a fellow researcher of the paranormal felt differently and pestered Johnson to take a closer look at reports of the creature. He was soon drawn into Bigfoot research.

Johnson then unveiled his startling theory: Bigfoot is a “quantum animal” that moves freely between the real world as we know it and a “quantum world” outside the reach of conventional physical laws.

“This creature does not always behave as a real animal,” Johnson told the crowd. He noted that some people have claimed they could see through Bigfoot, or that Bigfoot seemed to transport across long distances in the blink of an eye. Others have fired guns at the creatures at close range, only to see them vanish.



“We've always ignored these things over the years,” Johnson said. “I just decided not to ignore them.”

Johnson claimed that in quantum physics, electrons do not obey the classical laws of physics. They can, for example, move through barriers, he said. When Bigfoot is in this quantum state, Johnson opined, the creature has no mass or weight and is “just a wave.” Bigfoot’s quantum nature, Johnson told attendees, may explain the lack of clear photos of the beast. “He probably communicates with cameras,” Johnson said. “He knows when they are around. He won’t let you take a picture.”

Johnson acknowledged that his ideas are unconventional and pointed out that nothing in quantum physics supports the idea that an animal as large as Bigfoot could behave like an electron. He noted that many physicists would reject his ideas and even went so far as to say that, as a chemist, “I have no idea what I am talking about” when it comes to quantum physics.



Despite these disclaimers, some in the crowd were clearly bothered by Johnson’s ideas. One Bigfoot hunter from Ohio angrily called out during the question period, “In other words, you’re saying Bigfoot’s an alien?” The man claimed to have captured Bigfoot howls on tape and demanded to know, “How could I record a mass of energy?” Johnson replied that when Bigfoot is in the real world, it smells, eats, growls, leaves droppings, and otherwise behaves like a conventional animal. Others in the audience seemed open to Johnson, and one man asked him if Bigfoot could possibly move between worlds by “vibrating dimensionally.”

at this link:
http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/scenes_from_a_bigfoot_conference

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sasquatch Summit 2013



Back home here at my computer, I can now post my perspective on the Sasquatch conference I attended at the Quinault Casino in Ocean Shores, Wa.

About 300 or so people filled most of the seats in the Great Room at the Casino, a mixture of hunter-types, engineer-looking guys with fleece vests and crewcuts and big guys with cowboy hats and biker-chick girlfriends.

I think overall that it was enjoyable to see Meldrum speak. I'd been wanting to do that at least, since I bought the book (Sasquatch - Legend Meets Science) and have had a couple of email exchanges with the Dr. over the past couple of years.  I imagine that any lecture he gives at Idaho State is a lot like hearing him at a Sasquatch event, his jargon is filled with the professorial terminology earned by years of higher education. There is still a tendency to baffle with bullshit, however, and I'll touch on that later in this post.
Along with Mr. Meldrum, I got to meet Scott Taylor, who as an official BFRO spokesperson, is responsible for some of the best research reportage on that site, and in particular he did the digging on the very good, recent Ocean Shores encounters where an elderly man claimed to feel he had 'made a friend' upon seeing an oversized, hairy creature sleeping in a copse next to his home.

I chatted with Derek Randles for a moment too, and after hearing a bit of his lecture on the Olympic Project, I was impressed by his delivery and intelligence and level of excitement about his work in habituation on the Olympic Peninsula. If I can work up the courage to get myself out of this chair more often, I think I will seriously look into joining an expedition with him and Meldrum.

My overall feeling about this, my first Bigfoot conference, ran from dull observation of attendees to the annoyed sense of the commercialization and marketization of the unknown cryptid, back to the collective wonderment of a modern mystery in our midst. The search for the knowing of Sasquatch is all of those things and probably more, and while I hope to not piss anyone off in the process of sussing out the truth,  I will attempt to tell it the way I see it.
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The opening blessing by a Quinalt Tribal Elder was appropriate, though I did not write down his name (the sound system was boomy and unclear) the fellow spoke from his heart and sang until I'm sure the crowd was beginning to wonder when he would stop. While the Tribe Elder sang, I spotted Bob Gimlin in the front row, head down and right hand up and slowly waving in concert with the singing. Gimlin seems like a cool guy and I walked past him a few times during the Summit and noticed his dapper western outfit and ever-present smile. I don't need to meet him or shake his hand just so I can say I did that, his presence is enough.
A local DJ named Johnny Manson, who did a good job of running the microphone. He apparently had his own Bigfoot encounter when he was a toddler, as is listed in some of the Summit literature.

                                                                               Gimlin -a dapper dude

As Manson was setting up for the first speaker, I saw Meldrum pass by and go to a table set up with footprint casts. I took the opportunity to say hello and as he settled in I asked him a couple of questions that I had been stewing on since I had read his book, 'Sasquatch -Legend Meets Science'. It's the right title for the book, by the way, since Meldrum represents the only real credentialed person to actively pursue the mystery. There are a few others like Estaban Sarmiento (a primatologist), Loren Coleman (zoologist) and Melba Ketchum (a former Veterinarian and DNA technician) but Meldrum is the only one who travels around the world to research, lecture and follow-up on the supposed 'finds' whenever they pop up. His place in Sasquatch research as a Doctor in charge was first broached by colleague Dr. Grover Krantz, (RIP-2002) who taught Anthropology at nearby Western Washington U.
                                                                  Look at the size of his hands....they're HUGE


From an interview in 2001, Meldrum said, '"Frankly, when I wear my scientific hat, I hold that word 'believe' at an arm's length," he said. "I will say at the very least that the evidence justifies ongoing research and investigation. I can't just walk away from it now."

After hearing him speak at this conference and noting the way that he phrased his sentences with conclusive wording like, " ..In contrast, the Sasquatch appear to have adapted to bipedal locomotion by employing a compliant gait on a flat flexible foot" and ".. officers investigating footprints found by loggers on the Satsop River, in Grays Harbor County, Washington, in April 1982. The Sasquatch strode from the forest across a logging landing, then doubling its stride, left a series of half-tracks on its return to the treeline."
In speaking this way, Meldrum gives life to the conjecture.

As I stood at the table with Dr. Meldrum, a few others began to show up and stand next to me.
I asked the Dr. the first of my questions, "How come in the photographs of trackways the footprints fall in a straight line when you would think it would be more likely to have some straddle, like human footprints do?" He started in by saying, "Not all of the tracks I've seen are strictly in line.." and then some schlub in a flannel shirt and camo hat who sauntered up next to me broke in loudly, "I"ll tell you why they're not in line, 'cause on a forest service road, bla, bla.."

I couldn't hear his dumb explanation because the D.J. began warming up his microphone, which was just as well, since I had come to hear Meldrum's explanation and not some joker like myself who has no real chops. I slowly backed away as the schlub continued to harangue Doc Meldrum and I went and sat down.


                                                                                   Scott Taylor

 Scott Taylor was the first speaker. I am interested in Taylor's perspective because of his work with the BFRO and his attention to detail. Among Taylor's first words were the questions he posed to the audience. "Who watches 'Finding Bigfoot'? Many hands go up in the crowd. "Who here has SEEN a Bigfoot?" about four hands this time. He asks, "Who here has heard them talking?" and several more sets of hands go upward. Even though Taylor started out sounding a little skeptical, as time wore on and the speakers came and went, more and more of them began with the supposition that Bigfoot is real. Taylor described his own BF encounters, one of which put him within three feet of a creature in the dark and I wondered, 'how can you come to be so close to something this huge and still not be able to see it face to face?'  The dark of night is easily split by a common flashlight.

Taylor went on to say that he has tried to take photos on several occasions but just could not seem to get the shutter on his camera to fire before the elusive critters stepped out of sight. I can identify with this problem, actually, as a photographer myself I know that it's not as easy as it sounds shooting a moving object with a still camera. Darkness aside, if you have ever tried to photograph a wild animal like a bear or coyote, you will know that they don't stand around very long, particularly when in the vicinity of humans. Taylor displayed a few blurry photos on the projector screen, the standard in the world of Bigfoot photographic 'evidence', but when he said that the BFRO is '376 reports behind' in thier site updating, I was impressed.

Taylor also casually mentioned that Bigfoot creatures like to watch children and blonde women and on the mention of blondes, added 'who doesn't?'  There is a historic precedent to that hypothesis about why blondes have 'more fun' which is interesting, and I had read about the theory that when given the choice, Pelaeolithic males chose blondes, who stood out from their rivals. To oversimplify, the theory went that a blonde female may have been seen as more youthful and thereby healthier in a reproductive sense. In a strict, visual sense, blondes stand out from surrounding terrain like beacons, so it may not seem so strange that, just as humans might,  Bigfoot should make notice of them as well.  My own wife is a blonde and I confess that she stands out in any crowd.
                                                                         Bigfoots prefer Blondes

Taylor talked about habituation sites he is working on in Kent, Wa. and in East Pierce County new Mt. Rainier. My address is right smack in between those locations, so I'm interested about this too.

He said that at the Kent site, which is inhabited by a 6'2" tall blonde woman, Bigfoot hangs out often and yells 'Hey' at the poor lady, coming by at night to slap the side of the house. He continued that the big guy comes and uses the outdoor pool and leaves hair in the filter.

How uncouth.

Lastly, he said that BF's like PB&J sandwiches and may consider stones as a sort of currency, gifting them in exchange for other items people leave out. He also said that Bigfoot has 'greasy' hands, and that female Bigfoots do not stink like the males do.

Near the end of his segment, Taylor pushed the BFRO expeditions and as I looked around the room I noted the stuff the vendors, now fully manning their tables, had on display.

Bigfoot Coffee, Music CDs, some local beef jerky, some indian art and jewelry and even a stripped-down motorcycle of some sort. The T-shirt guy had some pretty neat designs, but I already have three Bigfoot T's and I'm still rather opposed to the idea of Bigfoot merchandising and the attendant exploitation. Still, I know that it is part and parcel of any mysterious phenomenon, and while I might rail at the idea of people making money off of a myth, none of these guys are rolling in dough from it. I suspect that Doc Meldrum barely makes enough to pay for his gas and lodging, which puts him in a more favorable light in my mind.
After Taylor left the stage, the D.J. Munson came out and joked, 'ah..tragic news...Rick Dyer's bigfoot was seized by the FBI.." adding " I shouldn't even have said that.." The audience mooed and booed at the reference. Munson was making fun of Dyer, the known hoaxer who claimed to have shot a bigfoot in a wood lot behind a Texas Home Depot a year ago, also claiming possession of a bigfoot 'baby' in the process and offering a DVD of the autopsy, hyping it on Youtube with fantastic details like 'he's got double rows of teeth' and 'two sets of genitalia'.

Just a couple of weeks before the Summit, Dyer's coterie of supporters began to drop out of the deceitful enterprise, with Dyer himself posting a rambling, non-commital video about 'giving up.'  Dyer, in a word, is a hoaxer.

I asked Taylor about Dyer later, after his talk, mentioning that Dyer had contacted another speaker at the Summit, Derek Randles about meeting in Nevada to see the BF body. Taylor thought that I had confused Dyer with another joker that claims to have shot a Bigfoot, Justin Smeja.  I said no, it was Dyer, but now here at my computer, I have learned that Randles also had dealings with Smeja, who apparently was the supplier of some Bigfoot 'steak' that was used in Melba Ketchum's DNA work.  Convoluted indeed.

 Poor Derek Randles, he seems to be the go-to guy for running down every 'I shot Sasquatch' story that pops up.

Just as I was leaving, Taylor asked me if I had read Autumn Williams' 'Enoch' yet, and I had not. He recommended it, but I have already learned that it's provenance is specious, so...I picked up Christopher Noel's book, 'Sasquatch Rising 2013-Dead Giants Tell No Tales' instead and enjoyed it.


At this point in the Sasquatch Summit Conference, Phil Poling came on to talk about breaking down videos. Because of the horrible, blurry results he had to work with I chose that time to go get something to eat. Other people in the audience began to peel off as well and then after the scheduled lunch break Ron Morehead came with a laptop full of Bigfoot sounds like wood knocking, animal mimicry, whistles and chatter.  I'm non-plussed by most of this, since it's so much easier to mistake a howl from a supposed BF for a howl from a coyote or fox or bugle from an elk. And while I was chatting with Meldrum, he said, "I probably shouldn't say anything about other conference speakers, but that wood knock thing is hard to believe, since it's very unusual to find a good, solid piece of wood to strike a tree trunk with...everything on the ground is so rotten."

I left again to attend to my wife and dogs before Dr. Matthew Johnson came out to speak. I didn't feel that Johnson had that much to add to the story, since he's just an encounter/witness by himself.


                                                                         Derek Randles

When I returned, Derek Randles was on stage. He's a smart guy, a decent speaker with lots of detail. He seems to be in the business for the long run. He says the reason that we don't have good photo documentation beyond the P/G film is that, "..there's just not that many of them out there, and they're intelligent and they're hyper aware."

Randles and a compatriot he brought out, I believe was named Davis, showed the audience a series of thermal images of a bigfoot crouching behind some brush. Just the head and shoulders, which when compared to a human placed in the same spot, indicated a shoulder width of 60 inches. That's big alright, but the glowing, reverse silhouette from 122 feet away was not convincing. These blurry photos, FLIR images and shaky videos of blobsquatches still pale in comparison to Bob Gimlin's old 1967 footage. That holy grail of 16mm film is unsurpassed to this day, with only a couple of possible additions like the Paul Freeman footage and the Redwoods film. (Note: for any references that are obscure to the reader, simply google the phrase to learn what I'm talking about.)

Derek finished up his talk by mentioning his 'Olympic Project' work and the expeditions he holds along with Dr. Meldrum. The way he said this, I had a flash of being in a B-grade monster movie, like Godzilla, where a breathless reporter props up a scientist who then holds court calmly pointing out how the monster is operating, stomping it's way through the city. And I think it is monsters that is the attraction here. The idea that this oversize, hairy beast is lurking on the outskirts of the city, leering at our blond women and children is too much to ignore. If this were a group of Furbys running across the highway or stealing chickens from the shed, nobody would care.  A great big, menacing entity who reportedly can run up the side of a mountain as fast as a horse, who has eyes that glow in the dark and who can tear a deer into pieces in seconds is a monster by defintion.  Suggestions that Bigfoot is just a harmless Hairy Forest Person who wants to be left alone are balanced by suggestions (mostly from researchers like David Paulides) that Bigfoots are cannibals who like to steal children. Even some Indian cultures maintain that 'See-atko' is not a friendly and if you encounter one at night, by yourself, you're pretty much a statistic.

Randles left the stage to applause and at 4:10 pm Meldrum took the microphone.

The audience applauded most loudly for Doc Meldrum, and this is clearly a nod to his television exposure.  Meldrum has been doing BF research since prior to 1996, when he first made casts of footprints in the Blue Mountains of Walla Walla and he has appeared on Finding Bigfoot the cable tv show numerous times as the resident scientist.  I have seen a few episodes of the show and am bored with it, since it's mostly commercials framing the 'not-finding' of Bigfoot.

But Meldrum recognizes the advantages of publicity and his own star-power. He's as comfortable on stage as he should be as a regular lecturer and has a mellifluous voice. He uses words like 'homo troglodytae' and  'dermatoglyphics'  as he explains taxonomy and the way properly-made footprint casts can show ridges. But in truth, Meldrum is speaking far over the heads of 95% of the crowd. This is where we must decide if he is still an objective researcher or if he has become (gasp) a believer. I would not suggest that he dumb down his presentation just to suit a non science oriented audience, but if the people you hope to reach with revealing truths come away baffled by examples of Anthro 101 and the elastic strain energy component of Kangaroo limbs rather than substantive evidence of our quarry, the Sasquatch, then what's the point?

In Meldrum's defense, he spent a good deal of his time talking footprint analysis, and he made a good case for Sasquatch having evolved concurrently with humans with new research indicating a less linear and more 'bushy' family tree, with as many as six different hominid species co-existing as late as 10,000 years ago in the time scale. But he also acknowledged that we still have a myopic view of the phenomenon saying, "We're looking at the baseball game not through a knothole, but a knothole about five feet way from the fence."




He says, 'We now know..' a couple of times, which I think is smart, as opposed to being avoidant of new developments as some Primatologist authors might be, and he talked about a recent trip to a sighting south of Pocatello near his home. A group of students out studying erosion were taking video of surrounding geologic formations when one young lady said, 'Hey...there's a dude watching us.' The camera man swung around to catch what turned out to be another blobsquatch, but it was enough to get Meldrum and a son to drop by for a visit to do a little field research of their own.

Another ongoing project Meldrum mentioned was a set of 55 tracks in an area called the Palisades Reservoir.  He again went into great detail at points of his lecture about plantigrade feet and the subtleties of supanation and pronation of foot casts, until the presentation began to sound more apropriate to a podiatry convention. But this IS his specialty and really, that's what you want when you're analyzing footprints; a dude who KNOWs feet and ambulatory locomotion.

Previously in the Summit, before Meldrum went on stage, I got another chance to pin him down while nobody else was tugging his sleeve. I knelt down with my arms on his table so I could hear him better and asked him the question I had begun earlier.


Citing the clear paths that Mountain Gorillas leave in the areas they occupy, including nests and trampled vegetation, I asked him why a bipedal hominid of such large size doesn't leave any obvious evidence of passage? His answer wasn't very satisfactory, when he said, "Sasquatches have a very large range of territory and I've been in areas where entire herds of Elk have come through and when I went to look at the tracks, there was almost nothing there."  Elk vs. Sasquatch...I'm not convinced. I got back to another question about in-line gaits and straddle and he elucidated, "The leg bones grow down into a 'v' shape, which allows the Sasquatch to be able to put one foot in front of the other."  I didn't really understand this, when humans do not appear to have significantly different anatomy, but, he's the specialist. Also, I asked Meldrum about the Falcon Project. He said the funding had hit a bit of a wall when an expected investor backed out, but that the project made sense because it provides a very stable, high end camera system that can peer down into the gaps in forest canopies from as high as 2000 feet up.

As a side note, it's mentionable that Dr. Meldrum never seemed to use the term 'Bigfoot' but stuck with Sasquatch instead. Maybe it feels more credible to him and less circus-ey.

Just about this time, another Summit attendee sauntered over to bother Meldrum, a big guy with a backwards hunting cap and a shotgun shell earring forced into the lobe of his ear.
I used the seconds I had left to buy one of Meldrum's print casts ($40) and a Sasquatch Field Guide for $10. He graciously autographed the cast and the Guide, I shook his big hand and went to find a seat for the rest of the conference.
                                               Meldrum with a replica of one of the Bossburg footprint casts 


Throughout the bulk of the Summit, the crowd in attendance was fairly rapt.  When Poling came onstage, the vendors got a brief rush of business, but for Taylor and Randles, Morehead and Meldrum it was clear that people are excited about this part of discovery science and they want to believe. For me, I admit to believing the Bigfoot exists. With so many excellent reports from credible, trained observers like cops, miltary people, forest service personel and others, it is nearly impossible that all of them are hallucinating are mistaking a BF for a bear, tree stump or a moose.

Something is out there, but because we still have no body and we have so little in the way of high quality film, I'm betting that this is no ordinary, flesh and fur critter we're dealing with.

And after all, this site IS called Bizarre Bigfoot, so I'm sticking with a bizarre explantion:
For the same reason that we have bad photos and scant evidence of UFOs, Nessie and Ghosts, we will never have a concrete explanation for Sasquatch.  Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Giant Hairy Forest Person, whatever you wish to call him or her is not wholly of this dimensional plane.



Roll your eyes, call me a Beckjordite, but there are too many holes in this phenomenon that cannot be filled with conventional, known physical science.  I look forward to next years Summit.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bigfoot Lives!

 With the Oct. 2 news release from The Erickson Project and the upcoming Sasquatch Summit in Ocean Shores in November,     (my first Bigfoot Con), I think it’s a good idea to jot down the topics I have come to focus on lately in the Bigfoot World.

Firstly, the news from Erickson's Genome Project is not wholly new.
The 'Matilda' footage of a sleeping Bigfoot has been rolling around for nearly a year, and Melba Ketchum's DNA work has been bouncing around Bigfoot forums since last spring. They did offer up a bit more blobsquatch footage, including a wookie mask shot which shouldn't really add anything to the quest for truth.

But the level of interest in the Bigfoot Mystery is high now since ABC news got the 'scoop' from Melba in a personal interview, so I figure it's time for an informal primer on the facts for all the newbies out there.

1). What is Bigfoot/Sasquatch?
So far, we still have no idea. No body for the taxonomists, no bones for the anthros, just some questionable body parts like skull caps, a mummified hand, some hair, a number of plaster casts and a whole bunch of stories.  Melba Ketchum's DNA results showed a combo of human and novel, non-human DNA, which tells us not much. There is a nice FAQ on the Erickson Project's site (found here: http://sasquatchgenomeproject.org/q/ ), but this will not convince the bulk of humanity that Sassy lives and breathes.


Most of the animal science researchers who think it exists suggest that Bigfoot is a live, flesh and blood animal with a lineage to an ancient ancestor called Gigantopithecus Blacki(or some other Giganto relative).
They surmise that the creatures lived on earth between 9 million and about 100,000 years ago and that some have survived. They have a couple of jawbones and some teeth to back this up.

The creatures exist all around the world, mostly in temperate climates (no Antarctic sightings yet), with varying degrees of size, mannerism and myth. I will focus on the ones that are seen, heard, smelled or suspected here in the United States and Canada for now.

General consensus, mostly from modern anecdotes, says that the North American Sasquatch runs about 6 to 12 (yes, 12) feet and weighs between 300 and a whopping 1200 lbs. That’s basically the size of a Volkswagen Beetle stood on end for comparison.

Those same proponents say that the Hairy Forest People live in heavily forested areas, (though some reports come from the southwestern U.S and from the swamps of Florida), and exist in small family groups, foraging berries and vegetal grasses, hunting animal proteins like rodents and deer and occasionally crossing a road or woodsy trail to scare the life out of motorists, hunters or hikers.

2). Why can't we get any photos or video of these things?
We did, Jack! Ask Bob Gimlin about it....he'll tell you that he and a fellow named Patterson filmed a very large, bipedal primate-looking creature as it trudged up a creek wash in Northern California in 1967. It's still the best quality footage known and has been studied endlessly. Another guy named Paul Freeman obtained some pretty good video of a couple of large, ape-like creatures creeping through some forest and scrub in Walla Walla in about 1993. The P/G film is great because it's been around for so long that it's hard to call it a fake, (C/G) film.

Other videos and photos done since the advent of computer graphics are forever suspicious because a 9 year old kid with an Imac could take a video of your Uncle Thorvald and make it look like he was being chased by a rhino wearing a tutu.
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                                    It's just too easy to mess with video tape and digital images.

As to proving Sasquatch exists the old fashioned way, by displaying a body for scientists to poke and prod, this may never happen. But if by dint of some small miracle enough evidence in the way of photographic footage offered in a superbly clear and concise way, propped up by accepted members of the Animal Science community (and backed by governmental decree to prosecute anyone who seeks to bag their own body) then it could happen that the majority of humans will fall into line. Until that happens, we will still have to deal with people like Melba Ketchum and this Rick Dyer guy, who is a terrible, repeat hoaxer.

According to a video posted by Dyer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BUNQ-xeBbM ), Dyer had invited BF researcher Derek Randles (BFRO) to a location in Nevada in December offering to show him a dead juvenile bigfoot, and (hold on to your hat) a LIVE bigfoot baby. Just last week or so the bulk of Dyer's crew bailed on him and it all turned out to be more claptrap. Consider yourself updated.

I will go to the Bigfoot Con on Friday 11-22 and listen to the speakers and take note, posting my thoughts on the whole deal when I get back home. With Doc Meldrum and Randles there, it should be interesting.


For more on the history and conventional wisdom of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Saga, just click on any of the other neat pictures on my site.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bigfoot Eats



What Bigfoot eats is still basically conjecture. Plenty of reasearchers have picked through nasty piles of what is obstensively BF scat and while they report things like partially digested berries, leafy vegetable matter, tufts of rodent fur and small bones, unless a group of individuals actually sees and records for posterity the actual act of the Big one taking a big dump, those piles of poop could be from bears, or even possibly humans.
If you ask seven people on the trail what Bigfoot eats, you will likely get very different answers.
'Bigfoot likes to eat mainly berries, nuts, and fruits. I would imagine he also eats fish and possibly small game mammals. He seems to be a peaceful sort of a guy though so I would think he would be more of a vegetarian.'
'There are no documented sightings of bigfoots eating people, but bigfoots can eat you.'
'He actually eats like a tramp.'
'People! mostly kids or babies there is bigfoot babies that can eat a newborn baby in 2 bites, Bigfoot will eat kids in 1 bite or deer, fish and horses!'
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See what I mean?
Let's assume you are a creature the size of a two refridgerators stacked two high.
Weighing roughly the same as those refers, it would seem that you might require a pretty high caloric intake to be able to continue to exist, so it could be a safe bet to say that you are omnivorous.
Nuts, berries, wild onions and skunk cabbage, are easy pickings and all make for a fine salad, but you will have to expend energy in order to obtain meat, just the way that all animals have since millenia.  Rodents are pretty scant for caloric sustenance, but a few popped into your big mouth might give you enough energy to chase down a much more substantial meal like a deer.
Deer figure into the BF witness accounts quite heavily, (oddly, as opposed to Elk or even Moose, which would seem like a better pay off in terms of total meat yield for energy expended),
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Other primates like Great Apes are vegetarian, eating leaves and shoots,  while Chimps actually will chase down and kill smaller primates as food sources. Orangutans will eat grubs and small insects and reportedly even small animals while humans (as evidenced by my buddy Psycho Jack and shows like 'Iron Chef' ) will eat nearly anything.
At habituation sites around the nation, Sasquatch baiters use all manner of goodies to lure the Hairy ones within trail cam range, including candy, beef jerky, jelly-filled donuts, phermone-laced fabric, and even full grown women.  It is strange only insofar as more regular old drunken campers have not been caught on camera seeking these prizes.

Bigfoot, not so much. He apparently has more will power, mostly eschewing the twinkies for a mitt full of blackberries, and the stories of Deer kills continue to abound.
So if Bigfoot will eat nearly anything, just like humans, he might well choose his food based on his ability to consume it easily, right?

Wrong.
Berries are a no-brainer, but deer must be prepared, at least portioned down since even Bigfoot's big yap is not big enough to eat a Deer whole, Python-style.
How does he do it?

He RIPS it apart, he tears it wide open, while it's still alive. Yeesh!  That doesn't sound like the gentle, giant hairy forest dude that vegans prefer.  Descriptions of Bigfoot don't include claws and only rarely have I read about the sharp teeth necessary to rip flesh in order to make it swallowable. But he is apparently doing it, and doing it with panache and speed.

Let's try to imagine a deer about the size of a big Great Dane and compare that to the size of a typically described Bigfoot hand, which comes in at about the size of a regulation baseball glove, with fingers like Kielbasa sausages.

It would have to be much like a regular grown man tearing into a Chihuahua, no tools allowed.
Messy, and hard to do by any stretch. (forgive the pun.)

For me, I believe the Big Ones probably do eat deer venison, as well as the aforementioned berries, swamp cabbage and rodents, but there is something *fishy about the vivisection aspect.

*(As an aside, why no strong reports of fish eating BFs?  Strange.)

We suspect that the Bigfoot people are not tool users, as it has never been observed, nor have any tools been found, and this by itself is strange. Chimps use sticks to pull termites from their mounds while Capuchin Monkeys have been found using stones to crack open nuts and oysters, ala early man. Even some species of Ants will drop pebbles down the entrances of rival colonies nests to block them from competing for food.
My own precious dog has figured out how to pull the table cloth down enough to get to the butter tub, and amazingly, has taught the other, not so precious dog to do it as well.

Remember, this is a creature that, reportedly can chuck a rock from deep brush, over twenty feet in complete darkness and hit a lantern on picnic table, more than once. (You try it, Joe.)
So how does this animal, who by many accounts possesses a high level of intelligence, get at the animal protein contained in a deer carcass without benefit of anything sharper than a worn-down canine incisor?
Your turn..
Leave comments below.

Friday, September 20, 2013

More Bigfoot at The Beach (New!)


Ok, hot from the fresh archives of the BFRO we have another terrifically interesting witness account of something inexplicable that may be a Bigfoot, occurring very near a previous, superb account of a sleeping Sasquatch in a beach resort community on the Washington Coast. The follow up investigation by Scott Taylor includes a really fascinating ‘baby bigfoot’ sighting.
Read it, with my comments at the end:
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Report # 41111  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Woman standing on her elevated deck is approached from underneath by something large near Ocean Shores

YEAR: 2009
SEASON: Summer
MONTH: July
DATE: 26
STATE: Washington
COUNTY: Grays Harbor County
NEAREST TOWN: Ocean Shores

‘OBSERVED: It was 3 a.m., I having hard time sleeping went out onto 2nd floor deck which is about 10+ feet high. The house is on the Ocean side so critters and brush moving is normal but this night was different, it was very dark and too quiet, not even a frog croaking. I heard an extra amount of brush rustling then normal, then a high pitched animal screamed out, which I now identify as a rabbit in great distress (I put out food for the wild rabbits). A short span of silence then something stumbled or fell and let out a deep moan. I rain into the house to grab a flashlight and went back out on the deck. As I was trying to find the switch for the dang ancient lantern type flashlight I heard more brush moving, then 4 loud thuds on this fake wooden dock that's on the northern edge on the lot. The dock goes into the brush where fresh water collects during rain season and just ends, is about 20 feet long and begins at the edge of the yard which is also the NW corner of the deck support. Four thudding stomps then off the dock onto the lawn, two more stomps and the creature stopped directly below me standing above on the deck. I froze, it froze and then it started smelling me! Deep long inhales, short outs, I could not see much thru the deck boards just something dark and big and frankly it was so frightening that this creature was just a foot or so underneath me below my feet. I said screw the lantern and ran for the house.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
I called the reporting witness on 5/11/12. This location is the last row of homes between the beach and other dwellings. From the back deck, one can see the ocean. The deck is a measured 11’ from the grass below. There is no access to the deck from ground level. One has to go through the house to get there. There is very dense brush between the house and the dunes near the water. The height of this brush is approximately 15 feet.. She said that their dog had been recently been alerting to something out behind their house. She said that the previous week, they had seen eyes looking over the bushes at them.

I asked about the reported occurrence, which happened back in July 22-28, 2009. She said that she had heard what sounded like a screaming rabbit that was being killed. They have wild rabbits that she puts food out for. It was dark outside. She went out on the deck in her nightgown to see what was going on. When she did so, something very large, with heavy foot-steps, walked from the brush, up a fake dock at ground level and right under her. She was standing roughly in the center of the deck. The creature was inhaling deeply and then rapidly exhaling, then another long inhale. She said that it was scenting her. The deck boards are ½ inch apart. She felt that its face was only about 1 foot below her. She had a very old, 1950s style battery lantern, and she was so flustered that she could not get it on, so she ran back into the house.

On 5/12/13, I drove over to the location. This location is only a half mile from the Report #40381location, so they might be related. During the interview, she mentioned that she had seen a small, hairy animal that she likened to a “Tasmanian Devil cartoon character”. I asked her more questions about it, as she had never mentioned that before. She said that she was again up on the deck, looking into the cleared lot to the north, when this little thing came out of the brush, ran toward her along the edge of the brush about 20 feet, spun around a couple of times as if deciding which way to go, and then ran into the brush. She did not know if it saw her. She said it was about the size of a dog, had no tail, moved like a monkey, and was very fast. She grew up in rural Washington, and knows the common animals that live here. This was nothing she could identify. I have heard that description from at least four other people at four different locations. All these locations are associated with sasquatch habituation sites. This may be a very young sasquatch.

I did a survey of the property. The brush is very thick. One can go 2 feet inside and vanish. The two main bedrooms have large windows that face the back of the property and they are on the ground floor. The blinds are the type that give privacy during the day, but at night, with the lights on inside, one can see into the room. From the brush, a creature could see in either window. Also there is a linear line of brush, probably 7 feet tall that parallels the back of the home about 30' away. Behind this row of brush is an open area. At either end of the open area is a bird-house on a 10’ pole. I found that a creature could stand there and watch the people on the deck, or inside the large living room space on the second floor. There are windows clear across the back, and along the sides of the home. I was able to go back into that space and look back at the house. It is an ideal spot to view the people inside the home yet remain behind cover.

The following weekend, 5/18/13, I was invited back. The sister who is the actual owner was there. They said that they had found little hand-prints in the sand where the little creature was seen. Personally, I could not see it. However, I did go ahead and cast one of what they thought might be a hand print, which I left with them. We all three made a more extensive trip into the brush behind the home. I found nothing to indicate that any sasquatches had been there in near past. Later, after dark, the sister and I made a night walk to the beach, then back-tracked to the first row of dunes, where we climbed up on top. We stood there for about 15 minutes, observing back towards the homes. Seeing nothing, we then walked back to the house. From the house, we walked the road in a south direction for about ¾ of a mile. There are many homes which were not occupied, and were dark. I noticed several places where it looked like a large animal was crossing the road. There were cave-like openings in the brush on either side of the road. There were also few street lamps, which would make unseen movement in the dark quite easy.

Later, I went over to visit the witness from report 40381. He said that some people had come over to talk with him. They wanted him to have me call them. One of the people answered my call. They have not filed a report and do not wish to. They only live ¼ of a mile north of the witness who submitted this report. This is why I am including this information.

I initially talked to the husband. He said that they were taking some pictures of driftwood out near the beach, and they found a set of very large tracks. There were five tracks. No pictures were taken. Then, he had me talk to his wife.

She has a habit of going out on their deck to smoke at night. She reported hearing vocalizations that she could not identify coming from the SE, which would be the direction of the witness from report 40381. This was at the same time of year as the activity there. She said that they were mournful “Waaaaaaaaaaaaa” vocalizations. They didn’t know what they were, and wanted to tell someone.

Then, she mentioned that something killed a deer in the cleared vacant lot to the north of their property. She said that she didn’t know what it was. I asked her more questions about it. She described it as running on all fours. It was hair covered. It had no tail. I asked about the face; did it have a snout like a bear? She said that it was “mushed-in”. She said it was much bigger than a wolf. It upset her because it took a long time for the deer to die. As the creature left the lot waking on two hind legs and one fore-leg, it was holding part of the deer in the other. She said that she yelled at it. It just turned its head and looked at her and kept going. I asked about the eyes. She said that they were “piercing”. It then went out of sight. In the morning, she called the city to come remove the deer carcass, which they did.

Based on the proximity to Report 40381, and the phone-report from nearby, there is clearly a pattern of likely sasquatch activity in this area. Although it has quite a lot of houses, I noticed that most are not occupied. They are also surrounded by very dense brush. There is ample cover to hide a large nocturnal creature, and it is dark enough that they could move about without much chance of being seen. The cave-like openings in this brush indicate that something larger than deer is using them. This is another example of how close they can live to people without being observed.’
What a great story, huh? The previous report Taylor references is listed here on Bizarre Bigfoot too (see ‘Bigfoot at The Beach – April 18), as Taylor suggests that this could be the same creature in both reports. So, what the heck is this creature doing hanging around in a residential neighborhood? Yes, it’s a seasonal town with far less people in the winter, but both reports happened in the summer. This, my friends, is a curious Bigfoot. He’s a bit of a peeping Harry too, from the description. The area he is frequenting I have been too many times over the years.

It’s a lovely, fully platted beach town with many homes dotting the sandy peninsula and in summer it is fairly heavily used. Should we imagine that this very large bipedal critter is sleeping in the scotchbroom all day? That he feeds on deer occasionally (there are not many good sources of edible vegetable matter on the brackish canals and salty sand dunes there), and is so confident and at ease in this neighborhood that he snoozes in the backyard during the day and enjoys sniffing woman from close proximity at night? Yikes!

My wife and I recently purchased a small fixer-upper beach cabin on the Washington Coast and on the first trip to sign the papers, we took an alternate route, a short-cut, to the house.  On a side road (Joe Johns Road) I spotted this sign mounted on a fence post:
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It could just be the silly imagination of the landowner that prompted him to have these signs made, or he may have a reason for including the image of an hairy, knuckle-dragging biped.  I dug a bit deeper once I got home to the computer and found the following report from the area of our new vacation place:
Report # 26440 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, August 17, 2009. Hitchhiker hears loud vocalization just outside Ilwaco
YEAR: 1979

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: July

DATE: 15

STATE: Washington

COUNTY: Pacific County

NEAREST TOWN: IIwaco,Wa.

NEAREST ROAD: 101

OBSERVED: I have never spoke to anyone about the night that my friend that I will call Joe and me left Long Beach Wa. on State Route 101. Walking with our packbacks that probably weighed about 70 lbs. a piece. We left Seattle thinking that we were going all the way to Santa Cruz, Ca. However we did not plan on leaving in the middle of the night from Long Beach... we had a room that we were hanging out with a couple of girls we had met earlier at the bar. Well after a few hours of drinking things suddenly turned nasty. So Joe and I decided that it was best to get out of town. We had Astoria, Oregon on our next desination stop. However we had no idea we would be heading there in the middle of the night. It was late July so we had no problem worrying about rain or cold weather. It was a crystal clear night walking down Hwy. 101 at around 2:30 in the morning. We were trying to hitch hike but at that time in the early morning there was not much traffic. We walked for miles, however we were relieved just knowing we got out of town and away from those wicked girls. Whew ! So now we have walked to IIwaco, Wa. and it's pitch black out. The only light we had to go by was the light of the stars above. It was a beautiful sight. We were laughing and joking when suddenly we heard a growl that instantly stood the hairs on our neck up in a frenzy. Joe nor I had ever heard such a growl like what we heard that night. It was frightening and I thought that it just might be the end. I looked at Joe and he looked at me, and I swear all I could see was the whites of his eyes. We took off running as fast as we could. 70 lb. packbacks and our tail between our legs. We must have ran for a mile at least ! If not more. We were absolutely terrorfied! To this day I will never forget that night and what that might have been out there in the marshland by Fort Canby State Park. To this day when I think about it...I still get chills.'


This report, followed up by top-notch BFRO researcher Scott Taylor occurred at the opposite end of the peninsula where are cabin is, but the tidbit below from an anecdote about Paul Freeman is only a couple of miles from our place:
"Went to Longbeach, WA, March 3rd, 2002 and visited with Paul Freeman. Despite a recent foot amputation, he was in good spirits, and had a multitude of things to say concerning his finding Bigfoot and signs of his presence in the Walla Walla watershed.
Around Longview, Paul noted, Bigfoot tracks have been found at low tide in the clam beds near Ledbetter Point, on the North end of the Long Beach Peninsula. Also, he says that on the mainland adjacent to the sound, tracks have been found at low tide in the oyster beds."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Two Legs Good, Four Legs Bad?



http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=41318
At the link above is a BFRO report of a sighting/encounter in Champaign County, Illinois.
The witness reported that a 7 foot tall, very hairy and beefy animal was observed walking out of
a ditch near a roadway, firstly on all fours, but then leaving the scene on two legs.

Encounters with Bigfoot that include a quadrupedal event are not uncommon, but they seem to be less common than the standard bipedal account, and so it is worth wondering about why an animal capable of the advantages of two legged ambulation might still go down on all fours.
Great Apes are pretty much the opposite of Bigfoot, wherein they will spend the great majority of their movement using their feet and knuckles, opting to stand more erect only on rare occasions.
The anatomy of Mountain Gorillias, for instance tends to preclude them from a comfortable, efficient ambulation due to the physical bulk of their upper torsos vs. their less developed legs and hand-like feet, whereas a typical Bigfoot description includes a more human-like proportion of upper body to lower body and a forward facing, in-line big toe and oversized foot.


The premier authority on this subject, of course, is Dr. Jeff Meldrum, and according to Dr. M, Bigfoot casts indicate that Sasquatch has evolved to favor bipedalism as opposed to modern apes.
"By examining the various footprint casts, I have identified clues that reveal the skeletal anatomy of the foot  --  its joints, proportions and dynamic interactions with the ground. Each cast or footprint photo has the potential of adding an additional piece to the puzzle, or to further substantiate an inference about the functional anatomy of the Sasquatch foot.  Rather than simply an enlarged human foot, the Sasquatch foot displays a unique combination of more primitive ape like features combined with specializations for bipedalism.  The prospect of a large primate that may have independently evolved bipedalism is intriguing in several respects, including a better understanding of primate diversity and the origin of human adaptations."
So if bipedalism is an accepted goal of evolving higher primates, why would Bigsquatch bother with reverting to knuckle dragging?


The answer could be in the advantages that a lower body profile might provide for a creature that is said to routinely stand at 7 plus feet.
Theory: In thick forest growth, a bear will have an easier time negotiating it's way through the bush. It's pointed nose, narrow shoulders and low center of gravity help it to forage at the forest floor, and while it can stand on two legs to source food that hangs from vines, bushes or trees a bear will do just fine as a quadruped.


A Bigfoot that lives in deep forest areas must be able to move more quickly than a bear to catch it's prey, primarily deer, and to travel where deer live, it would benefit from being able to go to the ground to give it more stealth.
The problem with this theory is that we are talking about a particular branch of evolution that would allow for Sasquatch to do this, taking millions of years that way it took for the rest of the animal kingdom, but without providing a fossil record.

The brings me back to the crazy part: Bigfoot did not evolve here
He was 'brought' here and plopped onto the planet. Ok....tear me apart now.
But explain this in some other, credible way

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Living with Bigfoot


The thing that strikes me when I think about the overall, big picture in Bigfoot research is, how will we think of Bigfoot in five, ten and twenty years in the future.  This wonderful cryptid creature is unlikely to go away, seeing as how reports go back to the time of the first humans who occupied these land masses, so it seems certain that there will be more reports, encounters and interactions in the future, providing humans do not completely drive Sasquatches into extinction.

This is not an idle threat.  Us naked apes seem to have a penchant for killing off other lifeforms, from the Dodo Bird, the Great Auk and the Moa to Tortoises, Lemurs and certain species of Hipopottamus, human habitation is basically bad for other most other species. Researching this online, I found the following (in paraphrase):
'In fact, it is supposed by scientists that in the Americas, large animal extinctions reached 80% by the time of human occupation. Based on other studies done by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), human induced extinctions are not necessarily a new phenomena.  However, extinction by humans today is becoming much more rapid.

Overharvesting, pollution, habitat destruction, introduction of new predators and food competitors, overhunting, and other influences. Explosive, unsustainable human population growth is an essential cause of the extinction crisis. According to the IUCN, 784 extinctions have been recorded since the year 1500 (to the year 2004), the arbitrary date selected to define "modern" extinctions, with many more likely to have gone unnoticed (several species have also been listed as extinct since the 2004 date).
The rapid loss of species today is estimated by some experts to be between 100 and 1,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate, while others estimate rates as high as 1,000-11,000 times higher.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature declared the Western Black Rhino officially extinct this year. The Northern White Rhino, also from Africa, may be on its way out as well, and the last Javan Rhino in Vietnam may be gone for good.

Rhinos are not carnivores, but in addition to being valued for their horns, they are large and can be dangerous if they are frightened or challenged. Thus, it stands to reason that if humans primarily cause the current extinctions of megafauna, then they may have caused past extinctions as well. That could help explain the plethora of legends, found in all cultures, of heroes killing dragons, which, ostensibly were dinosaurs in many cases.
Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? One very likely factor—among others, such as climate changes after the Flood—is the same reason the black rhinoceros and so many other megafauna have died out: People moved in and eliminated them.'
It is sad to contemplate that humans might drive Bigfoot into extinction before we ever really know them. So I like to imagine that we could coexist with our hairy, wild cousins in the same way we coexist with other protected species.

Bighorn Sheep, Right Whales and Wolverines are among the fully protected wildlife species, but in terms of primates, Great apes, six of the Hominidae species of great apes, all are endangered. The only animal in the Homonidae family that isn't an endangered species is humans. More research reveals:
'Asia's two species of great ape are orangutans. The Sumatran orangutan, numbering around 6,600 individuals, is the most endangered ape in the world.

The Cross River Gorilla subspecies began a sharp decline 200 years ago when hunters acquired guns. Some bushmeat hunting still continues, endangering the group's survival. Rapid cutting of the remaining forest for agriculture also poses a major threat.

In Africa, lowland gorillas are critically endangered, particularly Cross River gorillas, one of two subspecies of lowland gorillas. As well, populations of Africa's other three ape species – chimpanzee, eastern or mountain gorilla, and bonobo or gracile chimpanzee – are all endangered and declining.

As "Flagship Species" and our closest living relatives, nonhuman primates are important to the health of their surrounding ecosystems. Through the dispersal of seeds and other interactions with their environments, primates help support a wide range of plant and animal life that make up the Earth's forests.
The 2004-2006 list focuses on the severity of the overall threat rather than mere numbers. Some on the list, such as the Sumatran orangutan, still number in the low thousands but are disappearing at a faster rate than other primates. '


The concept of providing Endangered Species protections for a species of wildlife that has not been conclusively proven to exist is too rife with slipperyness for me at this point. My hope for the future assumes that this will be achieved however, so I will conclude this post with the following report I found today on the BFRO site. The end of the story of Bigfoot/Human coexistence has yet to be written, but the end of the story below sounds good to me:
'I saw Bigfoot from the chest up just below my house, it was in a wooded ravine below my house. This was on June 4th, 2011. It arrived there with a great deal of crashing and breaking down of trees. I was looking to see what was coming when it stood up and looked at me. It had greyish brown long hair, particularly over the face, wide set eyes, ears on the sides of the head, and a huge chest and shoulders. It looked at me for maybe 1 minute, then went back down into the ravine. Later that day it was making lots of sounds, like low grunts, my friend heard this as well.



After that, it stayed in the Cuyahoga Valley area all summer, and I would often hear it calling, smashing rocks together, knocking on trees, and one day it sneezed a lot.

Another day in September my cousin was using my large tractor to mow under the trees behind my house, and as I walked to my car from behind my house, I heard a terrific crash to my right, and there it was again, it had knocked over a tree and then I saw it run back into the ravine.

I did not see any tracks, because since I knew it was down in the ravine most of the time I left it alone.'

Friday, June 7, 2013

Displaced Bigfoot


The following anonymous comment was posted  28 Dec 2011 10:25 AM PST on the website Bigfoot Evidence, at this link:
 Bigfoot versus Aliens versus Ghosts:

This is the first time I have shared this story to anyone but my close friends and wanted to do it here.

I grew up on a large ranch in a very rural area. My father was a very successful - we had money - his true passion was the outdoors and he wanted to pass this love onto me.

The area was beautiful but also incredibly wild. I learned to use a gun at a young age because I may need to use it if all other precautions fail. It was like teaching a child to call 911. Only in this case.

We moved in when I was two and by age four or five I considered Sasquatch a part of life and no different than racoons. They are around but meant and did not mean any harm.

I would see one most often when looking out my bedroom window from age 5 on. My mother loved my father and dealt with the area because of that she hated the area and grew up in the city she had one option to avoid boredom that being learning to garden. I remember watching as one would come to the garden and take her crops. She was funny because she did not care and the idea was to pass time not harvest the crops.

I enjoyed fishing and from 8 on would fish from 3 6 or 7 at night depending on the time of year. I also looked for Indian relics I still have. I had a small area where I found arrow heads. I say small because it bordered a ridge that I just never crossed and neither did my dad. He told me - look at all that's in front of us if we go there we will miss something here. From 10 years old on I could tell something was watching me fish. I think before that I just thought it was my mom. I knew it was not a bear because they wont watch they will either become aggressive, run away, or go about their business knowing you are there. We also had a caretaker my father hired just to keep tabs on bear and mountain lion. (lion were very rare back then I saw one in my life and that was his tail and hind legs taking off, they stayed in the high elevations and were never an issue) He lived in the guest house and his job was literally to just hike and drive a 4 x 4 looking for animal signs. I was not afraid as if they wanted to harm me they could have long ago. I never released what I caught and would throw fish toward the woods or leave the pile on a large rock near my favorite spot. They did get used to my gifts and I did start to feel like I had to bring something every time I fished - often it was some garlic or corn on the cob.

I went away to college and the time at school before my first trip home was the longest I spent away from the ranch. It was October and I missed fishing so that is what I wanted to do first. I grabbed a few ears of corn and canned peaches and left them on the rock. I caught three fish and left them all in the general area. I did the same thing the next day and on the third day something I will never forget happened. I was fishing lower down the river by a small inlet.

A Sasquatch appeared and just kept looking at me. There was also one up to my left and I became scared and wondered if I crossed some line I should not have. I did not know what to do but eventually it became clear they wanted something. I was scared out of my mind finally they moved and I felt I had to leave. As I did they started to move making me follow a certain path home. It was on this path where the amazing thing happened.

I was very scared as I thought they were all around me and my mind was thinking - they want me out of here they never did this before - could a Grizzly or wolf be stalking me and this is their way of saying go. As I came around one bend there was a very old Sasquatch that appeared to be waiting. I was very scared and it garbled friend who speak white man and tried to smile. It motioned me to an area where there were three arrow heads and a spear head. This put me at ease and he slowly approached only after he knew I calmed down. He patted me gently on the shoulder. I sat down at this point and he showed me a very large wound on his leg that healed. He said in a very drawn out way that my gifts of food helped when he was injured and he was unable to easily get food on his own and I never bothered them or tried to disrupt the peace of the area. He also told me that his people were of an ancient race - he could speak some of our language because he heard it so much over the years. He was the kind who would follow and listen to men as he was interested in their ways after stories of trading with man were told to him many years ago. He can make sound in this way but not many others because now all learn they must only make sound like the animals around them. He said that his people live with nature and believe in "not fighting or harming other life" and that because of their size ancient people in the past wanted to control them and use them to fight other people over the land. I could not understand another portion where he talked about them fearing man and they were controlled by man's ability to control fire. He said when I left he was worried something happened to me but now he knew I started "my travels" to learn about the rest of the world. He then said he and his people now must leave this area. A town was growing in an area where for years there had only been our ranch. They had to hide far too often now because of more people and this did not allow them enough time to secure food. He said they could taste in the water the area could no longer be shared.

I asked him his name and he said "Tumack". His eyes were what I remember as they were very kind and light gray - I don't speak this way but the only description I can use is of "an old soul". They were almost hypnotic and this was the only time I felt anything but peace as he explained to me this comes from my sensing he knows much of the natural world and while man desires this knowledge he can't comprehend it and this leads to a clouded mind. This did not disturb me - what did was the fact he said this was important. Not all like him are of a peaceful nature those with "red eyes" he said "those with eyes like blood" are not peaceful and man must be very wary. They will remain in the deep wild parts of areas while those like him populate an area but with them gone these others would soon enter the area and not want peace with others. He said his people were smarter than those he described and because of that they feared them and did not bother them. He said to now be wary of the woods as I while I might think nothing has changed, the others would not consider me a friend as this is not their way. I asked where they would go and he said to a place with much water as this allows them to know when anyone comes to the area with enough warning so as to hide.

This seemed like 10 minutes but when I looked up is was almost dusk. He sensed this as well and said the mind takes much longer to understand the old world and this is why time seems to disappear - the mind is so overwhelmed and preoccupied to notice other things on a subconscious level. I asked him if I could offer anything more and he pointed to the fishing line in my tackle case and the other pieces of string and twine that were a part of my pack. I offered the whole pack and he seemed very grateful. I also offered my Swiss army knife which was declined because he said it was too small for them to make use of. I then offered my belt knife and he was at first very leery of taking it believing it was too important and something I would need for protection when in these woods. I told him this was not true as I had many and he accepted it.

He thanked me and left saying we were brothers always bound by our love for nature and maintaining its peacefulness.

The following summer my recently retired father said he needed to speak with me. Our chicken coup was ransacked and my mom did not care what did it. She said she had enough of the ranch and could accept it while it was what is was supposed to be and what he wanted. A haven in the wilderness, an oasis for her to avoid it and my fathers way of having the wild at his finger tips. Now it was the biggest house in a rural boring area becoming dominated by new developments and cul de sacs. She was not going to deal with the construction of a new Walmart pushing displaced bears and cougar toward the house. She indulged me on Sasquatch but never embraced the idea openly in front of us.

She wanted him to sell and it was not what he wanted anymore. He wanted my blessing to sell my childhood home. I gave it as it allowed them to go the beach house and log cabin route making both happy.

The ranch where I grew up is still there. A condition of the sale was our caretaker get the guest house and a piece of land and the right to guide hunting trips through the area which has been set aside and will be preserved. We still talk and he says they are all pretty much gone. He said you get a glimpse of one and then could sit in the same spot for a year and not get another. They are not in the area for a reason and when they are it is for a reason and they get in and out quick. He and I did not dwell on it when i was young because he told me we know all we need to know about them - they mean no harm. He stressed teaching looking for signs of dangerous animals, if they may be injured and avoiding snakes.

There are still sightings in the area but only every few months.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Looking For Signs



Among the first steps for anyone seeking a Bigfoot encounter, ostensibly, is to find signs of their presence. Bigfoot aficionados suggest that  bedded down areas of brush, broken branches at heights above six feet and deer carcasses are solid indicators that a Sasquatch may be in the area.
Another possible sign is a rock cairn. According to the BFRO's behavior page,
'They seem to be rather "orderly", stacking rocks in cairns during searching (Fig. 16) and not tearing human food caches or backpacks apart randomly in the manner of bears. Secondly, they have a tendency to leave "gifts" in the same location in which food was deposited for them. These can range from little piles of stones, a dog skull, handfuls of evergreen shoots, to small live animals..'

                                                          Click to photos to enlarge them

On a dog walk near our home at a green belt area owned by the Weyerhaueser Corporation, I routinely see rock cairns at the trails edge, small piles of gingerly stacked stones that did not get there by chance.  Intelligently controlled hands were involved in these operations, for what purpose I cannot say.

But what strikes me as improbable, and even absurd is to suggest that a creature as large as a refridgerator and a half might be able to balance stones the size of small golf balls when they are purported to to have hands twice the size of humans. Are we to assume that fingers the size of hotdogs are still agile enough to manipulate these small rocks?
Also, in order to build these little piles, wouldn't they have to travel to and from the site?
This is another long-standing issue I have with flesh and blood theorists about how Bigfoot gets around without leaving much evidence. Footprints, sure, we have a good number of casts to prove this happens, but what about moving through dense forest.
Great Apes like Lowland Gorillas leave crushed vegetation in the jungles they pass through, and they are recorded at up to 6 feet tall and weighing up to 400 lbs.
Imagine a creature twice this size not leaving more than a pile of rocks to show he had been there.
This is the conundrum for me, that a few broken branches and a matted down area of grass do not help answer sufficiently.


Tonight on the BFRO I found a couple of new reports that intrigued me.
The first is a Class B encounter (heard but not seen) in an area of Washington State where my family has a vacation cabin. Two fisherman were hiking out of an area next to the Dungeness River when they felt spooked and found large footprints. Then a crunching sound of branches breaking underfoot alerted them to the presence of a large animal very near to their position and they wrote about how it shadowed them as they continued out of the woods.  A couple of years ago I was camping on the edge of our property there on the Dungeness with some friends. They laughed as I clumped a couple of three foot pieces of firewood together and then hushed them with a finger to my lips. On the third attempt, out of the darkness somewhere across the river we hard a clacking sound like rocks smacking together, smack, smack, smack, in the same pattern that I had done with the logs.
Certainly there are homes in the area, and that sound could have been produced by someone just thinking they were communicating with Bigfoot too, for all we knew, but the area is a known wilderness zone where other BF encounters have been recorded.

The second report on the BFRO speaks to the extremely odd nature of Bigfoot locomotion.
'Eric mentioned to me an interesting observation, he thinks it was avoiding walking on the patches of icy snow that was scattered all around the area, since there was no sign.
Eric described its movement as "running when it was walking." It had incredible speed as it left, and it was just walking away.'

http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=30058

I have not read anything from Dr. Meldrum that addresses this weirdness, but in the report, a group of Elk hunters in Colorado saw a very large, white Sasquatch as it approached them at their campfire. When it turned to leave, 'Eric described its movement as "running when it was walking." It had incredible speed as it left, and it was just walking away.'
This description is in defiance of physics as we understand it. In our gravity based world, bipeds either walk or they run, they cannot do both, but yet this creature appeared to do just that, and with 'incredible speed'.  The sheer mass of a 10 tall creature would seem to perclude rapid motion, but again, not in this story.
Another very interesting comment made by the writer of that post was in regard to the size of the animal. "It looked like a giant man", a male. The shoulders were very wide, extremely wide and bulky in the chest. His estimate was 5' 6" wide in the shoulders, and its overall height was between 9' 6" - 10'. Eric said "that it wouldn’t fit through a standard doorway.'
Italics and underline, mine.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bigfoot at The Beach






Here is an incredible new report from the BFRO about a Class A Bigfoot encounter in
Ocean Shores, Washington that happened only a few months ago.

Click the link (or copy and paste it) and read the story and view the photos and come
back for my comments, below.

http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?ID=40381&PrinterFriendly=True
Welcome back,
First of all, I am particularly interested in this story because I live here in the Pacific Northwest and have been to this seaside community numerous times. I know the area well enough to say that a Bigfoot encounter in this location is very unusual because the entire town ( Ocean Shores) is on a sandy peninsula, nearly separated entirely from the mainland.  While it would be possible for a Sasquatch to get from the densely forested foothills (where vastly more BF reports originate from) on his big feet, and even possible that the creature could have swam to that place across North Bay, it is an unlikely place for a Giant Hairy Creature to spend any time since it does have a sizeable population of humans.



The others truly amazing aspects of this story are:
 The look of intelligence the creature made evident to the witness
 The observation that the BF seemed to be moving along with a number of deer
(ostensibly these are a food source as opposed to friendly forest buddies)
 And how the witness 'felt that he had made a friend.'

In all of the BFRO reports I've ever read (and this includes pretty much all of them) I have never seen any mention of potential friendship between Bigfoot and his observer.
It's like a Hallmark moment, if you will pardon the saccharine, where the big hairy monster befriends a fragile old man, then says goodbye and leaves with his traveling companions, a trio of gorgeous Does.  It is so odd a report that one might be inclined to call it bullshit, but, thankfully, Mr. Scott Taylor and his companion for the report did thier due diligence and wrote it all down, complete with excellent photos, like a crime scene scenario that could be admissable in court.
There ARE other reports of Bigfoot haunting beachy areas, and while he didn't appear to make any friends, it could be said that there is enough in the way of food products there to entice a visit.
But the Bigfoot diet is more focused on deer meat than razor clams, and in this instance, the Bigfoot was hanging out with his food, ostensibly more like a pimp than a rancher.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Why Did The Bigfoot Cross the Road?



Note: This article starts out with the premise that Bigfoot/Sasquatch is a fully realized, successful forest-dwelling creature who exhibits all of the most common traits associated with him from many years of comparative anecdotes. Read on.

Ok, picture Bigfoot.  It’s nighttime and he is hunkered down in the forest, doing whatever he does. All of the sudden, he hears a noise. It’s a truck on a nearby road, chugging up the hill.
Bigfoot gets up and bounds through the impermeable thickets, gracefully dodging trees and fallen logs, he reaches the forest edge just as the truck is approaching.
In six or eight giant steps, Bigfoot has glided across the double lanes and disappeared back into the deep canopy of trees.


The truck driver is so stunned that he does not even think to apply the brakes, as because of the speed of the astounding creature,  he is long past to point of any possible collision anyway.
So as the truck slows to an idle, the driver is left to ponder what he has just seen.

But more importantly, there is the question of ‘why’.
Why did Bigfoot choose this moment to dart out in front of a vehicle at the risk of being struck?
If we are talking about a highly intelligent, highly sensitive woodland beast whose very existence depends on he or she being in fine tune with the enviromment it calls home, WHY would it then choose to risk being injured by running in front of moving metal machine?


Before anyone can suggest it, I will nip in the bud the ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ argument.
Bigfoot EATS deer for breakfast, very literally.  He’s smarter than a deer, faster than a deer, He is at the TOP of the Forest ecosystem food chain. So it is ludicrous to suggest that he would be likely to be startled out of a peaceful existence by the sound of an approaching motor vehicle in order to run in front of it in abject fear.

Fear by the way is almost never described as a characteristic of any BF involved in a motor vehicle/Bigfoot encounter.  The reaction of BF to the car or truck is nearly exclusively either complete ignorance of just a nonchalant glance as he tromps off again.


So what is it that would prompt the Giant Hairy Person to choose this juncture to cross the road?

Read the following, recent BFRO report:
Recently at about 4am I was traveling east out of Fort Scott, Kansas. Just over the Missouri border the road gets narrow with heavy forest almost coming up to the edge of it. Ahead of me at the end of my headlights I saw something run across the road on 2 legs. It was covered with thick brown hair and it had to be big because in just 2 or 3 steps it was across the road and gone into the forest on the other side. It wasn't a bear or a farm animal because they run on 4 legs. And it wasn't a man either unless he had never had a shave or a haircut in his life. A man might be able to run fast, but he couldn't possibly have a stride long enough to come out of a forest, cross a road, and disappear again into the forest on the other side in just a couple of seconds.

This is the proto-typical report, posted hundreds of times for many years.
Why didn’t BF just WAIT for 15 more seconds to cross the road? And here is the point of my question:
I suggest that Bigfoot WANTED to be seen.
He had ample time (he runs about 35 miles an hour, remember) to avoid the encounter, so he MUST have decided that there was something he wanted to achieve by this, either in his own curiousity, making a simple observation of the humming,  gravel crunching machine, or perhaps more likely, just to make the pilot loose his marbles for a moment.


Is Bigfoot’s reason for making an appearance part of a ‘program’ of some sort?
Could Bigfoot populations be trying to make contact with humans in a desensitization plan, in small ‘visits’,  in order to prepare us for the full Monty: Bigfoot Human Contact?

What do you think?

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