Friday, August 3, 2012

Real Yowie Encounter

"Not all that wanders is lost." With those chilling words begins the tale of a party of shooters who came face to face with their worst nightmare in the Australian bush. What was it looking at them and lurking in the darkness? Whatever it was it's still out there ...

Cliff Barrackman takes on critics!

Cliff Barackman of 'Finding Bigfoot' -- 'Bigfoots live right outside of Portland': TV Press Tour
Published: Friday, August 03, 2012, 10:42 AM     Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012, 11:01 AM
By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian 

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.: Cliff Barackman and his castmates from the hit Animal Planet show, "Finding Bigfoot," were facing a pretty tough crowd Thursday at the 2012 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Barackman, who lives in Portland, and his fellow bigfoot researchers, James "Bobo" Fay, Matt Moneymaker and the show's resident skeptic/biologist, Ranae Holland, take their investigations into bigfoot sightings around the country seriously. But the critics and reporters on hand were, at least initially, not what you'd call on board.

Getting things off to a bumpy start were questions like this one, directed toward an executive from Animal Planet: "What's made Animal Planet concentrate on bigfoot, have they run out of real animals?"

On Twitter, critics were making snarky comments. But midway through, the tone started to change, as Barackman and his cohorts made a sincere case for keeping an open mind about the existence of bigfoots -- we also learned that's how you refer to bigfoot in plural. (Don't call them bigfeet.)

Also, there's not just one bigfoot, as Barackman believes, based on eyewitness sightings, photos and footprint evidence. He theorizes that bigfoots are primates, a form of ape that may also be very "human-like."

Before the panel, Barackman told me that his interest in researching bigfoot partly accounts for why the Long Beach, Calif., native wound up moving to Portland, about four years ago. "I"m kind of a weird guy, so I feel at home there," Barackman said as we sat in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel, site of the TCA tour.

And, he added, "Bigfoots live right outside of Portland," citing reports of bigfoot encounters in the Sandy River area, and Clackamas County, for example. Not that they're limited to the Northwest, Barackman added, as he and the "Finding Bigfoot" team have so far visited 22 states for the show.

Barackman, 41, first got intrigued by bigfoot, or Sasquatch, investigation when he was in college, and came upon scholarly reports discussing the possibility of bigfoot-like creatures. Though he has a degree in jazz guitar, and has been a schoolteacher (at Cascade Heights Public Charter School, among others) Barackman is now working fulltime on Sasquatch research.

"Finding Bigfoot," which debuted in 2011, has been a hit for Animal Planet, ranking as the cable network's third-most watched show, behind "River Monsters" and  "Whale Wars." The new season of shows begins in November, with 11 new episodes.

Barackman, who is single, said that as much as he feels at home in Portland, his Sasquatch travels keep him on the road so much he hasn't been able to spend much time in the Rose City, even though he just bought a house.

And he's not concerned by skeptics who think searching for bigfoot is a rather eccentric, shall we say, calling. "It doesn't matter to me," he said. "When you're right, you don't have to prove it to anybody."

As to whether he's personally seen a bigfoot, Barackman cites the "Finding Bigfoot" episode shot in North Carolina. It was the middle of the night, in the woods, but Barackman thinks the creature he saw wasn't a human, but could very well have been a Sasquatch.

His conclusion: "I might have seen one. But I can't be sure I saw one."

Critics Say:Show us bigfoot!

TV Critics: Show us Bigfoot or GTFO!

Ranae Holland, Matt Money Maker, Cliff Barackman, and James "Bobo" Fay

"First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff?" --TV Critic at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.

The above quote sums up the general sentiment of the TV Critics during the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour according to Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd. In our summation, while the TV critics complain about the the quality of programming (and the reality of Bigfoot), Animal Planet is just fine with the ratings they are getting, and Matt Moneymaker will be quick to accuse the naysayers of ignorance.

Below is the full article from Entertainment Weekly

Bigfoot experts clash with TV critics: 'You're ignorant'

by James Hibberd

TV critics took on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot during a contentious panel at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

For those who haven’t seen the show, it’s a bit like Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, only an expert team looks for Sasquatch instead of spooks. There are interviews, data crunching, mysterious footprints and a group hunting in the woods … but no actual bigfoot.

The press tour reporters have spent nearly two weeks in a hotel interviewing actors and executives promoting TV shows. So when Animal Planet rolls out this panel the critics are, understandably, thinking: Show us bigfoot or GTFO.

A critic points out: If these guys actually find bigfoot, such huge news is not going to really stay quiet until a regular episode of Finding Bigfoot airs. One asks: Has Animal Planet run out of real animals to do shows about? Yet another wonders: First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff?

Animal Planet’s president, Marjorie Kaplan, is good humored about the situation. “Animal Planet has many shows about animals that may be more familiar to you,” she says. “Finding Bigfoot is an exploration of the secret corners of the planet … There are places on this planet that we know about and places we don’t …  New species are being found all the time.”

She also points out the network’s Mermaids: The Body Found special* got “extraordinarily” high ratings.
The Finding Bigfoot team, however, is far less amused by the critics’ skepticism. Seems there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence pointing to the existence of bigfoot and this crew are true believers. (There is more than one bigfoot, they say, and they mostly come out at night … mostly…)

“I’ve had one 15 feet away growling at me,” declares bigfoot researcher Matt Moneymaker. “So that’s why I think it’s [unfortunate] when people say they’re not real. They exist … I don’t think people realize how many witnesses there are out there … For those who don’t think these things exist, [famed primatologist] Jane Goodall thinks they exist** — and she may know a little more about it than you do.”

“You can’t equate bigfoot with mermaids,” bristles bigfoot researcher James “Bobo” Fay. “You’re ignorant of the subject matter.”

So is there solid real evidence of bigfoot?

Absolutely, they say. There’s all kinds of evidence! Except, you know, an actual or former bigfoot.

“There’s every kind of evidence that they exist,” Moneymaker says. “Except bones. Except a carcass.”

* Mermaid body not actually found

** True

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Finding Bigfoot

Animal Planet: "Finding Bigfoot" Season Three will be BIGGER! 

 By Guy Edwards

(left to right: Cliff Barackman, Renae Holland, James "Bobo" Fay, Matt Moneymaker)
(Beverly Hills, Ca.) This November, FINDING BIGFOOT, one of Animal Planet’s top-performing series ever, delivering more than 1.3M P2+ viewers in its second season, returns with 11 all-new episodes and two specials that take the team of investigators farther across the globe and further into sasquatch history than they’ve ever travelled.  For the first time, the intrepid cast of investigators -- Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – will expand their search in North America and beyond to investigate the sasquatch phenomenon known as “yowies” in Australia and the “orang-pendek” of Indonesia.  Also for the first time, Animal Planet will produce two “aftershow” specials, where the cast will answer burning questions from fans, dive deeper into the evidence and theories, and give behind-the-scene stories and insight.

Legends of bigfoot-type primates persist in cultures all over the globe.  So the bigfoot team will attempt to capture proof of these elusive Australian and Indonesian creatures by immersing itself in local yowie and orang-pendek culture and lore and using that information in the investigations. With the knowledge of the locals and its own experiences researching sasquatches, the team is hot on the trail to locate these distant cousins of the North American bigfoot in the remote terrain and jungles of these far-off lands.

Sasquatch sightings have been reported in every state of the union except Hawaii.  So this season, the team continues to leave no stone unturned and no piece of credible evidence unexplored as it travels to new locations to investigate compelling new finds in multiple states:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

In addition to their global jaunts, the team members participate in two all-new aftershow specials.  Moderated by Animal Planet executive producer Keith Hoffman, the specials bring the team together in an informal setting to discuss the investigations in greater detail and provide insights and tips not shared in the show.  Who doesn’t want to know how the team films at night without scaring away potential bigfoots or what the cast thinks will happen when bigfoot is found?

With no filters and unparalleled access to the cast, fans of the show and bigfoot enthusiasts everywhere will have unprecedented insight into their investigations that have become a part of the pop cultural zeitgeist.

FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the executive producers and Chad Hammel is the co-executive producer for Ping Pong Productions.

About Animal Planet
Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment.  APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

    Something Strange in The woods WAS IT BIGFOOT STARING

    While hiking on trail suddenly to my left I noticed about 35-40 yards away something dark figure turn slightly peeking(peep)over blown down trees at me .IT was not moving at all and I could’nt make out any facial features at that distance.So I started to feel uneasy about the situation and decided to film as I was leaving area hoping to see more of the body mase at different angle along the trail.AS I came around couple of trees dark figure seemed to disappear kind of sneakily ,so at that time I did’nt film anymore because a” Thought “came to me how a BEAR will hide and I sure was’nt going into those down trees looking for trouble.When I got home and uploaded film I noticed more of the dark figure seemed to be crouching or squatting behind blown down trees .At that moment my mind started to wonder (WAS IT BIGFOOT STARING AT ME) I will go back to area later “check it out” for prints as it was starting to Sleet / rain as I was leaving NOTE: I don’t have the best camera it was at full zoom the whole time and Beginning to lightly” rain with ice ” overcast sky .Key Words Only ::::: etc. SASQUATCH,GRASSMAN,SKUNKAPE,WILDMAN, YETI ,YOWIE possible SIGHTINGS, only info! East tennessee side crytpozoology explore exploring volunteer state

    Hominid Hunting

    Did Bigfoot Really Exist? How Gigantopithecus Became Extinct

    A reconstruction of Gigantopithecus. Image courtesy of Flickr user Sam_Wise
    Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. The Abominable Snowman. Whatever you want to call it, such a giant, mythical ape is not real—at least, not anymore. But more than a million years ago, an ape as big as a polar bear lived in South Asia, until going extinct 300,000 years ago.
    Scientists first learned of Gigantopithecus in 1935, when Ralph von Koenigswald, a German paleoanthropologist, walked into a pharmacy in Hong Kong and found an unusually large primate molar for sale. Since then, researchers have collected hundreds of Gigantopithecus teeth and several jaws in China, Vietnam and India. Based on these fossils, it appears Gigantopithecus was closely related to modern orangutans and Sivapithecus, an ape that lived in Asia about 12 to 8 million years ago. With only dentition to go on, it’s hard to piece together what this animal was like. But based on comparisons with gorillas and other modern apes, researchers estimate Gigantopithecus stood more than 10 feet tall and weighed 1,200 pounds (at most, gorillas only weigh 400 pounds). Given their size, they probably lived on the ground, walking on their fists like modern orangutans.
    Fortunately, fossil teeth do have a lot to say about an animal’s diet. And the teeth of Gigantopithecus also provide clues to why the ape disappeared.
    The features of the dentition—large, flat molars, thick dental enamel, a deep, massive jaw—indicate Gigantopithecus probably ate tough, fibrous plants (similar to Paranthropus). More evidence came in 1990, when Russell Ciochon, a biological anthropologist at the University of Iowa, and colleagues (PDF) placed samples of the ape’s teeth under a scanning electron microscope to look for opal phytoliths, microscopic silica structures that form in plant cells. Based on the types of phyoliths the researchers found stuck to the teeth, they concluded Gigantopithecus had a mixed diet of fruits and seeds from the fig family Moraceae and some kind of grasses, probably bamboo. The combination of tough and sugary foods helps explain why so many of the giant ape’s teeth were riddled with cavities. And numerous pits on Gigantopithecus‘s teeth—a sign of incomplete dental development caused by malnuntrition or food shortages—corroborate the bamboo diet. Ciochon’s team noted bamboo species today periodically experience mass die-offs, which affect the health of pandas. The same thing could have happened to Gigantopithecus.
    A Gigantopithecus jaw. Image courtesy of Wikicommons
    Further evidence of Gigantopithecus‘ food preferences and habitat was published last November. Zhao LingXia of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues analyzed carbon isotopes in a sample of Gigantopithecus teeth. Plants have different forms of carbon based on their type of photosynthesis; this carbon footprint is then recorded in the teeth of animals that eat plants. The team determined Gigantopithecus—and the animals living alongside it, such as deer, horses and bears—ate only C3 plants, evidence the ape lived in a forested environment. This work also supports the proposed bamboo diet, as bamboo is a C3 plant.
    So what happened to this Pleistocene Yeti? Zhang’s team suggested the rise of the Tibetan plateau 1.6 million to 800,000 years ago altered the climate of South Asia, ushering in a colder, drier period when forests shrank. Other factors could have exacerbated this crisis. Gigantopithecus‘s neighbor, Homo erectus, may have over-hunted and/or outcompeted their larger ape cousin. And at least one dental study indicates Gigantopithecus developed and matured very slowly—a sign they probably had low reproductive rates, which can elevate a species’ risk of going extinct.
    Some Bigfoot hunters say Gigantopithecus is alive and well, hiding out in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Other Sasquatch enthusiasts, however, point out this is unlikely, as Bigfoot is reported to be a swift, agile, upright walker—not a lumbering, 1,200-pound quadruped.

    The Lost Coast Tapes

    Here we are squatchers,the movie that some of you have been waiting for is coming out in 2012!..Sit back and enjoy the trailer.I personally think that it will be a great movie but I am not too excited because it is another bigfoot attacks episode.

     2012 by - A quick tease from the upcoming horror film, "The Lost Coast Tapes." For more info including behind the scenes pics and videos from cast and crew, click the link in this description.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Bigfoot Encounters


    Early July, 2012 Edition

    EVIDENCE EXHIBIT ONE: The Original Article on Larry Lund,
    from THE COLUMBIAN, October 26, 2005
    Is BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS a Reliable Source?

    The old Bigfoot-related web site, Bigfoot Encounters has been for years a very useful and rather extensive resource of historical materials on the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon. It is run quite diligently by one whose initials are "B.S.", and purports to be some kind of ARCHIVE and annals of Bigfooting. It is indeed a rather vast collection of articles and information, much of it otherwise lost to time and age. Much of it, though, is copyrighted material, appropriated to the site and incorporated into pages bearing the BFE logo and style, which also will not allow copying and pasting for citation and quoting. "Fair Use" is claimed, but really does not apply to the full-scale appropriation of material owned by others. Occasional use as such is generally tolerated on the internet for historical purposes, but to found a whole web site on it is a rather blatant mis-use of the Fair Use doctrine. The only thing that really lets this slip by is that the site is non-commercial (this will change when the proprietor's book comes out, however, sometime this year, supposedly).

    B.S., in the one common photo of
    her available, as no one seems to
    have saved the beach bunny one
    she used to use on the old IVBC.
    What the site DOES do, beyond mostly nobly preserving this useful information, is to FURTHER THE AGENDA of Ms. B.S. It generally does so subtly, but often glaringly, as in the case with her manipulation and alteration of an article about long-time Bigfoot researcher, Larry Lund. It actually adds DEFAMATORY statements INTO the transcribed article. This is not only a form of misinformation and distortion, it is (in my opinion, though I am no lawyer) a form of libel. Her web site, ostensibly some kind of "archive," is shot through with these kind of things, manipulations, alterations, additions, and mythifications along the lines of her own ideology and belief system. The question arises, How do we know what is real, and what has been manipulated. Is this a form of "hoaxing"? What is her agenda? Case in point, especially: The (Supposed) Bluff Creek Bigfoot Massacre. Primary ideology: Bigfoot is Human. They killed a family of them in Bluff Creek, and hence John Green and the others, in the eyes of BFE, are "murderers." I have caught outright fabrications inserted into her Bluff Creek timeline. A real shame, it is, that such a great collection of materials can be brought into question by such machinations. Here follow a few examples. Stick around for the rest of the Lund article issue, the original article of which may be found by clicking the image above.

    For background, read this blog's MINI-INTERVIEW WITH LARRY LUND, from last year, for a taste of the kind of cool guy he is.

    If you are already aware of these preceding issues, skip down to see the alterations that Bigfoot Encounters has made to a publicly published newspaper article, with the obvious sole intent to disparage and damage the reputation of a long-time fellow Bigfoot researcher.
    If you know of any other instances of such memory-hole alterations of the facts on BFE, do let me know so they may be posted here.
    The image of Patterson with "Juvenile Tracks" that
    B.S. claimed was taken around the time of the "Labor
    Day Trip" to Bluff Creek, showing the tracks he
    supposedly got at that time.

    A listing in the California Sightings section used to mention Roger Patterson being in Bluff Creek over the Labor Day weekend, 1967, such trip never being substantiated with proof. I asked B.S. repeatedly to come forth with proof of this supposedly "historical" assertion, but she would not. It is normally understood that Patterson and Bob Gimlin were in the Mt. St. Helens area at that time searching for Sasquatch, not in California. Checking today I notice that the listing has now been changed to: "Summer, 1967 Roger Patterson poured a plaster of paris cast of a left and right 9" child's track and shows Al Hodgson the tracks while he was up there."There is really only one reason that someone who believes the Patterson-Gimlin Film is real would want to place Patterson there earlier than mid-late October of that year, and that is to support the MK Davis so-called "Massacre Theory." Ms. B.S. is an advocate of this theory.

    Still, to this very day, despite all the refutation of the photos, the "Massacre," and of any visit by Bob Titmus to the PGF site until days AFTER the filming, the Bigfoot Encounters page manipulating John Green's Obituary for Bob Titmus still bears the MK Davis Massacre-related stills supposedly showing Titmus on the site at the time of filming, supposedly sometime in August or September, with the rifle in his hands and the tracking dog there. This is not only a dishonor to Titmus and Green, it is a blatant manipulation of the truth. Even in the search result summary, I'd assume from some kind of metatag or keyword in the page code, she drops this little bit of slurring insult: "Bob Titmus obituary, John Green exposed as a liar himself re: the Patterson film...". NICE.. and of course, the article does nothing to prove this accusatory hearsay. B.S. substantiates this by saying she has certain papers, that of course only SHE has; so, I guess, whenever B.S. wants to insult someone all she has to do is cite her SECRET personal collection. Or maybe she'll cite one of the false lies she's inserted into the "archives" on her web site?

    Chiazzari and Green.
    Go see:

    The REAL person who is shown in those photos is the pilot who flew Green, Moffit and Dahinden along with the dog down from Canada. This person has recently surfaced and emphatically declared that it was HE who is shown in those photos. His name? Keith Chiazzari. On January 17th of 2012 he posted this as a comment on this blog:
    "I was the pilot of the Cessna 185 that flew John Green, Rene Dahinden and Dale Moffit to Bluff Creek on the 28th August 1967 returning to Chilliwack on the 31st and still have my pilot's logbook to prove it. The photo does not show Bob Titmus but me aged 24. I have posted some photos on other Bigfoot websites. The theory that a massacre took place is laughable!"

    Chiazzari and Moffit.
    Read BILL MILLER'S refutation of the Titmus-at-the-Massacre Theory,
    HERE, in two parts, PDF documents:

    Read the CRYPTOMUNDO article on this, The Massacre Files: The Blue Creek Mountain Pilot

    In one article that has since been deleted after I published an expose on parts of it, B.S. mentioned "splicing" done to the PGF to hide a certain "something" at the start. It was a very lengthy article that never came out and said directly why the splicing was done, but by implication and innuendo it was made more than clear. It included this image, to which I've added some titles. It reveals just about ALL you need to know about the beliefs of B.S. about what happened that day in Bluff Creek when the film was shot. It also explains her vehement hatred of John Green, Bob Titmus, and anyone allied with them... she thinks they are murderers.

    Here is the Bigfoot Encounters LARRY LUND ARTICLE web page altered version, with defamatory commentary added in by B.S. as if these statements were part of the original article. The commentaries added to the article below are from Larry Lund himself. The parts I've bolded in red are the lines that B.S. added. In no way may the BF Encounters article be construed as satire or humor, as it is in no way indicated, and the article is presented in a wholly straightforward way, as if this were the way it was published.

    PGF Sight Expedition July 26th 2012 photo

    PGF Site Expedition, Group Photo, July 26th, 2012. Cliff Barackman, Ian C., Rowdy Kelley, Todd Hale,
    Jamie Snowhorse, Robert and Francis Leiterman, Bart Cutino, Terry Smith, James Fay (Bobo), Bill Munns,
    and Steven Streufert. Daniel Perez is behind the camera, and Tom Yamarone and Scott McClean were in camp


    Monday, July 2, 2012

    The Incredible Story Of Bigfoot

    Every so often he makes the news. There will be a flurry of sightings in a lot of different places. Then all will be quiet until he resurfaces again. We always call Bigfoot "he" but there must be a "she" to keep the Bigfoot legend and their population going.

    But is Bigfoot real? If he is real we have had a devil of a time finding him and his home. We need to know if he is an animal or more closely related to humans. Let's get to know the interesting character known as Bigfoot.

    About the only place that Bigfoot sightings have not been reported is Antarctica.The scientific name is Gigantopithecus Blacki. but it is called hundreds of different names. In North America he is commonly called Bigfoot or Sasquatch, there are also skunk apes, Zug-wa, the ASA monster, the Cow-man, the Lizardman, the Goat-man, the Arkansas-Missouri Line wild beast, the Clanton Booger, and the Louisiana wookie, just to name a few.

    Around the world you will find Yeti, the Abominable snowman, Koolakamba, the De Loys Ape, Hejkal, Yowie, Batutut, Curinqueans, Busau, Mapinguari, and Gougou, again to name just a few. It seems that each country or nationality has a Bigfoot of its own.

    Depending on the area and who is describing Bigfoot, he is anywhere from 5 feet to 14 feet tall. It is said that the female is smaller than the male. The weight is between 407 pounds to 1143 pounds.

    The fur covering his body is usually long and ranges in color depending on the climate. There is black, various shades of brown, reddish, and white fur. Some have been reported to have faint stripes or spots. Faces, palms, and feet are hairless. Some have been said to have bare chests and some have receding hairlines.

    Bigfoot has a large square or a conical head set on a short thick neck. His brow is large and prominent.His eyes are deep set and of a dark color. They range from close together to wide set. His ears are large to nearly invisible because of fur covering them. The nose can be flat all the way up to quite bulbous. His mouth is similar to an ape's mouth. His canine teeth stick out slightly and in some cases small tusks have been reported.

    Bigfoot's senses seem to be slightly sharper than a human's with a keen sense of smell and hearing. His eyesight seems to be the same as a human's in the daytime but he has an acute night vision. These may be reasons that he has been able to hide from us for so long.

    The overall appearance of Bigfoot has been described as similar to a large ape or bear. He walks on two legs and has long arms that hang loosely at his side. Sometimes he is seen using his knuckles to help in balance as he walks. Often people say there is a musky odor that is like a skunk. Noises he makes are howling noises and sometimes screeches as well as snuffling noises like bears make.

    The feet are what gives Bigfoot his name. Once again there are huge differences in sizes. They are anywhere from 12 to 24 inches long and 5 to 13 inches wide. The number of toes is another difference. Some have 4 toes, some 5, and some have 6.  He strides from 2 to 12 feet at a time.

    Bigfoot seems to be a loner. Seldom more than one are seen at a time although there are some who say they have seen whole families together. If more than one is seen, it might be mating time.

    Even though they seem to be quite docile, as with any creature you don't know, it is a good idea to maintain a safe distance if you come across a suspected Bigfoot. They are agile and surprisingly fast.  There have been some reported injuries from tangling with Bigfoot.

    Bigfoot seems to get along well with bears and to a lesser extent mountain lions. It may help hide their whereabouts and also cover the remains of deceased members.

    There have been Bigfoot sightings for more than 400 years. Native peoples all over the world have stories and legends about these man/apes.

    The first white man to have seen evidence of Bigfoot happened in 1811 near Jasper, Alberta, Canada. David Thompson was a fur trader who found strange footprints in the snow. They were 14 inches long and eight inches wide. The foot had 4 toes.

    Then there was Jacko. Jacko was captured in 1884 by a train crew in Canada. He was 4 feet seven inches tall and weighed 147 pounds. Jacko was a "gorilla type" and had long black strong hair. He was extremely strong and could break a stick simply by twisting it. Some people say that Jacko may have been a hoax based on his size and the fact that he looked so much like a chimpanzee.

    In 1924 a lumberjack in Canada was captured by a Bigfoot family. He claimed the father and daughter guarded him and the mother and son prepared the meals. These creatures were vegetarians. He didn't tell anyone about his adventure until 1958 because he was afraid that people would think he was crazy.

    Also in 1924 a group of miners near Mount St. Helens in Washington state in the United States saw a Bigfoot and shot and killed it. That night their cabin was surrounded by more of the creatures who threw stones, pounded on the walls, and climbed on the roof. They finally left at dawn. The miners packed up and left. The place has since been named Ape Canyon.

    Another sighting in 1924 was reported by a prospector near Mount St Helens. He told a forest ranger that his cabin had been attacked by a group of Bigfoots who threw rocks and screamed like apes. He hid under his bed until morning when they left. When he went outside he saw huge footprints.

    In 1958 a bulldozer operator was working in California. He came upon enormous footprints and made a plaster cast of one. It was national news and many newspapers printed a picture of the man holding the cast of the big footprint.  That was when the creature became "Bigfoot".

    Years later the son of the man who made the original footprints revealed that his father had just been playing a prank. He had a friend carve 16 inch feet out of wood which the son showed reporters. He then strapped them on and walked around leaving the prints. Another worker on the crew said that the man only wanted to scare vandals and thieves who had been bothering equipment. Whatever the original reason, the man went on to make a lot of money from his Bigfoot franchise.

    Perhaps the most famous of films made of Bigfoot was made by two men in 1967 in California. They claim it was a female Bigfoot walking across a clearing. It is not a clear picture but there is an animal or human in an animal suit walking. It has never been proven to be a fake although there are some "funny" things about it.

    Many proofs of Bigfoot have been found and produced to show evidence that he is real. There have been pictures, movies, plaster casts, and so on. A lot of them have been explained away as normal phenomena or as outright hoaxes.

    One "expert" on the subject of Bigfoot claims that there are many different breeds of the creature. Some like the skunk-ape are actually pygmy versions. This person claims that the different kinds of Bigfoot do socialize.

    One of the most interesting things I found is that the United States government recognizes Bigfoot. The Army Corps of Engineers wrote the Washington Environmental Atlas in 1975. The atlas cost $200,000 and includes a map with pinpoints for all known sightings of Bigfoot. It contains a description of Bigfoot. It is noted that a sample of supposed Sasquatch hair was analyzed by the FBI who found that it didn't belong to any known animal. After some time a researcher said that the hairs belonged to the deer family. Apparently the analysis of these samples is now mislaid.

    Because of the report Sasquatch has been stated to be an animal species. If one were to be captured it could be protected as a threatened or endangered species by the Secretary of the Interior. The emergency protection would last for 120 days until further decisions are made.

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Bigfoot Weekend at Beaver Creek

    Explore the Bigfoot legend with Bigfoot lore, a Bigfoot search & photos with Bigfoot • Family movies and hearty Bigfoot treats add to the fun • Regular camping fees apply • For more information call 330.385.3091

    Come get your Squatch On!! Visit the Ohio Bigfoot Hunters and Team members,ask questions and hear their stories.Fun for all ages!!

    Fri, August 10, 12am – Sun, August 12, 12am
    Beaver Creek State Park, 12021 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool OH 43920
    Beaver Creek State Park
    Explore the Bigfoot legend with Bigfoot lore, a Bigfoot search & photos with Bigfoot • Family movies and hearty Bigfoot treats add to the fun • Regular camping fees apply • For more information call 330-385.3091

    Food Cooking May Have Led to Attack

    The story goes like this: Gary and Sondra Ellison were living in an old campground on Sanders Creek, a tributary to the Illinois River and around 25 miles from Agness, Oregon. The couple had been living around the area because of a recent downturn in their income. One day in December of 2009 they were given a gift of Salmon from a local person in Agness.

    That afternoon they began cooking the fish in a skillet on an open fire at the camp. It was then the couple claims to have had a very large creature, walking upright on two legs, come into camp and start throwing very large rocks at them. They retreated into the motor home to watch the hairy monster take the cooked Salmon off a plate and eat it.

    Then they reported the creature turned on the motor home and began shaking it. The creature then broke out a side window at the door while Gary and Sondra were on the floor in the back bed area. Then the creature walked around the motor home looking into the camper. After ten minutes or so the two-legged creature walked back into the heavy woods.

    The couple waited for some time to make sure the creature was gone before gathering up their belongings outside and then leaving the campground. Sondra sustained a broken shoulder blade from one of the large rocks thrown.

    The couple reported the attack only to be ridiculed and laughed at. It was noted that large rocks and broken glass were found at the site along with some big footprints.

    Sorry Folks,but thats all I have at this time.

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Official Website of Letters From The Big Man Launched

    Screenshot of Letters from the Big Man website

    We have been fans of this movie since it went into production. Click on the following link to read about our previous coverage of Letters from the Big Man.   You can go to the full website At, where you can buy copies of the DVD.

    For those of you who are not familiar with the Movie the synopsis is as follows:
    Following a painful breakup, Sarah Smith (LILY RABE) embarks on a post-fire stream survey for the Forest Service in southern Oregon. A journey down a wild and scenic river leads her to a remote wilderness surrounded by scorched landscapes. Here she first senses being followed by a presence that will not reveal itself. Visitation from the “big man” (ISAAC C. SINGLETON JR.) continues, more overtly, at the remote cabin to which Sarah repairs to write up her fieldwork. A budding romance with a wilderness advocate (JASON BUTLER HARNER) she met on her trip leads to surprising revelations about the government and sasquatch, and conflicting agendas, that force Sarah to take bold steps to protect the privacy of her big friend, as well as her own.

    For all you Portlanders, We are celebrating the launch of the a website and the DVD availability at Dig-A-Pony on Sunday the 29th. We will screen a few chapters of the movie, giving away free DVDs and Author Thom Powell will speak, he was a consultant on the movie and is interviewed in the bonus documentary that comes with the DVD.

    Bigfoot Sighting

    Interview with Ray at the Bay Area Bigfoot Group meeting on 7-22-12 about his bigfoot sighting which happened on the previous Monday 7-16-12 about 4:10pm near Felton, California

    Strange CreaturesThe Daily WeirdWeird PeopleMove Over ‘Finding Bigfoot’, New Sasquatch Reality Show on the Way

    Earlier last month, we talked about how 2011 was the best year for the Sasquatch since the 70′s. It seemed that every other day Bigfoot was messing with someone’s carscaring college students, or even getting shot. Much of this new surge of cryptozoological interest was fueled by Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, a reality show about, well, trying to find Bigfoot. Now in it’s second season, the series has become a must watch for Squatch fans and angry cryptozoologists.
    Well, it would seem that the interest in Bigfoot isn’t waning any time soon, because Original Media, the company behind shows like LA Ink and Swamp People, are ready to hit the cable market with their own Bigfoot hunting reality series.
    So what’s going to separate their show from Finding Bigfoot? For starters, this series revolves around a competition with half a million on the line.
    After seeing the Elmira Bigfoot Watch’s Tim Holmes in promos for our documentary film The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, the producers didn’t waste any time pegging him for the show, and Tim was nice enough to forward us some information he received from the company in charge of casting the series, which mostly consisted of questions and vaguely worded tv-talk:
    “This new series on a Major Cable Network will bring together the nation’s most elite Bigfoot reseachers and follow their pursuit of concrete, verifiable proof of the beast’s existence. The race to find Bigfoot is on, with a substantial cash prize to whomever finds proof first!”

    When he was done demanding that we become members of the Elmira Bigfoot Watch because “this Who Farted thing isn’t really working out” for us, Tim gave a few specifics from his meeting with the producers, namely, that they have contacted a wide range of Sasquatch chasers (including the awesome Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie’s Dallas Gilbert) and plan on pitting them against one another for a prize of half a million dollars. The producers plan to pay pay for 8 weeks worth of expeditions for each team or individual, and in return, hope to bottle some of the competition and rivalry that cryptozoology is famous for.
    So essentially, it’s Finding Bigfoot meets Paranormal Challenge if the latter actually had a prize for the winning team.
    When can we hope to see this series on the air? Your guess is as good as ours, as the show doesn’t even have a name yet. But for what it’s worth, the crew is flying in from Los Angeles to shoot with Tim on the 14th of next month, so it’s a safe bet that they’re looking for a fall release. We’ll be sure to update with more information as we get it.
    Tim Holmes vs. Dallas Gilbert in a battle for Bigfoot hunting superiority? Of course I’d watch that!


    Committee for Skeptical Inquiry | CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Where Meeting Awesome Skeptics Is As Easy As Saying ‘Hello’

    Indre Viskontas and Karen Stollznow take a break from skepticizing to smile for the camera. (Photo: Adam Isaak)
    Indre Viskontas and Karen Stollznow

    The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry held its CSICon New Orleans 2011 conference October 27–30 at the New Orleans Marriott. It was a welcome resumption, after an eight-year hiatus, of CSICOP conferences.
    It featured a dozen symposia on everything from conspiracy theories and UFOs to evolution versus creationism and skepticism in the media; special talks by skeptical luminaries; an awards banquet; and a host of social and entertainment events. The latter included a “Smarti Gras” parade and New Orleans Halloween Party Saturday evening at a French Quarter bar after the special conference address by Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”
    Read more about CSICon and register for 2012’s CSICon Nashville at the CSICon website.

    Even before CSICon 2011 in New Orleans officially began, I was already having great conversations with skeptics from all over the country. While helping at the registration table I met Skeptical Inquirer readers and supporters from as close as a few blocks away from the conference hotel to as far away as the United Kingdom. It was amazing to see people from so many places convening in one place to celebrate reason, science, and skeptical inquiry.
    Indre Viskontas reminds us immediatley dismissing someone’s story can be counterproductive to skepticism.
    Indre Viskontas

    It sure is something to be surrounded by so many like-minded people. Dorion Cable, who authored a great write-up on CSICon 2011 on her Detroit-based blog (, com­men­ted that she recalls no place other than CSICon that people have actually recog­nized her Flying Spaghetti Monster necklace. But even some non–conference-goers had their interest piqued by the high concentration of skeptics. One hotel employee remarked, “You guys have the guy from the X-Files and Bill Nye the Science Guy? My nerd self just freaked out.”
    The first session after opening re­marks on Thursday was “The In­vesti­gators” panel with stellar talks from Joe Nickell, Massimo Polidoro, Karen Stollznow, and Ben Radford on various investigations they’ve undertaken. Be­cause the topic of women in the skeptics movement is of particular interest to me, I was happy that I was able to ask Karen Stollznow during the Q&A session after her talk if she has noticed any advantages or disadvantages to being a female paranormal investigator—a minority within a minority. She answered that she hasn’t noticed her gender making a big difference either way but that many of the people she meets tend to assume she is a believer.
    PZ Myers sports a CSICon T-shirt during his talk on Sunday.
    PZ Myers

    Why Do So Many Cultures Have a Version of Bigfoot?

    Does proof of existence lie in the number of people who believe?

    • The various legends of Bigfoot appear to have arisen independently.
    • The myths may all stem from the same aspect of the human psyche: the desire for and fascination with an "other."
    • Most of the myths trace to when the explorer Eric Shipton photographed "Abominable Snowman" footprints.
    Grover Krantz, physical anthropologist at Washington State University, displays casts of footprints he believed were made by a Sasquatch in a logging area of Southwestern Washington in 1974. Click to enlarge this image.
    More than a quarter of Americans believe in Bigfoot, a recent poll found. They claim this legendary bipedal ape, a "long lost relative" of humans, evades detection in remote woodland areas. Although it may seem strange to think a 7-foot-tall land mammal could go unnoticed for so long, the notion is actually widespread.
    Along with that sizeable minority of Americans, an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll found that 21 percent of Canadians also believe in an undiscovered hairy humanoid, which they prefer to call Sasquatch. In Russia, belief in a similar creature, called the Yeti, is so common that local branches of the Russian government have funded Yeti expeditions, and the country has even considered founding an entire institute devoted to the study of Yetis.
    How Stuff Works: Bigfoot
    The Yeti is also said to roam the Himalayas, sometimes going by the name of Meh-Teh, or the "Abominable Snowman." Not to be outdone, Australia has the Yowie, and South America, a mythical beast called Mapinguari. Malaysians, meanwhile, fear the orang minyak, or "oily man" monster.

    Why do so many disparate cultures have their own version of a "wild man"?
    Although no one knows for certain how the various legends got started, they appear to have arisen independently in each culture rather than being spread by travelers or through trade, said Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine and author of three books on myths and mysteries, including "Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries" (Rhombus, 2010). [The Best Bigfoot Hunting Expeditions]
    Most of the myths trace back much further than the 1950s, when the explorer Eric Shipton photographed what he took to be "Abominable Snowman" footprints on Mount Everest. "While the famous Abominable Snowman snow track photographs ... led to worldwide interest in the creature, they didn't create the beast but instead for the first time offered tantalizing, tangible evidence of a regional legend," Radford told Life's Little Mysteries.
    But the existence of so many separate "wild man" myths don't necessarily count as mounting evidence that we really do have feral cousins out there in the woods. Instead, the myths may all stem from the same aspect of the human psyche: the desire for and fascination with an "other."
    Radford said, "The idea of a wild, man-like 'other' creature co-existing with us but just beyond our understanding is heavily rooted in mythology."