Friday, January 9, 2009

Suburban Squatching

I found myself with a few free hours before dark, so I packed up some of my essential bigfooting gear ( and drove east to Dodge Park at the confluence of the Sandy River and the Bull Run River. I spent the last few hours walking animal trails that parallel the Bull Run River and looking for footprints in the fresh sand bars made by the recent rains. No sign of passing sasquatches was discovered, but some thoughts came to me that I felt could be beneficial to share.

Depending on where you live, one can go bigfooting in as little as a few hours. There is no need to do two-week expeditions to the middle of nowhere to find possible bigfoot habitat, and thus possible signs of the animal. Bigfoots are literally right outside of town, if one knows where to look.

I'm lucky to live in Portland, OR, where the above statement about the proximity of sasquatches is obviously true. I have investigated sightings literally 13 miles as the crow flies from my doorstep. I would like to suggest that perhaps there are sasquatches a little closer to where you might live than you think. Even when I lived in Long Beach, CA, there were sighting reports less than 2 hours from my house in the Angeles National Forest.

To find where sasquatches might be in your neck of the woods, look for greenbelts and rivers that provide a corridor of travel from one wooded area to another. Go for walks in the public land that might lie outside of town. Use Google Earth combined with Mangani's Bigfoot maps ( When using Mangani's stuff, it's not important to know the exact location of sightings. You are looking for approximate locations and the greenbelts and river systems that connect the areas that serve as choke points.

Something to look for to see if you are in a potentially good area is evidence of other animals. If I find no sign of deer or elk, I don't spend a lot of time in the area. Coyotes and bear are other excellent indicators of good bigfoot habitat. Animal trails, bedding areas, and sand bars give a lot of information on the passage of animals, and how recently they have been by. Today's trip found ungulate scat less than a week old, but no fresh footprints on the pristine sandbars.

Today I chose to walk up the Bull Run River because it's largely off-limits to human visitors. Of course, I would never ever suggest that anyone break the law for any reason whatsoever, but lands adjacent to these off-limit areas produce a lot of sighting reports. Should one find oneself accidentally inside of one of these off-limit areas, don't waste the opportunity to look around and do a little squatching... It would be a good idea to look for such areas near where you live. These areas include private land, government land, watersheds, and game preserves. Please do remember that trespassing is illegal, and sometimes comes with stiff monetary consequences.

I have spoken to several rural residents who don't believe in sasquatches because somebody saw one close to their home. It is just unfathomable that they could be so close in. People tend to think that if bigfoots are real, then they must only live way out in places that nobody ever goes. This is partially true in that the most isolated habitats certainly hold their share of bigfoots, but don't underestimate the squatch... These elusive animals live just on the outskirts of town, but are very wary of being seen. They do in fact go where people go, but they go there under the cover of darkness, and are very careful to remain unseen. I would propose that the closer to town a bigfoot lives, the warier it should be expected to be.

When I was on a bigfoot expedition in Eastern Ohio a few years back, a local resident saw one of our group wearing a BFRO shirt. She asked the member of our party if we really thought bigfoots lived around there. We had heard one the night before, so he just smiled and said, "Oh yeah, they're here." The woman looked at us with wonder, picked our brain a little on the concept, and drove back to her farm with an added sense of wonder about her home. This was mostly cleared farmland with greenbelts a few hundred feet across separating the properties. There was a large state park and river system nearby through which the bigfoots move, but the possible sasquatch that was heard the night before was in the greenbelt outside of one of these farms.

I guess the whole point of this blog entry is to encourage you folks at home to get out to the local wild areas and look around. You cannot find new evidence by sitting behind a computer screen, and since bigfoots range continent-wide, there is likely some decent habitat near you no matter where you live. It's good for your health to take walks, and good for your soul to be in the woods. You can get away from that which irks you, and spend quality time with loved ones. You might get lucky and come across something of interest to bigfooters, too. Bigfooting is easy, fun, and just a few miles away from most people's doorstep. Get out there!


  1. Hummm Interesting article. I have often wondered how close I might be living to a Bigfoot type being living in the remote subburbs of St Louis, Missouri. I agree with you that most people tend to think of remote forest areas as bigfoot habitat. I know of several sightings in areas not far from my home along the Missouri river and adjacent bottom lands. I might have to take your advice and do a little research one of these upcoming weeks. Good luck with the website looks good so far.

  2. Living west of Ft. Lauderdale, just minutes from the edge of the Everglades, I know I'm in prime country to see a Skunk Ape (Skunksquatch? LOL!). I need to overcome my fear of the snakes out there in order to take those walks suggested. The alligators I can live with, as I don't plan to go too close to the water, but the snakes we have down here are nasty. (I never had any issues about snakes when I lived up north.)
    I'll have to gather up my courage and give it a try. Once I see that I didn't get bitten on my first trip, it'll make a second trip easier. :-)

  3. Thanks for writing this Cliff, it's very encouraging. Even when we take a short walk through the cottonwoods along the Rio Grande here outside of Albuquerque, we constantly look for footprints and other signs that perhaps a big guy was passing through the area. We are only about an hours drive from the Jemez Mountains and Valles Caldera - I know you've experienced the activity there first hand. :O)

  4. I always tell addition to what you said... BF's will, and do, come into the edges of cities and rural long as they feel that they have a safe means of retreating if they feel threatened or observed. In other words...they will not come into a place that is completely surrounded by human habitation. Nor will they wander into a bottle-neck, even if that place is pristine and lush with wild-life. But if they feel they are in an area where a quick escape is feasable...and they know they have something to gain by going, an easy food sourse or humans to spy on...then yeah...they will attempt it.

    1. I could not agree with you more Cathy Betz and Cliff's article. Wish I had read back in 2009, however I found this out on my own. Living in SE Ohio in flatland farming community that is crisscrossed by major rivers and creeks and large farm drainage ditches I have found several probable bigfoot artifacts that include a six inch diameter 20 foot tall tree pulled down and uprooted with a 17 x 11 x 2 inch deep track next to wear it lay with in hours of it happening outside of the town of Laura Ohio on st. rt. 721 that matched the dimensions of a Bfro report in Miami County, OH posted Dec. 2012 outside of Christiansburg, OH. My find was six months after activity has seized in the Bfro Report. I have also found a 17 inch footprint on Greenville Creek outside of Covington, OH. I have found several interesting non natural structures around Darke County. In Feb. 2014 the Bfro report outside of New Lebanon, Oh 20 miles south of me included 3 people sighting at night and raiding chickens.
      I think these creatures really like to come in and raid and spy or window peek at there human cousins.

  5. Excellent advice...sir

    The North American Aboriginal Ancient Peoples are widely distributed across every significant watershed in North America. Many of our major metropolitan areas are located on major watersheds. In the mid-west they thrive on our seasonal agriculture abundance, following the growing season as our agricultural crops mature and produce.

    I have enabled, facilitated and networked with habituators nationwide for over ten years, I admonish anyone with activity to protect the privacy of the Sasquatch people and the location of their activity. I disagree with those that expect long term multi-generation habituators to disclose, imagery or "evidence" for the skeptics. There are no-kill habituation and repeat visitation support groups ready willing and able to help folks with legitimate activity..

    Sasquatch are people, albeit a primitive people, as members of the genus Homo, they have legal rights according to legal counsel. They deserve our respect, recognition and protection from hunting and harassment. There is no statute of limitations on homicide.

    live and let live...

    Steve Summar

  6. The thing I've always found fascinating is that there have been class A and B reports in the otherwise population dense triangular area between Washington DC, Baltimore and Annapolis known as Maryland's Anne Arundel County. Check it out on BFRO. The Severn River must be one of the green corridors.

  7. I found this article by googling bigfoot in the suburbs. I live on the edge of town with farm fields just 1 cul de sac of houses away from my place. Running the back of my house is a tree line which runs
    beyond the farm fields. Then, more woods and the mississippi river. One night I was sleeping in my tent in the backyard and heard multiple wood knocks, which, could have been someone banging with a hammer on something. I kept hearing it though, and from 3 different directions, from the field and woods nearby but also from behind my house where the treeline is. Later I was half asleep and was awakened by what sounded like a horse (something on 4 legs, and heavy) running in my yard. Could it even be possible that this was a bigfoot?