Sunday, November 25, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - OK Field Notes

When I first heard that Finding Bigfoot would be heading to Oklahoma, I immediately assumed we would visit the southeast corner of the state where there are mountains and thick forests. I was a little surprised when I found I was incorrect, and that we would be going to Oklahoma City instead. Certainly there was more bigfoot activity around Honobia and the other small towns down in the southeast. However, the evidence that was bringing us to Oklahoma City was compelling enough to make me very excited about what we'd be doing.

The area we investigated on the OK episode.

We were to meet with a man named Roger Roberts who had been looking into bigfoot encounters on a nearby Indian reservation. This reservation had quite a bit of activity over the years, including rumors of a video taken on a surveillance camera from the parking lot. This video purportedly showed a bigfoot raiding the grease trap behind a casino. The video is reported to had been destroyed at the direction of the tribal elders, though a number of witnesses had seen the video before it disappeared. The elders were rightly concerned because after word leaked out that bigfoots were being seen on the reservation, several horses were shot dead. Apparently, people would drive onto the reservation at night spotlighting the woods, and when they saw eye shine at a good height above the ground, they would shoot to kill (This is just one of many, many reasons I strongly advocate NOT trying to kill a sasquatch.). Roger had some footprint evidence, as well as some hair samples that he collected from the same time period that he strongly suspected was of sasquatch origin.

For the rest of this article, and to see more photos, click here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #75

Track #75

The 75th footprint was the 40th consecutive cast taken from the site. Though only two toes are clearly visible, there is a hint of the third digit as it pressed into the substrate. The toes show the striations that are common on many of the casts, and these striations curve in a fashion that suggest a clenching of the digits as they entered or exited the substrate. Interestingly, the third digit shows no such striations.

The contour of the foot pad has a natural look about it, and is slightly deeper in the ball area than in the mid part of the foot. The heel pushed over 14 mm into the substrate and is particularly deep. It is much more deeply impressed than both the mid part of the foot, as well as the ball. The medial edge, or inside, of the entire foot impressed more deeply than the lateral, or outside, of the foot.

Click here to see more photographs of this cast, as well as pictures of it in the ground before casting.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Vermont Field Notes

The evidence that brought the Finding Bigfoot team to Vermont came in the form of a very intriguing photograph obtained by a motion-sensor trail camera. I found the photo very compelling, so I made it a point to return to the site for a more in-depth study of the picture. Below is my analysis:


The Vermont Trail Camera photo was obtained on September 3, 2010 by a man named Frank (last name withheld). Frank and his wife live on a rural property in western Vermont. They own several acres backed up against large expanses of privately owned forest. On their property, there are eighteen fruit trees specifically planted and maintained to bring in wildlife for Frank’s and his wife’s viewing pleasure. In their front yard is a decent sized pond which contains numerous trout, and just down the road from the property is another even larger pond several acres in size. The surrounding hills are steep and thickly wooded making the area excellent habitat for all sorts of creatures. On top of it all, the area has a history of bigfoot activity as well. Several years before the photograph was obtained, one of Frank’s neighbors reported seeing a sasquatch down the road from Frank’s property.

Frank’s wife remembers hearing strange noises in the woods the week that this photograph was obtained. Those noises included banging and strange vocalizations. After obtaining the photo, Frank asked the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department what is in the photograph. They didn’t know, but suggested it was an owl. Thinking this was a ludicrous explanation, Frank later went to Steve Kulls, a New York-based bigfoot researcher who did his own investigation into the photograph. Steve’s excellent analysis of the photo, as well as other background information on the picture, can be found here.

I spent several hours with Frank and his wife talking about the photographs and the surrounding area. I am utterly satisfied that Frank is not lying about the photographs or the circumstances surrounding them in any way.

Click this link to read the rest of the article.




Saturday, November 17, 2012

'Squatchmas is Right Around the Corner...

Maybe it's time to start thinking about a certain little bigfooter on your Xmas list.  There are some good gift ideas around, but few are as cool (or as bigfooty) as the Sasqwatch Watch.  Perhaps this would make a nice (and inexpensive) stocking stuffer?  Click here to get your own.


And for those cynics out there: No, I do not get a piece of any sales for this timepiece (though for the sake of full disclosure, the manufacturer gave me a free one over a year ago).  I just think they're cute and bigfooty.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy Bigfoot Day!


That's right, November 16th, 2012 has been officially proclaimed as "Bigfoot Day" in Knox County, TN.  Knox County mayor, Tim Burchett, is such a bigfoot buff that has set aside a whole day to celebrate their/our love for bigfoot, and you're invited!

On Bigfoot Day there will be numerous activities to participate in, including face painting (Bobo says he'll get an Ace Frehley paint job) and a bounce house (which I'm particularly looking forward to).  We expect a pretty big turn out, so get down here early.  

Here's the official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and the Cast of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” to Proclaim Official Knox County Bigfoot Day.

WHEN: Friday, November 16 2012. 5:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: Powell Auction House. 6729 Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville TN

Join Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and the cast of the hit Animal Planet television program “Finding Bigfoot” as they ring in the proclamation of the official Knox County Bigfoot Day!

After a brief ceremony, the cast of “Finding Bigfoot”; Matt Moneymaker, James “Bobo” Fay, Cliff Barakman and Ranae Holland; will make themselves available for autographs and pictures.

The event is free and open to the public! There will be a marching band, a bounce house and face painting! Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Questions for the Knox County Mayor’s office should be directed to Michael Grider: Ph# 865.215.4750 Email: Michael.grider@knoxcounty.org

To schedule press interviews with cast of “Finding Bigfoot”, contact Sean Mantooth: Ph# 213.235.6091Email:sean@lochandkeyproductions.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Promising Location Near Boise, Idaho



I'm always keeping my eyes and ears open for promising locations to go bigfooting.  One of the most promising spots would be where the official transportation workers dump road kill.  A steady supply of food like road kill, especially during the winter months, would be a promising location to observe over the long run in case a local bigfoot utilizes the area for some easy pickings.  This is exactly what happened in Rhode Island where Nick saw his bigfoot.

This recent headline jumped out at me (perhaps that isn't the best way to put it in this case).  As it turns out, deer have been jumping off a bridge.  They think the reason is that the animals get frightened by oncoming vehicles and don't realize that there is no safe ground to land on, so they plummet to their deaths.  No matter what the cause, the result is that there are often dead deer under this bridge.  That sort of thing would eventually bring in scavengers, and quite possibly bigfoots.

If you happen to live near Boise, ID, and you have some extra time on your hands, I would like to encourage you to check this area out.  Go to the bridge area and do some knocks or calls.  Hike down to the water and look for footprints along the reservior.  Utilize this natural chum to see if it's bringing in any bigfoots.  The habitat looks promising, especially after seeing what kind of habitat bigfoots occupy in Idaho, and winter is upon us.  The big guys might be using this as an easy meal source to help them get through the lean times.  We won't know unless somebody looks into it.  Why not you?  Be ready for a long-term effort, if this pans out at all.

If you go there, please contact me and tell me how it went.  Perhaps I can help in some way.  Also, perhaps you know of an area where collected road kill is regularly dumped.  I'd absolutely love to know the location of any such meaty gold mine.

Here's the article that caught my attention:

Wildlife officials mystified over hundreds of deer regularly jumping to their deaths off 120-foot Idaho bridge
By NINA GOLGOWSKI


The gruesome scene under the bridge


The frightening scene of hundreds of deer jumping to their deaths off a 120-foot bridge in Idaho is bewildering wildlife officials who are finding themselves at a loss on what to do.  With motorists and state officials catching sight of the deers' tragic leap and fall off High Bridge, just east of Boise, witnesses are rallying for some way to prevent their tragic deaths.

'I've seen it myself and some of our staff have seen it too,' Evin Oneale, a manager with the Idaho Fish and Game Development told KBOI.




Click here to read the rest of the article.  Ungulate lovers beware...  There is a pretty crazy video of deer jumping for it at the above link.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Idaho Field Notes

The Idaho episode was filmed towards the end of June in 2012. It was the last to be filmed of the ten or so episodes for that particular run, so it's a little funny that it is the first one to be aired for this season.

We were actually on the road filming the season when I first heard of the Mink Creek footage. Brandon Tennant sent me a clip of it after he and Dr. Jeff Meldrum visited the location to do some on-site investigation and comparisons. Since the initial investigation by these two researchers didn't turn up any signs of the clip being a hoax, we got the producers on the trail and started the wheels in motion to do an Idaho episode.



The young men who filmed the Mink Creek footage were in high school at the time, but had now graduated and were moving on with their lives. When the footage was obtained, they were in the area doing erosion studies for one of the science classes. While walking across a hillside, one of them noticed a dark figure contrasting against the snowy background on the opposite side of the valley. After taking a few looks at the figure and agreeing that it looked very unusual, they got out a video camera and started recording it just before they lost sight of it.



After filming the figure, the witnesses made their way up to the location where the creature was seen walking. They had some difficulty getting up there through the thick brush and sometimes-knee-deep snow. Upon arrival, they found where the creature had walked and photographed one footprint left in the snow. Having this piece of corroborating evidence was very important for this case.

Click here to read the rest of this article.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - New Season Starts Sunday Night


It's been a long time since new episodes of Finding Bigfoot have aired, but the wait is now over.  New episodes will begin this Sunday night, November 11th at a special time with a special treat.  Before the first "regular" episode (if there is such a thing) at 10 pm, there will be a one-hour behind-the-scenes special at 9 pm.

This special episode was filmed in September in Puyallup, WA.  It features the executive producer of Finding Bigfoot at Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman, interviewing us four cast members about the show.  Included will be behind-the-scenes shots from the "set" of Finding Bigfoot, glimpses of the new episodes, as well as scenes that didn't make the final edit of the various episodes.  I think you'll really enjoy what you see.

Following this episode will be the season premiere of the new episodes.  We're opening with our Idaho expedition where we investigate the Mink Creek Footage, and head over to Dr. Jeff Meldrum's laboratory at Idaho State University for a visit.

As always, you can look forward to my field notes at some point after the episode to hear my thoughts on what filming was like in this location.  Since I'm currently filming episodes on the road, I will not be able to do my video debriefs with Craig Flipy, though.  Besides, he's busy putting the final edits on a DVD release that we have put together.  More on that as the release gets closer!

One final thought: time zones are funny things...  Be sure to check your local listings for air times!

The set of the special episode to be aired Sunday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Planet Without Apes? Count Me Out!

One possible interpretation of the way things are.


As any regular reader of this blog knows, I'm a huge ape advocate.  In fact, the huger the ape, the huger the advocate I am, until we reach the largest of the apes: the sasquatch.  

Ironically, the most threatening thing to the apes is another of its clade.  We humans (also undeniably classified as apes) are the clearest threat to the ape species.  Deforestation, pollution, and the almost-cannibalistic tendency to enjoy "brush meat" are the other apes' biggest threats.  

Except for maybe eating the species, all of the above could eventually threaten the survival of the sasquatch species.  So when an article like the following one is published, I tend to take notice and want to share.  

Sure, bigfoots aren't gorillas, chimps, or even orangs.  Duh, I know that.  But they are affected by the same things that the other ape species are affected by, and for many of the same reasons (such as life span and birth rate, to name a couple).  Just because bigfoots are a little unusual as far as apes go, it doesn't mean that they are immune to the same negative influences.  

How much of this article is pertinent to sasquatches?  Quite a bit, in my opinion.  Please read the following, but keep the big guys in mind.  


Planet Without Apes?
Craig Stanford

The seven billion of us on the planet today share our world with the last remaining great apes. The chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla in equatorial Africa, and the orangutan in Indonesia represent the last surviving tips of what was once a great lineage that dominated Earth's ecosystem for millions of years. But in the 21st century, they are in terrible trouble, in free fall toward extinction. It is highly possible that well before the century's end, one or more of the great ape species will hang on only in pathetically tiny numbers in protected wildlife sanctuaries.

The threats faced by great apes are many. They are hunted for meat in central and western Africa. Gorillas have died by the thousands in central Africa from outbreaks of ebola and other emerging viruses. Their forest homes are cut down to make way for farms, plantations and villages. In the west, there is a movement -- still debated in the United States -- to declare some basic form of human rights protection for the great apes, because they are genetically, psychologically and emotionally so much like us. Meanwhile, in their natural habitat they continue to decline.


Click here to read the rest of the article.