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Don Keating Interview
Profile: Don Keating was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived in Newcomerstown his entire adult life. He works as a laborer at a garage door manufacturer. He has been investigating and researching the Bigfoot phenomenon in Ohio since July of 1984. He hosts the largest and longest lived Bigfoot Conference in the United States.
Q: Why search? / Whats your motivation?
A: I started my search in July of 1984 when I was checking out books at the County library. I started wanting to determine on my own if Bigfoot could be in Ohio. I discovered it in Ohio when I spotted it on September 15, 1985 four miles south of Newcomerstown. My motivation is to get clear quality video of a Bigfoot doing something humanly impossible.
Q: Some people may say to themselves, “Bigfoot in ohio, no way!”. What would you say to them?
A: Come to Ohio and visit the sighting locations. I have NEVER tried to convince an out of state person Bigfoot is in Ohio. However many have left Ohio convinced it could be in Ohio. It’s not just farms and cities here.
Q: Some people say that the Internet helps with the search, others disagree. Have an opinion on this?
A: At first it helped put people in touch with researchers. Now it’s a hinderance. Too much information out there. A half descent story writer can research about Bigfoot for just a brief time and send in a fantastic sounding Bigfoot encounter. It’s not helping the research.
Q: You put on a great yearly conference, how did this start?
A: Back in 1989 I wanted to get regional researchers together to compare sighting and track reports. It just expanded from there.
Q: Do you see any patterns in your research? IE: More reports in June, night, etc.
A: Most reports are from March through November. The distribution of reports being day or night? I’d say 2 day for every 3 night.
Q: Someone calls you with a fresh sighting – whats next? What all is involved with your investigation that you are willing to share?
A: I contact a researcher to accompany me to the sighting location to look around and interview the alleged eyewitness. If the area is close enough, I’ll keep an eye on it regularly until I’m convinced the creature has moved out, or there is nothing more I can do at the time.
Q: Bigfoot – human relative, primate, or..?
A: I have heard people call it a missing link, while some call it “the Forrest People” and others think it’s UFO related. Simply, I think it is an undiscovered primate. Nothing more, nothing less. Just an animal roaming the woods that has yet to be scientifically discovered.
Q: In your opinion, the best evidence that a bigfoot exists is..
A: The countless castings from different parts of North America and the Patterson/Gimlin film.
Q: How many reports do you investigate a year? What % do you feel are legit?
A: During an average year I would say six to 12. It’s very tough to put a number on the percentage of how many are legit.
Q: Do you have a personal ‘bigfoot collection’? What is it made up of?
A: Yes. Countless books, VHS video tapes of field research, meetings I have held, TV programs, plaster castings, cassette tapes and the like.
Q: Any last comments that may have come to mind?
A: Yes. In my opinion, we are no closer to discovering Bigfoot now than we were in 1966. The Skookum cast is from an Elk. The August 2, 1992 Ohio Bigfoot Video (that I shot) has NEVER been proven to show a known individual, like a human or a horse, and until someone can prove beyond a shadow of doubt, they better keep working on it.
Cayote & Sasquatch
snЌəlíp & sćwáníytəm
snЌəlíp was once on his travels, and came at the close of day to the house of a Giant, whose name was sćwáníyəm. He deteremined to spend the night here. He went in and found the Giant lying on his back. He did not speak to or take notice of snЌəlíp.
Some of the other inmates of the house accosted him, but sćwáníyəm never moved. There was no fire in the house when snЌlíp entered. Presently sćwáníyəm got up and took two round boulders that lay at his right side and knocked them together. Immediately the begin to burn like fire. He now told his people to prepare supper for their uncle, meaning snЌlíp. They did so, and Cayote had a hearty meal. They then gave him a blanket to sleep in. Now, he had been much impressed by the way in which sćwáníyəm had made his fire, and there upon determined to possess himself with these wonderful firestones.
At bedtime sćwáníyəm took the firestones from the fireplace and put them by his bedside again. Cayote waited until all were asleep, then got up and took the firestones from the Giant’s side, and got away with them. He went up the ladder, and as soon as he got outside, began to run as fast as he could. He kept on until break of day and presently he perceived a large tree before him with many spreading branches. “I will go up there and rest,” said he. He climbed the tree and lay down as he thought on a broad branch and slept. In his sleep he heard sćwáníyəm’s voice saying to him, “What are you doing with my firestones up there? My children want fire.” snЌlíp woke up, saying to himself “I think somebody must have overtaken me.” When he looked about him, he found that he was not in a tree at all, but only halfway up the ladder of the Giant’s house. He came down and threw the firestones at the Giant’s side in deep disgust. sćwáníyəm then took up the stones, knocked them together and immediately they began to glow as before. sćwáníyəm’s people now cooked their breakfast, giving Cayote his portion.
As Cayote observed again the magic power of the firestones, he said to himself, “I must have those firestones at all costs. Besides, I don’t like being fooled. I will wait ’til night again, and when I get the stones I will keep on going and not stop at all.” So he waited ’till night came, but sćwáníyəm knew what was on Cayote’s mind. Said snЌlíp to himself “I will keep on talking and that will keep me awake.” Night came, and when snЌlíp thought all sleeping he got up. Said to hi self, “Now, I am gettnig up, now I am starting to walk. Now, I have taken the firestones. Now, I have gotten to the foot of the ladder. Now, I am starting to run.” Thus he kept going. And as he knew the country there abouts quite well, he would say to himself, “I am here, or I am there.” All night he went on this way, thinking he was getting farther and farther away with his plunder. At daybreak, when sćwáníyəm’s people woke up, they saw snЌlíp running around and around the fireplace, talking to himself. He was sweating with his exertions. Sas! quatch called out to him, he wanted his stones to light the fire for breakfast. snЌlíp woke up, and found himsefl still in the house. He threw down the rocks and sat down. “I have been badly beaten,” he thought. “I had better give up the game.”After he had eaten his breakfast, he left and went on his way.
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For years, people have dedicated their time to finding the infamous and legendary Bigfoot whether it is to simply see it, capture a picture, a photograph or some other sort of tangible evidence that Bigfoot roams the world. To others, Bigfoot is just a mythical laughable topic. Regardless of people’s personal thought about the Bigfoot creature, the concept that such a creature is wondering around the woods is still questionable.
People have in the past come forward with photographs and audio clips claiming that they originate from Bigfoot itself. However, are they just trying to capitalize on sensationalism or do they in fact have proof that is without a doubt not manipulated? We may never know. Only those with this so-called evidence know the truth. It is possible that the non-believers simply do not want to believe in the mystery of Bigfoot at all and the truth of the unknown can be somewhat terrifying.
Regardless, the search is still on to find more evidence that Bigfoot may exist. What is one of the best ways to prove something through forensics? Nothing other than proof with DNA.
DNA samples can be obtained through various different methods and it can be picked up from virtually anywhere that anyone or anything has come in contact with. Samples can come from hair, saliva, bone or teeth fragments, semen and blood. Therefore, if Bigfoot were to wander through the woods, samples should be obtained from his path and following the footprints that the alleged Bigfoot has left behind should be a good place to start in order to find samples of hair or even skin cells. Data analysts would then examine the samples to determine what their genetic make up are.
There are two different types of DNA which are classified as nuclear DNA or mitochondrial DNA. Nuclear DNA consists of chromosomes that are found in a eukaryotic cell nucleus. Mitochondrial DNA is obtained from the mitochondria of a small genome that can be found in damaged or small samples of biological material. Additionally, this type of DNA is passed down through genetics and if there happens to be an odd mutation or chromosome in this DNA, it can be concluded that the samples are either are or are not from humans or other animals. All biological material is comprised of cells and if Bigfoot is in fact a living creature, the DNA will be unlike that of any other.
The process of analyzing data can take some time and can be expensive. DNA is typically used to determine paternity of a child or to gather evidence that links someone to the scene of a crime or to identify a body. A paternity test is pretty simple and consists of swabbing the mouth of the father to gather cells. This simple analysis is around $100. So when looking at the bigger picture, trying to piece together a puzzle of unknown genetics will be quite costly and could take a significant amount of time to figure everything out; maybe even years.
Unfortunately in this case, many types of DNA is labeled as useless junk DNA. Over 98 percent of DNA has been deemed garbage. In fact, many times it is incorrectly labeled so but it does not fit with a DNA analysts standards and regulations. There is little information available about the linkage of non-coding DNA and the DNA of genes depending on the arrangement of the nucleotides and molecules. However, more evidence is being shown that just because DNA is classified as “unknown” does not actually make it useless. Could this mean that remnants of Bigfoot’s existence could have just been tossed to the wayside already because it was not coded similarly to that of a human or an animal? We may never know but as scientists continually try to make use of the non-coding DNA, it could determine whether or not some DNA could be that of Bigfoot.
But how do we know that the DNA is from Bigfoot? We do not have any other DNA samples that can be identified as Bigfoot’s so what do we have to compare it with? The quest to find DNA of Bigfoot is not a new endeavor and many individuals that are fascinated with the possibility of the existence of Bigfoot are still hoping to piece together the puzzle genetically to answer the question if there is in fact a hairy, smelly large manlike creature that tromps through the lands. If so, is there more than one?
Previous investigators have found footprints. So where are the DNA samples from the footprints?
Previous research of DNA thought to be that of this hairy beast have come back definitively that it is of human origin. However, if Bigfoot is a type of ape, in theory, the DNA of it would be similar to that of apes and other related species. However, some still believe that they have uncovered possible DNA that is from Bigfoot.
When it comes to scientists taking the DNA of Bigfoot seriously, it would probably depend on the scientist’s personal beliefs. In one way, making the determination that DNA evidence conclusively is that of Bigfoot, could lead to worldwide fame. However, some scientists are not ready to put their reputation on the line. In contrast, those scientists who do openly study the possibility of Bigfoot’s DNA have had issues with being taken seriously by their peers and they are seen as completing ad hoc research on a pseudoscience. Scientific journals do not take many of these studies seriously and consider the study of the search of Bigfoot to be nonsense of an unscientific nature. Many even may deem the search as “unethical.” It may be hard for a scientist or forensic analyst to step out on the limb and announce that they have found a genetic link that could be that of Bigfoot for fear that they would forever throw their credibility out the window.
This scenario can be comparable to that of the Roswell alien mystery. Anyone who knows anything is either supposed to keep their mouths shut or else. Who is to say that DNA evidence hasn’t already been conclusively found? It could be an issue that there is some sort of conspiracy to keep knowledge secretive in order to keep control on any mass chaos or sensationalism in the breakthrough of uncovering DNA from Bigfoot. So does the DNA evidence already exist? No one may ever know and if a scientist or forensics specialist does regard the discovered DNA evidence as ‘unusual’ and that of a possible Bigfoot species, will it ever be leaked or regarded as truth? So it is an issue of conspiracy and integrity rather than scientific evidence and proof as well as an end to what could be a genetic puzzle that could possibly even link the genetic gap of humans and apes together.
What would happen if we do discover that DNA evidence of Bigfoot does exist? It depends on the person. Those who are in search of the DNA would be thrilled beyond belief and their excursions to find additional traces and capture more evidence of this creature could multiply. But people could also become terrified of the possibility because of all that is unknown about what Bigfoot can do.
The concept of Bigfoot is kind of like the urban legend of the Boogeyman. Bigfoot probably doesn’t live in anyone’s closet or hide under a child’s bed but would it lead to people being afraid to go camping or venturing into the wilderness? Enough is not known about the behavior of a possible Bigfoot so people will more than likely have mixed reactions to its true existence. It will be a mixture of curiosity, excitement and fear and the question of the unknown that is traipsing in the darkness.
Unfortunately at this time, there are more questions than answers when it comes to the possibility of finding the DNA of Bigfoot. In time, perhaps by circumstance, someone somewhere will stumble upon evidence that can be tested and will either prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot. Until then, this mysterious question still remains just that: an inconclusive puzzle. Bigfoot does not lurk in search of us, however, many of us are in search of him. To find evidence of Bigfoot’s existence or even proof that multiple Bigfoot creatures exist will continue to be a quest for many.
RESOLUTION NO. 92-043
DECLARING WHATCOM COUNTY A SASQUATCH PROTECTION AND REFUGE AREA
WHEREAS, legend, purported recent findings and spoor suggest that Bigfoot may exist; and
WHEREAS, if such a creature exists, it is inadequately protected and in danger of death or injury;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Whatcom County Council that, Whatcom County is hereby declared a Sasquatch protection refuge area, and that all citizens are asked to recognize said status.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution shall be effective immediately.
APPROVED this 9th day of June, 1991.
ORDINANCE NO. 1984-2
PARTIALLY REPEALING AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1969-01
WHEREAS, evidence continues to accumulate indicating the Possible existence within Skamania County a nocturnal primate mammal Variously described as an ape-like creature or sub-species of Homo Sapiens; and
WHEREAS, legend, purported recent findings, and spoor support This possibility; and
WHEREAS, this creature is generally and commonly known as “Sasquatch”, “Yeti”, “Bigfoot”, or “Giant Hairy Ape”, all of which terms may be hereinafter be used interchangeably; and
WHEREAS, publicity attendant upon such real or imagined findings And other evidence have resulted in an influx of scientific investigators as well as casual hunters, most of which are armed with lethal weapons; and
WHEREAS, the absence of specific national and state laws restricting the taking of specimens has created a dangerous state of affairs within this county in regard to firearms and other deadly devices used to hunt the Yeti and poses a clear and present danger to the safty of the well-being persons living or traveling within the boundries of this county as well as to the Giant Hairy Apes themselves; and
WHEREAS, previous County Ordinance No. 1969-01 deemed the slaying of such creature to be a felony (punishable by 5 years in prison) and may have exceeded the jurisdictional authority of that Board of County Commissioners; now, therefore
BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF SKAMANIA COUNTY that a portion of Ordinance No. 1969-1, deeming the slaying of Bigfoot to be a felony punishable by 5 years in prison, is hereby repealed and in its stead the following sections are enacted:
SECTION 1. Sasquatch Refuge. The Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot, or Giant Hairy Ape are declared to be endangered species of Skamania County and there is hereby created a Sasquatch Refuge, the boundaries of which shall be co-extensive with the boundaries of Skamania County.
SECTION 2. Crime-Penalty. From and after the passage of this ordinance the premeditated, willful, or wanton slaying of Sasquatch shall be unlawful and shall be punishable as follows:
(a) If the actor is found to be guilty of such a crime with malice aforethought, such act shall be deemed a Gross Misdemeanor.
(b) If the act is found to be premeditated and willful or wanton but without malice aforethought, such act shall be deemed a Misdemeanor.
(c) A gross misdemeanor slaying of Sasquatch shall be punishable by 1 year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine, or both.
(d) The slaying of Sasquatch which is deemed a misdemeanor shall be punishable by a $500.00 fine and up to 6 months in the county jail, or both.
SECTION 3. Defense. In the prosecution and trail of any accused Sasquatch killer the fact that the actor is suffering from insane delusions, diminished capacity, or that the act was the product of a diseased mind, shall not be a defense.
SECTION 4. Humaniod/Anthropoid. Should the Skamania County Coroner determine any victim/creature to have been humanoid the Prosecuting Attorney shall persue the case under existing laws pertaining to homicide. Should the coroner determine the victim to be an anthropoid (ape-like creature) the Prosecuting Attorney shall proceed under the terms of this ordinance.
BE IT FUTHER ORDAINED that the situation existing constitutes an emergency and such this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon its’ passage.
REVIEWED this 2nd day of April, 1984, and set for a public hearing on the 16th day of April, 1984, at 10:30 o’clock A.M.
Last summer I took a trip down to southern Oregon. One sight I knew I had to see whats the Oregon Bigfoot Trap.
This 10×10 foot structure was erected back in 1974 by the North American Wildlife Research Team with a special Forest Service permit. Made up of wood (telephone poles to secure it), this trap is still standing today.
The Forestry Service has been maintaining the trap since 2006 but the door was bolted open in 1980.
You Tube video (3rd party – not our footage)
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Welcome to the very first online interview for our group!
First off, we would like to thank Todd Neiss for his time on this. Now for the interview!
Profile: Born in 1961, I am a native Oregonian and an avid outdoorsman.
Hunting deer and elk has been an annual Fall tradition for over two decades. Hiking, fishing, and camping round out the rest of the year. I currently live in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Mt. Hood (50 miles east of Portland). A mortgage broker by trade, I spend my spare time researching and investigating the Bigfoot\Sasquatch phenomenon.
Q: Lets start with the easy question first! What got you interested in the search for Bigfoot?
A: Back in April of 1993, I was a sergeant in a combat engineer unit of the Oregon Army National Guard. During a demolitions (high-explosives) exercise on private timberland (roughly 6 miles east of Seaside, Oregon), I witnessed three of these large, hair-covered creatures observing our activity from a safe distance. Only later was it learned that three other soldiers also witnessed these very same animals during the exercise. Since then, I have been hooked.
Being raised in the Northwest, it is nearly impossible not to hear something about “the legend of Bigfoot”, however, it should be noted that at no time had I ever bothered to read materials or watch any programs related to these animals. I had merely relegated the whole affair to Indian legend or embellished campfire tales. But once you come face to face with the reality of their existence, you never look at the woods the same way again.
Q: How long have you been searching? Can you estimate how much time you have invested?
A: As I said, my fascination with these creatures began the moment I
actually saw them for myself, so I suppose it would be fair to say that I am entering my eighth year in this field of study.Â As to how much time I have invested, I have never actually taken pause to consider that question. I would venture to say that hardly a day goes by that I am not doing something related to my research. Let’s just say it would easily fall somewhere between 8,000 to 10,000 hours to date.
Q: What is it that you would ultimately come of your research? Just see one close up? Prove its existence or….?
A: Ah…the “Holy Grail.” Several reasons come to mind. Mostly, this is a personal quest for me. A Native American fellow by the name of Johnny Longfeather told me that “once you have looked upon a Sasquatch, your spirit will never rest until you see them again.” After interviewing many witnesses and coupled with my own insatiable drive, I just wonder if Johnny was right.
First off let me say that I am not the least bit interested in the personal conversion of nonbelievers to believers. This field of study brings out more than it’s fair share of skeptics (and rightly so). After all, I was one myself prior to my encounter.
One of the biggest driving factors for skeptics is the media’s incessant thirst for sensationalism. Foremost in that effort is the tabloids. However, in this day and age, it seems like nearly all forms of media are taking the “safe route” of plausible deniability. When news gets slow, they go for the “Human Interest” angle by pretending to be neutral while portraying witnesses as being less than believable (i.e.. confused, lying, mental, etc.). Like Peter Byrne used to tell me…”whatever sells soap.”
Another reason for skepticism is this ingrained notion that “unless conservative mainstream science has given us their blessing to acknowledge the existence of something, we are not obligated to accept it as fact” (regardless of what thousands say to the contrary). People have no trouble accepting such intangible concepts as “Global Warming” and “Black Holes” but fail to even consider something as terrestrial as an unclassified primate in North America.
Hoaxing has also been a factor in dissuading people from accepting the existence of these animals. While I believe that hoaxing plays a part in only a fraction of the reports collected, they have a tremendous negative impact.
Lastly, is the shear lack of tangible forensic evidence. All of the photographic evidence, castings, fecal and hair samples have thus far failed to provide the “smoking gun” that we have been looking for. As for photographic evidence, it seems that we have become a victim to our own technology. One needs only to view Jurassic Park, Twister, or Independence Day to realize that ANY visual can be fabricated through computer-generated special effects. Unfortunately, this will most likely condemn any modern day images that may be presented as evidence. Sadly, this leaves us few alternatives short of obtaining a physical specimen. Whether such a specimen comes by way of accidental or intentional means or is simply discovered already dead will be insignificant compared to the impact it will have on conservation and protection for the species as a whole. For the record, I prefer the latter.
Most importantly, I feel that these magnificent beings need to be officially recognized and subsequently studied. I am truly fascinated about how these animals have coexisted with mankind yet seem to do so in relative seclusion.
There are so many unanswered questions regarding these amazing creatures that need to be answered. Where did they come from? How long have they been here? What do they eat? How long do they live? Are they resident or migratory? What kind of social behavior do they practice? How many are left?
The bottom line is this: Unless these animals are officially recognized as a species, we will never know the answers regarding their habitat and food resources. And short of that, they will never receive the sort of protections that I feel they truly need in order to perpetuate a healthy population. I want to do whatever it takes to get them that recognition.
Q: What do you say to people that challenge the existence of a Bigfoot?
A: I think skepticism is a healthy thing. I was one of those people at one time so I can completely relate to their feelings on this subject. I used to get upset when someone challenged my account, but they have every right to express their opinions. However, opinions based upon ignorance or the prevailing “conventional wisdom” without any attempt to review the evidence is just plain laziness. But, as I have stated before, I am not interested in making “Bigfoot converts.” My conscience is clear and I know the truth.
That’s good enough for me.Â Whether or not others wish to accept the truth doesn’t make it any less true.
Q: People have said in the past that, “field research is a waste of time”
and “the phone and computer will be what tracks one down”. How do you feel about these statements?
A: Tell that to Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey.Â While modern technology offers us new tools and techniques, there is no substitute for good old fashioned field work. That is where the evidence will be found. As for “track[ing] one down,” I personally feel that any attempt to stalk these elusive beasts IS a waste of time. They obviously are well adapted to evading humans and do so quite efficiently. Because of this, my main focus has been to situate my base camp in an area of recent activity and basically present a non-threatening posture. This usually takes the form of blending in as much as possible, and exercising light and noise discipline.
Additionally, I employ several “enticements” to hopefully attract a Sasquatch into the observation area. Seismic ground sensors are then strategically positioned around the observation area to alert us to any approaching wildlife. Specially equipped video and audio systems are stationed to record any activity that may take place. Powerful parabolic microphones pick up sounds undetectable to the human ear (I am getting ready to field test a homemade “mega ear” soon). I have developed a one of a kind video surveillance system which incorporates two video cameras (one w\night-vision) and triggered by several motion\heat sensors. I call it my Passive Infrared Capture (P.I.C.) System.Â These and other experimental techniques need to be done on location. No amount of phone and computer magic will ever replace field research.
Q: It seems that there have been several “feuds” over the years in the Bigfoot research community. People do not trust others, etc. Have you seen this? Have any comments?
A: “Bigfoot Politics” is a sad but true reality that seems increasingly prevalent in the Bigfoot research community. They happen for a number of different reasons (jealousy, competition, differences of opinion, etc.). Literally thousands of people share their theories through a number of Internet list discussion groups every day. Some are “lurkers” just seeking information while many others network with other researchers. Occasionally a grass roots organization gets formed and will usually select regional representatives to follow up on recent reports of Bigfoot activity. These groups can sometimes take on a “cliquish” mentality which can often lead to petty rivalries. While for some people this becomes a personal quest, others have more of a selfish motives in mind. I would be remiss if I ignored mentioning the greed factor. The potential profit for those involved in the eventual acquisition of a Bigfoot goes without saying. Thus grandiose delusions of fortune may play a small role as well.
I find this aspect of Bigfoot research to be a tragic waste of energy. It is quite conceivable that this phenomenon could have been solved by now had certain research groups cooperated with instead of competed against the other. Rather than organizing an all-inclusive centralized database, a wealth of data becomes disjointed and cast helter-skelter. Some research organizations today are working towards centralizing the data, but how much has already been lost? If we are all working towards the same end, then hopefully we can be more open with such things as proven techniques and common-area histories. But the sad truth of the matter is that not all researchers are motivated by a common goal, and so the “feuds” continue.
Q: Any advice for people who want to “join the search”?
A: I would start at the local library. There are many books out on the subject. Look for authors like John Green, Peter Byrne, Rene DeHinden, Grover Krantz, and John Bindernagel (to name but a few). Next, check out the many websites on the Internet such as the Big Foot Research Organization, Internet Virtual Bigfoot Conference, and the Washington State Sasquatch Search Group, etc. Most of these sites have lists or bulletin boards for open discussions.
For the more hardy, would suggest dusting off your camping gear, gathering a friend or two, and heading into the back country where these beasts live…and don’t forget your camera! Keep your eyes (and mind) open. Look for things that seem out of the ordinary. Try different things (this is amateur hour…nobody’s got it 100% right yet). And take lots of notes…a seemingly irrelevant notation may prove vital later.
And lastly be very careful. Do not go alone. I can tell you from experience that these are extremely powerful creatures, quite capable of defending themselves or protecting another. Despite their apparent aversion to violence, like any animal, they can be potentially dangerous under certain circumstances.
This is a fascinating field of study that has so many mysteries yet to be learned and adventures to be had. Anybody can participate at whatever level they prefer. Most of all, have fun and enjoy “Bigfooting” for yourself.
Todd M. Neiss
Mt. Hood, OR
Feel free to contact me at BFnorthwest@aol.com
Tracking Bigfoot Part II [08/29/2000] By Sgt Paul Fitsik III.
Additional hints and suggestions:
When establishing a base camp I like to do the following:
Select an area that is mostly dirt. This is so that when you leave the camp for the days tracking, you can see if there was any “visitors” footprints. These will be apparent if you have removed as much grass, brush, etc. as possible. When that is accomplished I then get a fairly good sized branch, and rake the whole area of the camp site. That way the soil is loosened up. When I return I pay close attention to any changes to the soil.
OP’s and blinds:
Another method of observance is an OP (observation Post) or hide. I sometimes make a blind overlooking my base camp, after the first couple of days. That way I’ve been there long enough to spark curiosity. I then camouflage my site, and set up observation equipment. My hypothesis is that If I am being kept tabs on by Sasquatch(s), they may investigate after I’ve left. The same holds true for night. I set camera traps, listening devices around camp, in the late afternoon. Then I cook dinner at dusk. Pile allot of wood on the fire, and head up to the OP. For this you will need good low light optics (Night Vision Goggles).
If possible I use a partner for this. I observe while he stays in camp ( as “bait”). Therefore everything appears to be normal. Hopefully our query will be none the wiser to our deception.
Cheap warning devices:
If you lack the funds for expensive trip wires ( camera type, motion sensing), use an old Army trick. Get a couple aluminum coke cans, and fishing line. Place a couple of rocks in the cans. Tie them to the line and string them around your campsite, or main trails. That way anything tripping the line will “rattle” the cans, alerting you to it’s presence.
Some additional things to take along:
GPS, if you aren’t comfortable with maps
Walkie Talkies with at LEAST a 3-5 mile range, or a Hand held CB. You may need assistance if you are lost or hurt.
Plaster cast material.
Tape measure for getting measurements.
Zip locks for any hair samples.
Snake proof chaps or boots, depending on location.
NOTE: Always let either the US Parks Service, or local Law Enforcement in the area(s) you will be operating in, that you will be hiking (this conceals what you are “really” doing, and you aren’t seen as a “kook”).
Along with the estimate length of time “hiking” . I tell them ” If I don’t call you when I’m done on such, and such day, please come out and find me” etc. This is essential if you become lost, or are physically unable to return.
This concludes my article on tracking a Sasquatch. This is by no means everything. I’ve just tried to give you a head start. You will find some of these techniques can be fine tuned. Whatever you feel comfortable with. I wish you good luck and always be safe. I hope you visit the Sasquatch Information Society site often, and help make it the best on the web. I’m proud to be associated with it. If you would like to contact me, my email is email@example.com
Sgt Paul Fitsik III
By Sgt Paul Fitsik III.
This article is for those who would like some tips on Bigfoot tracking, and research. I’ve been a Bigfoot researcher since the early 80’s. Long before that I was hooked on Bigfoot from the 70’s Bigfoot craze. There always seemed to be a movie, or documentary on. Well down to the real issue. Bigfoot research. First I recommend going to the library, and reading up on the subject. This can give you first hand accounts, and some insight into the Bigfoot subject. Then I suggest looking on the Web for sites with current postings of sightings throughout the US/Canada. Find an area near you, that has fairly recent sightings. If possible contact the witness, and get additional info, e.g.; location, time of day, etc. As I’ve done in the past with “hot” sightings, is to “camp” in the area, and research from there. I then go to the approx. location and work from there.
Next is tips on gear:
With 11+ years in the Army, (Infantry/Spec Ops) I’ve spent “years” in the field. Get a hold of some army manuals on survival, Land Nav, etc. Go to the local sportsman’s store or surplus store, to get your gear. You can’t loose if you get Army issue gear. It works, and is a lot cheaper than “Eddie Bauer”, and is made to hold up to combat conditions. Get a good tent, that will comfortably fit you and some gear. Purchase good quality rain gear. GI issue Gore-Tex is the best. Good quality footwear is a priority (waterproof, light weight). Be sure to bring plenty of water, and purification tablets. These are essential if backpacking into a remote area. Reliable Compass, and topographical maps are “Top Priority”. You can’t look for Sasquatch if you don’t know where you are. Get some dehydrated meals, MRE’s to eat. They are lightweight, and packaged as individual meals, and very handy.
Listing of equipment and gear needed:
Compass and maps
Matches (Waterproof preferred)
Knife and axe
First Aid kit
Pistol belt to carry canteens, and various pouches for handy gear
Flashlight with plenty of batteries
* Camcorder is best, and does both
Rope or parachute cord to tie things around camp
Ziplocs to keep things dry
Signal mirror or flares (if lost)
Scent/body odor cover up (good when actively searching)
If in Bear country/Cougar a weapon for (Protection) And if you get lost and run out of rations, you’ll have the ability to hunt.
Please note. The above list is by no means complete. It is just a starter list, that will enable you to further complete your gear.
After picking out a good spot on HIGH ground, I start looking for Bigfoot. I head out looking for Bigfoot sign. Before leaving I pinpoint my camps location on a map for reference later. I then look for easily negotiated terrain. After 20 yrs of hunting I use those skills in looking for trails, deer runs. etc. These are likely “Avenues” animals use to get around. I look for beds, droppings, footprints etc. Then I sit and wait for the woods to become “normal’. Since all animals take flight when you approach. This I find is very effective. If Bigfoot hasn’t already seen you, it may come from upwind of you. Giving you a chance of a glimpse of it. Water sources are also vital. Bigfoot has to drink. Pick a stream or river that has evidence of animal sign (tracks) and observe the area. bigfoot also has been observed eating berries in the summer. These I find attract all sorts of animals. Find a good log or tree and just sit. Paying close attention to the “sounds” of the woods. Many reports state that the woods became abnormally quiet. I’ve experienced this myself, while conducting research in the Adirondacks of NY state. Remember to keep your camera/ video equipment close by. After a days worth of walking, I return to camp to cook, and set up camera traps and surveillance equipment. I pick good open areas of timber, which allow good fields of vision. I set a few camera traps in trees overlooking the areas. I set the trip wires at 5ft in height. (that way deer and bear and other creatures won’t set them off) and 15-20 feet in front of the camera. I personally believe that Bigfoot is nocturnal, and will choose the cover of night to investigate. Now is where the night vision optics come into play. I wait for it to get really dark. I then roam away from the firelight (which needs to be reduced significantly due to the amount of light given off will blind you while wearing them). I get away from the camp, and scan my surroundings. I have good Gen III goggles and with the right conditions can see in the woods for 100 meters or more. If no luck, I return to the camp and LISTEN. You should listen for the sounds of movement. Branches breaking, footfalls, cries, howls, grunts etc. Well that is it for Part 1, more soon.
If you would like more in depth info, please e-mail me (Sgt Paul Fitsik III) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 August 2010 05:08