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Sasquatch vs Coyotes

The topic of coyotes interacting with sasquatch has been talked about for a long time. It has been noted that many times coyotes while howling will be joined by another large voice, many times the coyotes immediately stop their vocals.

This recording of the Illinois Howl recorded in the spring of 2006 in Central Illinois shows a coyote howling immediately followed by a louder and deeper voice.

Illinois Howl – recorded the 12th of April 2006 in Central Illinois.

In 2009 a series of recordings were obtained over a two month period in Colorado.

Colorado Howl – Pt. 1

From Texas BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin we read

Second vocalization occurred ten minutes later at 10:00 PM from a location of approximately 150 to 200 yards south of our camp, across a meadow. A lone coyote began the vocals and was answered by the unknown animal, which had apparently moved within ¼ mile of our camp location. The coyote and the unknown continued to vocalize back and forth to each other as the coyote crossed the meadow moving west.  The participants seemingly met, and then everything went silent.

What is significant about Sybilla’s recordings is that she was there at the time of the recording and could tell that the animals were changing positions and coming together.

The coyotes and Colorado Howler were recorded multiple times in July and August of 2009 by Sybilla Irwin, Todd Perteet and myself.

Colorado Howl – Pt. 2

Colorado Howl – Pt. 3

So what is the meaning of this supposed meeting up of coyotes and possible sasquatch. Do they join together for a joint hunt much as modern man and his hunting dogs, or do the sasquatch bring them scraps? Until they are visually observed interacting together we won’t know for sure.

There are a couple of recent articles noting the relationship that ravens have with wolves and other large predators. Perhaps this is part of the answer.

Dinner Guests

He notes instances in his Yellowstone studies in which ravens located injured elk and called raucously, attracting the attention of a local wolf pack to an easy kill.

BirdNote  –  Ravens and Wolves

Raven researcher Bernd Heinrich writes: “Ravens associate with any animals that kill large game – polar bears, grizzlies, wolves, coyotes, killer whales, and humans. … In the Arctic, … native peoples know when the caribou arrive on their migrations, by the announcements of ravens who travel with them and feed on the kills of the wolves along the flanks of the herds.”

BirdNote. And a short 2 minute podcast from Bridnote

By | October 30th, 2012|Theory|Comments Off on Sasquatch vs Coyotes

Cemeteries and Squatches, Pt. 1

I am interested in the types of locations that people have had sasquatch sightings. One of those locations  is rural cemeteries.

Several years ago I was invited to give a talk on the subject of bigfoot at a meeting of the Springfield Ghost Society in Rochester, Illinois. My wife questioned me to as why I would speak at the “ghost society” and what was the connection to bigfoot. My explanation was that there have been many reports that are either close to, or in cemeteries. Perhaps many people who go to cemeteries late at night, either as ghost researchers or as teenagers hear an unusual sound and see a shadowy upright figure in the distance. Maybe some of those “ghostly encounters” were actually a case of mistaken identity and was actually a sasquatch. By speaking to this local group I found them to be open minded, intensely interested and I even picked up several new sasquatch reports.

Several weeks later I received a phone call from the excited president of the ghost society. It seems that they had done an investigation at a remote rural cemetery and had played some of my sound recordings that I had shared with the group. In response to their first attempt at soundblasting they had gotten an immediate close-in return howl. Most of the members heard the howl and quickly became aware of the reality of the effectiveness of broadcasting sounds.

This old country cemetery is close to my home in Central Illinois and is one of over 221 rural cemeteries in my county alone.

A quick survey of the BFRO database reveals about two dozen reported sightings in or near cemeteries. To read those reports simple go to google.com

and in the google search bar type (or copy/paste)

site:www.bfro.net “cemetery”

So the question remains, “Why are people having sightings in or near cemeteries”?

My guess would be:

1.  Many cemeteries are in remote areas off the main road. Some of the rural cemeteries here in Central Illinois are far out in farmers fields and are only approachable during good weather on dirt or gravel roads.
2.  Most cemeteries are in fairly open areas near woods. Many of the cemeteries are in very picturesque locations, woods, streams and ponds. Being pictureque may not be important to the squatches but it does increase the human traffic.
3.  Cemeteries have human activty in the daytime by relatives and late night visits by “ghost hunters” and teenagers.
4. Cemeteries like campgrounds and golf courses are easily accessible to sasquatches. The sasquatch can easily approach while staying in cover. Whether the sasquatch is approaching to observe humans, give a little territorial call or just scare the humans cemeteries seem to be a good place to have a little fun.

I love old cemeteries. Other than reading the old inscriptions and honoring the dead they are also the perfect place to bird watch, do all night audio recordings, look at the many flowers and scrubbery in a park like setting. And last but not least perhaps hear an unusual sound and see a shadowy figure disappearing through the trees.

By | June 10th, 2009|Theory|4 Comments

Why Is There No Body?

I talk to lots of people in the general public about the subject of bigfoot and the number one question I always get is:

Why is there no body?

I go through all the usual answers including:
1) they bury their dead
2) the remains are eaten immediately by scavengers or
3) they crawl into the thickets and die where no bones or other remains are found.

When and if a body is obtained the very first thing that would happen after obtaining a complete DNA genome would be to make a human / sasquatch hybrid. I have a friend in Colorado Springs, Colorado who works in a genetics lab. He says that if I can deliver to him two units of blood, he can have a complete genome sequenced with two weeks. I have already heard fellow researchers comment on how great it would be to have a 10 foot tall basketball player and a 800 lb football lineman. Can you imagine an army of soldiers with the strength, size and speed often reported in bigfoot sighting reports.

Several articles on the internet discussing the ethics of hybrids can be found at:

The Ethics of Gene Splicing by Andrew Boardman

Singapore plans to create animals with human DNA

Perhaps the final answer comes from the Bible.

Genesis 1:24-25:

“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.

Leviticus 18

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

By | December 21st, 2008|Theory|5 Comments

What does it mean?

My family and I have lived along a small wooded creek in Central Illinois for almost twenty-two years. Until May of 2005 we had neither seen nor heard anything unusual.

Wildlife that we have seen along and near the creek includes: beaver, bobcat, coyotes, deer, groundhogs, fox, mink, mountain lions, opossum, rabbits and raccoons. For a great article on mountain lions in Illinois see:
The beast of the bluffs by Scott Maruna.

There has been nothing unusual about the wildlife we see. Most people when they travel through Illinois see mainly corn and soybean fields not realizing the miles and miles of wooded rivers and streams that drain the fertile prairie.

From 1986 to 2002 we raised llamas on a two acre pasture that borders the creek. We had several Great Pyrenees dogs for protection from the coyotes. The Great Pyrenees are quite vocal but nothing strange was noticed or heard in all those years.

On the 23rd of May 2005 my world changed forever. My wife came home one evening around 8:30 p.m. I went outside onto the driveway and noticed that my seven month old Karelian Bear Dog puppy (Belle) was out by the barn barking towards the creek. I told my wife I was going to take the dog to the creek and show Belle where the deer bedded down in the tall grass close to the creek.

I put a lead on the dog and as I approached the edge of the backyard going into the pasture I heard what sounded like a giant man roaring towards the house. It is difficult to put into words exactly what it sounded like, but it was a very clean sound, not like a scream. And it sounded like whatever the animal was, it’s chest cavity was very large. The roar also had a distinctively human sounding element to it. The closest sound that I can find is a Digital Bigfoot Recording created by Matt Knapp and featured on Lets Talk Bigfoot! with Teresa Hall.

After that night I started recording nightly. I have recorded wood-knocks, howls, unusual voices. Then on the fourth of April 2006 I recorded on five different nights what I call the Illinois Howl. 

What has bothered me since that time is why did that animal pick my home to stop by and howl? Why only howl that April and May, and why not since then? Why did I not hear this animal sometime before during the twenty-plus years we have lived here? Assuming that what ever is howling is intelligent and has a purpose what is the reason for the howl and why only at my home? I have spoken with neighbors and none of them have heard anything unusual.

Recently I was visiting a fellow researcher and I asked her to listen to some of my sounds and to give me her honest opinion specifically about the Illinois Howl.

Stan – “Do you think this is a locator call, the animal trying to find other members of it’s family?

My friend – “No.”

Stan – “Do you think this is some type of mating call?”

My friend – “No.”

Stan – “Do you think this is imitating the coyotes?”

My friend – “No.”

Stan – “Then what does it mean?”

Her answer was “Stan, I believe it is imitating Belle.”

Stan – “What do you mean, imitating Belle and why?”

My friend – “It is a well known phenomena for coyotes to send in a lone member of the pack to play with a dog, get it’s confidence and get it to follow out into the woods where the pack descends upon the dog and kills it.” I think whatever is doing those howls is doing the same thing, trying to get Belle to come out so it can kill her.”

I was shocked. I had never considered that perhaps Belle was the single thing different about my place in the last twenty-two years. When we had the Great Pyrenees they were restricted to the pasture, and seldom ventured into the woods. Belle from the age of three months to two years ran with wild abandon through the woods much as a teenager. Being a hunting dog, she is extremely alert, and always looking for something to chase, whether squirrels , rabbits or deer. As Belle has matured she has calmed down, she sleeps more and is more satisfied to be let out in the evening to exercise and then be restricted to a fenced in area of the backyard for the rest of the night. Belle spends her nights on a brick wall that encloses our patio.

Like most dogs Belle does bark some but once in about every six weeks goes into a strange drawn out howl. The first time I heard her do the strange howl was the fourth of April, 2006 when I recorded the first Illinois Howl.

On this recording you can hear coyotes, followed by Belle’s barking, followed by the Illinois Howl and then Belle’s strange drawn-out howls.

So why have I not heard or recorded the Illinois Howl in two years? My only conclusion, is that since Belle is no longer in the puppy stage, she stays out of the woods and stays closer to the house. Belle has become less of a threat, or a perceived threat to whatever is out in those woods and making those howls.

By | March 29th, 2008|My Research, Theory|Comments Off on What does it mean?

Sound Skeptics

On the 4th of February 2008 DB Donlon of Virginia (The Blogsquatcher) was a guest on Squatchdetective Radio.

During the show DB shared some of his sound recordings. DB also discussed what he calls Sound Skeptics. I thought it was a very good statement and you can read it below and also listen to the original sound clip.

Sound Skeptics- play

DB Donlon –

Sound skeptics will object that you can’t tell what animal made a sound if you didn’t see the animal make it. I think this is true in the broadest sense. After all, I can play a file of a coyote and if you heard it in the distance, you’d think it was an actual coyote, and not a recording.

But an important point I want to stress is that these same sound skeptics are the first to say, “you’ve recorded a coyote,” or “you’ve recorded a hog” when they hear the sounds we get. They don’t say they don’t know what it is, they almost always define it as something known, and they get to that identification from the sound alone. If you can’t tell what made a sound without visually i.d.ing the sound maker, how do they know we’ve recorded coyotes and hogs?

I’m not just making that point to rub someone’s nose in it, I’m saying you can’t have it both ways. If it really is possible to id creatures by their vocalizations (and we do this all the time, don’t we? When we hear an owl call, we don’t say, “I’ll never know what that is..” we say, “oh, an owl!” The plain fact of the matter is that the calls we’ve recorded don’t sound like coyotes, and they certainly don’t look like coyote calls when you look at them in the software. They do sometimes sound coyote-ish, but they don’t sound like the coyote calls I’ve found on the net. (I’m being strict about definitions here — like serving as an = sign, rather than an approximation.) Nor does the East Central Ohio chatter sound like a hog, rather, occasionally hog-ish.

So when the skeptics tell you that we can’t tell what made the sound because we didn’t see the animal making it, you insist that they stick to that. They are right, we can’t really tell. So let’s stop calling these things misidentifications out of hand in an attempt to quell all interest in sounds. It’s a legitimate area of research. Who knows what advances will come in the future that will make this kind of research easier?

By | February 17th, 2008|My Research, Theory|Comments Off on Sound Skeptics

Man or Beast?

One question that continues to plague bigfoot researchers is “What is this animal, is it a man (albeit different or primitive) or is it just an ape?”

Man has always had to cope with uncertain feelings when it comes to apes and monkeys. We can not gaze into the eyes of a chimp at the zoo and not have some thoughts about our similarities.

Two thousand years ago when Europeans were first exposed to seeing monkeys, it was easy to say “Well we are not closely related, they have tails, walk on all fours, are covered with hair and have no language.” When stories of chimps and gorillas started coming out of Africa, disbelief was common. Here was a group of animals that had no tail, walked closer to upright and looked more human-like. The first “body”
presented to science surely was a momentous event.

So how does this all relate to bigfoot studies? We are confronted with an animal that –

1. Is upright walking (Patterson-Gimlin, Memorial Day, and Freeman films).

2. Has footprints that are somewhat similar to mans as shown by many photographs and footprint casts.

3. Is very vocal, whether these sounds are related to true language or is simply mimicry is open to debate.

4. Has a highly social family structure as reported by eye witness accounts.

5. Facial features look more human-like than apelike. I have interviewed over two hundred witnesses that have had a bigfoot encounter. Of those individuals who have seen the face, almost all of them emphasized its human-like characteristics.

So where does this leave us with the question as to whether bigfoot is man or beast? This debate has been
going on for decades and will only intensify as new films, audio recordings and someday a body is produced.

Perhaps the question should be “What is Man?”

Mankind cannot be defined simply by being intelligent, using tools and language or being bi-pedal.

The final answer can only come from the Bible. We read in Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.”

Only man is aware of God and only man is capable of fellowshipping with Him through a right personal relationship through Christ. .

Ephesians 4:24

“and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

So friends, it is your decision what you will believe, for myself I believe what separates man from all the animals, whether it be monkey, ape or bigfoot is that only man was created in the image of God and only man is capable of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.

References:

Special thank you to:
Pastor Dale B. Huelsman
Bethany Lutheran Church
Wellington, Ohio

A Short Explanation of Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism with
An American Translation Text – A Handbook of Christan Doctrine.
Christian News – New Haven, Missouri 63068

A Summary of Christan Doctrine by Edward W.A. Koehler
Concordia Publishing House, St.Louis

How is Man Created in God’s Image?
Come Reason Ministries

BibleGateway.com
http://www.biblegateway.com/

By | March 16th, 2007|Theory|6 Comments

Wilderness Paradox

One concept that I see being repeated over and over again is that if there is a large bi-pedal ape in North America it must live in only the most remote, secluded wilderness areas. Commonly areas pointed to as likely habitat are the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Northern California or if “back
East”, only inaccessible mountainous terrain.

But do witness reports really bear out this assumption?

Let’s take a look at several reports that have been posted by the BFRO, The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

Omaha, Nebraska
Various sightings near the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska.

I interviewed this witness. Although the report only goes into recent activity she told me that her family has had several sightings and heard vocalizations going back as far as the early 1960’s. What is significant is that this area is bounded on all four sides by major thoroughfares: I-480 on the west and north, I-29 on the east, I-80 on the south. It is also within 1 1/2 miles of the central district of Omaha, Nebraska.

Of special note is that Marlin Perkins who hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom made a trip to the Himalayas with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960 to check out reports of the Yeti. While on that trip they examined a supposed Yeti scalp that turned out to be a hoax. Perhaps they should have saved
their money, stayed home and talked to local witnesses in Omaha.

Topeka, Kansas
Hiker finds footprint near Topeka, Kansas.

What is significant about this report is the excellent picture that he was able to obtain of a possible juvenile bigfoot print. The exact location although not stated is within a couple miles of downtown Topeka and along the Kansas River.

St.Louis County, Missouri
Bow hunter observes animal in Creve Coeur bottoms
.

This report comes from an area that is 15 miles from downtown, St.Louis, Missouri and along the Missouri River. It also is only a couple of miles from very populated suburbs in west St.Louis County. This area is bounded on the west and south by I-40, on the north by I-70 and east by I-270.

Madison County, Illinois (unpublished)
This rural location in Madison County, Illinois has been the site of ongoing bigfoot sightings. It is near a small creek and approximately 15 miles from the Mississippi River. I did an on-site  investigation and saw several sets of footprints.

Central Illinois. (unpublished)

Another rural location in Central Illinois. This site is also located on a small wooded creek that flows  through corn and soybean fields. It is located 13 miles from the Sangamon River. Numerous whistles, woodknocks and howls have been recorded at this site.

Lee County, Illinois
Hikers find footprint along Franklin Creek.

This footprint was found along a small wooded creek in an agricultural area of Northern Illinois. It is located 5 miles from the Rock River.

Food – Water – Cover

The important factors for possible bigfoot habitat seem to be wooded streams or river systems and an adequate food supply, particularly a large deer population. Reports continue to come in whether they are close to major urban centers or agricultural areas.

It has been stated that the Pacific Northwest has a resident population of bigfoot on every watershed. A growing number of researchers are gradually coming to realize that perhaps it is the same situation east of the Rockies.

By | January 16th, 2007|Theory|7 Comments

Vocal Mimicry

Vocal mimicry in bigfoot has been talked about among researchers. However it is difficult enough to recognize a bigfoot sound let alone a bigfoot imitating birds or other animals.

Mimic is described by Wikipedia as:

“….any species that has evolved to appear similar to another successful species in order to dupe predators into avoiding the mimic, or dupe prey into approaching the mimic.”

“….a mimic doesn’t try to blend with the surroundings, but to appear as some other creature.”

Sound mimicry has been described in many birds, marine mammals as well as primates, humans, cetaceans, seals and birds. Especially in birds is mimicry well known and accepted. Mockingbirds, catbirds, and various other birds do some really great imitation calls. I have seen a blue jay give a perfect red-tailed hawk’s call which I wouldn’t have believed if I weren’t watching it just ten feet away.

There is a great amount of scientific literature available that deals with all aspects of vocal mimicry, the great apes and human speech:

The Life of Mammals, Vol. 4 DVD
David Attenborough
..”only feet from an orangutan .. discussed the intelligence and mimicry abilities of these great apes. “…”and mimicry are all primate traits according to Attenborough. ”

The evolution of speech: a comparative review.
Trends in cognitive sciences, 4(7):258–267.

Fitch, W. T. (2000)
“At least two changes were necessary prerequisites for modern human speech abilities: (1) modification of vocal tract morphology, and (2) development of vocal imitative ability.”

The Biology and Evolution of Language
Philip Lieberman
Man, New Series, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Sep., 1986), p. 542
“All great apes have large air sacs attached to their larynges, …..”

Humankind Emerging
Bernard G. Campbell
“Vocal mimicry not only makes speech possible, but is used by hunters…”

Social Imitation In Neonatal Monkeys
“Mimicry exists throughout the animal kingdom, but imitation with a purpose–matching one’s behavior to others’ as a form of social learning–has been seen only in great apes.”

The Cognitive Prerequisites for Language
“Vocal mimicry, to say nothing of vocal imitation, seems to play, at most, no more than a very minor role among any species of primate other than humans (Seyfarth and Cheney 1997).”

Although none of the following examples can be proven to be a bigfoot vocalization most occurred in areas that had previous eye-witness bigfoot sightings.

Suspected bigfoot vocalizations:

1 – Barred Owl – I spent the night of 27th of August 2005 near Seneca, Illinois in my van and kept the microphone on the roof. I heard about fifty whistles and then rock knocking. After the barred owl hooting the rock knocking started up again.

2 – Barred Owl and dogs from the Argosy Project – quoting – “The day after the rock clacking incident, I came back to the location alone to leave the Bigfoot more food. It was about 6:45 p.m. and I was finishing packing up my gear at my spotters station when I heard a hoot to the east in the woods. I would call it more like someone doing a bad imitation of a barred owl hoot. It hooted a few more times, and each hoot seemed to be very low to the ground about 250 feet away.”

“Then I heard a dog barking just north of the hooting. The barking didn’t seem very convincing to me. I’ve heard it numerous times before, and the barking sound is always stationary. After a brief pause, whoever was doing the hooting and barking moved closer together. I could hear rustling in the undergrowth as the two individuals met. I’ve never heard of an owl walking to a dog before. Shortly afterward I heard two whoops almost immediately to my left.”

3 – Dog barks – I have a report from Madison County, Illinois from a witness who has had several sightings this summer and fall. He relates that he heard what appeared to be a military type formation moving along the creek behind his house. He described the sounds as being dog-like “but not quite”. The sounds were proceeding forward, being answered left and right as it moved upstream, perhaps following a deer.

4 – Wild Turkey Clucks – On the 12 of April 2005 I went to my local state park. As I was sitting on a log near a large thicket I heard what I thought was wild turkeys clucking. When I turned around to investigate, the sounds stopped and I heard a loud wood knock coming from the top of the hill.

5 – Raccoon – I have a friend that does nighttime recording close to St.Louis, Missouri along the Missouri Bottoms. He has recorded what he describes as raccoon-like sounds but not quite.

6 – Raccoon – I recorded this raccoon-like sound near a feeding station where raccoons are not seen.

7 – Coyote – I recorded an unknown howl this spring in Central Illinois. This has been discussed at the Illinois Howl webpage. It has been labelled as either a coyote or wolf. However I have a Native American friend who reassures me that it is a bigfoot mimicing a coyote. I have reports of the same type of vocalizations being heard by hunters and researchers in Georgia, Oregon and four different locations in Illinois.

8 – Jungle birds – I have a report from Northern Illinois and I myself have heard in Central Illinois in the daytime, during the winter, what can only described as a jungle bird type sound.

What is the purpose of all these suspected vocalizations? Although no one knows for sure I think it is safe to assume that it is a way for an elusive animal to stay hidden and not give away their presence and position whether it be to prey animals or humans.

By | December 10th, 2006|My Research, Theory|5 Comments

The Jennifer Syndrome

I have a friend at work by the name of Jennifer. Now when the topic of bigfoot research comes up in conversation she goes into a tirade usually along the lines of – Where’s the evidence? Where’s the body? Why hasn’t one been shot?

If you mention to her that all of these questions have already been addressed on many of the websites, she laughs boldly and walks away.

This reaction to the mentioning of the word bigfoot I admit is very common in our modern American society. I am not a psychologist so I can not adequately explain or understand it other than I suspect its root causes are

1) Fear of the unknown.
2) Fear of anything associated with the dark.
3) Fear of the “boogie man” or “monsters in the closet”.
4) Concerns that we humans are not the only upright walking ape.

What about me? Am I insulted or feel put down because of the ridicule? No. Although I may disapprove of their reaction or taunts I know that it has been a common situation for a long, long time.

What about the witnesses?

I have interviewed several hundred people who have seen an animal that is not accepted to exist by the general public.

I spoke with a lady in Southern Missouri who had been traumatized by seeing an animal who came very close to her car while she was driving. She was distraught and close to tears the hour I spent with her on the phone. My role of investigating the report for the website became secondary to counseling the witness and trying to reassure her that although she had been frightened by being so close to the animal she was in no real danger.

Nighttime sighting on country dirt road in Southern Missouri.

Other encounters that can be considered somewhat harrowing are:


Couple has car shaken and sees large animal up close near Tebbetts, Missouri.

Two teenagers have sighting east of Seneca, Illinois.

Considerations for witnesses coming forward with their stories.

To even report an encounter to a family member, co-worker or a website requires that the witness admits to themselves about the incident. I have a contact who after relating the story to me about the sightings he and his wife had been having I cautioned him about telling people about it at work. It was too late, his wife had already shared her story at the office. Her co-workers laid out a trail of M & M’s down the hallway and through the office and played a game called “follow the bigfoot”.

Many witnesses that I contact express their relief that they have someone to tell their story to. Often times they are not interested in having their stores published, they are just appreciative to have had someone to listen to them. Several times I have been told “in the twenty years since my incident I have spoken to no one about this other than my spouse and you”.

Several years ago when I got involved in research my wife’s family, although not outwardly skeptical, did seem to harbor a little doubt about what I was doing. One nephew told me “I am forty years old and have hunted these woods all my life and I have never seen or heard anything out of the ordinary nor do I know anyone that has”.

On the 23rd of Jan I gave him a phone call. I said “If you are not too busy I have something I want to show you.”

As he knelt in the trail and felt the depression that each toe had made in the ice and snow I saw a different look in his eyes.

It is amazing to see someone discover for themselves what the truth is and not what they have been told by society.

By | November 16th, 2006|My Research, Theory|2 Comments

Peeping “Uncle Hairy”

It seems strange that an animal that supposedly is as shy and reclusive as the sasquatch would have gained the reputation for being a “peeping tom”.

The Free Dictionary defines a peeping tom as a person who stealthily peeks into windows.

There are numerous reports of sasquatches either observing people or looking in windows at people.

BFRO: Youngster frightened by “monster” peeping in window

BFRO: Daytime sighting by swimmers in Wolf Creek area

I have a contact who as a child would frequently see “red eyes” outside her bedroom window at night. This went on intermittently for seven or eight years. I spoke with her mother, now in her seventies. The mother related how her child was punished for making up stories and not wanting to sleep in that particular bedroom. It all changed one night when the mother, while checking on her daughter, also saw the “red eyes”. The family was never for sure who their peeping tom was.

An older story is found in:

Bigfoot Of the Blues by Vance Orchard copyright 1993 Walla Walla, WA p. 81

That concerned the story of Jim Ralph, retired Forest Service employee. In 1942 he was assigned to lookout duty at Hoodoo Lookout on the Walla Walla Ranger district. [This is 7 miles west of Troy, Oregon]. After spending the daylight hours in the lookout tower, Ralph would come down to spend the night in a log cabin at the base. One night after retiring he had the sensation someone was looking in his window. Checking outside he could see nobody so went back to bed.

The next morning there was a set of hugh footprints, toes pointing toward his window, when he arose! Ralph recalls he followed the tracks leading away from the cabin for several miles but had to return to duty in the tower. He says he covered the two tracks at the window with a washtub until his boss came up from headquarters. “He asked me what I was going to do about them,” Ralph said. “I told him he was the boss and it was up to him. That’s the last I ever hear of it, though.”

My parents and my oldest brother (who was three years old at the time) spent the summer of 1941 at this lookout tower in Wallowa County, Oregon. I wonder what my mother would have said if she had seen those giant footprints outside her window. Maybe she wouldn’t have been so skeptical.

I have often wondered if a sasquatch watched my brother (at the age of 3) playing on the steps that travel up the tower? And the next summer was that night time visitor looking for that little boy? Sadly my parents had already passed away when I became interested in this subject and subsequently found the article in the Vance Orchard books.

My only conclusion is that these animals have an extreme curiosity about us and feel secure being hidden either by the darkness or the bushes.

*photos courtesy of Rex Hamstra

By | October 16th, 2006|Theory|4 Comments