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The Writings of Keith Foster, Pt 5

//The Writings of Keith Foster, Pt 5

The Writings of Keith Foster, Pt 5

Colorado Bigfoot Again

Date: 09-Jan-03

The guy that wrote Ghost Grizzlies, David Peterson, ran into a bigfoot down in the San Juans very near to where my family and I had our own bigfoot encounter and found those tracks in 1993. I am glad that someone of Petersons caliber also ran into one of these things down there. Several hunting guides and outfitters have also had some close range encounters in Colorado too, so Peterson and I are not alone either.

For those interested in catching one of these creatures on film or finding tracks, there was a recent sighting by a very high number of people right at the top of Kenosha Pass. This happened about 20 days ago, and it was headed east toward Baily. I have many records of sightings in this area, and they tend occur to the southeast of Kenosha Pass as winter progresses, so it may be that the bigfoot was headed back toward the place it winters just north of Woodland Park somewhere. They seem to hang around the elk herds, so if any of you can find a concentration of elk north of Woodland Park, you should be able to eventually find some bigfoot tracks for yourself and maybe even get close enough to get one of these incredible animals on film. I can guarantee you that these creatures are real, and living in Colorado. Check out my map of Colorado sightings on the BFRO website to know where to go. If you get one on film with any kind of quality, you will be rich enough to go grizzly hunting in Kamchatka annually.

For those in southern Colorado, the sasquatch down there seem to hang around the base of San Antonio Peak just across the border into New Mexico during cold winter weather, and sometimes there are also some hanging around the Navajo Reservoir area somewhere. Find the larger concentrations of wintering elk to find sasquatch. Sasquatch are evidently very rare, so odds are against you, but there is a chance at success. I know there were three different sasquatch in the Conejos River drainage in 1993, because three different size tracks were documented. So, at least there is more than just one of these things around. One set was 20 inches long, which is so huge you can’t believe it, but these tracks were followed for a very long ways by law enforcement and they never broke stride of nearly 60 inches between tracks. Many of these tracks were in mud, so detail was very good. This is the biggest set of tracks I have ever seen that I was certain were real. The animal involved must be heavier than a coastal grizzly, and just as tall as when a huge male grizzly stands on its back legs, and maybe taller. The one that made the 17 inch tracks that I found was well over 8 foot tall, so the one that made the 20 inch tracks must be incredible. The 19 inch tracks we investigated near Eagle in late March of 2000 indicated to us a weight of about 900 pounds for the animal that made them, which is also large male grizzly size. These sasquatch are naturally rare because they are huge and no one area can support very many of them. Big animals have big appetites.

There is a new documentary on sasquatch on the Discovery Channel tonight Jan 9 at 7:00 Mountain time. It also airs on Jan 10 at 10:00PM and Jan 11 at 1:00pm

Recent events and evidence have some of the worlds leading scientists now beginning to actively look at the evidence themselves too, so hopefully we can solve this mystery in a few years of effort.

Please don’t slam me too bad for bringing up this bigfoot subject again, but I just want some answers. I am always hoping some other fellow bowhunters have run into one of these animals recently, which is why I post here.

Hope everyones seasons went well. I ended up taking a fairly nice whitetail buck (147 P&Y)at 8 yards with my longbow out here on the plains. He came in to rattling in early November, circled upwind of me and gave me an easy shot, so I was pleased and very lucky this year. I didn’t get to hunt Colorado this year.

Date: 09-Jan-03

Better use a heavy arrow, a Magnus 2 blade, and a guide with a backup 375 H&H Mag. Any old bow will do.

Heloman, I talked to that lady from Eagle with the sighting of a white bigfoot at 45mph. Loonier than loony toons she was. It was one of the reasons I quit the BFRO, as they decided to just print all the sightings that come in, to let others decide which are legit and which are not. If bigfoot is not real, then all are from loonies of course, including mine.

If you ever hear a sasquatch scream directly at you, you will know it is not a cougar, elk, bear or any other normal critter, I guarantee it. You can feel it as well as hear it when you are close. I’ve been there.

We have some people who think bigfoot are shapeshifters, aliens from outer-space, or interdimensional beings, so simple sightings from a simple bowhunter of a simple flesh and blood animal are simply refreshing. I got a few from a few other Colorado bowhunters last time I posted here, so maybe this time if we don’t joke too much, they will post them here rather than emailing them to me incognito. Maybe even Petersen will come on here and give us his account again, and with more detail. Maybe I can even get some of the bowhunting guides with personal sightings to also come onto this forum and give us their accounts.

Protect Colorado elk habitat, because what is good for elk is good for sasquatch.

Date: 11-Jan-03

The 1967 Patterson Film was taken by Rodger Patterson, who died a few years after he made the film. The person who died recently was Ray Wallace, a known hoaxer who had made a film of his wife in a gorilla suit that no one ever took seriously at all. Wallace was a jokester, and everyone in bigfoot research already knew it from the get-go. Besides the incredibly stupid and obvious gorilla suit film he made, Wallace also made wooden feet and tried to make bigfoot tracks. Of course wooden feet on a person make tracks about as deep as a snowshoe on carpet, and leave a distinct ridge up at the toes when one steps along, looking so unreal that even an elementary school cub scout would not be fooled.

The tracks I found in Colorado, and the other tracks I have investigated here and in other states, were sunk into the soil deeper than human tracks in the same soil beside them. Boots spread out your weight when you walk, so we humans leave shallower tracks when we walk in boots than we do when we walk in dirt, mud or sand. When we walk barefoot, we leave tracks of about the same depth as a real sasquatch because our feet are more dynamic and bendable and more pounds per square inch are impressed in each area of the foot with each dynamic step. What this means is that a sasquatch has about the same weight per square inch of the bottoms of their foot as you and I do. A human of a given foot size may vary quite a bit, because some are thin and some are fat, but there is a ratio we can use for a healthy fit adult human, and seems to apply well to sasquatch when tracks are measured and depth recorded in the plaster casts. The tracks that we documented on the Eagle River in early April of 2000 were nearly 19 inches long and indicated by their impressions that a 900+ pound creature had made them. A 300 pound man in wooden feet would not have even broke the surface in the same soil conditions. Booted feet in the soil hardly made any impressions. If someone faked the tracks on the Eagle River, then they were wearing some kind of flexible sasquatch foot apparatis and carrying a 600 pound pack on their back while taking huge steps. If you ever come across a line of real sasquatch tracks, they will definitely leave you scratching your head. We know that some of the tracks have been faked in the past, but they are easy to identify because they do not meet the weight and flexon criteria. Actually, very little faking goes on. Our best tracks documented consist of lines of tracks documented well, because we can learn from each track by comparing them to previous tracks in a given line of tracks to see toe movement, and flexibility in different portions of the foot. Some tracks have been fresh enough when plaster casted to show the scar tissues around little cuts on the foot pad, and also show the pattern of the ridges (like fingerprints) that all primates have on their feet. Those fingerprint experts that have examined these casts have no doubt that sasquatch exists as a real species.

Even expert anthropologist, professor emeritus Daris Swindler, of the University of Washington, who was a long time extreme skeptic and critic of sasquatch research has decided that the evidence now is too overwhelmingly accurate to have been all faked. He is now pointing out to us less educated researchers some of the intracacies of the anatomy involved. The list of anthropologists, primatologists, and anatomists who realize sasquatch is a real species is getting longer and longer all the time, while the list of skeptical scientists is getting shorter and shorter. Generally it is skeptics who have not even looked at the evidence who still think it is all a bunch of foofa. How can they decide before even looking scientifically at the evidence? Shouldn’t we apply science to the matter, instead of making up our minds based on nothing at all? If the evidence is not real, then I want to be told by the skeptical scientist why it is not real. Period.

The Associated Press said that Ray Wallace started the whole bigfoot legend in 1958 by hoaxing a set of tracks. Well, I have news for the Associated Press, bigfoot was being seen and tracked long before 1958, and even long before white men even set foot on this continent. Then of course the creature itself was not titled by the stupid name “bigfoot”, but rather some less hoky names such as “sasquatch”. It was the media that termed the name “bigfoot”, not scientists. If you have ever had any articles written about you professionally, you already realize that the media is generally a very unreliable source of information. They rarely get any story correct, especially the Associated Press, which is riddled with inaccuracies and idiots who pass on those innacuracies to the public. Ray Wallace did not start the bigfoot legend and did not fake the many thousands of documented tracks from all over the western states and Canadian provinces over a period of 50 years as told by the Associated Press in their article titled “Bigfoot is Dead”. Wallace was a poor man, a bonifide lifelong liar, and couldn’t even afford to drive past the California state borders where he lived due to his lack of income, which was due to his lack of aptitude. His son and his widow are also bonifide lairs and now publicity stunt performers trying to get a little money from the media. People would rather believe these idiots than listen to the experts on the subject of sasquatch. You all can decide who you will listen to.

You can also think that I am fabricating my encounter with a sasquatch, along with Dave Petersen, hunting guide and bowhunter Jeff Dysinger and all the other hunting guides, outfitters and bowhunters with personal encounters with a sasquatch in Colorado back-country. We all got together in a big meeting a long time ago and decided we would create this big hoax so that people would think we were all idiots. It has really helped us in our professional careers, which is why we conspired to create this Colorado sasquatch hoax.

I love the outdoors and wild places. I am concerned about habitat preservation and the animals those preserved habitats support. Sasquatch is a real species, but lets joke around about it until they are extinct, instead of working to find out about the habitat needs of the sasquatch and preserving it. If the last elk was running around Colorado, I think some people are of the mindset that they would go out and try to shoot it so the extinction would be complete. I want my great grandchildren to be able to have the chance to see a splendid old bull elk in a wild place in the Rocky Mountains and also have the chance to see a sasquatch or come across sasquatch tracks so huge that it makes the hair stand up on your neck when you follow them. If you never come across sasquatch tracks or see a sasquatch yourself, I feel sorry for you, because I think it may be the most wilderness educating experience I have ever had. It pulled me into the pliestocene for a few moments, when huge tracks of huge beasts were common. Maybe sasquatch belonged to that age, and is now only a fleeting figment of a time that is supposed to go away and be replaced by housing additions, asphalt, concrete and satelite dishes. I am not mad that sasquatch is only a joke, I’m sad. When sasquatch tracks no longer are found in America, I am going to go to the tiaga of Siberia and walk in one direction for days on end through those vast forests until I am too tired to walk any further and just sit down, enjoy the quiet and hope something really wild eventually wanders within sight. I’m not coming back out.

Sasquatch is impossible to most scientists minds, and so is God. If sasquatch is never proven to exist, I will always know that it did, and that it was joked into extinction. I remember reading headlines that “God is Dead” too, probably by the Associated Press.

Date: 12-Jan-03

I sincerely felt the same way as ZEB in regards to sasquatch, unicorns, loch ness monsters, and all star wrestling. I still feel the same way about all of those fakes except I had the perhaps unfortunate experience of finding tracks of sasquatch in an area where I am certain that no one would have faked them. Plus the many other experienced people seeing these sasquatch in that same particular area is just too much for me to believe that it is all due to some guy in a gorilla suit back in that wilderness and track faking in that area for the past 20 years. I even have memior testimony from a government bear hunter named Willford of his experiences in that same area from 130 years ago. And we probably can not ignore the Jemez pueblo ruins not far away in New Mexico on the same ridge of mountains that is named “Place Where the Giant Man Stepped” in regards to the hairy giants that they encountered there in the 1450’s when the pueblo was constructed. Something is sure going on there, and has been for at least 500 years.

Back in the late 1800’s when men were apparently shooting anyting that moved in Colorado, at least one of these men should have shot a sasquatch if any existed at the time. The only reason that I can see for this not occurring is that sasquatch look so human-like that the thought of shooting one is kind of like the thought of shooting another human being for no reason at all. If I saw a bigfoot in my sights, I certainly could not shoot it. It looks like a man, in spite of the hair, which sets it apart from other animals in a very unique way. We have reports of sasquatch in Colorado, from miners and hunters of the late 1800’s, and even have reports of a few men trying to shoot one in what is now near and east of the Holy Cross Wilderness on the Lake Creek in the 1870’s. Reports of sightings and tracks too still come from areas around the Holy Cross Wilderness in central Colorado. The tracks we investigated on the Eagle River in the spring of 2000 were awesome, even to the CDOW biologists that also investigated the case.

Actually in the 1800’s there were not all that many people in Colorado, and plenty of places for sasquatch to hide from men then and now. Sasquatch does not apparently have the pee brain of a grizzly, yet at least one grizzly remained in Colorado for 25 years past the point that they were supposedly extinct, and there may yet be a few grizzlies in Colorado. Reports of grizzly sighting in Colorado in the 1960’s and 1970’s recieved the same kind of laughs by Colorado hunters and Colorado biologists as sasquatch recieves now. The laughable sighting reports were coming from the very places where Wiseman killed the last grizzly in Colorado. But then grizzly sighting reports really meant nothing and we put those last Colorado grizzlies in the same catagory as all star wrestling. The laughers also ate crow eventually, and may again. History is soon repeated.

Could cougars live in Michigan in breeding numbers for 100 years without any Michigan biologists knowing it? They did and have. Why wasn’t one shot in all that time? Or hit by a car? Plenty were seen and reported to the biologists, but why didn’t they follow up the reports?

Date: 12-Jan-03

Bear, one county in Washington state has made it illegal to kill a sasquatch, but no state or federal agency has made it illegal. Sasquatch appeared for a short time in one federal list of endangered species, but was removed and has not appeared since.

I don’t think sasquatch should be listed on any list of mammals, threatened, endangered, protected or anything. I still think that sasquatch should be completely verified by a type specimen (body we can study on a table), before any legal actions whatsoever. This might seem odd, but I think sasquatch should remain as only a legend/myth and not a real animal until such time as it is completely verified to exist at all. We also can not make management decisions based on “possible” grizzlies in Colorado. Neither species is verified to be living in Colorado at present, though both or either may be living here in very small numbers. I only think we should make continual official efforts to verify them both for awhile.

I know that sasquatch exist in Colorado, but I really can not expect you to believe it or officials to believe it off hand. What I really want is for you and the officials to look seriously and scientifically at what evidences we do have, and decide by the evidence, not just decide that they don’t exist because you think it is impossible. Michigan biologists decided cougars were impossible in their state, and so chose not to look at the evidence there. Don’t let presumptions rule.

Date: 13-Jan-03

Jim, has Wiseman run into a sasquatch in the San Juans that you know of? I have never spoken to him, but he sure spent a lot of time in the same general area where we had our encounter. I’ve had two other outfitters with encounters in that particular area, in addition to Dave Petersons encounter there, so Wiseman having some experiences there would not surprise me. I still think that the case where Wiseman had something pick up and carry a 400 pound shetland pony bear bait carcass may have been a sasquatch instead of a grizzly. Bears usually drag a carcass that heavy, rather than pick it up and carry it.

Date: 21-Jan-03

When I bowhunted on and near the South San Juan Wilderness a bunch, there was always sheep crap so thick and no grass left in some areas that the elk avoided the areas all together. Proof of grizzlies or sasquatch in some areas there would at least probably keep the USFS from allowing too much grazing of such otherwise pristine areas. There would also be less bear poaching by herders and such. One sheep herder also evidently took a pot shot at a sasquatch that he claimed was lifting a sheep, if his story is to be believed.

Things might indeed change as as far as land use if grizzlies or sasquatch were confirmed in that area, both bad and good for us hunters. If we could keep USFWS/EPA and other federal agencies out of the decisions, we would probably be okay, but it is very likely that they would step in to take control. This is why CDOW has no incentive to find either grizzlies or sasquatch. Can’t blame them really, as most of the commission is interested in keeping grazing rights alotted to residents for economic reasons and also keeping the outfitters and hunters happy, again for economic reasons.

Still, I would like to see wildernesses kept more as wilderness than it even is at this time, even if it takes the confirmation of grizzlies there to curb the abusive use.

What we don’t want is for the federal government to make the South San Juans Wilderness a National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park has no grizzlies or sasquatch, probably because of too many human visitors. Why no sightings of sasquatch in Rocky Mountain National Park, yet many sasquatch sightings and tracks in the SSJWilderness?

I think it is funny that Petersen searches high and low for grizzlies in southern Colorado, and then comes face to face with a sasquatch at 20 yards there. I search high and low for sasquatch in southern Colorado, so maybe I will come face to face with a grizzly at 20 yards. Turn about is fair play, but I think I would rather run into a sasquatch at 20 yards, rather than a grizzly. Safer I think. Actually, I think I would like to keep about a 100 yard barrier between myself and grizzlies or sasquatch.

Date: 21-Jan-03

Bear, I don’t think CDOW would have even been interested in your camera trap photos of a grizzly in Colorado. Because, during my sasquatch research there I found a man from Chama NM that had video tape of a grizzly sow and two cubs that he took in the SSJWilderness. I notified CDOW of the film and no one went to get it. Amazing, but I think that CDOW does not want to know about grizzlies, for fear of the very changes that you too fear. I don’t think they want to know about sasquatch either.

Bear, I do plan to go into a place that I know on the north edge of South San Juan Wilderness this coming summer if you want to go along. I don’t think we will find anything, because I spent 300 days there and only found one set of sasquatch tracks in all that time, but I will go there again, nonetheless. I will probably spend most of my time fishing. A new gold mine is going in where we had the best chance of meeting a sasquatch, so the area is changing constantly and I suppose the sasquatch that was hanging around that area is going to move deeper into the wilderness. I think he was a young male and he was braver than most sasquatch. He is also probably maturing and will be wiser and more cautious. I think we missed our chance to get him on film. No one has seen him since 1997, so maybe he is is dead, gone, or too mature now to find. Very few of the adult male sasquatch are seen, and the females are even rarer to see. Usually it is the sasquatch with 15 to 17 inch long tracks that are seen, which we think are the young adult males. We have tracks documented from southern Colorado that are nearly 21 inches long, but those sasquatch that we think are fully adult males are actually seen very rarely. We had 7 sightings of those two huge sasquatch in the winter of 1993/94 in the space of a 10 day period in one area near San Antoniio Peak, involving quite a number of witnesses, and resulting in documentation of the huge tracks. But, that was more due to harsh cold and deep snow at higher elevations that winter, and all the game was driven into the open more than normal. An outfitter found some 14 inch sasquatch tracks above Platoro Reservoir on the Rito Gato in 1988, so there are is at least one smaller one in that area, hopefully a female. I think that what Petersen saw was a young female or a very young male. His sighting gives me hope that we will have at least a few sasquatch in the San Juans for a number of years. The sasquatch my father personally saw was around 8 foot tall as compared to the eave of our cabin, and he guessed it was about the bulk of a fair size elk of 600 pounds. That particular one left tracks around 16 to 17 inches long in the silt by the stream as it ran away across open ground. He might have been fairly close on weight, because most scientists think that the weight distribution is about the same as human on the bottoms of the feet, and so the 600 pound weight figure works out pretty close to that calculation. A 21 inch foot makes for some awesome weights of well over 1000 pounds. I have heard of tracks up to 24 inches long in Alberta, which I can hardly fathom. I have not seen those casts, so do not know if they are real or not. I had a hard enough time fathoming the 17 inch tracks I found myself, and the huge creature that must have made them.

I wonder how big the tracks were that James Slack found across the border in New Mexico were? Must have been fairly big, to draw his attention to them while bowhunting there. Smaller tracks might just be passed off as bear tracks at a glance.

Date: 24-Jan-03

Ron, I think the Camp Hale incident is probably a dead end, due to poor records at Camp Hale. 6 men died during training at Camp Hale during WWII, but causes of death were not available on any records that I could find. If one of the soldiers training in the mountains there was missing and presumed dead after they found his bloody clothes and the sasquatch tracks in the snow at the scene, it probably would not be listed that way in the records anyway. All we have to go on is the fact that Camp Hale residents did claim the story was true. But, it may just be unfounded rumor. Another fact is however that Camp Hale residents claimed that the incident with the sasquatch occurred on Pearl Creek, just east of Camp Hale, and even the Forest Service personel in that area would not stay in the Pearl Creek area after dark, clear into the late 1960’s for fear of the sasquatch there. About the only information I can get from current Forest Service people in that area now is that they do still recieve sasquatch sighting reports from time to time, but mostly west of there in the Holy Cross areas. is the website of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

The BFRO recieves lots of sightings of bigfoot, and at least half of them are pure fabrication or complete misidentification. There are hundreds of documented tracks from the Rocky Mountains and points west that fit a distinct morphology and appear in all ways natural, and no documented tracks that fit that morphology from east of the Rockys. What this tells me is that eastern bigfoot reports are most likely all pure bunk. When reading the reports, one also begins to realize that the eastern reports are all nighttime fleeting glimpses of something or sounds or indistinct tracks, and if a daytime report of a good sighting is had in the east, thorough investigation usually reveals that it is a fabrication. Just the opposite occurs in the Rocky Mounains and points west. In that area, sightings are had in daylight, often in full view, often by more than one witness, distinct tracks are often found, and when investigating the sightings the witnesses stick to their story and are quite serious. We also have many sightings in the western states by very experienced outdoorsmen, law enforcement officers, forest service persons, and even trained wildlife biologists. This is something else that is lacking in the eastern states. What is the logical reason that sightings in the east lack physical evidence, quality witnesses and daytime sightings, and these very things are present in western sightings? One would think that eastern residents could hoax tracks as well as western residents, but it has not happened.

I am a skeptic by nature, and have to see some physical evidence I can study at liesure for the most part in an area before taking any sightings from that area seriously at all. I would also guess that in the western states, at least half of the sightings there are also not worth reading. Case in point is the sighting of a 45 mph running white sasquatch that a lady from Eagle Colorado said she saw when she was a teenager which was a nightime sighting from a car. This lady also said she and a friend saw about a dozen sasquatchs recently in the Eagle area. A whole herd of sasquatchs, LOL. I know that there is at least one sasquatch that has been in the Eagle area in the last couple years, because of the physical evidence I have seen there, but I also know that we can discount this ladys sighting in that area.

As a skeptic by nature, I believe that ghosts are peoples imagination, Loch Ness is too small to hold a population of large predators, crop circles are the work of idiots who destroy crops, the Bermuda triangle is a busy area of boat and plane traffic that will result in a higher number of boat and plane losses simply because there are more of them traveling there, and most bigfoot sightings are nothing more than imagination and fabrication. But, I also think that some bigfoot sightings are real and many of the tracks are real in the western states. The only reason that I think this is that I found tracks myself, and have investigated and studied enough tracks since then to have a good base of knowledge on that form of evidence. On the track evidence, I agree with the track assessments of Dr. Jeff Meldrum at Idaho State University. Feet are Dr. Meldrums specialty. So much a specialty in fact that he recieved a grant from the Leaky Foundation to study the fossil hominid tracks from Laetoli Africa, because of his expertise on the subject of primate feet. Meldrum is not an idiot or one to be given to flights of fancy. Meldrum is a thorough scientist who applies proper scientific method to the tracks of sasquatch. Other anthropologists would do well to listen to him on this subject. Those who do are soon shown that the tracks fit a very distinct functional morphology, and that morphology signifies a distinct mammal of the primate order that leaves tracks all over the western mountains of the United States and Canada. Not only do the individual tracks themselves fit a morphology, but series of tracks in line also fit into a distinct pattern in the way they are laid out that differs from any other animal, including man. Sasquatch walk on two legs similar to man, but not like man. Sasquatches walk like sasquatches and humans walk like humans. There is a distinct difference. Why?

Date: 24-Jan-03

For more on tracks, from Dr. Meldrum himself, visit his Idaho State University website

Date: 31-Jan-03

Wow, the thread is alive and I have not been here for awhile. Some real good input and questions.

I would have to say that the main problem with the reality of bigfoot is that there are no bodies to study. I agree, but I also have seen too much current evidence of the existance of sasquatch to dismiss it. Science looks at evidence, not lack of evidence.

I would also have to say that the main problem with anthropology is that there are too many missing bodies of missing links. These links probably existed, but we have no fossil record of them. Why? We just found a new fossil hominid in Europe. One that had never been found before and one that upsets old conceptions of hominid evolution. We are a long ways from finding all the types of hominids that ever walked the Earth. We may also be a long ways from finding bodies of hominids that still walk the Earth. Humans know much less than most humans think we do.

As for what sasquatch eat in winter…..Winter provides more food for predators than any other season of the year. Food in the form of winter weakend and winter killed animals, small and large. One long walk or drive through Colorado will reveal a plethora of dead elk, deer and other critters that could not survive the harsh conditions. Predators willing to eat carrion have a heyday.

There was a question as to whether tracks are found in winter in Colorado. Yes, and pretty often considering that tracks in snow usually get covered up almost daily by fresh snows. You can recognize sasquatch tracks by not only their size, but also by how they are laid out one foot far in front of the other. Adult sasquatch tracks are usually 48 to 60 inches with each step, and no straddle and little toe out (angle of gait). Human tracks are generally 25 to 36 inches per step, with much foot drag and some straddle or toe out(angle of gait). Humans in snow shoes also leave much drag and disturbance of snow. Bears leave huge straddle. Large ungulates leave some straddle, lots of drag, and when they leave walking tracks the tracks are less than 40 inches, even for moose. As an ungulate increases speed to a trot, gallop, pronk or run, the tracks are spread out and do not look anything like a line of sasquatch tracks. An 8 or 9 foot tall human might leave tracks like an adult sasquatch, but with smaller feet. Sasquatch are heavy animals, and so have bigger, and wider feet per length and per height than humans. The 18 inch long feet that made the tracks on the Eagle River in the spring of year 2000 were over 9 inches wide. A human foot of that length, provided it stayed the same width to length ratio of other adult human tracks would be much under 7 inches wide. Ratios of weight per square inch on the bottom of a sasquatch foot is about the same as on human feet. The tracks from the Eagle River indicated a 900+ pound animal, which is about the same weight as an adult male coastal grizzly. The impressions of those tracks were studied for this very weight distribution and found to be accurate for the conditions at the location, when comparing to human tracks near the scene. Most people who have not seen a sasquatch track underestimate what we are talking about in regards to foot size. An 18 inch foot that is nearly 10 inches wide is absolutely and positively huge and massive when compared to a human foot. For a human to press that large of a size of anything into the soil is impossible without the use of heavy equipment. If you wore wooden feet that size and took a step, you would not even make an impression as your weight would be so spread out as to be like standing on a large piece of plywood. But, if you go barefoot and take a step, you make an impression to a depth similar to a sasquatch track. The foot weight is less spread out, and rolls through the step, impressing each portion of the foot as the weight is distributed along with movement. The Eagle River tracks were seen by Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists and the Eagle County Sheriffs Department at the location. None thought that any hoaxing or faking could have been involved, in fact quite to the contrary. I agree. The tracks were completely natural. 7 miles of them intermittently along that river in late March of the year 2000. I have seen tracks like that in other locations too. Completely natural. I am not an idiot when it comes to tracking wildlife. I do have some 8 or 9 Pope and Young Qualifying big game animals and I had to track a few critters in my day. I have hunted bear a few times too, without bait, and tracking was involved there too. I have seen grizzly tracks a couple of times in my years in the outdoors. There is nothing that even remotely compares to a set of sasquatch tracks.

Now that you know what sasquatch tracks will look like, go out and drive every backroad while snow is on the ground from Pikes Peak to Kenosha Pass and 75 miles in any direction from those two points. There are hundreds of miles of roads all over that country. You will eventually find at least one set of sasquatch tracks crossing the road, maybe fresh, maybe a day or two old. If you find steaming tracks, you can take off hot on its trail, but you must realize that the sasquatch making the tracks can walk in pretty dang deep snow at a pace of more than 5 mph, and you will have trouble keeping a pace of 2 mph in the same terrain. You need a snowmobile for the first half mile of trail maybe, until you hit a steep grade or timber, and a helicopter after that. If you fly a helicopter in that terrian much, you will soon die in a crash. Hopefully you can see how hard it is to track down a fresh set of sasquatch tracks in fresh snow. We have seen the tracks in those conditions, but catching up to the critter that makes them is a different story. I really did try to lease a helicopter and pilot once, and they would not do it because of the danger involved. They did not want to die! Hopefully things will improve in the future as far as equipment needed to catch up to a walking sasquatch. One thing that many people have told us after seeing as sasquatch is that sasquatch have a big butt. Why the big butt? Muscle man, muscle. Run up and down a mountain 7 days a week all your life and you will have a pretty big muscle in that butt area too. With sasquatch though, they are made for it and have that big butt as a natural part of their anatomy. Ask Dave Petersen about big butt on sasquatch. He even titled his article for Bugle magazine “Big Butt” after his viewing of one of Colorado’s sasquatch. Petersen is not the only Colorado outdoorsman to mention the big butt on a sasquatch they saw.

I have never seen a sasquatch, so can not say for sure that they even exist, but I can guarantee you 100% that their tracks are real and are not faked by some person making jokes. Because the tracks are very real, I take seriously the sightings by the many very experienced Colorado outdoorsmen that have told me of seeing these sasquatch there. The list of these witnesses is long and getting longer. Many of them are your own hunting guides and the guys that write the hunting articles that you all read.

Sasquatch seems incredibly impossible to me too, but I can not trust my impressions of possibilty based on nothing. I have to base my opinions on the evidence at hand.

Why has no sasquatch been shot? I think they indeed have been shot accidently or in fear on a couple of occaisions, but not recovered so far. All the persons who were hunting and saw them that I have personally investigated had no thoughts of shooting the one they saw. They had no sasquatch permit in their pocket, and the sasquatch look so human that no moral person would shoot at such a human form anyway. Would you shoot some guy in the woods just because he was hairy and bigger than you? I hope not. Sasquatch are unique among animals, because they walk like us, and look kind of like us, except for the size and the fur. They look nothing like a bear or a deer. Only one idiot in a million goes out and shoots at anything that moves. That slob has evidently not run into a sasquatch yet.

Hair? We have hairs from about 9 incidents that all match each other but match no other North American mammal. They are very similar to human hairs, but with some morphology that also matches chimp hair. Definitely primate. None so far have had fresh enough root to get mDNA, or enough strand of any genetic sequence to be definitive as to species yet. Several examples have been destroyed during testing, by the test itself. The hairs collected by Woodland Park Colorado police after a sasquatch tried to get into a cabin were analysed by the University of California, San Franciso, and found to be primate, non-human, but similar to chimpanzee hair. They were destroyed by the final tests for spectroanalysis. This was before the days of current mDNA extraction process. The hairs collected in Wyoming at the location of a sighting by one of their own biologists from a split rail fence the sasquatch crossed came to the same exact conclusions. It was submitted to the University of Wyomings, Dr. George Gill by Wyoming G&F biologist John Mioncyncski (sp?), and subsequently sent to Arizona for the tests.

Fossil hair of non-human North American primates have been found. One was found in pliestocene mud of a cave in Oregon. The other was found imbedded in a stalagmite deposit in a cave in New Mexico with indications of an age of over 100,000 years. The latter hair is thought to be close to human morphology, but of a different age than human existance in North America. If it is human, then humans were in North America about 80,000 years earlier than current accepted theory. Could be human though. The hair from Oregon matches no known human mDNA.

Fossil hominid bones of many species have yet to be discovered. All anthropologists will tell you that. So missing fossil evidence of sasquatch is no problem at all for any thinking paleontologist. It takes very unique circumstaces to fossilize bone in identifiable form. A rare species such as sasquatch is going to be one of the last fossil hominid species found if they have only lived in North America for the last 100,000 years or so. Sasquatch are naturally rare (low population) because of their huge body size which dictates that no one area can ever support a large population of them. They would eat themselves into extinction.

Fresh bones of sasquatch may have been found by you. Do you know what to look for, or know what you are seeing when you see it? If you saw a large bone in the woods, would you think it was an elk bone or a s