I have posted a few items on theSasquatch or Bigfoot in the past and have noted for some time that we have longhad critical mass in terms of conforming observations to work with. The creature is clearly a large primate andplausibly more closely related to us than any other primate. The difficulty has been its nocturnal naturewhen we are blind and its adaptation to forests, an ecological nichespecifically different from our own allowing easy separation.
It has been a matter of waitingfor the hard evidence to properly materialize and get into the right hands.
I also note that BFRO has done anexcellent job at providing a reporting system and has been capturing reports atthe rate of twenty plus per month for more than ten years. This plus the work of John Green on the twentiethcentury has given us a report inventory that includes a thousand or soexcellent reports from good observers and many more that show weakness for onereason or the other.
Here it is reported that anobvious encounter took place that certainly conforms to the known data and has explicitlyleft us a tuft of hair. The collector isworking to determine the nature of the hair and reports that it is confirmed asprimate.
We learn that the creature doeseat mushrooms, which is new information. Certain plants are indicated also and we do know that they take deer inthe deep snow.
As expected the DNA work isdifficult. It must be if the animal isunknown to science. Otherwise a simpletest will determine what it is exactly and quickly. Here they must test for primate specificparts of the code.
The take home is that we areclose to nailing it.
With that in hand it should bepossible to organize the hundreds of thousands needed to track and capture aspecimen(s) using experts at the craft.
Kirk Stewart displays a cast he made of a large footprint found on his
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011
triplicate -Kirk Stewart displays a cast he made of a large footprint found on his
Take a 3-mile excursion up a winding mountain road near Gasquet, go down adriveway lined with heavy brush, and there’s a meadow.
In that meadow roam horses, cows, cats, and occasionally, the landownerbelieves, Bigfoot.
Kirk Stewart, the owner of a residence on French Hill Road, is still waiting ondetailed analysis of hair samples he collected after a nightthree years ago when he thinks Bigfoot broke through a wire fence, pluckedabout seven of his peacocks and then made off with them.
The next morning, Stewart said he found a trampled fence and a piece of hispeacock pen peeled off. He also noticed feathers on the ground and on a treelimb about 7 feet high.
“I was thinking it was a bear, up until I had seen how it opened the pen,” saidStewart.
As he assessed the damage, Stewart said he happened upon a clump of about 16hairs attached to one of the barbs on his fence. They were about 7 inches longwith a fine texture and a slight curl.
“The hairs are the smoking gun,” he said.
Stewart sent them to the
A more detailed analysis is expected within six months, it said.
NABS claims to use scientific methods to investigate possible incidentsinvolving Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, a purportedly ape-like creaturewhose existence is discounted by a majority of scientists.
NABS was created about six years ago by a group of private donors who wanted tofind answers to their childhood curiosities about whether Bigfoot exists, saidDavid Paulides, director of the organization based in Los Gatos, Calif.
It has collected dozens of hair samples from around the country togenetically analyze them. Along with Stewart’s samples, NABS has receivedhair samples from Hoopa, northern
He’s especially interested in Stewart’s property, where the resident saidseveral other things have happened that seem Bigfoot-related.
“I’ve been at his property several times,” said Paulides. “ What’s going onthere is very strange.”
Stewart said he made a cast of a giant footprint he found on his property on adifferent occasion than the 2008 peacock disappearance.
It’s about 7 inches wide and about 17 inches long.
In 2007, Stewart was throwing a birthday party for his son, when he heard aloud yell coming from near his melon patch.
When Stewart later went to the patch, he said he found a line of about 50melons that had been pried open, he said.
There were circular holes in the melons with fingernail indentations, he said,adding there was also a big indentation in one of the large tires that housedthe melons.
Perhaps Bigfoot used it as a resting place while gorging on melons, Stewartspeculated.
“If I ever had him over for dinner, I’d cook peacocks and cut honeydew melons,”joked Stewart as he walked around his property recently.
“I believe it’s what they call a Bigfoot,” he said. “It’s not some long-hairedhippie running around.”
Stewart said he has yet to sign a contract with NABS releasing his rights tothe hair samples.
He said he makes his living farming his property. He also has a lawsuit pendingagainst Del Norte County seeking the cash value of marijuana plants confiscatedfrom his land even though he had a valid medical marijuana caregiver license.
The drug-related charges against Stewart were dismissed, but he’s currently onprobation for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Before it started collecting hair samples, NABS set out to gatheranecdotal evidence from people who claimed to have encountered Bigfoot.
Through commonalities in the evidence gathered, Paulides said he was able toprofile behavioral attributes of the creature.
“We named food sources,” said Paulides. “Bigfoot eats mushrooms. That’s a foodsource people didn’t really think about. Also, there’s a series of green shrubs andferns and water plants.”
NABS has also hypothesized Bigfoot is not going to be far from water.
After gathering anecdotal information, NABS had a forensicartist drawsketches of Bigfoot that people who claimed to have seen it described.
The facial features of Bigfoot are more humanlike than previously suggested andits hair color runs the color spectrum similar to human hair, said Paulides.
“We flew right into the face of old-time researchers,” he said.
Paulides included anecdotal evidence and the forensic sketches in hisbook, “Tribal Bigfoot.”
Stewart was featured in the book, as were several other people from Del Norteand Humboldt counties.
While the book released in 2009 was being written, NABS was in the beginningstages of hair sample analysis.
A letter about a preliminary laboratory analysis of Stewart’s sample waspublished in the book.
The letter states that an expert examined the hair and found it to be from ananimal of primate origin.
Since then, dozens more hair samples have been submitted forevaluation, and NABS hopes to have results soon, Paulides said.
The research has taken longer than expected due to the complexity ofgenetically tracing the hairs, Paulides said.
“That’s probably one of the reasons no one has tried to jump through thehurdles that we’re jumping through,” said Paulides. “It’s much more complicatedthan anyone thought.”
Paulides anticipates having the analysis completed within the next six months.
The work will be published in a report written by a group of scientists whowill scrutinize the findings, Paulides said.
“I think if you have any scientific acumen to you and you’re an educated personthen it’s hard to ignore science,” said Paulides. “In reality there’s thousandsof (Bigfoots). They’re much more common than anyone realizes.”
“The forrest floor is so efficient at disposing of things,” said Paulides,adding that he’s spent thousands of hours in the woods, but has never seen afully intact skeleton of a mountain lion.
“If we can prove theres a primate out there that’s bipedal and it has beenignored by science for eternity and we can now show it exists,” said Paulides,“I don’t care what kind of evolutionary belief system you have, I believe thatwill alter the course of science.”
The following is a report made to the BFRO in 2002referencing a sighting in the same geographic area. As well, thislink lists sightings in
COUNTY: Del Norte County
LOCATION DETAILS: Our camp was located just a short way up Patrick Creek road,maybe just 1000 feet up from Hwy 199. We camped near the creek in a smallclearing. We arrived at dusk and left just after breakfast the next morning.
OBSERVED: I live in Humboldt Co. CA and have heard night screams that soundedlike an incredibly loud out-of-control frat party in 1985 when a friend and Iwere remote camping in a heavily wooded unihabited area around Patrick Creek inDel Norte Co. just north of Humboldt. There were voices in deep male tonationsas well as slightly higher and higher still [juvenile?] I've heard coyotes,bears wolves etc etc. I've also spent time with my sister who was doing her graduate projectin anthropology on primates at the
At the time, my wolf-hybrid dog who traveled 300+ miles of the Pacific CrestTrail alone with me and who at the time was a veteran of wilderness encountersand very bold [never would hesitate to tree the largest bear] was trying tobite a hole in the tent to get in. Once I let the trembling dog in the tent sheactually tried to climb inside of my sleeping bag. She refused to go backoutside and remained whimpering in the tent with me until dawn. At one point inthe night, I awoke to hear a very heavy body tramping just outside the tent. Iheard breathing, very deep like in a broad-chested animal. I dared not gooutside until light. Upon first light I went outside and saw what looked like astampede had been through our campsite. The duff was heavily scuffed with signsof foot traffic, which hadn't been there the night before.
I've read a few Bigfoot stories and I've noticed that sometimes the sound ofchildren playing has attracted sighting situations. I once had a problem with amentally ill person who was sneaking in my horse barn at night and letting thehorses out. After months of frustration and being told I was paranoid, I got aremote camera that had some infrared capabilities. As expected, I caught theman and turned in a point-blank video to authorities of him. If yourresearchers want a good chance at getting Bigfoot on film, why not set up aweek-long or so remote campsite with tents etc. and install a infrared videocamera to view the camp. Have recordings or better yet, actual childrensquealing in play through the hours of the night. Review the tapes each day andsee what you get. It worked for me. From the sound of how intelligent theBigfoot may be, the more 'natural' you make your camp appear as just a familyouting, the more likely you'll get what you're after. That's why I think usingreal children would work. Good luck getting any brave enough to do it though!
ALSO NOTICED: Only that many years later I talked with a man who lives upPatrick Creek road whose name I forget, but he is a retired police officer sohis credibility can be assumed. He reported that the sounds we heard then arecommon to his experience and that he has actually seen Bigfoot families crossthe road to where his house is!
OTHER WITNESSES: Yes, my roommate was with me. We were both just recreating,cooking over a campfire, laughing at jokes and going to sleep.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, just what I've reported above.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Sounds were heard at around 11:00PM. It was pitch blackwith a drizzling light rain. The sounds seemed to come from the top of a nearbyridge to our campsite
ENVIRONMENT: Mixed hardwood/coniferous forest. Madrones, douglas fir and maybea redwood or two. The terrain is hilly, and mountainous at points. There was acreek nearby. We selected the spot to camp because of it's unused and remotelook.