Showing posts with label Bigfoot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bigfoot. Show all posts

October 31, 2007

Bigfoot or Bear?

This photo sequence comes from Pennsylvania, a long way from my Colorado home, but it is intriguing. The first photo is startling. Has the "creature" morphed into a bear between #1 and #3? Or was there a switch? And what is the square thing sticking up in the #3, blocking the tip of the bear cub's nose? Was it just two bears (or adult and two cubs) all along?

Could it be a mangy bear, like Terrier Man's weird mangy woodchuck?

More fun with motion-activated cameras!

UPDATE: Maybe it was indeed a mangy bear.

October 15, 2005

East Texas Bigfoot

It's Bigfoot conference time again--not in northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, but in Texas, where "believers" (a rather snarky word on the reporter's part) gathered in Jefferson.

"It's not a matter of believing, like faith, when you believe in something you can't see," said Daryl G. Colyer, a Lorena businessman who has investigated hundreds of reported Bigfoot sightings in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

From the reporter's viewpoint, however, "believer" is code for "not rational, wears aluminum foil in his hat." I know; I once was one--a reporter, that is.

"You see one of these things and it changes your whole perception of reality," said Craig Woolheater, the office manager of a Dallas company who co-founded the Texas Bigfoot Research Center in 1999, five years after he said he saw a hairy creature walking along a remote Louisiana road.

Colyer and others estimate that about 2,000 are in North America today, reclusive nocturnal animals living in thickly wooded areas with waterways, eating meat and plants and making nests out of trees and brush.


So if you associate Bigfoot only with the Pacific Northwest, these people beg to differ.

I have no claims of Bigfoot sightings myself, but one rational friend had an interesting experience in SW Colorado. I honestly don't know what is out there, but there is nothing like a wild forest-dwelling humanoid to fuzz the boundaries between "nature" and "culture."

January 16, 2005

"The Silence of Sasquatch"

I have no personal experience of Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, although in my newspaper days I interviewed a man living two counties north of here who swore he had seen a couple of them walking in the snow near his house. He photographed the three-toed (?) tracks: they went down a road . . . and ended suddenly.
Still, I have problems imagining a hairy primate that could live year-round in the Rockies, unless it hibernated like a bear. On the other hand, one of the best Sasquatch books (set in Washington state, however), was written by a respected naturalist, Robert Michael Pyle: Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.

It in turn inspired Joel Weishaus' digital project, "The Silence of Sasquatch: Toeing the Dark Divide," which is worth a look.