A photo of the back of bigfoot as taken from a trail-cam has been released for the world to argue about.
Paranormal blogger Melissa Hovey claims to have had the photo for several years and didn’t release it at the request of the photographer.
The photographer has since disappeared, but Hovey and the American Bigfoot Society has trying to take care of the photos copyright.
” The American Bigfoot Society holds the copyright for this image for any and all purposes. As stated in the last article, if and when the true owner of this photo steps up, we will turn the copyright over to them, and they can cover this.
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Everyone’s favorite Bigfoot fall guy, Tom Biscardi, has been investigating a bigfoot sighting in Paoli, Indiana. Paoli is a small town in southern Indiana with a population of about 4000.
Biscardi is there looking into reports of a bigfoot sighting from December 9th and 10th. A gentleman named Steve Bradley saw a nine foot creature standing in his backyard after his dogs alerted him. The creature let out a growl and took off into the woods. The next night, Bradley’s wife reported hearing unidentified animal screaming coming from right besides the house.
March 18, 2011 – Butler County, Pennsylvania
On a rural road in Butler County between Chicora and East Brady, a witness claims to have seen a 8 foot tall humanoid creature with smooth leather-like skin that was of either a darker tan or light brown color hunched over on the side of the road. When the creature stood up, the witness could see the creature had a uniquely shaped head, like an ‘aerodynamic helmet’. The creature was also described as having muscular arms and legs and claw like arms.
The witness also describes wings on the creature that were folded against its back.
The creature described is somewhat similar to other document cases of Batsquatch.
On June 5th, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Discovery Channel expert and professor, and Robert Gimlin, of the infamous Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot film will speak at the Museum.
I saw a mobile version of the exhibit when it was in Olympia several years ago, but will get up to T-Town before to long to check out the exhibit and report back.
Explore the Sasquatch mystery, set in the Pacific Northwest region said to be home to these ape-like creatures. The exhibit examines how scientists attempt to explain and investigate the Sasquatch phenomenon. It also looks at hoaxes and popular cultural interpretations of Bigfoot. A look at tribal legends and masks provide yet another insight into this elusive being.
This exploration of Sasquatch stories looks at the Pacific Northwest environment, which provides a rich setting for the folklore surrounding these unexplained creatures.
Physical evidence collected by anthropologist and famed Bigfoot researcher, Dr. Grover Krantz, and Discovery Channel expert and professor Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University, are on display.
Maybe its the new exhibit that has brought a recent rash bigfoot stories out in Washington.
Crook appeared on the front page of The News Tribune in 1990 when some hikers found what they believed to be Bigfoot footprints near the Nisqually River. He contacted The News Tribune recently to announce more Bigfoot footprint news, what he called the biggest find in 30 years.
Critics have called Crook a hoaxer and an attention grabber. He estimates he’s made more than $100,000 selling Bigfoot memorabilia and talking about the creature at RV shows and elsewhere. He also served as a technical adviser on the 1987 main stream sasquactploitation movie “Harry and the Henderson.”
Based on sightings reported by BFRO’s (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) Web site, Washington state is effectively Bigfoot central, more specifically the densely covered Cascade foothills of Southwest Washington. The group believes Sasquatches live in complex communities with advanced social norms and complex forms of communication, including their own language.
The Chronicle article also tell the tale of Ray Wallace, former Lewis County resident. It is said Wallace created fake sasquatch tracks that helped coin the term “Bigfoot” in a headline of the Humboldt Times in Eureka, CA in the 1950s. After he died in 2002, it is said giant foot print molds were found among his belongings, but this has never been confirmed to be the cause of the prints from the 1950s.
Also from the article
The following are Bigfoot-related news snippets from The Chronicle’s archives:
April 12, 1982 — A retired Toledo logger said he helped create the legends of a Bigfoot creature around Mount St. Helens. Rant Mullens, 86, said he and his uncle were returning from a fishing trip in 1924 and decided to throw a scare into some miners in the area. They rolled rocks over the edge and hightailed away. Later the three miners from Kelso reported seeing huge, hairy, apelike creatures that hurled boulders down upon their cabin. The miners said they fought off the creatures with rifle fire.
Mullens said he built on the legend four years later, when he whittled giant feet out of green alder wood and a friend stomped around the banks of the Muddy River, leaving tracks for berry pickers to notice.
“I tell you, people will believe just about anything,” the solitary, retired logger said from his home in Toledo.
April 19, 1982 — H. Woodman, Napavine, wrote a letter to the editor saying he saw a Bigfoot creature in 1953.
“Going home one evening on the Rutledge Road in the Littlerock area, I drove around a corner and saw a single animal — I thought it was a bear standing on its hind legs in the road. It was taller than a 6-foot man and was brown in color. It ran across the road, leaped a split rail fence and was gone in four or five seconds.
“Sometime later, I read some literature and remembered this sighting. The animal had hind legs that were of human proportions. A bear’s hind legs are short compared to its body. When it ran away at great speed it did not run on four legs but ran erect as a man would. A bear would run on all fours… I know what I saw and the only proof I need is to remember that it was erect when it ran away.”
Feb. 10, 1997 — Ruth Steele, 73, was convinced that a Bigfoot creature was roaming the hills near her home in Dryad.
“No question about it, I seen it … I’m not hallucinating — I’ve got a good mind.”
She believed she had seen either a Sasquatch or some kind of alien three times in six months. She didn’t carry a camera with her those times, but she had begun to. All the sightings took place near rural Doty and Dryad on the semiforested River Road.
The 7-foot-something tall humanoid was covered with gray, white and sometimes black fur, she said. The animal’s face appeared pink skinned. The furry creature walked upright and wore no clothing. In the most recent sighting, in January, the creature heard her car, turned and looked directly at her. Its eyes shone red.
“It shocked the devil out of me when I seen it,” Steele said. “I thought what in God’s name is that? … He wasn’t no human. He’s never nothing I’d seen in the woods.”
During a recent sighting her daughter, Debra Steele, 41, also saw the creature. “It looked me right in the face — it scared the pants right off of me,” the younger Steele said.
Aug. 5, 2001 — The public had its first chance to see the Skookum Cast, a plaster casting of what might be Bigfoot. Wildlife biologist Dr. LeRoy Fish, Oregon, said the heel had what appeared to be a callus.
The 3½ by 5 foot chunk of plaster held the reverse imprint of what Fish and Kevin Lindley of Mossyrock said was an unknown primate.
The impression had been discovered in Skookum Meadow in Skamania County in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.
Bigfoot skeptics say Wallace could have been behind famous tracks found at the Ape Cave near Mount St. Helens.
And what if all this has gotten you all worked up and ready to look for bigfoot? There are plenty of Washington based bigfoot search groups for you to check out.
With one of the greatest disclaimers ever “Pardon the lack of video focus for a couple of minutes in the beginning.”
Or you can try North East Washington Bigfoot Researchers Unlimited. N.E.W.B.R.U. has some photos online. Leonard Stigall Sr. is the team leader. He has been interested in Bigfoot since 1967, but it wasn’t until September of 1998 that he found evidence that convinced him of Bigfoot’s existence. While bear hunting in eastern Washington, he found a track that looked like a human footprint, except it measured 16 inches in length.
The other members of N.E.W.B.R.U. include Stigall wife Doris, his sister Laura Lorton and Jean Reedy.
Are there more Washington State bigfoot groups?
Of course there are.
If fact, if you have one, contact us with your info and we’ll post your information online.
Buried among the books on a shelf in my home sat a copy of Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker’s Mysteries Of Planet Earth: An Encyclopedia of the Inexplicable. When my wife was cleaning, she stumbled on it and left it out of the gardening and cooking books it had shared its shelf with, wanting me to add it to my collection of UFO, cryptozoological, and other weirdness books that live in my office. I opened it up and thumbed through to a chapter called “Weird Encounters on the Wing”. The first line of this chapter mentions a much loved and incredibly under documented cryptozoological beast, Batsquatch.
According to Shuker’s Batsquatch story, on April 19th, 1994, at 9:30 AM, 18 year old Brian Canfield was driving a truck near Buckley Washington, in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Canfield’s truck came to a sudden and abrupt stop as a mysterious creature appeared no more than 30 feet in front of him.
The creature was described at 9 feet tall, with blue-ish fur. It has a wolf like face, yellow eyes, tufted ears and a large mouth filled with sharp white teeth. Its feet were described at bird like and on its back were two wings, attached to the shoulder.
After an undetermined length of time, the creature unfolded its wings and took off with such force that Canfield’s truck shook with the disturbance of air. The truck started again, as abruptly as it had stopped and Brian Canfield drove home. Canfield later returned to the site of the encounter with his mother and a neighbor in hopes of finding some sort of physical evidence of the encounter, none was found.
Local newspaper reporter C.R. Roberts of the Tacoma News Tribune interviewed Canfield and was convinced of his sincerity.
I presume this is the source of the mock article posted on www.batsquatch.com that I declared a total hoax on a previous post because of fictional information in the report. It seems the owner of batsquatch.com, a Yelm Washington resident, adapted Canfield story, mocking the young man’s report.
Canfield’s creature description is a mix of cryptozoological beings, physical size of sasquatch, the unexplained stopping of the automobile has an alien abduction flavor, with hints of The Beast of Bray Road or The Michigan Dogman in the wolf like face and the creatures wings and flight are quite MothMan like.
What did Brian Canfield see that morning in rural Washington State?
Is this the origin of Batsquatch or will more reports surface in the future?
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