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A newcomer to the Bigfoot scene by the name of Steve Isdahl, throws out a Bigfoot Conspiracy theory of huge proportions.

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Steve Isdahl

He stated that Dr. Jeff Meldrum and others (probably me too) are being paid by some unknown organization to propagate that a Sasquatch is a primate. Well if there are checks going out for that,where the hell is mine? Mr. Isdahl’s accusations are baseless and “Kinda sounding like a conspiracy nut” theory.

Mr. Isdahl I believed had an encounter that shook him up. However he believes they are not primates. Well by definition the characteristics of a primate is:

The anatomical and behavioral features that distinguish primates from members of other mammalian orders include a lack of strong specialization in structure; prehensile hands and feet, usually with opposable thumbs and great toes; flattened nails instead of claws on the digits; acute vision with some degree of binocular vision; relatively large brain exhibiting a degree of cortical folding; and prolonged postnatal dependency.

 

Source: http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/glossary/primate.html

And here’s another good reason to believe they are primates; our footprints closely resemble the Sasquatch’s, with of course some differences. (lack of arch, mid-tarsal break etc.)

So I suggest Mr. Isdahl come back to reality a bit. I know your sighting shook you up. But please come back to reality. I have had two naked eye sightings, and nothing tells me anything but this:

It IS a primate. It looked like one and it behaved like one.

Now I wish to respect Mr. Isdahl, however it would seem he has gone off the ledge on this one.

But as we have seen in the past the “Woonatics” often will tie conspiracy into their claims (remember a certain DNA paper?).

More to the fact, how many new subscribers has Mr. Isdahl received to his YouTube or people following his website (and seeing his web apps that you have to pay for or have in-app purchases) increased since his Bigfoot sighting?

Coming out and believing Bigfoot or admitting to seeing one is not such a huge hit as it is for the academic. That could label them for years and unhinge any academic advancement ambitions. But for a hunter who is in all appearance propagating his sites with new viewers since a Bigfoot sighting?

Who is REALLY the one trying to cash in here?

So which is it?

Has Isdahl become unhinged or is he trying to cash in?

I know Chris Noel and I have had our differences, but I firmly agree with him on his recent YouTube video highlighting  Mr. Isdahl’s claims. It can be viewed by clinking the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=QYwvS5PBb34&fbclid=IwAR1no2TsLrDWqD8MtDNL6Z3F4c_FvyEgTxqxJUCawgVHbQsJz-0E-3qjCaI

Where’s your evidence of this conspiracy Mr. Isdahl? Where is it?

Remember #stopthewoonacy

Till Next Time

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A recent analysis of what has become known as the “NY Baby Video”  was done by Darren Lee, Director of the Mid-America Bigfoot Center (MABRC).

Now in this analysis Darren did work on a few misconceptions and I do admire Darren’s efforts in the field and consider him a friend.

In  February 2008 I was on “The Creature Chronicles” on WNYT Channel 13 out of Albany, where I am on record of saying, “we at least have something here on video that is not human.”

For sure whatever it was (because we shall never know with 100% certainty, is not a normal resident of New York State.

Know let me address Darren’s misguidance on what he perceived was “confirmation bias”

For those who know me, I am a real…well “prick” when it comes to evidence. Now please do not quote me on exact dates of the investigation, but even where the initial report showed up, it was incorrectly placed as well.

It was late 2003 when I saw a report out of Ulster County pertaining to a film. The initial investigator (not the follow up) was by Paul Kutscera. He blew the film off without even seeing it. (Now there is bias right there.)

I asked if I could reach out and see what the guy has and was extremely skeptical. When I observed the film I knew what I was seeing was not at all human, let alone a flag on an antenna (one other theory floating on the internet).

I was the only investigator. ONLY. For the folks that know me “confirmation bias” is not in my nature.

Even in the screenshot of my report for the BFRO you see what is around the word, “baby”.

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Now I will address some of the points in Darren’s write up…

Previous claims that the area has a history of encounters and activity have to be severely questioned with only 3 reported Class "A" encounters stretching from 1983 to 2004. 

I hate to say it, but the BFRO does not get the lion share of Bigfoot reports in New York and is not the only game in town.

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I had personally in the same time frame investigated 3 sightings from Greene County (Which includes the Catskill Mountains) immediately to the north, and have heard of several in Orange County (Base of the Appalachin Trail) which an old research partner of mine was investigating. Historically, there was a late 1800’s account in Margaretville, NY which is almost dead center in the map above. These reports consisted of actual sightings of the creature, not track finds, audibles or the ilk.

The BFRO database as well, has been scrubbed of some older reports, because at the time there were way more than just one report for Orange County or Columbia County. Now I am not entirely sure of what was edited in the BFRO report, either added or removed over the years.

Which brings me to the point of Darren not knowing the Bigfoot history of the area. For example, the 1980’s “Kinderhook Creature” flap. Kinderhook is a community in Columbia County.

Sightings occurred on December 1978, 12/5/1979, April 1980, 9/24/1980, 2 in November 1980, April 1981, 5/8/1981, June 1981, November 1981, May 1982, July 1982, On the border of Columbia County –August 1984,  January1990. Seems pretty “rich” to me and considering the time frame 2003… they were a lot more recent than they are today.

The drop off in some volume of sightings in those areas of course could be due to urban sprawl.

What I do know is the area of the video upon visiting the site in 2012, was ripe with apple trees, (there was an orchard in the background) and wild berries of all sorts and colors.

Darren provided a satellite photo of the area in 1995 and went on to state:

The forest around this area is fairly sparse, with large open tracts of farmland and orchards with quite a few houses and other buildings spread throughout the area.  Not an ideal place for a female Bigfoot to raise a young one with all the human activity and habitat in the area.  The land where this event occurred was also a working orchard, among other commercial ventures that the landowners were involved in.

Here is a workup of where the sighting had occurred using Darren’s satellite photo.

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What Darren states is he believes that the premise is a baby being raised in the area. That’s quite an assumption. No where does it say one was being raised there. If you follow primate behavior models quite the opposite. It’s behavior was of a primate just passing through. No Sasquatch would call that area a territory. But as with all primates, they are opportunists.

Below is some of the closest sighting reports in Whitehall, NY. In the 70’s one was actually seen disturbing garbage cans in a more rural part of the town. Whitehall has not much changed in urban sprawl at all since the 70’s. In fact I have seem some urban shrinkage over the years. whitehall

Darren believes it’s grasping the tree trunk with it’s feet. Well given the quality of the video, the distance to the subject and it’s relation to sunlight, how in the world can you say it is “grasping” with it’s feet. Even humans use their feet to stabilize when climbing.

What is known is in the video the little one, “Unsub #1” climbs hand over hand into the tree.

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It is not uncommon for baby gorillas to take to the trees as they are nimble enough, and primates go through an exploratory stage with their hands and feet. Often we see human infants using their feet to hold things. And that’s also why in human culture, we have something called “monkey bars.”

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In the second picture, the baby gorilla is not using his feet to grab the tree, he is merely using his feet for support.

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Darren surmises that what we are looking at is a Gibbon owned privately and in New York illegally.

As Steve Kulls has pointed out, New York state has laws constricting private ownership of most exotic animals, including chimpanzees.  However, as with most laws, there are lots of people out there who violate those laws and this can be confirmed to be the case in New York simply by searching Google for the news stories of people being caught with animals. 

But what Darren failed to mention was, and I confirmed this with Mike Lembo, the owner of the property and event organizer at the time was, they were searching at the gate for animals and would not let anyone in because they were not insured for it.  Now we expect someone with a gibbon not to cause a commotion and keep it hidden during the entire event for the weekend? And common sense says you wouldn’t let your pet gibbon up into a tree unleashed would you?

Next we come to the behavior of what Darren believes to be the handler. “Unsub #2” in the video, seen walking from the right to the left, where Unsub #1 appears to leap off of into the tree. The behavior and characteristics of Unsub #2 are completely ignored in Darren’s analysis, an not to offend Darren, but he seemed to be predisposed to what it was and shows his own bias by omitting any commentary on Unsub #2’s behavior.

First, Unsub #2 is uniformly colored. One would expect that with the backlighting. However when it enters out of the area of the backlight, it almost becomes invisible, head to toe.

Next is the behavior. If your pet monkey jumps in a tree without a leash, you would expect that person to “about face” immediately and there would be some sort of commotion. There was no such commotion as when the videographer was interviewed, his party did not hear, see or notice anything. Common sense would have told you that there would have been a fuss, or a flashlight. But there was not.

Furthermore it does not explain why Unsub #2 continues it travel path for a while and then after some distance turns around and walks toward the tree Unsub #1 is and out of sight somewhere behind the tree. This is not consistent with someone who has snuck an illegal pet into a venue they are not supposed to have one.

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Last point

As I have stated in the past, investigations and analysis run by Bigfoot Researchers seem often to be two dimensional. We are presented with a film or a photograph and we run with that alone. We forget to look at behaviors and testimony of eyewitnesses. To me in my opinion, that can suffice for about 75% of what we get, because it is so blatantly obvious. But in certain circumstances, we must look at behavior, motive as well. 

When I first got this video to investigate I had to rule out Motive #1; a hoax. First, given the time that had passed since the video was taken, over five years, I found it unlikely.

Second, Doug Pridgen never noticed Unsub #2 nor any of his party noticed any commotion of any sort.

Third, the people staying in the visible tent in the video, had asked Doug and his party to keep an eye out as they went to the festival across the lake. In the video our back is to the access to the area where Doug and company were staying. The did not return until well after the video was taken.

So do we now have a prowler with a pet monkey?

Next I contacted the property owner to confirm about the “no pet” rule and it was confirmed.

Then came the search for any escaped lab, zoo or circus animals in the area; Bupkis.

Mind you, I was looking for an out, for an explanation, and the norm, if you can call it that just did not seem logical.

I even let the case marinate for a few months, to cross my T’s and reevaluate, reevaluate and reevaluate.

To me the possibility of a Sasquatch with it’s young visiting a nutrient rich area at dark, especially when we have known them to do this in the past seemed more logical than a guy prowling around someone else’s tent after illegally bring in a pet primate into NY, and sneaking a type of primate that is usually cantankerous past people searching for such cantankerous things at the gate, the only egress to the area, and then allowing such illegal and not allowed primate to frolic in a tree unharnessed.

At least that’s the way I see it.

Is it proof, or is it evidence? No, the dang video just isn’t good enough, given the fact we are still debating it after 22 and a half years.

At least that’s the way I see it.

Thanks Darren however, you at least are in the camp that this is a biological and I thing it puts to rest that this is something on the end of a car’s antenna! On the rest we have to agree to disagree.

And of course it is more of an interesting debate than most possible Sasquatch videos out there.

Till Next Time

Squatch-D

Why I do what I do…

Hey gang. Well with summer almost gone it’s time to be gearing up for the Autumn Squatching Season. It’s all to a rip roaring start too for me as a new report from law enforcement came to me from a nearby county.

Last night I did a Squatch-D TV show with some serious overtones which may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea.

See on Squatch-D TV, I have promised to give everyone “The good, the bad and the ugly.” And sometimes it is ugly. I talk about an actual “Bigfoot Cult” that has sprouted up over the last several years. It is now to the point where the Sasquatch are “healing” people.

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…or is wrong for that matter too.

Our mission at Squatch-D TV is not clickbait, which seems to be the trend lately on some shows. We are not here to tell you unsubstantiated claims of people shooting a Sasquatch, or how Sasquatch was trying to kill someone. Or give in to fantasies, or Biblical explanations for a naturally occurring phenomena. We are here to educate. A new tack. Something for the upcoming decade rather than the same dried up, “Tonight we are interviewing… some researcher or witness.” Now we are able to show people things and bring the discussion to them and do some live time analysis.

A question was posed this morning, “Why…what’s the point. I mean do you really think you’re doing a service to the Bigfoot Community”

My answer is an unequivocal yes

“What I do on the new program are analysis and education. Not every show is for everybody. What I talked about last night for the last 45 minutes of the show is a cult centered around Bigfoot.

If that prevents one person from wasting their time and getting involved in something that has possible malignant purposes then I have accomplished that. task. I have been doing good, solid research for the last 21 years and I grow tired of seeing cults of personalities and hoaxers destroying what is left of what little credibility we had.

My organization’s tenets are very clear. 5 simple tenets, the last one is the tough one. But it is done to remain credible. We cannot point to the positive and ignore the negative, that’s called bias.

Again I know not every show, or every segment on the show is for everyone. Neither is every Coast 2 Coast or Ground Zero or X-Zone show (some of the conspiracy theories…ugh) but that’s okay. Every one in a while we have to do a cleansing show and gets out the ugly. Say what HAS to be said. Be honest with ourselves, because some people have been showing a real lack of that lately.

That keeps us honest and open with our audience. I know it distresses some people that want to see only the positive in this field but again what happens is we engage in conversation about topics after the show about things we have ignored or distresses us. Despite it all, I feel more positive about the field than I have in years.”

When I think of this types of response, I remind people that when I set forth Squatchdetective.com, I set forth a set of Tenets to base my research on. I call them the Five Tenets of Bigfoot Research.

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Hence the #StopTheWoonacy movement which I have discussed in a previous blog. It’s time for the lunatics, the hoaxers and the charlatans to stop bullying us and trying to dominate legitimate, scientific research being done today.

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Till next time…

Squatch-D

Hey folks, sorry to take some time off. The year started off quite challenging as my almost six year relationship came to an end. Inevitably a period of self-evaluation ensues.

I also took that time to get myself in better shape and a better mindset. All is good, and I am back with a vengeance!!!


#StopTheWoonacy

In case some didn’t know a couple of huge things happened this past month. First up is the #StopTheWoonacy.

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The Stop the Woonacy movement was inspired by my frustration in both the “Woo” (or what people profess to be the supernatural Sasquatch), the common posting of constant contact with “Sasquatch People,” “Forest Friends,” stick structures, tree bends, “BlobSquatchery,” Hoaxes, and people professing to be on the side of science while making factual statements that are obviously complete horseshit.

The movement, campaign or whatever you would like to call it is not to nullify people who claim to have a single, or even a few supernatural experiences with what may or may not be a Sasquatch, but the people who form cults around them professing to have the secret knowledge or special powers to communicate, draw out, have conversations either in person or in their dreams with a Sasquatch and state that as the gospel. These folks are on Social Media ever day with this non-sense.

Someone has to stand up to it and be the voice of reason and point out the ridiculousness of their actions and stories.

Take for example this gem of the “uncloaked” Bigfoot head in this picture the submitter claims, as the Sasquatch have the “ability” to only partially materialize. (Yeah, I kid you not…this is what was said!)

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It is obvious that what we are seeing here is pareidolia. I too used the same effect to see what I believed was in the picture just above the “Sasquatch’s” head.

 

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It’s Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy!!!

I would also like to point out…why is this picture in black and white??? My guess is the head is actually the same color as the foliage as well. Posting this in a photoshopped format (to remove color) and making the claims the submitter does, seems a bit disingenuous.


The Re-Birth of Squatch-D TV

The real big change was the move from Squatchdetective Radio to Squatch-D TV as we finally have found a platform that serves what we have wanted all along.

Several years back we tried Squatch-D TV with the now defunct Paranormal TV Network lineup. We had to use an outside producer who would broadcast remotely and after several months the network eventually shut down because the president of the company wanted to be a grandmother and passed the channel off to someone who was not at all committed to the network.

On this new platform we have just about complete control. No fancy software, no remote producer and is all web based. Not only do we broadcast on multiple platforms, we are able to “screen share” providing video, pictures, audio, live time looks at websites and Power Point presentations.

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Multi-streamed over Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch (Maybe more to come) we can now reach over 15K people a week, per episode. The show is streamed Sundays at 9PM Eastern on the following platforms:

http://facebook.com/steve.kulls

http://twitter.com/squatchdet

http://youtube.com/stevekulls

Replays can also be found at

 Squatchdetective.com 

 http://facebook.com/SquatchdetectiveTV

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The only loss, currently, out of the new system is the inability to take callers which in the past has proved to be problematic, as the call screening with BTR was a it clumsy. The cool thing is that for our Facebook and YouTube viewers, the comments come across as a chat on our control panel. And we have the ability to share those comments and questions live on the air with the click of a button!

Not having to register for a BTR account to talk in the chat (comments) is really one advantage we have gained and the conversations have been marvelous since airing our fifth show last night.


Who is Jan Klement?

This mystery has nipped at me for several years and about a year and half ago, I dug into the mystery of the book, “The Creature". First published in 1976, recounts most likely the first Bigfoot “habituation” culminating in the death and burial of a Bigfoot called “Kong.”

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Now buried in the story-line are a couple of far fetched tales of Kong’s escapades that really should make the reader scratch their head.

Now digging into the mystery I did not only find out the location of the cabin noted in the book along with the potential burial site, but clues within the book and the subsequent volume updates, led me directly to exactly who Jan Klement was and the biggest question; Was the story true?

Unfortunately, I won’t post the spoilers here because one should see how we came to those results and walked through the investigation on the latest edition of Squatch-D TV (August 18, 2019: Bigfoot Cold Case).

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Till next time…

Squatch-D

More “gold” from Khat Hansen

Hey just this morning another informant threw me this picture from one of Khat’s videos…

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After a little studying of the picture and removal of the filtering added to the picture… Sorry Khitties, but its a picture of a young gorilla, turned on its side!

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Now why might you ask is Khat Hansen doing all this? In her whiny video she says she is not hurting anybody and to leaver her alone. Really?

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For $50 bucks you can get one on one mentoring!! As usual, it’s all about the money!!!!

Hey but she is a chahta Medicine woman right?  Now I don’t know the Choctaw language, but thanks to a translator Chahta means Choctaw or of Choctaw heritage.

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Khat states she as known as A’likchi (One who speaks to other beings).

I know her as Bull’Shit’chi!!!

“Nearby Alikchi Springs was site of court ground for Apukshunnubbee District, Choctaw Nation, 1836-1906. Justice was dispensed here for major crimes committed by Choctaws, including capital punishment. The last legal execution under Choctaw law was carried out here on July 13, 1899, when William Goings was executed for murder by Sheriff Tom Watson. Alikchi is a Choctaw word for medicine man.” Source: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2985F_alikchi?guid=b130f921-3e13-4cb7-9eac-80ebd621c7f8&fbclid=IwAR0PuTO_GmwUM9VjhC1uB2ClgNukYxN5SGiulsUERZ6k_pzfNs_-a9vfBgo

A’likchi is Choctaw for “Medicine Man”. 

  

Till Next Time

Squatch-D

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