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I have to say what a wonderful and pleasant time in Pennsylvania this past weekend. Some good money was raised for some great charities, and I think all for the most part had a great time.

 

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The crowd was building even by 10AM thankful the rain the previous day had subsided.

(Photo Credit: Steve Kulls)

My presentation as I usually do on trips where research is the main focus, again was on what we really know about Sasquatches and the relationship to primate habitation and behaviors.

 

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(Photo Credits: Tracy Roy)

During Saturday, we had a great time meeting folks, talking about their experiences, signing a few posters and books, having some laughs and enjoying the camaraderie with the other participants, speakers and guests.

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Signing a poster and me and “Trapper” hamming it up for a picture.

(Photo Credits: Left-Tracey Roy, Right-Stacey Horton) 

 

We had music by “Walt the Musician,” Walter Shrum and even event organizer Eric Altman got in on the action! Walt tried to get me, but I usually sing metal, not folk!!!

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Both the evening before the speaking event and the evening after the speaking event were group research taking place at several locations in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

On Friday evening, it was BAPS Co-Founder Shawn Dennis and I along with a family of four.  Within a few minutes of our arrival we heard a tremendous howl, not quite sounding like a coyote.

After a quick scramble to get a recorder set up, of course it never repeated itself. However later that night I did get an excellent Coyote howl which wasn’t too far off from us.

So on to the exciting part. After call blasting some baby cries, I decided to do a thermal scan and perhaps take a picture or two, when I spied upon a very silent, rather large creature skulking about using the thermal camera.

Shawn could only look in the direction I was pointing him two, while the family stood behind me and watched the thermal as well.

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We were quite excited about capturing the video, and there was quite the buzz about it Saturday, but when we got it home and was able to review it, I passed my decision over to some of my field team, and they all agreed that what we were looking at was most likely a bear, which stopped to look back at us by standing up after Shawn had throw a whoop or two at it.

I would like to thank all those involved for their kindness, and camaraderie. A special thanks to Eric Altman for having me along on this jaunt, and hopefully we’ll be doing it again next year!!!

Remember folks,  that’s what this field is about. The first priority is and should be to enjoy yourself. Yes there is hard work involved at times. Frustrations and disappointments. But all of the negatives are far outweighed by the positivity of this past weekend.

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

Definition of Irony

I understand Mr. Biscardi had a show on his weekly program, Bigfoot Live Radio, that featured a segment on Rick Dyer yesterday by interviewing former Bigfoot Tracker Veep, BJ Brashears.

I figured since I’ve been the

Well needless to say there were audio issues with the program so I never got to hear it.

Tonight I was looking around for the archive version finding humor in this whole thought of Biscardi putting the digs into Dyer, when I discovered that The SFBI Facebook page had a link to a Bigfoot “Hall of Fame.”

Ironic

Left the day after Biscardi had a Radio show outing Dyer.

Maybe Tom was flattered that his picture was prominently displayed amongst others like Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Derek Randles and Loren Coleman, all great folks in my opinion. But I also noticed Rick Dyer was there. And Todd Standing.

I also noticed it was a Wix page.

So my curiosity went up and ran the Whois on the page on the site.

Guess who owns it???

 

Guess Who

Dyer’s Personal information has been censored.

Now that’s my definition of irony!!!!

 


Squatch-D Radio Back!!!!

Chris Bennett and I are so glad to be back on the airwaves at Beyond Borders Paranormal Radio Network. Visit our other sister shows there as well!!!

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The show can be heard on Sundays 10PM EST (9CST), and accessed through the Beyond Borders website or by going to SquatchdetectiveRadio.com. The show archive page is also up and functioning where you can listen to the program replay or download it.

Our guest lineup is filling fast and we are booked until June. More guest announcements this week.

We’re also excited to be doing an “Out of the Box” show every third Sunday of the month, featuring a guest on topics other than our hairy friends.


Upcoming stuff…

Tomorrow night I will be going on the Giant’s Bigfoot Radio program for an hour long discussion on Sasquatch and who knows what other topics may come up.

Next Friday I will be on Scarefest Radio, talking about last years Scarefest 8 and this years Scarefest 9, where they’ve already announced one of my favorite actors, Malcolm McDowell, will be appearing.

Of course, on May 6th, 7th and 8th,  I am excited and super stoked to be a participant in the 2016 Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Adventure.

They’ll be a screening of The Beast of Whitehall and special guest from Mountain Monsters, John “Trapper” Tice. (Yes we know folks, its television so chillax. Be fun to meet the guy and have a few laughs). Even Squatch-D can let his hair down once in a while… (okay I know…what hair!)

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Looking forward to meeting a bunch of people, and getting boots on the ground in Pennsylvania and do some research.

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

Tonight the return of Steve and Chris to the Internet airwaves.

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Join  us 10PM EST at SquatchdetectiveRadio.com

Till next time,
Squatch-D

Ballyhoo calls it quits??? (At least for now)

I think over the years we’ve proven here that LNP and her Bigfoot Ballyhoo blog, was more like Baloneyhoo.

Well a few of weeks ago, Linda claimed to have thrown in the towel.

 

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The sad fact is that Perry had a real bad effect on some folks. Check out this sympathetic post for Linda’s cause.

A sad thing in the BF world, Linda Newton Perry has thrown in the towel.
After years of name calling, accusations and hurtfulness she has quit.

To know her is to know she was honest to a fault, naive-yes, innocent as a dove. Her fault lied in the fact she openly allowed anyone to come into her site and write their story. I know her, count her as a friend. I always tried to explain her personality to others as the Grandma of Bigfoot sites; kindly, funny, open and vulnerable.

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The sad fact is, she WASN’T honest at all. First, when this all started, I tried to inform her she was being hoaxed. Nope she insisted she wasn’t.

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She said if the ESP Team, the team that released a hoaxed picture in 2010, was proven to be a falsehood she would shut Ballyhoo down.

Well it wasn’t long after, not only did we prove the pictures false, but an entire series of pictures proved that the entire ESP team to be a falsity. Of course Linda insisted they were real.

Not only did we reverse search pictures finding stories on her site to be consistently false in the same manner, but we actually had located the REAL people she was using as Bill Emery and Hank Parchell of the ESP Team. 

Even despite that, she insisted she was right and we were wrong. Insisted we were the ones lying. And she was not at all nice about it. I mean WE by the way, as there were several of us working together to track down the real folks.

She is not as naïve as people think.

First, she’s a retired Real Estate Broker. Second she writes and supposedly owned a newspaper, or so she claims and is an author.  

All of the shenanigans that the site was responsible for can be seen here.

As for her defenders, they are either Linda using sock accounts, or people who should check their own “naivety.”

But for one second, lets suppose we’re in an alternate universe and she was fooled. A reporter that has such a bad track record of being duped for so long, and so often, would have been fired.

There was so many falsities on her blog, that it is a service to the public that it no longer propagates more falsities.

But isn’t there another well known  hoaxer on the west coast that now calls himself quite comically “The Godfather of Bigfoot,” that is constantly being “duped,” as he claims.

Seems to be a common thread amongst some hoaxers. When they are caught…they’re “duped.”

We’d like to wish Linda best of luck in her future endeavors.

Just as Linda has stated she is going to keep Ballyhoo up for archival sake, we as well are keeping the Hall of Shame page dedicated to Ballyhoo up as well for archival sake.

This may be just the last time we have to mention her.

Somehow I doubt it.


Strange, Rare and Unusual Sightings Weekend

Another great weekend and thanks goes out to our gracious hosts in Triadelphia, West Virginia for their venue and hospitality. Speaking  at the engament was a gentleman by the name of Dr. Bruce Kiray DC aka “Dr. Squatch” (who claims to be the #1 Bigfoot Researcher on his YouTube Site) who was grilled by a couple of audience members. Also speaking besides myself was Sasquatch Watch of Virginia’s Billy Willard, Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation’s Doug Waller, Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society’s Dave Dragosin and Dr. Jeff Meldrum, PhD.

 

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Left, Dr. Meldrum presenting to the audience on Saturday, right, The Squatchdetective.com table.


Flaw found with Facebook Picture analysis…

Time to print a retraction. Apparently we have learned that Facebook is messing with the metadata on digital pictures. On February 13th, 2016 we ran with a blog debunking a claim and a photo based on six separate factors.

1. When pressed for details to date and time the submitter of the story refused to be specific.

2. The submitter blocked people asking for an original picture.

3. The submitter lied about the number of cell towers,

4. The submitter lied about how the picture was captured.

5. The submitter lied about government response.

6. The metadata did not correspond to the timeline.

Well we always give the truth here, and it looks like all photos from Facebook are being stamped with the same “Profile Date Time.”

Therefore we have to exclude the metadata as a reason for debunking the picture.

When we ran the test on the metadata we used two different sources, so the issue is with Facebook itself and how it alters uploaded photos. Thanks Michele for the heads up!!!

Lesson learned and posted here so others can be aware.  

Remember if a person posting a photo anywhere doesn’t want to send you an original copy via email there is a problem.

If they do and the metadata is missing, there is a problem.

If there story changes (other than slight perceptions of distance, measurements and time) there is a problem.

So it still stands that a picture is only as good as the story behind it. This does not change our summation about the photo whatsoever. Since the report, no one to my knowledge has received the original photo via email, nor has the submitter coughed up a specific date or time.

Ruling: Still a Hoax.

 

More stuff soon to come and getting closer to radio time!!!

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

There is always controversy over Sasquatch evidence. From tree knocking, to vocalizations. From foot prints to tree breaks.

Perhaps some of the ingredients poised as the “most compelling,” probably turns out to be not compelling at all.

Lets talk about the more common place item we hear everyone posting pics of as evidence: Tree Bends.


Tree Bends, lets not bend the truth…

Over the years there has been much conjecture over tree bends caused by a Sasquatch, perhaps leaving a trail marker.

So lets look at some of the evidence.

Fact is there are no credible report of anyone ever seeing a Sasquatch bend a tree which stays that way. At least not to my knowledge. Side note: There is a person claiming to have a video of such, but has been outted as a hoaxer in regards to another video allegedly of a Sasquatch shaking a tree, which turned out to be his son.

But over the years there have been recorded tree bends which many Bigfoot Researchers, elect to believe as rock solid evidence of Sasquatch sign, despite the lack of corroborative evidence, other than perhaps a nearby series of Sasquatch encounters.

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Source: http://bigfootlore.blogspot.com/2013/02/tree-bends.html

Even more interesting is the fact that, this event does not as frequently occur in many of the southern states.

Some folks have come up with suggestion that perhaps the Sasquatch, (don’t get me started about “Sasquatch-People”) learned this behavior from the Native Americans, who used to bend trees to eventually use them as trail markers.

No surprise, many think that the same of the Sasquatch of doing such. Not to my surprise, Chimpanzees and Bonobos (Pan troglodytes and  Pan paniscus respectively), our closest proven DNA matches, at times do mark their trails. So it is not out side the realm of such behavior being realistically related to the Sasquatch which is likely a closer DNA match to us than Chimps or Bonobos. 41

However the Native American trail markers look much different than your typical bends that are purported to be “Sasquatch sign.”

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Pictured left, from http://www.ejlanham.com/IndianTrails.html,

on the right from: http://www.appalachianhistory.net/2013/12/indian-trail-trees.html

The trail markers also took time and were either tied down or weighted down with dirt or stone. In all instances I can recall, I have never heard of one report where it was weighted down as such, only at times in place with another tree upon it. The other factor is it took time for this process to occur.

So what we now look at is posing the question as they would both in science and the investigatory world, “Is there something in nature that would cause this to occur?”

The answer is yes. It’s called Ice Storms.

We need to look at “Trees and Ice Storms: The Development of Ice Storm-Resistant Urban Tree Populations, 2nd Edition,” written Richard J. Hauer, Jeffrey O. Dawson,and Les P.Werner in 2006.  It was a joint publication of the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Office of Continuing Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published by the USDA.

First we look at the ice storm distribution map of the United States.

Ice Loading

As we can see this most likely will correspond to where we observe the most formation of tree bends, in the United States.  Of course another less frequent causal factor would be a downed tree to fall upon another tree in the manner in which would cause a bend, similar to the way Native Americans created their markers.

As we can see the types of trees which are subject to ice storm damage is listed in the diagram below.

Susceptable trees

However depending on severity, any tree can fall damage to an Ice Storm especially when winds speeds and gusts are excessive.

Most trees which bend from ice storms, do eventually recover, however depending on weakness in the trunks, the types of trees or where the tree was bent from the storm depends if the tree recovers to its formerly upright position.

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“Trees that bend under the load of accumulated ice will, in most cases, return to their pre-storm form, once the load is dissipated by melting. The mere fact that the tree did not break under the tremendous load suggests good structural integrity. “

Source: Trees and Ice Storms: The Development of Ice Storm-Resistant Urban Tree Populations, 2nd Edition, Page 17

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/urban/inforesources/TreesIceStorms2ed.pdf

 

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Not Sasquatch…storm damage. Source: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/615.html

So there we have it. While its fun and exciting to think that tree bends are Sasquatch evidence, since ice storm damage cannot be ruled out in any of these instances, we cannot call these tree bends Sasquatch Evidence. The face that ice and snow for that matter combined with the wind element, can easily force a tree bend that perhaps even gets caught in another tree’s grasp.You definitely cannot rule out a human doing such as well. So unless you see the Squatch doing it… or surrounded by real Sasquatch tracks, its not evidence of anything unfortunately, and knowing what we know now, wild conjecture.


The tree bends’ tag team partner…tree breaks.

Of course tree breaks when tracking is something altogether different. Just finding tree breaks here and there can also have numerous causal factors such as ice storms, straight line winds, past tornadic activity etc.

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 Not Sasquatch: A tree having broken branch due to snow damage. Source:https://davermfarm.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/repairing-snow-damaged-trees/

A formerly bent tree which returns to it natural state can also fall victim to wind damage if internal cracking occurred during its bending prior to it returning to its natural state.

 

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Not all tree breaks are Sasquatch… source:  http://arborwizard.com/services/repair

One thing that cannot be overlooked is the twist and bend, which has been reported to be frequent tracking signs of a Sasquatch for the last century.

This was found within 100 yards or less of a sighting by two preteens in 2003 in the vicinity of the Poultney River, New York side. The tree break was found in the direction of travel the creature the boys had seen.

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Source: Squatchdetective.com / Steve Kulls

What makes this break particularly interesting was that it was very close to the base of the trunk of the tree and was still a relative sapling having a lot of flexibility.

It was also of interest, that following in the same direction of travel there were appeared to be several partial indentations in leaves, but one specifically caught my attention. Luckily the leaves had preserved what was underneath them.

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Source: Squatchdetective.com / Steve Kulls

What we are looking at it a 13.5 inch long by 4.5 inch wide print, which was in a drained, but still mucky stream bottom.

The area historically had been rich with sighting reports including one in 1984, within a half mile from former Whitehall Police Office, the late Dan Gordon.

In 2006 myself and Bill Brann had investigated a sighting in Whitehall not very far from the historical sightings from the 70’s. 2 male witness saw a crouching Sasquatch shortly escorting 3 women to there vehicles after they had observed and 8 foot tall slender dark creature standing in the path. They screamed and ran back to where the males were which after getting the girls to the car, piqued their curiosity and started looking around to see the silent stalker, forcing them to retreat.

And inspection of where the creature had been crouching showed clear evidence of something large making its way through the brush to the road where it was lost. Not only was the leaf litter disturbed but there was evidence of movement taller than the average person arms would be.

 

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Source: Squatchdetective.com / Steve Kulls

The reasons which makes these breaks different from the tree bends, because lets remember that Ice Storms can cause breaks as well is two fold…

  1. The time of year was August for the 2003 encounter and  October for the 2006 encounter, its been months since winter ended, and those were fresh breaks.
  2. There was significant corroborative that these breaks MAY have been caused by a Sasquatch. In the 2006 case it was definitely caused by a large creature, be it known or unknown, walking to the roadway from the area of the encounter.

I often blog about things that are not Sasquatch such as hoaxes and as above misidentification of something natural, so it’s time to give back a little by showing some evidence that albeit seems mundane, is significant in validating and corroborating witness claims and that I am also not just a naysayer! Smile

Now dear readers, please don’t send me your pictures of breaks and bends. I am no expert. I am not an Arborist or Forestry agent or a meteorologist for that matter. But I speak to you as an experience researcher, who has made mistakes, taken missteps and learns from them. So learn from my mistakes.

What we should do is from a research / investigation standpoint:

  • Examine breaks, bends and the like when conducting investigations. (Meaning to a specific sighting report and location). Evaluating if it could be caused by wind or humans and is there any other corroborating evidence.

What we shouldn’t be doing is:

  • Going into the woods, willy-nilly, seeing a tree bend or break and calling it Sasquatch evidence. That is not scientifically or judicially honest. 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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