I like Mitch Waite (Former Air Force Major – Thank you sir for your service!) alot, and he writes a very interesting article in his Examiner column, entitled “How to Find Bigfoot.”
Now this is not to knock him down, as he makes some great points in the article, which seem to point at a better suited title for the blog.
Mitch uses some clear ecological understanding of what motivates a Sasquatch, FOOD. More importantly points out to some of the food sources one might consider when examining a potential Sasquatch environment:
“An eight foot, eight hundred pound creature would need plenty of food. Their area must contain a large variety and quantity of food sources. Since most Bigfoot researchers believe Bigfoot to be omnivorous, the area must contain large quantities of edible plant matter as well as game to eat.
Some of the plants you can look for are fruit trees, berries, grapes, choke cherries, ferns, wild onions, pinion nuts, acorns, black walnuts, sweet grass, and much more. As far as animals go, look for deer, elk, antelope, javilina, bear, cows, dogs, cats, pigs, fish, and crayfish etc. You must also consider insect populations such as grasshoppers, crickets, and earth worms.”
But this article inspired me to write a little on my own, which Mitch, I thank you.
Since the beginning of my research, I set out to get into the mind of a Sasquatch and try to think like they do. Studying and reading countless publications on primate behavior, including those penned by Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. George Schaller.
What I came up was a model of getting near to where a Sasquatch or Sasquatches, consider their territory. I say near because, I do not like to encroach on their territory. Not only out of respect for them, but my own selfish need of not wanting them to be driven off as well, so I keep them in play.
But my answer to the original blog title is very simple. You DON’T find Bigfoot, they will find you.
What you can find is habitat’s suitable for conditions for a Sasquatch to exist, as well as finding, such as Mitch pointed out and using valid collected encounter reports this may be better upping the ante in perhaps having an encounter of your own.
Understanding the behavior in these reports and sightings, and what they mean in importance is the main topic of my book, “What Would Sasquatch Do?”
If you read encounter reports carefully and parse the data, this will take you to where their territory is, but do not enter it, if a friendly encounter is what you are seeking. Remember a Sasquatch is a member of the order of primates to which we as humans also belong to. It’s about respect and not upsetting the balance.
They will only do what they want to do. They along with every other creature in the world, demands control of the situation. So you have to make them at least think they are in control.
You need to attract their sense of curiosity. Then wait. Be alert, but not so much as act like a hunter, stalking about. Act casual. Creatures such as these are wise to understanding alert signals from other animals and creatures such as us. That’s why they are seen often at the outskirts of a campfire, or watching children play.
On having a firearm, a Sasquatch based on observation of hunters, may have a rudimentary knowledge that a firearm ( especially a long gun) is a weapon, perhaps even to be avoided.
I am a “No-kill” advocate, so I don’t recommend a firearm unless you are in bear country, even then I carry Bear spray, which is also an effective deterrent against other predatory animals as well.
The primate sense of curiosity is not in doubt and well on record,
Here’s a quote from “Behavioral Analysis of Mammalian Sleep and Learning.”
Published in Perspectives in Biology & Medicine, Autumn Issue,1969, pages 71-79 by University of Chicago Press, authored by David Bryson, M.D. and Stephen Schacher, M.D.
“Most of the input classes of primates are learned, and the complex behavior of an adult primate requires a considerable repertoire of perceptual categories. Primates are often in the decision making mode, since they have so many behavioral acts to decide between, and since their tolerance for input variation during decision execution is relatively narrow.
Such variation is related to the phenomena of play and curiosity. These are common features of primate behavior, especially during development…”
Ahh..so the younger ones are the more curious. Well that article written some 43 years ago, coincides with the research and field data I have collected over the years.
To me this manner, allows both the Sasquatch’s natural curiosity, as we are their TV, to be fulfilled along with the person wishing to have an encounter in a friendly manner, without disrupting the Sasquatch’s territory, culture or habits.
I typically, abhor, letting the general public know everything about the Sasquatch I have learned. Because I can be dubious of their intent, and more likely their well being.
“Finding Bigfoot,” has been a great boon to the community, despite it not be a “research” show, but it is entertainment which in turn, allows the producers and networks that finance the show, income via advertisements.
How is it a boon? Let’s put the science aside for a moment. Five years ago, most people thought Sasquatch, Bigfoot, call it what you may, was a joke or an oddity.
Today the general public are being educated, even if at minimum, that people are seeing these all over the place, and it is more commonplace that originally thought.
The show for the most part respectfully treats witnesses, and that’s good to see as well. Public opinion on the Sasquatch is starting to be swayed a bit. And any “up tick,” is a good one.
The downside is of course, more hoaxes, more misidentifications and more kids and people going into the woods looking for a Sasquatch some with, I’m afraid to say, with some dangerous actions yet to come, but hey that comes with the territory folks. It’s effects of the Sasquatch as a species, however can be viewed as a bit of a danger, given the fact that these people, who watch a TV show and then go out and try to be a seeker, may actually upset the species at a local or regional level.
But another upside, more sighting reports. People are opening up to reporting their encounters.
So take it as what it is.
Till Next Time,