Category: Tips and Tricks


Hey gang, it’s been a while since writing a blog. A lot has been going on. I spent much of the year building my private investigation business and working as a full time investigator again. So while I am on the computer and in the field quite a bit over the summer, much of it was spent in professional efforts rather than a cryptozoological one.

Now that thinks are back to a dull roar, I can now spend some time enjoying my pastime, the more crypto and paranormal things.

First my usual winter warning. Lots of times I will get pictures from folks featuring tracks in the snow. Many do not consider that melt can occur even in freezing conditions as sunlight hits a track.

 

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Here’s a picture from my front yard showing what a boot print looks like after a few days of some sunlight on it. The print itself expanded exponentially and looks more like a bare foot than a booted or shoed one. So..caveat emptor.


The latest picture making the rounds

So over the fall during the Whitehall Sasquatch Festival I met a lot of folks.  The first was a woman who had a very interesting video capture and is going to be the focus of an investigation over the spring when foliage comes back, and the snow cover get’s lost! Sorry have to hold that one back until I can properly investigate it.

I also had a gentleman approach me and state he had an interesting trail camera shot, and showed it to me and I took a picture of the picture.

 

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In the beginning of December it has started to make the rounds on YouTube and several websites and Facebook posts.  The video below from the Squatch Watchers Channel has an interview with Joe Hunt, the submitter of the picture.

 

 

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The picture was taken on private land in June. Now the picture does have a year stamp of 2015 and whether that was an oversight, we are still not quite sure if the camera had the wrong year on it or whether or not it was taken in June of 2018. During the interview, which appeared to be sincere and authentic of Mr. Hunt, he did state the picture was taken in June on private land adjacent to the South Mountains Game Land in North Carolina.

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What would I like to see, is some comparison pictures of humans, using the same camera with the same tree.

This is what needs yet to be done and should be done:

  • Comparison pic with the camera, posted on the same tree, at thee exact same height and angle the camera was originally placed with some known variables as a test subject to properly ascertain height, width and distance from the camera.
  • Clarification on the exact date, 2015 or 2018?
  • Other captures from the camera the time it was up during the photo in question.

Other than some testimony from an experienced hunter, we lack the investigation into the photo and we get rather a subject analysis, albeit a good one. A proper investigation will answer the questions to lend credence to the photo that this is a Sasquatch, or debunk it, but it needs to be done.

 

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A little quick work of my own… sharpened and cropped.

 

The good news at least is that there is a story behind it, not just some random photo and it certainly requires more investigation before any labels be put on it.

My initial thoughts are, look at the leaves in the background and sticks on the ground. If we are looking at a 5, 6 or 7 foot creature, those leaves and sticks look awfully big. And we don’t see trees in the background, we see plant life. A recreation photo would do much to answer those questions.


Sad News

I’d like to share a couple of passings in the Bigfoot Community.

First is Leroy Blevins. Mr. Blevins wrote a book about the Patterson-Gimlin film and recreated a suit to pony tail the work of Greg Long. Although I did not agree with Mr. Blevins sentiments on the PG Film, and he was aware of that, he was a gentleman.

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While at ScareFest in 2017, he came up to my table and introduced himself and presented a copy of his book to me. Although I did not agree with it’s final premise the book did contain some great historical items not easily found.

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Another and very sad passing was the passing of William Dranginis long time Virginia Bigfoot researcher and an expert on FLIR technology.

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William personally was a humanitarian and dedicated family man, but perhaps best known for creating a FLIR surveillance vehicle he used in his Sasquatch missions.

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William was a mentor to many a his grounded approach to Sasquatch research and he will be greatly missed.


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Till next time,

Squatch-D

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We’ve seen this before folks. There has been at one time a fringe element within the Bigfoot community that believed a Sasquatch could cloak, shapeshift, hop aboard a UFO, jump through a portal, and have human qualities.

We usually saw this coming from people who for some reason or another believed in the biological Sasquatch only to get frustrated at their lack of advancement in achieving success that they began to subscribe to these theories.

In the past I have described at length what could cause, scientifically some of these anomalies that people see. Using infrasound (which as explained in the past is not a stretch as  the mammalian orders, some of the largest genera seem to have the ability to use infrasound)

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Infrasound can cause vibrations in the eyes, aural canals and effect the nervous system. These can cause hallucinations, feelings of being watched, hearing things, or generally a creeped out feeling. This affects people differently.

So in some of these cases where the Sasquatch told them something, or they may have hallucinated something such as a disappearance or “cloaking” it would seem extremely plausible that infrasound could be the root cause.

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The other factor at play is the brain’s response to seeing a creature “not yet in the system.” It is a trauma to all, in some wway, and how they deal with that from person to person varies widely. Some of these reactions not only explain some of the weird things people say a Sasquatch can do such as “cloaking”, but more to reality, why people with cameras don’t get a picture or video, or why they don’t necessarily fire a shot if they are hunting, aside from the folks that get a good look at the creature that say it looks human (as do gorillas, chimps etc.).

Also note that some armed folks still in their correct state of mind, use the proper rules of engagement in those scenarios as well such as being a non-threat or shooting because they don’t readily identify such as game.

I say all of this a bit gingerly because for the folks that legitimately experienced these types of reactions, it is real. Remember a person’s perspective (and in this case a legitimate witness) it is their reality. It may be incorrect as to the actual events, but that is how their brains perceived it. So to them it is concrete.

Enter Social Media

Not withstanding, there are some who claim this on a daily basis, weekly, whatever.  They will show pictures where pareidolia takes over and are ambiguous as to detail. I have seen some show pictures of nothing, claiming there was a Sasquatch in the picture cloaked.

“Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Some common examples are seeing a likeness of Jesus in the clouds or an image of a man on the surface of the moon.”

As we have seen some of these folks are out to gain a cult like following and try to legitimize their statements and usually they will find some “sheeple” to go along and agree with their every statement and agree to with what they are claiming.

Some of these folks will see the pareidolic effect and make statements to it authenticity.

None of these sites or pages offer any real evidence of the existence of a Sasquatch.

The Habituators

Another group that loves getting a cult like following, although dwindling in numbers, is the habituators or folks that believe they have them constantly living on their property and interact with them daily.

All one has to do is ask themselves, “They talk about it constantly, but where is the evidence?”

Exactly.

We have seen this over the decades, and not a single, interacting habituator can provide us with a decent photograph, DNA, audio?  See where this is going? Evidence, if any, presented again is extremely vague and ambiguous. Sorry, drawings and “gifts” left by Sasquatch does not constitute evidence if you don’t have physical evidence supporting that a Sasquatch did such.

Leaving a “gifting bowl” or anything for that matter on the ground and coming back the next day finding some of it missing with no evidence that a Sasquatch did such, and claiming such is just bad science. There are scores more of the animal kingdom in the forest than just a Sasquatch.

Again perhaps they want to feel special (which is a psychological thing), build a following or get on television.

The Mis-interpreters

The last group I will speak of is the folks that go out and do “research” and come back with nothing but stick “structures” in random areas. No prints, no reports, just…stick stuctures and “nests.” And while I don’t automatically discount these items, without corroborative evidence, it is just again bad science and investigation.

Again you will see the folks trying to make themselves famous, by posting every other day with videos of nothingness. No tracks, not audibles they claim to hear, just a video of them jawing about it.

No here’s the dilemma, because the information all these groups present, who is to say where their intent is without a smoking gun. (An they come few and far between).

So this realm falls into three categories, the wildly enthusiastic, the people who are claiming to know stuff they think they know, and the last group, the hoaxers.

Let’s face it, when it comes to Sasquatch, we actually do know a lot. They are primates, so their general behavior and attitude towards other primates, their curiosity, the mind’s need for stimuli, general living habits, caloric needs, their foot structure should be all pretty well known.

Can they gift? I believe they do, but not in the fashion many of these folks claim. Do they mess around with trees and create structures? I believe they can and do occasionally, just not in the numbers and frequency some people claim. Do they interact with people in a habituation? I believe they have, but the people that experience that are not looking for internet fame or speak of it all that much.

Well anyhow, let’s keep our eyes and ears doing what they do, and always, always, self evaluate your evidence and your experiences.

This week on Squatchdetective Radio

Justin Chernipeski

Till next time,

Squatch-D

Well with Spring finally springing, I thought I would point out some common mistakes made in the field by some, identifying bear sign as Sasquatch sign, which with the advent of social media has become more common place.

Whereas twenty years ago, tracks were usually a Sasquatch print or a hoaxed print, today we see many a new researcher indicating bear tracks as Sasquatch tracks.

The idea sprung on me when perusing my usual sites, I came across a Ballyhoo post which showed a track. Now this is one of the rare instances where I do not think LNP is pulling our leg. She legitimately thinks that this track could belong to a Sasquatch.

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Bigfoot Ballyhoo Blog April 21st, 2018

However what LNP appears to be looking at is a bear overstep. Judging from the size, a black bear because the width of the track in comparison to LNP’s hand is too narrow to what we have observed in Sasquatch tracks.

The other tell tale sign is the shift to the left the print takes looking at it from top to bottom, as you will see an unusual indentation on the right side of the track outline going from top to bottom.

in this enhanced photo you will see what appears to be toes, in the upper middle portion of the print indicating overstep.

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Needless to say this is not uncommon. The most common tell tale sign of an overstep is a deviation in the flow of the foot. The heel being at an awkward angle to the direction of the toes.

Once I had responded to a call from a man claiming to have numerous tracks near the Black River in the Adirondacks. I ha seen some of his casts and they looked peculiar. Sure enough we had gone to the location and discovered a set of fresh tracks in the sand on one of the banks to the river.

Clearly what was we saw was a bear overstep.

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Black River, Adirondacks: Bear overstep.

Again you can see the similarities in the LNP print and this one. Again the deviation from the upper middle section of the foot on the right.

Again this is a common mistake made by some folks not akin to tracking and animal sign. Again this is a learning curve and not meant as a put down. I too, took my bumps many years ago to learn the correct way to observe track evidence.

If you are not sure don’t be afraid and ask. Do not be in a rush to get those track photos posted. If you can cast them, please by all means do. Even if it is not a Sasquatch print, it’s good practice!

A lesson learned

In 2004 I had very little experience with bear sign and I had a reported sighting by two children stating they had observed a Sasquatch briefly. After interviewing them, their story was compelling, and upon examination of the area, just some 72 hours after their sighting, we found some scat I had never seen before. I did the right thing, and asked a veteran Bigfoot researcher and Forester Kathy Strain to look at a picture of the scat.

It was black bear scat. The children had heard stories previously of the Sasquatch, which may have predisposed them of a bear on its hind legs being a Sasquatch. I now believe what they had observed may have been a bear on its hind legs observing them. At least that’s what the physical evidence leans towards.

Point being, if you don’t know, be a responsible researcher and ask. And it changed the outcome of the investigation from likely Sasquatch, to likely bear.

And as a responsible researcher you should feel good about that, because our overall aim should be to the truth.

Some more Bear Sign

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Source: https://www.wildernesscollege.com/american-black-bear-tracks.html

Many of the above bear sign is often shown to me as Sasquatch sign by some researchers. I suggest researchers go to the following site, if not to learn but rather to brush up.

https://www.wildernesscollege.com/american-black-bear-tracks.html

It should also hone the enthusiasts of Sasquatch and its research, to be more the wiser when perusing some sites showing “evidence” of a Sasquatch, which seems for some to come on a daily basis, another huge warning sign that their research lacks cross checking and self-analysis, which we should all be doing as responsible researchers.

Of course everyone be safe out there, and remember to Squatch responsibly and make sure when you head out to the forests to be prepared for whatever.


This Week on Squatchdetective Radio:

Dallas Morgan

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

Here’s a  thought for researchers and one too often we don’t think about.

What if you come across an actual “nest” or properly coined a bedding area of a Sasquatch?

What is you come across blood or a stool sample?

Aside from following good forensic collection techniques and scene isolation and investigation, some of which can be found here at the Squatchdetective University investigation page, one must consider the biohazard impact of what sample that can be left behind, especially if fresh evidence is collected.

 

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Many years ago as a I was working my way becoming a medic, one of the many elective courses that were offered was an infection control course, which of course opened our eyes to the dangers of having open wounds, or mucous membranes being exposed to material which could infect our bodies, in some cases having severe and or long term effects.

We must remember, that especially in the animal kingdom and within the order of primates, certain evolutionary adaptations have occurred that may leave one genus immune to a virus or bacteria which leaves another vulnerable to.

Even across the same types of genus, living in different locations certain environmental resistances to biohazards can by happenstance, take for example the toll smallpox had in the early Americas on the native peoples.

The introduction of new viruses, bacteria and diseases unbeknownst to common medical practice can occur as well. Not only did we bring small pox to the Americas, but conversely Syphilis, was brought to Europe due to exposure from the Americas. Also note that Yellow Fever, was once indigenous to Africa, travelled to America thanks to the heinous slave trade.

Exposure to germs at a young age, as many Europeans living in dense cities at the time, had exposure to rodent germs, which in the Americas, did not. Much like the way they are trying to combat allergens, by introducing foods like peanuts, in small doses in toddlers and small children to build natural tolerances.

There are certain primate diseases though may not be common to Homo Sapiens (modern humans) but also within the order itself. There are also strains of disease that old world primates, versus new world primates may have a resistance to and vice versa.

Getting back to our Sasquatch issue, leads to many hypothetical situations. First and foremost, communicable disease is not just limited to a specific order set like primates. They can jump orders. The rat, (Order Rodentia) certainly was responsible for transmitting smallpox and bubonic plague throughout Europe causing the dreaded pandemics of such. Of course, one of the biggest order jumpers we hear about is rabies.

Now we can speculate all day long, what disease can be communicated on either side, but it is just that; speculation.

So here’s some simple things to carry in the field, to be mindful of the slight possibility of such contaminants.

Carry a small biohazard kit. It doesn’t take up much space or room on your person, and there is no need for a high tech respirator, especially since an airborne pathogen is unlikely unless you come face to face with Ol’ Hairy.

 

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But protecting the mucous membranes of your mouth, and nose is important, so a simple mask will do.

The beauty of this kit is not only will it most likely keep you from becoming contaminated by biohazard, but it will keep you from cross contaminating potential DNA evidence. So it works two fold here.

Finally you also want to keep on hand some post collection products, such as hand sanitizer, and eye wash, which should be part of your field first aid kit.

 

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The biggest thing is, both before and after of inspection and collection of any biological or DNA evidence, wash up both before and after to stop the contamination either way. 

 

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Not only is this for our own safety, but it also keeps our evidence safe. And please note…DO NOT KEEP DNA evidence in plastic baggies.

Plastic bags retain humidity and can quickly degrade the viability of the evidence. Biological evidence should be kept in paper bags!!

Let’s keep safe out there this Spring, Summer and Autumn!!!

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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