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Here is part three of my series on trail cameras.

In part one we talked about the IR flash only being active when the trail camera is active and some of the components of a trail camera.

In part two we explored whether a trail camera gives off electro-magnetic fields in passive mode, which it did where the motherboard component of the camera sits. The Passive Infrared Sensor, (The component that is on constantly, which receives did not.

In this segment we see just how far that electro-magnetic field travels and if it is feasible to be detected by wildlife.

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Yesterday I wrote about how a trail camera does not emit a constant source of infrared light, which negates the theory that the creatures can see the trail cameras citing they may have the ability to see in the infrared spectrum.

Veteran researcher Michael Greene suggested that the cameras emit an electronic field, which animals that are sensitive to those fields and magnetism they create, could sense the devices.

I did a quick experiment using one of my own trail cameras (A Stealth Cam STC-Q8X) and the results actually shocked me.

Here’s the video:

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Thanks Mike for the comment and the inspiration to test the theory out!

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All about trail cams

Happy New Year everyone!!!’

And what better way to bring in the new year with a little refresher course on trail cams.

First there has been a trail cam photo circulating on the web since the first or so of the month allegedly originating from South Carolina.

 

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Let me very clear,

“No picture is worth any value unless there is a story behind it.”

Clearly this appears to be a hog. And yes hogs can be brindle patterned.

Problem #1. Here there is absolutely nothing. No story, no location, no date, no time, no source.

Problem #2. First of all this is a trail cam photo which is obviously cropped because there is none of that neat data you get with trail cam photos. We are missing part of the frame to the left, the right and the bottom which usually is where you find such information.

Problem #3. If the “face” on the hind quarters of the hog, was actually a face, where is the IR Eyeshine??? It’s not there!

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We all know the propensity for Sasquatch reports to allege eyeshine, which I have seen myself in one encounter due to the distinct possibility of the creatures having a Tapetum Lucidum. So if that is a face? Where is the eyeshine?

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The diagram and eyeshine photos credited to https://blog.snapshotwisconsin.org/2017/10/31/the-science-behind-eyeshine/

The only proponents of this picture being a Sasquatch is that, there appears to be a face. Yet there are 3 facts (listed above) that contradict that mere observation.

I only fear the next counterclaim will be the Sasquatch was blinking or had its eyes closed!

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Sasquatch sees the I-R in trail cameras

Now this title is a little deceiving. Because I do not believe that for one second. First of all can anyone tell me what primate can see in the infrared spectrum? How about a mammal that can?  They cannot.

Also a trail camera does not emit a constant infrared beam or flash. The late William Dranginis believed the possibility that the Sasquatch’s hearing could hear the emission of an ultrasonic sound the sensors in the camera may emit. Which is plausible because hearing varies with species of mammals.

But a trail camera uses a passive infrared sensor to detect motion. Here’s the techno-babble courtesy of Wikipedia:

“A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view.

The term passive in this instance refers to the fact that PIR devices do not generate or radiate energy for detection purposes. They work entirely by detecting infrared radiation (radiant heat) emitted by or reflected from objects.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_infrared_sensor

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Therefore how can a Sasquatch avoid the trail cameras by sensing infrared, when they do not emit an infrared light until such time as the camera is triggered?

They certainly wouldn’t smell them, since most reports of a Sasquatch state their noses are flat indicating they would have scent sensory nerves much like us. Unlike the other critters with snouts, such as bears, hogs, deer and dogs which can smell stuff from very far.

The truth is putting trails cams in the forest is still like needles and haystacks. If you have six trail cams, that’s only 6 needles. Still a bit of luck is needed to get anything viable.


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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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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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An article caught my attention and once again a “journalist” makes a completely false statement:

Some cryptids have seared into our minds and have become pop culture icons. Bigfoot, the American super celebrity of the ape-man family, was made famous by the Patterson-Gimlin footage, the grainy, minute long film of Bigfoot walking through a clearing while rolling his shoulder to look at his audience…

Of course, both these visual proofs have been proven to hoaxes.

– Richard Worth

 Source:  https://theovertake.com/~full-moon/cryptozoology/

So let’s look at this from my perspective. He mentions the infamous Loch Ness “Surgeon Photo,” and yes, that eventually came out as a hoax including pictures of the model used to create the hoax.

But the Patterson-Gimlin film was never proven to be a hoax. Why does he claim it has been? The statement is very disingenuous.

 

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If the same standards of evidence is applied to the existence of Sasquatch it should be used uniformly for claims of hoaxes as well.

 

(Editors Note: That’s why sometimes we are, “not so quick” to call something a hoax, unless we do our due diligence and have something other than a flippant claim, or opinion (unless we state so) before calling something a hoax or leveling accusations. We do not call out things unless it is sourced and documented and evidence provided. We do this for pro-Sasquatch evidence as well )

 

One or two people making claims, which over time changed, providing no physical evidence,  does a hoax not prove. Hieronimous never provided any evidence that he was the person in the suit, nor did the late Phillip Morris ever produce a receipt for the one he claims to allegedly Roger Patterson bought.

 

 

 Hieronimous claims he was friends with Roger Patterson, and accompanied Patterson and Gimlin to Nor Cal with his costume. Patterson’s widow says he’s lying. Bob Gimlin says he’s lying. No one can corroborate Hieronimous’ claim that he accompanied Patterson and Gimlin. Various living witnesses near Bluff Creek say Patterson and Gimlin were not accompanied by anyone. No one ever saw Hieronimous with those two. Hieronimous doesn’t know where they went exactly, or which route they too…There are statements from people around Yakima who recall Hieronimous having some kind of furry costume in his trunk during that period, and remember his claims that he would try to fool some people with it. So there may have been a costume in his possession in the mid-1960’s, but he didn’t hang on to it, nor did anyone take a photo of him wearing it.

Source: http://undebunkingbigfoot.blogspot.com/2013/11/debunking-claimed-bigfoot-cosume-hoaxer.html

 

Mr. Worth does bring up some of the usual points about pseudo-science, etc, which every skeptic loves to bring up.However, Mr. Worth’s basic knowledge of a topic he mentions, the P-G film, his facts are incorrect when he calls “Patty” a “he.”

If you are going to call something a hoax, Mr. Worth, at least better have his facts straight about the claims and to show real journalism, not wave an accusatory statement that something is a hoax without at least doing the minimal homework required.

Further more why is Worth calling a Sasquatch a member of the “ape family?” Is this some of his own conjecture?  We know it is from the order primate, but we have no clue as to if it is Pongid (Ape) or Hominid, or even its own special branch off.

Now if people want to debate the authenticity of the film that’s fair. People can have their own opinions. But no suit, no receipts, no proof. Everything else is mere conjecture including Mr. Worth’s flippant claim.


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