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I recently read an older (circa 2016) article by UK Paleontologist, Dr. Darren Naish that was a short piece that widely covered the topic in the Scientific American website.

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Dr. Darren Naish, Paleontologist

I love to do point counter point on his article. Of course I am not a scientist, nor do I claim to be. I am an Investigator by trade. Now how all that moshes into the Bigfoot mystery sums up as this.

As an investigator (not a scientist) my job is to gather evidence forensically to prove to the scientist either it is worth taking a reexamination of the topic or to prove it is existence.

My job is not necessarily the scientific method of hypothesis, experiment, result and repeat to see if we get the same result. That is rather a difficult task since like us and other animals, behavior is dynamic and can be different, for the same experiment.

My job is to document, gather evidence and present a good case. Most of the evidence is either direct evidence (in the form of testimony), subjective evidence and circumstantial evidence. Physical evidence would be things such as DNA, hair samples (which would defy classification), undisputed photographic evidence (which with CGI today, even if the real thing would be argued for decades). Track evidence which can be forensically determined (which also is a point of dispute amongst folks).

So lets look at some of the things Naish has stated.

“I do not think that the data we have at the moment – this includes tracks, hairs, vocalizations, photos, and the innumerable eyewitness accounts – provides support for the notion that Bigfoot is real, and have come to the conclusion that it is a sociocultural phenomenon: that people are seeing all manner of different things, combining it with ideas, memes and preconceptions they hold in their minds, and interpreting them as encounters with a monstrous, human-like biped.”

Counterpoint: I agree that the data at the moment does not provides scientific support, however the sheer number of eyewitness reports defies that.  The old adage of “preconceptions” does not hold water to the folks that have encounters that, do not one iota, believe in the existence of such a creature until they have a sighting. Some are left traumatized, and haunted by what the have seen because it defies their belief system. And while this blanket statement may hold true for some it is not applicable to all. The article later goes on to state that long time Sasquatch researcher Rene Dahinden never found tracks (or had a sighting), can lend credence that Naish’s statement is in error. Certainly, Dahinden had a preconceived notion, as did Green, and Byrne, yet neither of those veteran researchers had laid eyes on a creature.

“…while writing this article (and others) is that there’s scarcely any Bigfoot imagery online which is marked for re-use: everything is protected by copyright and unavailable for free use by others. Make of that what you will.”

Counterpoint: Well, we are in the internet age. Everything in places is subject to copyright. There are pictures of all sorts of animals on the internet that are copyrighted. Does that mean they are faked or not real?

“Bigfoots purportedly make noises, and a standard part of modern Bigfoot lore is that people might be able to ‘call in’ or even communicate with Bigfoots by making wails, screams, roars or howls, or by hitting trees or rocks to make far-carrying percussive whacks, these sounds resembling the noises that are attributed to the creature. What’s notable is that these vocalizations are phenomenally diverse: the ‘Ohio howls’, ‘Samurai chatter’, the whoops, whistles, growls and howls attributed to this animal well exceed what we’d expect for a single animal species that communicates over long distances, and there’s nothing approaching homogeneity of the sort present across known primate species… The conclusion must be that the noises have diverse origins, by which I mean that they are mostly sounds made by known animal species, including cattle, coyotes (and their hybrids) and humans.”

Counterpoint: Dr. Naish may be a paleontologist, but not a primatologist whom will tell you, whistles, growls, howls and whoops are all part of primate communication. However in fairness, there is a diverseness to many vocalizations some of which I am certain are misidentifications, and I truly do not consider them much other than anecdotal evidence. They will not prove a Sasquatch exists unless there is direct or physical evidence proving they are the ones making the sounds, tree knocks, etc. But in an investigation, these are important to make correlations amongst other investigators (researchers). The conclusion must be, more research and good investigation is required, not an assumption, because there is no more proof than Dr. Naish’s conclusion than a conclusion that a Sasquatch caused it.

 

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The Sierra Sounds recordings, Ron Morehead

 

“Indeed, some of the most incredible of these sounds – if you’ve never heard the ‘Sierra sounds’ or ‘Samurai chatter’ recorded by Ron Morehead, well, you’re in for a treat – sound nothing at all like the others that have been reported and recorded, and have only been heard exclusively in one small area…And, yes, I think that many of the more incredible Bigfoot sounds – ‘Samurai chatter’ and other speech-like utterances among them – were generated by people.”

Counterpoint: In one of more recent posts was mistaken for defending the Sierra Sounds. That was not necessarily my intention. But in the last comment by Dr. Naish, it is an opinion, as are all of the above statements. Has Dr. Naish taken the Morehead – Berry recordings to an acoustical engineer to analyze the audio? Certainly not mentioned in his statement, making this a layman’s opinion as his field of expertise is Paleontology (which is the scientific study of life that existed prior to, and sometimes including, the start of the Holocene Epoch). His area of expertise is not acoustics, nor primatology nor anthropology, all of which Dr. Naish’s “conclusions” are based upon. However stuff of the “Sasquatch Ontario” ilk definitely are human and hoaxed.

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I respect Dr. Naish, for being a scientist, and he has a bit of an open mind to the topic, but all of what you have heard by him is opinion, some of which is spin by the scientific community to brush away the phenomena which we have heard over the last two decades.

Remember the older excuse of there not being enough food source in the forest, until it was mentioned that a black bear needs 21,000 calories a day for a month prior to hibernation?

I have the ability to read and learn of things that cross over into other realms of expertise. So why is his opinion more weighted than any other laymen who have read upon topics? I am sure his intentions are well meant, but many times scientists are turned into talking heads, basing their statements on opinions rather than research.

Many of heard me speak about Dr. Phillip Stevens and Biologist Curt Kogut talk of some of the ridiculous “talking head” statements said on my MonsterQuest episode. This is is vary similar, but with more fairness and a gentle touch.

“There is no evidence that North America could support a large primate”

                                                                          — Dr. Phillip Stevens on MonsterQuest

                “Homo-sapiens are large primates, and so were the aboriginal native Americans!”

                                                                                           —- Steve Kulls

“If these things were out there, people would be seeing them”

                                                         —Curt Kogut Biologist, NYS ENCON

“WTF???”

                                                             —- Steve Kulls


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This week on Squatchdetective Radio (4/22/18)

Chris and I are pleased to have on as our guest, Suzanne Ferencak, the main subject of a Bigfoot documentary named “The Back 80.” Also we’ll have on Alan Megargle, Jesse Morgan of Twisted Tree Productions, the duo behind “The Back 80!”

 

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From time to time in the Bigfoot research arena, we for years are continued to be deluged with video we have seen time and time again. Often having us dust off old files to again retell the debunking or the truth in the subject matter.

Some of the “Noobs” often would like to argue with the facts long established, sometimes decades old. Instead of taking the long procedural approach many researchers took the “Pre-Social” media age somehow some of these new folks want to reinvent the wheel.

Okay fine, but often we see leaps of faith because the evidence used in the original investigations has since long been removed or deleted from existence.

I have seen that in the Bannon Bigfoot photo hoax several times over.

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Mind you this video came out in the late 2000’s. However a relative new person in 2014 did a video analysis (long since removed).

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“A closer look reveals this video might be the most impressive Sasquatch footage ever…”

                                                              Anonymous poster Dec. 3rd, 2014

See again, a video, photo or audio is only as good as the story behind it. This is where a lot of the newer folks go wrong. The same way years ago Facebook FindBigfoot went wrong.

To take a piece of video, photo or audio on basis alone, without the well documented story behind it you  have nothing. It defies the investigative process and it defies the scientific process.

This had long been researched and was found to belong to an unestablished film maker, by the name of Shawn Bannon, who once owned a production company by the name of StudioDrome. While on the face the videos and photos may look fascinating, the story of how he came about the video and photos were very scant aside from being out in the forest with friends.

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Shawn Bannon

Although personally I did not investigate this, I publicly stated my opinion, and again I emphasize my opinion, that the evidence was a studio production because the pictures specifically looked airbrushed or altered in some manner and story and the willingness to communicate with researchers was a bit weak. (Much in the day before FotoForensics). And usually my gut is a good indicator and their are times you do have to fight that gut instinct, but not in this case.

As it turns out after much debate and conjecture, and evidence against this being real, Bannon released some of the documentary on Vimeo in 2014, very clearly stating the Sasquatch in the video and photos were not real.

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Source: http://vimeo.com/89030476

Despite Bannon “coming clean” in 2014, it does not take away the fact for years he propagated the media as authentic.

Editor’s note…. What the new folks have to do is use the old analyses as a starting point. Find flaws in it if there are any that stick, and go from there. Not just arbitrarily take the evidence and go at it like it has never been looked at before. Does that create a bias? Perhaps, but as mentioned above some of the evidence available then, may not be available now. Check it’s history and fact check yourself and source your material. And it is okay from time to time be wrong or take a misstep. Freely admit it, we are human after all.


 Fast forward to 2018

Now the matter at hand, as an Alberta, Canada video has resurfaced and now let the series of misinformation begin.

THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGINS!!!

Posted on January 18th, 2018: 

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5368423/bigfoot-canada-video-real/

Here we have an article being propagated by a UK news source, and there are now a couple stating this video was recently filmed on January 5th, 2018.

In reality had there been some due diligence, the YouTube site Modern Galaxy properly sourced the video and never made the claim it was filmed on January 5th of this year. The original link was posted right below the video, all one had to click on “Show More.” 

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3t7mDe3SOo

The fact is the video was uploaded originally to a YouTube user site by the name of “foxrf600” on January 27th, 2014.

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l96zvON3Rk8

No surprise it was the last video uploaded to the account and only one other video had been uploaded to the account in 2010. Since the Homepage of the account has been edited to not include the “About” section, there is no way to send this user a message.

No previous videos other than the one on the account to me makes it very suspect. May have been an old or forgotten account, hence the one earlier video. But none afterwards makes everything seem to me the person wanted to remain anonymous.

Which leads to the next question, which I will answer.

Doesn’t a witness deserve anonymity?

Answer: Yes, absolutely, but if they wanted anonymity, why the hell post it on YouTube?

Well its one of those inconclusive things. On merit the video looks like it may be possible, although there has been internet exchanges that the wording by the witnesses seems a little, “prepped.” Some claim though it seems authentic.

Who knows at this point, because go back to my earlier statement: A video, photo or audio, without a story behind it, other than a cursorily posted description as the one above, is WORTHLESS. IT’S NOT EVIDENCE, IT’S NOTHING!

Usually videos with such vague descriptions such as the one above generally tend to fetter out as nonsense anyway. Don’t know for sure in this case, but just stating the norm.


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After taking some much needed time off from the blogosphere and had a lot of inner and outer reflections on our goals and studies here at Squatchdetective.com, some amazingly good things are beginning to happen and we are happily planning away at our 2015 research schedule now that this past winter has finally appeared to release most of its nasty grip upon us.

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On another great note Squatchdetective Radio will soon be on the air once again as we have found a new home at BuzzSprout.com. Chris Bennett and I are quite excited to get back at it again.

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Now..the beef of the day

Someone brought up a good point to me the other day. I have been blessed in my life with a terrific family in so much as they accept what I do, and actually either participate or take interest in what I do between Bigfoot Research and my paranormal thing I do over at ExPERT.

There are many reasons why people get involved in Bigfoot Research, Ufology or Paranormal Investigation. For some it wasn’t ever planned, just a chance encounter which immersed them in their particular topic. Others because of an inane curiosity which needs to be satisfied. Others for a thirst of knowledge. Whatever it is, we have all come together with at least one commonality.

The battle for acceptance of loved ones in what we do.

Where the problems and toils begin for many researchers, is when some in their family becomes judgmental and critical. In my “older age” I have lost much patience for such.

Again I was blessed to have a parent, as my father passed away prior to this long foray into the Cryptid world and Paranormal, that was supportive. My father however also introduced me to this world and had quite an open mind to such mysteries.

My family always told me my father would have been proud to see what I have accomplished thus far. I am very modest, but my family dotes a bit much that I have been on TV, written books and does something very exciting.

To me its just having fun, a passion, friendships and some level of excitement. I have always stated that if you turn a passion into a career, then that is a life fulfillment. Although it is not a full time career, it still dominates a lot of what I do in my spare time. I am blessed to have a girlfriend right along side of me in my endeavors.

If what you do brings you joy (in multiple senses), and brings joy to some others (which is what we generally try to do here and especially in the paranormal field by helping folks), then that, is a special life of fulfillment.

Unfortunately some families that fail to see their own shortcomings because of a close minded, or “all knowing” approach, or throwing the “God Card,” as I call it. And criticize and even at times mock their loved one. That is a failure on their part not only in their own lives’ fulfillment but an injustice to those that they claim to love. Love is unconditional so should acceptance.

I have family with different political viewpoints than I, but I love them and accept their beliefs unconditionally. We may spar over these things, but it is respectful and never, “your ideas are a farce, or stupid.”

At the very least we try to understand the importance and meanings of our beliefs to each as an individual and accept them. 

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In regards to the issue where Tom Biscardi was cited for taking films and photos belonging to other researchers and including them in his fiction (non fiction?) film Pursuit, I have received this communiqué from Bob Daigle the owner of the film that brought this to my attention.

Hello Steve,

I am writing to thank you for alerting me to the intended use of some video that I have copyrighted, and to correct any impression that there was any ill intent on the part of Tom Biscardi in using this video.

I have talked at length to all parties involved, and now realize that I may have not made clear to Jody and Jane what my intended restrictions were when I gave them a copy of my video for their personal use several years ago.

I brought this matter to Tom’s attention, and he proposed a solution which I found to be acceptable, and our agreement has been completed in a prompt and business-like fashion.

When undesired situations arise, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and this approach has served me well in this case.

The comment in your posting about the location of the video being Ohio rather than North Carolina is correct, and I hope that is portrayed correctly in Tom’s final product.

Regards,

Bob Daigle  (June 10th, 2013)

So it appears C. Thomas reached into his pocket book and bought off Mr. Daigle’s complaint. Or perhaps he offered him a percentage, who knows.

We’ve given Mr. Biscardi the benefit of the doubt in 2005, only to have another circus act brought to us in 2008. So not so fast.

And what about the Vermont Trail Cam photo being used, or the Georgia Dash Cam being used as “bus footage.”

 

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Once, maybe the benefit of the doubt, but here are three examples of taking other people’s materials.

In other notes of interest

Friday is looking to be an interesting day and we are working on some leads for that impending fiasco. Stay tuned for a blog on Friday morning about this.

Also some other older hoaxed stuff is making it’s rounds on the internet, like this picture of an alleged Bigfoot, which so obvious is a ghillie suit…

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And of course the Shawn Bannon 2006 hoax…

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Finally…

We’d like to pass our sincerest condolences to our Squatchdetective family member Chris Bennett, who lost his father this past Thursday.

“Chris we all pray for you and your family, and wishing you all the best my brother. Take all the time you need, your seat will be waiting here for you!

Love you man!”

Till Next Time,

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