Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 4th, 2007
Bigfoot’s best buddy Todd Standing is back in the news again.
We reported here on Cryptomundo when Mr. Standing filed the petition to protect Bigfoot in Canada.
The following article states that a similar appeal had been made to the US congress.
This article, or other variations of it, is the only thing I have heard about a petition being filed with Congress.
I imagine that if that had been done, some of the major US media would have picked up on it.
Ottawa – Bigfoot, the legendary hairy man-like beast said to roam the wildernesses of North America, is not shy, merely so rare it risks extinction and should be protected as an endangered species.
So says Canadian MP Mike Lake who has called for Bigfoot to be protected under Canada’s species at risk act, alongside Whooping Cranes, Blue Whales, and Red Mulberry trees.
“The debate over their (Bigfoot’s) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing,” reads a petition presented by Lake to parliament in March and due to be discussed next week.
“Therefore, the petitioners request the House of Commons to establish immediate, comprehensive legislation to affect immediate protection of Bigfoot,” says the petition signed by almost 500 of Lake’s constituents in Edmonton, Alberta.
A similar appeal has been made to the US Congress.
Down through history, there have been numerous, if unsubstantiated sightings of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch in North American folklore.
The beast is said to inhabit remote forests, mainly in the US Pacific northwest and western Canada, and many believe it could be related to the equally mythical Yeti said to have found its home in Tibet and Nepal.
While sometimes described as large, hairy bipedal hominoids, Bigfoot are considered by most experts to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes.
But the legend remains strong, and Bigfoot researcher Todd Standing, who was behind the petition, claims to have proof of its existence, and says he fears for its safety.
“When I get species protection for them nationwide, I will make my findings public and I will take this out of the realm of mythology. Bigfoot is real,” Standing told Global National television news.
He said he has 12 seconds of video footage of Bigfoot roaming Canada’s western Rocky Mountains included in a 30-minute documentary, but his detractors say it was staged with actors.
His supporters hail from Canada’s westernmost provinces, but Bigfoot sightings have been reported across the country, which is 90 percent uninhabited.
There are currently 516 plant and animal species at risk in Canada, according to Environment Canada. Another 13 species are already extinct. – Sapa-AFP
Considering the fact that this article stated that Standing’s, and Sylvanic’s, detractors say that his film was staged with actors, the following information is very interesting.
Cryptomundo reader partytildawn sent the following info to Cryptomundo regarding Todd Standing and Sylvanic.
I am fairly certain this movie was a fraud. I found an advertisement on the internet for cast of actors by Todd Standing about the same time this documentary was filmed.
I found this ad placed by Todd Standing in April 2005 on http://www.mediamag.ca/ …
Actors are invited to audition for a feature film to be shot in and around Edmonton in August. Seeking 9 male and 5 female actors 25 – 35 years old. For more info on the roles and for an audition appointment email or call Todd at (780) 232-52**.
I am wondering if this is where he got his people to appear in his “documentary.” – partytildawn
I called the number listed on the google cached site today, but it was not answered by anyone named Todd, nor did they apparently have anything to do with a film audition.
So is Todd Standing a fraud?
Did he hire actors to play a part in the filming of Sylvanic?
Will we ever know the truth?
Update: Cryptomundo reader skeptic provided another link to the archived page on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.