Posted by: John Kirk on November 2nd, 2006
Dress to fit the environment, I am a great believer in blending in with the environment as it gives you the advantage of stealth when investigating and on surveillance. Those of you have been out in the woods with me, especially those from Ohio, Texas and British Columbia will know that I always wear camouflage or black when I am out on an investigation. I want to be so at one with my environment that it would be hard for a sasquatch to locate me. Dark green and khaki are two other colours that go well with most environments, but for goodness sake don’t wear oranges and reds unless it is in the fall or you are going to stick out like a sore thumb. Remember we have to presume that sasquatch is not colour blind and we want to remain as invisible as possible.
I would be carrying fruit with me on a serious investigation because should a sasquatch approach me or show aggressive behaviour, I would toss the fruit in its path to allow me a momentary distraction which may buy me time in withdrawing from the scene. Remember this is not Harry and the Hendersons, we are dealing with, but a very large heavyset hominid for whom there is no manual with details on its observed behavioural traits. You must err on the side of caution and withdraw cautiously if approached. I have several friends who have investigated sasquatch behaviour in the Kiamichi mountains of Oklahoma who have encountered unusually volatile and aggressive behaviour on the part of sasquatches. These behaviours left a deep impression on me and seriously influenced my thinking on how I would deal with one if confronted. Never turn your back on any potentially dangerous wildlife and withdraw furtively backwards with your eyes firmly fixed on the target. You’ve seen police and military units do this when pulling back and you and I should behave no differently in such circumstances.
I do not believe in killing a sasquatch to satisfy anybody’s curiosity. Killing one to get back at scientists who have disparagingly denigrated investigators for their interest in sasquatch over the years just does not cut it for me. We do not know if they are part of the genus homo, but from what I have seen of the female sasquatch in the Patterson/Gimlin film, I feel they very likely are. If you kill a member of the genus homo you are culpable for the felony of homicide. I do not doubt for a moment that anyone who kills a sasquatch, except in self-defense, would be prosecuted. There is no precedent for this so I am fairly certain that prosecutors will seek a trial to establish such a precedent. Heaven help anyone who shoots a sasquatch as you will be the guinea pig of whatever justice system is in your jurisdiction. Also you will be the target of every nut job on the planet who would seek to harm you for whatever crackpot reason they deem apt. Do you seriously want to take that risk?
Even if sasquatch is not of the genus Homo, because it is a rare and unknown species, prosecutors would very likely invoke all sort of endangered species protection laws to prosecute the killer of a sasquatch. Again this boils down to the need to have a trial to obtain a precedent and to set the tone for all future acts of violence upon sasquatch. People who advocate the killing of a sasquatch are clearly unaware of the legal turmoil they could be letting themselves in for. Killing a sasquatch to vindicate yourself and why you seek it is the worst reason in the world to down one and to terminate the life of one for scientific purposes is a crock. This animal is so rare and other than a few instances of aggression it appears to be largely peaceful, reclusive and benign. That’s more than I can say about some humans. We also have no idea as to how many there are a it is very possible that the killing of one sasquatch could have a cataclysmic effect on a population base for which there are nor statistics.
To be continued.
Part I is available here on Cryptomundo.
Part II is available here on Cryptomundo.
Part III is available here on Cryptomundo.
Part IV is available here on Cryptomundo.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.