Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 25th, 2007
The fire storms of Southern California have burned more than 400,000 acres and nearly one million people have been evacuated. California has suffered from 8,000 wildfires this year alone, and sadly, 6,800 of them were started by people.
The California fires of the fall of 2007 are widespread, and the human impact is massive. We hear stories, naturally, of firefighters, celebrity houses burning, and people moving from the danger zones. But what’s happening to the wildlife?
Endangered animals like the California condor are being evacuated from the San Diego Wildlife Park. The Los Angeles City Department of Animal Services is cautioning Southern California residents to avoid wild animals who have been displaced by wildfires. Birds are said to be flying in from fire ravaged areas. The southern California habitat of the bighorn sheep remains safe, news reporters note.
Is anyone systematically gathering this data for all wildlife? On the impact to cryptids?
What about Bigfoot too?
The disaster of the eruption of Mount St. Helens caused speculation for years afterwards as to whether any dead Bigfoot were to be found in the area of destruction. Reports of helicopters flying out bodies of Sasquatch were part of the rumor mill for a few years. Conspiracy theories gone wild.
How about a realistic fire-impact study in hominology? The lab is open, but is anyone gathering the data?
The time is now to collect reports of actual sightings of movements of wildlife retreating from these fires, increased activity of Bigfoot in southern and northern California, sightings of Sasquatch from the West, and anomalistic zoological accounts from northern Mexico, in a more global fashion. Who will step forward for this challenge?
What is happening with Bigfoot, in relationship to the fires of California?
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.