Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 19th, 2010
Do Bigfoot ever carry clubs? Certainly, in 2006, there were reports that the club-carrying Johor Hominid, illustrated below used a club, was around, but weren’t those faked accounts based upon clubless sightings?
Yes, they were, but the creature above is a variety of the Malaysian Bigfoot, perhaps a typical True Giant with a club, shown in a Harry Trumbore drawing from The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, 2006.
But what about more classic Bigfoot encounters? Have hand-held “clubs” been reported?
In one 2006 incident (details below) from California it appeared a possible Bigfoot-with-club was seen.
Historically, there is further evidence of such sightings, as well.
The accounts of “Bushman” with clubs from the Nahanni River Valley of Northwest Territories, Canada, are not infrequent – see pages 52-53, in my field guide.
There are old reports from the West too. In the 1860s, in northern Nevada, a large party saw something, which we would call a Bigfoot today, carrying a rabbit and a club. While the hunters pursued it, their bloodhounds refused to chase. The tables were turned on January 14, 1902, when several young skaters in Chesterfield, Idaho, were chased by an 8-ft hairy creature with a club. The creature gave forth with loud yells.
In the Bigfoot history from the East, too, you can find hints of clubs. In January, 1894, near Dover, New Jersey, eyewitnesses Bertha Heatig, Lizzie Guscott, Katie Griffin, Mike Dean, Bill Dean, William Mullen and others sighted a bearded 6-ft tall “Wildman” with a club, in the nearby woods. But this might have only been a hermit, a feral human, of course.
What about a modern report from the West?
How would someone report such an event today? How about as a “chimpanzee” with a club?
A chimpanzee in Africa displays its aggressive attack display, which in chimps is often carried out with physical contact, and is not merely a bluff. Sometimes they do use clubs? But are there wild chimpanzees in California?
Cryptozoologist Chad Arment in 2006 passed along this intriguing news item:
Club-wielding chimp disappears after sighting
July 24, 2006
Authorities have not been able to locate a chimpanzee seen with a club in its hand in the backyard of a Thousand Oaks home Monday morning.
At 9:30 a.m., a resident in the 1500 block of Via Bajada saw a chimpanzee with some type of club, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said. By the time California Department of Fish and Game workers arrived, the animal had disappeared.
Officials suspect that it belongs to a neighbor, and the Department of Fish and Game was searching for people who have permits to own such animals, the Sheriff’s Department said.
This “chimp” was never captured.
Do Bigfoot carry clubs and what do they do with them?
= Misidentified Bigfoot?
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.