Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 15th, 2009
ABC News called me late last night for a reaction and some quotes on the Minnesota trailcam photo that the reporter said she wanted to add to their article for today.
I guess the reporter’s editor didn’t like my remarks. I said the “Bigfoot” looks bogus. Indeed, I said it appears that someone was trying to pull a prank on the trailcam owners.
My cautionary and skeptical comments were not included in the ABC News article.
Bigfoot in Minnesota? Trail Cam Snaps Pic of Sasquatch-Like Figure
Hunters’ Camera Captures Image Some Say Resembles Legendary Bigfoot
Casey Kedrowski said he’s always considered himself a skeptical sort of person, but an image captured by a trail camera in the woods of northern Minnesota has left him scratching his head. In October, Kedrowski, 20, and his brother Peter, 30, set up a motion-activated camera to take pictures of deer near their families hunting shack near Chippewa National Forest. But when they pulled out the camera’s memory card and took a look at the images, they couldn’t believe their eyes. Among the photos…
The above alleged Bigfoot was taken at 7:20 pm, on October 24, 2009, on a rainy night, by a game trail camera in woods north of Remer, Minnesota, according to the hunters who set up the camera.
Perhaps one of the worst, most uncritical parts of the ABC News article is the subsection entitled “Researcher Compared Minn. Bigfoot to Patterson Bigfoot.” Here we read that local Minnesota “Bigfoot researcher” Don Sherman “said the body proportions of the alleged Minnesota Bigfoot, in particular the arm length, are very similar to the Patterson Bigfoot.” Regarding the thing seen in the photo, ABC News reports that “he believed it to be Bigfoot.”
All I can say is that this merely continues the media’s need to push weak Bigfoot stories on an unsuspecting public. This image seems to have no solid foundation of evidence or links to hominology, and I find this growing media episode unfortunate.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.