Ely Sasquatch Video

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 21st, 2006

An intriguing new video taken in Ely, Minnesota, in January 2006, by a person named Richard Sade has surfaced.

The footage is of what Sade, at one point, calls the “Ely Bigfoot.” In another posting, Sade terms this the “Sasquatch Video.” I will call it simply the “Ely Sasquatch Video.”

There is a regular version to view here.
And a closeup here.

From the site where it can be seen, this is the background on the Ely Sasquatch Video:

Information regarding the footage. I was on highway 169 in Ely, Northern Minnesota. The date was January 26th, 2006. The time that it happened was around 4:30 a.m.

As I was driving down the road I heard screams comming from the woods. It can be compared to an owl type hooting/cry. This caused me to slow down & to see what it was. I was driving about 5 miles an hour or less when in front of my headlights walked this creature which was on 2 legs.

Its body was covered in brownish fur and around its face area was black. It looked at me through my windshield then made its way over to the left side of the road, where it stood watching me. I grabbed my camera & turned on the ‘nightvision’ setting & started to film.

As I filmed its back was turned to me & it was doing something near the pine tree. Then it walked up the hill into the woods. Which I am angry about because I could only see what showed with my headlights in the film, whereas I saw a lot more without the camera. This thing was huge & my guess it was probably around 6 feet high.

Alot of people agree that this Sasquatch is actually picking up a ‘baby Bigfoot’ before walking up the hill. And its screamming is what I heard earlier.

I have no background or personal information on Richard Sade. Who is he? What was he doing on the road at that hour? Is this a hoax? Does the hair seem rather long on this Sasquatch? Is it a good video? What was the weather like at 4:30 am near Ely, Minnesota on that January day? Have there been other recent sightings from around there? If Bigfoot exists, won’t we expect such new footage to appear? What is actually seen occurring in this video? Is it a human in a suit or an authentic unknown hairy hominoid?

Take a look and consider if this is a worthy new addition to the photographic record for Bigfoot. And what does it tell us?

Any further details on this videotape or Richard Sade would be appreciated.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

68 Responses to “Ely Sasquatch Video”

  1. mike2k1 responds:

    With the poor screen resolution I first observed the video with, I thought bear and would swear it was. After the other zoomed video, and with a better monitor, I see a person in a suit clumsily stumbling up the hill. There are holes all in this story. Sure would be nice if was a squatch but IMO I don’t believe it is. Maybe Mr. Sade will take up Paul’s offer from the Bff and let him host a Hi-res copy. I’ll be paitently waiting turning blue holding my breath.

  2. Shawshank responds:

    I’m the BFRO investigator assigned to Mr. Sade’s case. I added the copyright legend for him(he was concerned about theft) and enhanced the video by centering the subject, zooming in, and adjusting contrast. Any advice on how the image could be sharpened further?

  3. Batgirl responds:

    I’ve been looking at this video all day and I am still not convinced. I don’t know. Maybe I am hoping that some spark of intuition will lead me to the ‘real’ video that is out there somewhere, but this one ain’t it.


  4. Mule responds:

    I’ve watched this thing a few dozen times, and I’m still convinced of the same thing that Eoanthropus Dawsoni says above, it’s a guy in a ghillie suit. The shape of the head/shoulders, the “fur” (actually burlap) hanging down around the wrists, etc, just looks so much like a tree tux.

    I would love to know more specifics about the area this occurred in…can you elaborate on that Shawshank? Where it was filmed up on Fernberg Rd, etc.? I asked those questions on the Bigfoot Forum and got no response.

  5. Doug responds:

    Although not clear, the subject appears to bend over and pick up an object. The object appears to be a younger bigfoot,which looks like to be climbing on the back of the subject later in the video, causing the subject to drop to all fours as if to get its balance in the snow or ice, or maybe trying to regain it. The legs do appear to have a “baggy” look to them. It could be a thick winter coat. I really do not have an opinion yet, but it does look fishy. Like I said in the beginning, its not exactly clear. The driver should have backed up and put the highs on. This would of helped unless he was trying to hide the obvious.

  6. curiousgrl responds:

    I agree that the lighting is from a car parked on the side of the road. Next time you’re in your car at night look at the “cone” of light your car makes. That said, the video is too poor to make any kind of detailed observations about the fur, etc. Who knows? If I was making a hoax video I would have thought about all of this and made it a bit more believable. Last note, I live in mn. and have heard strange sounds through my car window in winter – the north woods can be kinda spooky at 4 in the morning…..

  7. youcantryreachingme responds:

    curiousgrl – not everyone thinks.

  8. rmcc responds:

    Hyez All,

    my 2 cents:
    -I carry a camera (antique digital still but has movie function) in both my cars for ‘just in case’ issues (after a traffic accident where the other guy lied, I decided ‘proof’ speeds things up). My newer digital camera (still a pic cam) has movie WITH default sound, and it was cheap. So my first question is why no sound? It has night vision but no sound?
    -the thing is leaving why not get out of the car and film the tracks and surrounds or even attempt to follow it (ok I accept it may have been cold but it is a once in a lifetime).
    -everyone knows about DNA or getting samples (PNG highlanders excepted, maybe) so why not get out and goto the bush and look for hair (or film the tracks). If he was too scared then why not come back the next day? Bugger, I would have gone back the next day and filmed the crime scene with voice commentary (but then I did take a 1,000 odd pic’s at Macchu Picchu).

    To summarise, we will never know (short of hi-res perhaps) because it is a hoax or/and the guy is a non-thinking coward.

    Two last cents:
    -how many people have been killed by sasq`s
    -what is a Ghille suit?

    Great site and cheers from Oz.

  9. Eoanthropus Dawsoni responds:

    A Ghillie suit is used by snipers or hunters for maximum concealment. It is usually made with many hundreds of burlap strips hanging from a poncho or jacket. If the burlap material is of the same color as the vegetation in an area, a man wearing a ghillie suit will be almost undetectable if he remains motionless. Or if he wears one while walking in the snow at night he will look like Sasquatch.


  10. Eoanthropus Dawsoni responds:

    So you are driving around in the woods near Ely at 4:30 AM and manage to get some video of a bipedal creature walking away from the road. Do you:

    A: Submit a copy of the video to a scientific institution for study as possible evidence of an unknown species.

    B: Submit a copy to the news media.

    C: Call the cops.

    D: Sell a copy to the National Enquirer.

    E: Wait almost two months, then post a copy (with the sound removed) on youtube.com.

  11. Chiconj responds:

    He just posted a new video; with BF running towards the road. Funny there was no mention of this in his first video description. I call shennanigans!

  12. bccryptid responds:

    Agree with Scarfe, animal looks ‘drunk’. Most likely because it is a human animal struggling with walking in a big furry suit at night. Animal does not have the grace and smooth movements of the Patterson video.

  13. Mnynames responds:

    Well, someone beat me to the revelation of a new video, but I think this may clear up one area of discussion. The new video (I’m assuming that it occurs after it walks offscreen) clearly shows the figure running unencumbered of anything, arms swinging in typical (But in my opinion poorly imitated) Paterson fashion. If you were a momma Sasquatch and had just taken the trouble of picking up your little one and walking into the woods, why would you abandon it almost immediately? Personally, I think the baby Bigfoot is really just a bulge in a very baggy costume as the person bends down. I’m willing to give this video a chance, but right now I just don’t buy it, for all the reasons mentioned above.

  14. Grendel responds:

    Due to the poor quality of the film, one cannot hazard a guess if it is hoax or genuine. It’s all academic anyway -even if it were as clear as the Patterson film, it would establish nothing scientifically.

  15. youcantryreachingme responds:

    as at 12.19 24th March AEST, these videos (together with the newer, third one – see separate cryptomundo blog entry) have all been removed.

  16. JokerRose responds:

    Ah come on .. why’d you remove them? I wanted to see too darn it. Did you move them somewhere else or can you possibly repost them? No fair.

  17. Guitarman responds:

    The skin looks loose in the video sort of like someone in a monkey suit?

  18. bertbuddy responds:

    I am from Ely, and I have yet to see this sasquatch. Also the video seems to be filmed about 15 miles outside of Ely towards Tower on Highway 169. To me, the video looked a lot like Ropey. He is this guy that lives up here, and has a big old furry jacket. Anyway, just my 2 cents.

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