Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 22nd, 2007
Okay, I’ll take up the call for this one. People seem to wish to talk about how they would go about hunting for Bigfoot or Sasquatch. A free exchange of ideas and suggestions may assist people who want to pick up new approaches or enhance their own knowledge of searching for a real Bigfoot. I’ll undertake this exercise for the benefit of people who wish to find one place to revisit to watch an exchange grown, evolve, and take different tracks. So here goes…
Limiting this to real, biological examples of an unknown primate in North America, how would you go about the task to track, stalk, wait, capture, catch, kill, hold, study, release, or keep into captivity a real Bigfoot? (Yeah, against my better judgement, the kill vs no-kill camps can have at it.)
I once got a letter (remember those, the pieces of paper with markings on them that people use to send via the post office to each other) from Carlos Allende. Know him? He’s the guy who penned marginal notes to the US Navy about the Philadelphia Experiment.
Carlos wrote me years and years ago, detailing in jumbled text the best method to hunt for Bigfoot. I was suppose to go into a forest known to have Bigfoot sightings, sit on a tree trunk, entice the Bigfoot closer to me, and then let the Bigfoot sit on me so we could become friends and he’d want to come home with me.
Other than the feeling I was in the middle of a R. Crumb comic book scenario, I never considered trying Carlos’ methods, of course. I’ve done the sitting-on-a-tree-trunk part of it, as well as other things, as Louis Leakey suggested we all study modern great apes. In general, I’ve usually stuck to the usual wildlife and ecological techniques, but don’t let my bias (except for the flesh and blood ones) influence your comments too much. I’m interested in how you would hunt for Bigfoot.
[However, I will delete, like a hot potato, any comments on supernatural, time-traveling, 4D, phantom Bigfoot. Not because it isn't a possibility, but because it is not in my frame of reference of helpful suggestions for studying this subject zoologically and anthropologically here - and I am really bored with trying to explain one unknown with unknown.]
While you are thinking and commenting about this, please, if you want background general background on Bigfoot and support my time on this forum, pick up one of the following books on the topic. Thank you!
Cryptozoology A to Z (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999)
Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology (Fresno, CA: Craven Street-Linden Press, 2002)
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Paraview Pocket – Simon and Schuster, 2003)
The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (NY: Anomalist Books, 2006)
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.