Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 29th, 2009
Researchers with Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center took this 2009 cast of what they claim might be a footprint of the elusive Bigfoot in the Kiamichi Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma. A group of about 30 researchers spent Memorial Day weekend looking for evidence of the creature.
Researchers with the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center set a cast of a footprint of what they say could be a Bigfoot during a 2008 expedition near Chelsea, Oklahoma. They are Roy McClish (from left), Todd Bunton, Dave Ganote and Randy Harrington.
LaVelle Rose of Ludlow, Oklahoma, holds a clump of foul-smelling, fine, woolly hair, found by her husband Odell Rose, June 2008, in the forest outside of Honobia, Oklahoma. Photo: William Moore/The Oklahoman.
Researchers believe that a footprint they discovered over the Memorial Day 2009 weekend in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma is that of the elusive creature Bigfoot.
D.W. Lee, global director of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center, said the print was discovered about five miles into the woods. They were able to make a cast of the print, which measured 15 3/4 inches long and 5 inches wide.
“The toes were clearly visible on the cast after it was lifted up,” Lee said.
In addition, Lee said they heard “vocalizations” in the woods that they recognize as the tell-tale mocking calls of Bigfoot. Whoop sounds, “attempted imitations” of whippoorwills and mimicking of dove and owl calls were heard, he said.
One crew member was hit by a rock during a night hike just moments after two large animals were spied through a night scope walking on two feet across a logging road.
“A lot of people, it doesn’t really dawn on them when rocks land near them” that Bigfoot could be responsible, Lee said.
Lee and his crew are evaluating hundreds of photographs and hours of video recordings taken over the weekend by about 30 researchers.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Scott Simmons said he has not been involved in any Bigfoot-seeking expeditions but that people are capable of collecting and analyzing data and have been doing so for years in fascination of the possibility of an unknown apelike species.
“I’m not going to tell someone they did not see or did see something,” he said.
Flashback: Bigfoot hunter Bob Stamps is pictured beside a “life-size” silhouette of the legendary creature in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He wanted to prove the creature existed by capturing it during the summer of 1977. Photo published on August 21, 1977 in The Daily Oklahoman.
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.