Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 18th, 2012
OMG, sometimes I have to just throw up my hands in frustration or go for a double face-palm!!
Ben Radford has written a new column theorizing that escaped animals are behind Bigfoot sightings. I’m not even going to trouble you with any quotes. I respect your intelligence too much. Cryptozoologists have been saying this for years, that we need to follow escaped animal sightings to make certain they are not confused with sightings. But that’s different than pointing out a recent chimp sighting or bears in the woods are any kind of blanket explanation for Bigfoot accounts. Ye ole “circus train wreck excuses” as an overreaching motif still doesn’t work, even if you put a new window dressing on it.
We’ve been here before. It was silly to even consider this for long in the past. Why bring this up again?
Bears have ears. Bears can’t walk bipedally for long, and certainly not with any primate flow to their stroll. Escaped camels don’t fool people for long. Chimps are killed or caught quickly.
John Bindernagel went over this bears vs Bigfoot landscape, with his illos, in his North Americas Great Ape: The Sasquatch (1998).
A bear stands at attention for tourists at Yellowstone National Park; if seen briefly at dusk from a distance, it could be mistaken for a Bigfoot.
CREDIT: Benjamin Radford
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.