Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 1st, 2012
People have had a lot to say about this man and his act. Our condolences to his family and son, Hunter. And, again, to the families and the two young women who encountered Randy Lee Tenley, 44, on Highway 93 last Sunday.
Here are some of the quotable remarks we’re hearing about Tenley:
“He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting….You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him….This one was a store-bought version, just a commercial Ghillie suit that was pre-made….Alcohol may have been a factor. Impairment is up in the air….He was in the right-hand lane of travel and the vehicle was unable to avoid him and struck him.” ~ Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider.
“He was just a normal guy with a sense of humor that didn’t serve him well,” Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.
“I would like to thank you for your kind words of Randy Tenley the ‘Bigfoot from Montana,’ I knew Randy well and worked with him at Mergenthaler and he was a very nice person with a big heart and he was a big kid in a man’s body. I appreciate all the kind words in light of all the insensitive comments I have seen from many people on all the news sites. It is very important for people to realize he was a person with family and needs to be treated as such; unfortunately he made a mistake that cost him dearly however it was not with bad intent. If you knew him that was just a Randy thing to do. I appreciate your kindness towards him and your site is very interesting. All the best to you.. :)” ~ Shawna
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.