Bigfoot Caught on Trail Cam

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 29th, 2006

In the June/July 2006 issue of Outdoor Life magazine, there is a game camera photo purportedly of a Bigfoot.

Outdoor Life Bigfoot Photo

Mike Tomesh’s alleged Trail Cam photo from Wisconsin.

Here is the text accompanying the photo in the magazine.

With a single mention of Bigfoot in the February 2006 issue of OUTDOOR LIFE, we suddenly found our mailbox peppered with readers’ tales of their alleged "Sasquatch" encounters.

Top honors have to go to Mike Tomesh in Rice Lake, Wis., who provided a Trail Cam photo of what appears to be Bigfoot, but what to us looks like a pretty darn good rented ape suit. Tomesh wrote, "My wife went into town to have the film developed. When I returned home, the doors were bolted and she had a bat in her hands for protection. She immediately began to squeal as to what may be lurking in our woods. AS you can see in the picture, I think it is a bigfoot!"

Indeed. Jack from Maine told us about a camping encounter with Bigfoot in Washington, while Eugene from Washington wrote about one crossing the road in front of him and his wife while driving through British Columbia. Real stories or hoaxes? We’ll let you make the call.

Outdoor Life Bigfoot Photo

Hi-res version scanned from the magazine by Craig Woolheater.

What do the readers of Cryptomundo think about this one?

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

41 Responses to “Bigfoot Caught on Trail Cam”

  1. colobus responds:

    You’re kidding. Right?

  2. jjames1 responds:

    Now we’ll get 25 posts from people trying to explain how or why it might actually be real. I’m with colobus on this one…

  3. akbens responds:

    That is a man in a gorilla suit if ever there was one. The suit is not even that good. If you’re going to fake something can you at least try to make a half assed attempt at it looking real?

  4. coolzaidi786 responds:

    that looks a lot like a suit….

  5. BFan responds:

    Fake…. Fake…. Fake….
    Oh, and by the way did I mention it looks FAKE!!!!!!

  6. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    …now wait a minute guys…
    it’s not fair to call the monkey suit “cheap”…
    even cheap monkey suits are pretty darn expensive

  7. sharmcos responds:

    My first impression was that it looked like a man in a suit.

    The hands’ length look like that of a man.

    I don’t know, but is a Sasquatch that heavy-haired? What’s the climate like over there?

  8. paperdragon responds:

    Its almost looks like the person is recreating the Patterson bigfoot pose. It seems like a very fortunate coincidence that it was looking right at the camera when the photo was taken.

  9. greywolf responds:

    Wait before you yell fake. Have the film tested to see if it was faked by a lab…or maybe this guy has some real ugly neighbors.

  10. Jamie responds:

    “Wait before you yell fake.”

    I think I’ll get around to it now and save myself the trouble.


  11. dbdonlon responds:

    Pictures like this one make you appreciate the blobsquatches more.

  12. One Eyed Cat responds:

    Well from the close up I have to say Fake. And the patterson imated pose does not help.

    Though as Wis. is a northern state, I imagine one could get plenty hairy there in the right season

  13. mike2k1 responds:

    Hmmm????? Is that Penn or is it Teller??

  14. timi_hendrix responds:

    It looks fake, looks like it was done for the magazine. Its too clunky and awkward. I believe in the Patterson footage and that bigfoot was very graceful.

    I saw a Bigfoot on the weekend. I was at a bar and he was carrying around a 24 Of Kokanee!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  15. jayman responds:

    I haven’t seen a copy of Outdoor Life for a while, but they always seemed to have a tradition of sensationalism, of making nature seem hostile, like featuring art of intrepid outdoorsmen menaced by bears, cougars, etc. I think some wag once called the genre “eco-porn”.

  16. LordofShades responds:

    Even Helen Keller could look at that and tell it was fake. Why is it that people assume that people interested in cryptozoology will accept any “evidence” as fact? I am personally insulted that the person(s) behind this would have the gall to even claim this is evidence. So many assume if it’s “caught on tape” it must be real. Sorry to rant, but this one struck a nerve. Thanks

  17. Mike Smith responds:

    GIVE ME AN “F”, GIVE ME AN “A”, GIVE ME A “K”, GIVE ME oh well you know what I’m saying.

  18. mrdark responds:

    That one reminds me of an anecdote.

    Many moons ago, I was working at a Haunted Hayride back home in Missouri. It was the first year, and it was kind of a turnkey thing where the owner paid for a startup kit from a home company on the east coast and got the right to use the name ‘Haunted Hayride’. The kit came with a script, the costumes involved, publicity material, etc.

    One of the sections in the script was a ‘werewolf forest’. Fair enough, sounds spooky, right? Well, the costumes that were meant for that section were very similar to what you see here: cheap gorilla costumes. Oh, the faces of the masks were wolf-like, but they were almost identical to this one otherwise.

    Needless to say, that scare did NOT work. After setting up the forest as the ‘wagon monitor’ (the guy sitting on the hayride wagon telling the stories and keeping people under control) as a detour where everyone was sure to die, the sight of the two or three guys down there in this copse of trees in these ridiculous suits lead to laughter, not fright.

    So, the guys stuck down there said ‘screw it’ and had fun with it. One time we passed by, they were doing ballet moves instead of trying to be scary. It was a riot, so I lead the entire wagon in a sing-songy version of the ‘Blue Danube’. The gag stuck, and from then on out, passengers were warned that ‘music soothes the savage beasts’ and were lead in the Blue Danube while guys in suits like the one you see here, in environs just like you see here, did comical ballet moves, or sometimes ballroom dancing with each other.

    My take on this photo is this: I wonder how well that guy can pirouette in that get-up?

  19. snake5007 responds:

    hi, i’m new. this is my first comment, and all i have to say is: look at where those breasts are! still, i think it’s a fake.

  20. Ouroborus Jay responds:

    *pounding head against wall*

  21. Tim Cullen responds:

    I do believe that colobus summed it up quite nicely. πŸ˜‰

  22. fuzzy responds:

    MR DARK ~ “Music has charms to soothe the savage BREAST ~ to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” ~ William Congreve, English dramatist (1670 – 1729), The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1

  23. Lesley responds:

    Looks very fake to me.

  24. Chymo responds:

    Guy in a suit.

  25. Kainan responds:

    I think this is a photo of a real sasquatch. One that has cleverly disguised itself as a man in a bad gorilla costume. These creatures are far more intelligent than we give them credit for.

  26. planettom responds:

    fake. fake. I’m surprised the poser isn’t holding a banana.

  27. sasquatch responds:

    Sure makes the Patterson creature seem realer…Notice how narrow the shoulders are and that the elbows are high compared to the torso. Very much like a man in a suit would be and unlike Patty.

  28. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    because it has been so understated here i will draw a fine point to what is seen here.

    it is very obviously a extremely disturbed individual. he is obviously suicidal and is trying very had to commit suicide by hunter.

    sadly the monkey costume is so poorly design i feel strongly that he will fail in his suicidal endeavor. no one in his sane right mind would think that was a sassy.

    however i do have a good use for this costume i will detail below.

    i do think if you stuffed that suit with hay and tied a rope to it then placed it in the road you may be able to have fun.

    you wait till a car drives buy and pull the rope taunt. this will make the scare crow monkey boy seem to jump up in front of the car as the rope lifts it when it is pulled.

    you could also do the same when someone stopped and walked up to get a good look at the human like figure layin in the road.

    both will provide hours of fun and laughter by seeing peoples reaction. i do suggest that the latter method be the preferred as drivers tend to run off the road when a hominid figure jumps up in front if them. pedestrians tend to run and every now and then crap them selves. because of expensive damage to vehicles i place emphasis on the preferred method.

    please dont ask how i know about this as i still feel the sting of the switch my dad whooped me with and dont want to remember any further details of the incident.

  29. DDChicago responds:

    It looks very much like the dancin, runnin, flyin, slam dunkin gorilla mascot that the Phoenix Suns had.

  30. sausage1 responds:

    Incidentally, might I coin a neologism here? Female sasquatch, a SISquatch? No? Okay, I only asked.

    The cryptozoological equivalent of the thrown saucepan lid as UFO. How we laughed! I’m more interested in who might leave a giant ‘sasquatch’ sign in a tree.

  31. DDChicago responds:

    It’s pretty difficult to tell if this is plausible since we really don’t have a baseline from which to judge, especially from the Upper Midwest. Relatively few people have actually gotten a good look at them. If we go by theory and inference then, what would we expect to see? The Upper Midwest is supposedly the habitat of the Marked Hominid. If the Marked Hominid is closely related to Homo heidelbergensis, we would expect some similarity between the two. There are basically two scenarios regarding the origins of Heidelbergensis. The first suggests that Homo heidelbergensis developed in Africa less than a million years ago directly from Homo ergaster/erectus, which had branched off from our line about 2 million years ago. The second, more proposed theory says that the Sapien/Heidelbergensis line diverged in Africa only about 800,000 years ago. If we use this second theory how would we expect Heidelbergensis/Marked Hominids to appear? The Hominidae spectrum ranges from the early Australopithecines about 5 million years ago to present day Homo sapiens. Although this spectrum is not a smooth continuum, Heidelbergensis and its Ice Age offshoot, Neanderthal, fall much closer to the Sapien side. If this is the case wouldn’t we expect the Marked Hominid or the Neanderthaloid to share more features with Homo Sapiens than this subject does? Fossils such as Bodo, Kabwe, the Mauer Jaw, and Heidelberg show us that this was a very robust species, but it was humanlike. If we cut and pasted a picture of a gorilla next to this, we wouldn’t see that much contrast. On the other hand, if we cut and pasted a picture of a modern human, from any place in the world, the contrast is extreme. To me this does not look much like what would be expected from a late hominid. The sketch from the “Wisconsin Bigfoot Bad Hair Day’, as well as other pictures seem more plausible. However, we really don’t know for sure.

  32. SaruOtoko responds:

    come on…. there’s gotta be a good picture someday!!

  33. flickerbulbcom responds:



  34. aaha responds:

    If you look closely, in the background, you can see about a dozen “you can look but you can’t touch BFRO $2K per weekend tourists” peering from behind the brush.

  35. twblack responds:

    Not even a good fake in my point of view.

  36. Dudlow responds:

    Wow. I’m so tired of monkey suits taking the unsuspecting public to the cleaners.

    Come on now, folks, Squatchy has virtually no neck; so his head sits against his chest, down below his shoulders. As the late Dr. Grover Krantz observed, the line of the mouth/teeth is below the shoulder line which is above and behind the domed head. The head does not sit above the shoulders, as is the case with humans who obviously have a comparatively long neck. Squatchy couldn’t stick his neck out if he tried.

  37. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    the phoenix suns still have the gorilla. and if you see a bear i have a large property with a huge white house in the dc area to sell you at a huge cryptomundo discount.

  38. Alton Higgins responds:


    Good reminders. This was the basis of the talk I gave at last year’s Texas Bigfoot Conference.

    Also, hoaxers attempting to simulate a low ape-like head position by raising his/her shoulders would only accentuate their short arms.

  39. CryptoInformant responds:

    (deep Breath)…FAKE!

    #2:Only 2

  40. Brindle responds:

    Oh my.

  41. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    RE: #22 Fuzzy
    THANK YOU! It drives me mad to see the misquote “soothe the savage beast” ad nauseam.

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