Online Bigfoot Ethics 101

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 14th, 2014

Dr. Matthew Johnson contributed the following at his site, Team Squatchin USA:

1. Bigfoot Habituation/Research Areas:

A. Thou shalt not go behind a fellow Bigfooter’s back to find out the location of their Research/Habituation area(s). If they tell you “No!” or “I want to get to KNOW you better first”, then “No means No” or simply take the time to get to really KNOW them better first.

B. If a Bigfooter behaves in such an UNETHICAL manner (i.e., If they choose to go behind a Bigfooter’s back to obtain the location information of their Research/Habituation areas), they shall be publicly called out and brought to the attention of other Bigfooters because if they attempt to do it to one person, the odds are that they just might do it to other Bigfooters too.

C. If a Bigfooter is called out for UNETHICAL behaviors, thou shalt not “Shoot the Messenger.” Instead, thou shalt confront the Bigfooter who tried to go behind a fellow Bigfooter’s back in order to find out the locations of his/her Habituation/Research area.

D. Those who defend the offender (i.e., Take the side of the individual who attempted to obtain the locations of someone else’s Research/Habituation areas in an UNETHICAL manner), they’re merely shedding the light on their own UNETHICAL tendencies (i.e., One does not stand up for a friend when the friend engages in UNETHICAL behaviors. Rather, one confronts one’s own friend when they misbehave). Bigfooters don’t let Bigfooters engage in unethical behaviors.

E. If a “Public Apology” is to be made, it will be made by the offender who tried to go behind another Bigfooter’s back to unethically obtain the location information of their Research/Habituation areas. The individual who was offended is NOT responsible for issuing a “Public Apology.” Rather, they’re responsible for publicly calling out the unethical offender and to warn others about their unethical conduct.

F. If thou is invited to an individual’s Habituation/Research Area, thou shalt not go back to someone’s Habituation/Research area again unless they have been invited back by the founder/owner of the Research/Habituation Area.

2. Bigfoot Hoaxing/Hoaxers:

A. Thou shalt not ever fake a Bigfoot Track, a Bigfoot Picture, a Bigfoot Video, a Bigfoot Habituation/Research Area, or lie about having a Bigfoot Body.

B. If someone is hoaxing/lying about their Bigfoot evidence, they shall be publicly “called out” and brought to everyone’s attention.

C. If someone is called out for hoaxing/lying, thou shalt not take the side of the hoaxer/liar. Rather, thou shalt join in the process of publicly”Tar and Feathering” the hoaxer/liar.

D. Once the hoaxer/liar has been adequately “called out” and everyone knows about their hoaxing/lying, then the members of Bigfootdom will move forward and forever shun the hoaxer/liar.

3. Bigfoot Pro Killers/Murderers:


A. Thou shalt not ever kill a Bigfoot/Forest Person.

B. Thou shalt not ever hoax/lie about killing a Bigfoot/Forest Person.

C. Thou shalt not ever declare an intent to kill a Bigfoot/Forest person.

D. Anyone who engages in anyone of the three behaviors above will be forever shunned from the members of Bigfootdom. In other words, thou shalt not associate with a known Bigfoot Pro Killer/Murderer. It is NOT cool to hangout with a known Bigfoot Killer/Murderer. Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer wouldn’t be cool people to hangout with either.

4. Participation in Online Bigfoot Groups:

A. Thou shalt behave in a respectful and civil manner while posting in online Bigfoot groups (i.e., Don’t be a TROLL).

B. Thou shalt not use profanity or engage in name calling while posting in online Bigfoot groups because there are also children who belong to the groups (i.e., Don’t be a TROLL).

C. Thou shalt post under their own name instead of hiding behind a fictitious name or multiple fictitious names.

D. Thou shalt agree to disagree in a respectful and civil manner.

E. Thou shalt not block the Admins of a group.

F. It is the Admin’s group and, therefore, the Admin has final say over what is allowed and what isn’t allowed in their group. Thou shalt not argue with the Admin. If thou is not happy with the Admin, then thou shalt shut their “Pie Hole” and simply leave the group rather than create a big fuss/drama in the group.

5. Sharing of Bigfoot Evidence:

A. In order to solve the Bigfoot mystery/phenomena, it is necessary to freely share all of our evidence collection with one another via personal websites, online Bigfoot groups, YouTube Videos, Sound Cloud Audio Files, etc.

B. If posting alleged Bigfoot pictures/videos, it is mandatory to post both “BEFORE & AFTER” pictures and videos (i.e., Show the alleged subject in the pictures/video and then show the same area again without the alleged subject in the picture/video).

C. Rather than rudely and ignorantly responding with an impulsive “B.S.” response, thous shalt ask civil questions of the poster in order to better understand the evidence that has been posted/presented.

As with any body of ethics, this is simply a list of ideals to aspire to in order to be better and more ethical members of Bigfootdom. If you would like to add to this list of ethics, please contact “Dr J” at: DrMatthewJohnson@Yahoo.Com

Team Squatchin-USA

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.

5 Responses to “Online Bigfoot Ethics 101”

  1. Goodfoot responds:

    “If thou is invited”

    Mmm. I believe the correct form to use with “if thou” is “if thou ART”, not “if thou is”.

    I think “if thou shalt be” is acceptable, if marginal. 😀

    I quite agree, “Bigfoot hunters” are to be treated as the social pariahs they already are.

  2. traveller57 responds:

    All very commendable but surely the reference to “Bigfoot Habituation/Research Areas” is tongue-in-cheek.

    After all the only such places to be revealed to date are Todd Standing’s “Sylvanic CGI World” and the Sasquatch Ontario “Invisible, Doll Making, Bigfoot” habituation sites.

    By definition “Habituation” usually refers to a reduction in innate behaviours due to repeated exposures to a stimulus. In this case telling the truth has succumbed to the repeated, unwarranted attention these idiots get from a gullible and bored public.

    How about we just use the word habitation for supposed bigfoot domains rather than habituation. Less ostentatious. Until someone brings out a documentary with David Attenborough “chillin with a squatch”, habituation should be reserved for the sole use of referencing the imaginary locations inhabited by such loonies as those who believe they can create a convincing fake. And Mark Anders, I would include you but I’m still leaning towards you being a try hard comedian. Don’t give up your day job, just yet.


  3. springheeledjack responds:

    I think it’s easier to say:

    We’re all on the same team, so forget the politics, who cares who gets “credit” for the proof, and let’s solve the mystery.

  4. gollumses responds:

    The very first thing that put me off about “Doc J” was the use of the word “SQUATCHIN” in the name of his group. UGH!

    Writing a novel to say what can be said in a paragraph sounds a lot like someone that likes to hear their own voice….. A LOT!

    You might be the nicest guy in the world, and I MAY be completely mistaken……… but then again I might not! HAHAHA


  5. NMRNG responds:

    I wish we’d see more emphasis in the cryptid websites on NOT shooting at a suspected bigfoot based not on the idea that shooting such a primate would be akin to murder, but because it could very well be actual murder. Unquestionably, a significant number of sightings are hoaxes perpetrated by some juvenile types who are roaming around in the woods in a gorilla costume and I really hope that no one trying to show up Rick Dyer plugs a large, hairy humanoid only to discover it is a kid in a wookie costume.

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