November 3, 2006

Sylvanic – What’s The Real Story on the Twelve Seconds of New Bigfoot Footage?

On April 10, 2005, I received a sighting report at from someone who claimed their name was Tom, aged 30. This is what it said in his words:

Hello i am the documentary author of  I don’t know what it was that we encoutered this winter but if you are interested in the evidence and interviews i conducted you can see it all on my website.  What i would like to know is where do you go to get a hair sample analized.  A friend of mine does foresic analasis for crime scene investigations and she could not identify the hairs i found as any know species within North America.  She destroyed all the samples i had to conduct her test but i am certain i will easily be able to get more hair samples for the area i had a sighting.  So whom should i get to analze the next sample i retrieve?  You can reach me at  And of course i am interested in any opionions you have about our sighting or documentations. 

I replied to "Tom" with the following:

You have an interesting story. We have sources to have hair samples examined. If they are determined to be primate in origin, we have a university laboratory that will do DNA testing. It seems strange to me that your friend would destroy all of the hair samples that you sent for her to examine. Did she give a reason as to why she destroyed them? As far as a sighting is concerned, I did not find a sighting mentioned on the website. The video is small and lo-res and I could not determine anything from it other than snow falling off of the trees.

"Tom" replied back on April 11, 2005 with the following:

Hello Craig.  I guess i should have mentioned that although you cannot see them on the camera we could see several creators (creatures?) moving like dark shadows behind those trees in that video.  We have no idea what they were but they where certainly moving on two legs and the one that made the sounds was very very large.  We actually had footage on 16mm of the 3 creators (creatures?) as they emerged about half a mile down the cayon pass, and i took some 35mm still photographs but niether turned out.

I will be able to retrieve another hair sample when we go back to sylvanic in the summer so i will be more than happy to send you a sample.  That little cave that was behind those trees had alot of hair so i will be sure to collect alot this time. 

We never said anything on the website about the possible connection to biggfoot, just because we at this point are just not sure what to think.  And the natives we spoke with called the guidians of the mountains, shadows, so we dont really know what that means yet but we intend to find out in a couple of months.

"Tom" again replied to my same email on April 21, 2005 with the following:

hello craig.  So to answer your ?s, the reason the video is so low resolution is i had to have it downgraded from 46 MB to 6 MB so it would fit on the website.  But the hair sample is one of the main reasons i put the website up.  It was to find someone who had the abilty to have the sample profesionlly analyzed.  And if you could agree to have that done for me i will agree to send you a sample.  My friend that did the original tests worked for the Canadian RCMP back in the 80’s and i only had maybe 50 strands of hair and i did not know for her to test them against the north american data base, as she did, that she would have to destroy them to test them.  And i told her i could get more, which i can, but she misunderstood what i said and though that i actually had more.  The point is i am going back to sylvanic on my next vaction time off work at the end of July to the begining of August with a high resolution digital camera for 1 week.  And in that time i will gather any and all phisical evidence i can.  The only one thing i can guarentee is that cave behind those trees in that video on my website was full of hair therefore i will be able to easily get another sample.  So if you can have it’s DNA tested i can promise you a hair sample in a couple of months.  The friend of mine that gave me the map to sylvanic is going back there in June so hopefully he will be able to find the cave and bring back some hair.  If not i will get it myself when i go back in August. Thanx

On May 8, 2005, Todd Standing posted the following to the website:

Mysteries of Sylvanic. Introduction
By Todd Standing
May 8, 2005 – 8:43:00 PM

Have we finally found a living missing link or is there some kind of Ghost haunting this valley?  Is a wild man living out in the mountains or have we discovered a new species of primate. You decide.

What is Sylvanic?  What we know for certain is Sylvanic is a hidden valley nestled deep within the North American Rocky Mountains.  Sylvanic (as the natives now refer to it) is the name of the canyon pass that leads to an enormous valley, which is encircled entirely by an unbroken chain of mountains. This valley has remained virtually untouched by modern man.  Within its boundaries pictures of wild free roaming bison have been taken and stories are beginning to surface of new species of animals that where either thought to be extinct or never conclusively proven to exist by modern science.  Men have mysteriously disappeared and others claim to have been rescued by an illusive species the natives have revered and worshiped for a hundred generations they call the shadow guardians of the mountains. 

As beautiful as it is mysterious the stories and legends of Sylvanic are both terrifying and awe inspiring.  This column will explore beyond the mysteries and legends of Sylvanic by evaluating the sightings and real life encounters in an attempt to sort fact from fiction.

More and more people are coming forward every day with stories of unexplainable encounters and miss happenings surrounding Sylvanic at  The physical evidence is becoming indisputable with hair samples that forensic experts are unable to identify and video footage that will leave you speechless.  Our ultimate goal is an expedition into Sylvanic where scientists will gather more physical evidence and a documentary crew will record any strange occurrences.  Planning for this expedition is currently in the works.  Until then letters keep pouring from men and women that have crossed the guarded passageways of Sylvanic and have come back with a story to tell.  Every week we will be posting a documented incident that relates specifically to Sylvanic as well as continuously updating the public with our ongoing scientific investigation as the facts present themselves. 

On May 27, 2005, someone with the handle toddster posted the following on Bigfoot Forums:

Hey, i have finally made it to the forums sections of this website. Literally thousands of people from this website have been asking me quistions about my articles on sylvanic and my website ww So instead of answering the 6 thousand email quistions i have received i thought i would just get out here to the source of all this attention i have been getting and talk one on one. My name is Todd Standing and i documented the majority of chronicles on the website as well as led the expidition that shot the video that is currently getting so much attention, and collected the hair sample that foresic experts identified as an unknown species. What is new is a botanist that visited sylvanic last year seems to have found a new species of plant life. And the video from the website has been profesionnally enhanced to show an set of eyes lurking behind the trees and a enormous bipedal dark figure running in the background.

Today however the main reason i am here is one of my readers said there was a person they met here on this website that recognized the missing person composite drawing on my website. That person was trying to email me but my mail box is constanly overfilling. That police composite drawing on the website is real. I know it looks like a 14 year old artist drew it but that is what police composite drawings looked like in the 1930’s. If you think you might now that person please keep trying to send me an email through the website and mark it Missing Person. I have the fingerprints of that person and if you know someone that fits that description that went missing around that same time then perhaps i can help you find out what really happen to them. The native elders that told me the story of how that man went missing(Which is documented on the website) is very certain those three men went into sylvanic and never came out again.

Sylvanic RCMP Sketch

Of course i would love to hear from everyone with your quistions, comments, thoughts, and concerns reguarding Sylvanic.

Apparently, this was a form email that was sent out to message forums that dealy with Bigfoot, cryptozoology and the paranormal. It was posted on these other forums as well. 

After several people commented to the above at Bigfoot Forums, toddster weighed in with this gem:

Thanks for all your comments. I am a little suprized to see most of you have never heard of sylvanic. The majority of hits i recieve on my website come from this website so i was hoping to speak with people that where interested in knowing more about sylvanic.

To answer 1 ? about where sylvanic is… The best estimate i can give is northern US, southern Canada. When i go back this summer we intend to use GPS to map out its location.

The Sylvanic website has changed quite a bit since I have last visited the site last year when these emails were sent out. The domain, was created on November 29, 2004 and is registered to a Todd Standing of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The video mentioned in the initial email above is no longer linked on the site, however, it is still hosted there.

You can download the video to your computer by right clicking on this link and saving the target as. I would recommend that versus trying to play it from the site. It is a 5.5 MB download.

The still below is taken from the 12 second video clip that may or may not be the clip that Loren mentioned in yesterday’s post Twelve Seconds of New Bigfoot Footage.

Sylvanic Video

Click on image for full size version

Below is a cropped view of the image, with the subject of the video enlarged.

Sylvanic Cropped Image

And even tighter crop.

Sylvanic Cropped Image

And finally, just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better, here is the link to the 12 seconds of video. It may or may not be the clip that is mentioned in the Edmonton Sun article. If and when we find out, you can be assured the news will be posted here on Cryptomundo. Once again, I would advise right clicking and saving the video to your computer and playing it from there. It is a 4.2 MB download.

See, Loren won’t have to go to Edmonton to authenticate the video. He can watch it from the comfort of his own home, errr, Cryptozoology Museum.

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.

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