Sunday, March 29, 2015

Unknown Creature Seen in Iowa?

Possible map of sighting area
I got the following report in a couple days ago. I can not consider this a Bigfoot type creature by the way it was described as it really seems unusual. I have just made an educated guess with the map image at the top of the post based on the report. The little green area is called Riverside Park, to the left is the Missouri River.

If anyone has seen the type of creature reported in this report then please let us know.

Here is the report.

- Start Report -

Name: Matthew

Email Address: On File

State: Iowa

County:

Date of Sighting: Summer of 2012 Once in the beginning then the end.

Time of Day: Mid Afternoon

Nearest Town: Council Bluffs

Length of Sighting: Around 5 seconds

How many Witnesses: 1

Any Photos/Videos: None

Describe sighting in detail:

On a hike with my mother and father near a lake called "River Side" Right next to the Missouri river. We were walking along a trail in the forest when I heard movement in the tall grass. It was a dry summer so the grass was very yellowish brown and probably dead.

When I looked over I saw this creature, it was all black with what looked like a mane with a face like a ant eater but thicker with no mouth or nose.

I have no idea what it was but later that summer when I went to the same spot I found these tracks that look like hoof tracks about 4 inches thick but it's as if it was left by something that walked on 2 legs.

What ever it was I never would have thought up anything like it.

- End Report -


As you can see by the description give of the creature it is something unusual.
It is like nothing I have ever heard of or seen. I have attempted to ask some questions about the sighting but as of yet have not received a reply.

If anyone can confirm that they have also seen a similar type creature, please let us know.


Thanks
~Tom~


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.









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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fishing For Bigfoot

ol' Stumpy is Fishing For Bigfoot
 Fishing For Bigfoot

I originally had this post titled "Bigfoot Ramblings" but after thinking about it, "Fishing For Bigfoot" is such a more appropriate title. I think you will agree by the end of the article.

A few days ago TCC team member Dorraine Fisher presented a article entitled Researchers, Trolls and Armchairs. It was a fantastic write up and it got me to thinking about the current field of Bigfoot researchers in general.

First let me say there are some really good honest and knowledgeable researchers out there. Ones that really try hard and that are a credit to the field. These researchers seem to be rare and most seem to be a little more low key than others in the Bigfoot field. Some of these researchers have never had a personal sighting or encounter but yet they deal with the subject of Bigfoot in a professional and logical manner. They normally are not quick to jump on board with every picture presented as being a Bigfoot and fight you tooth and nail as to it being real. In many cases they are open to it being real but understand there is a need to find out more about it.   

But there is a terrible injustice being committed in the Bigfoot Community. It's an injustice that causes and encourages mockery of the subject in general, in my opinion. I also think it cheapens and delegitimizes the research of Bigfoot on a large scale. This type of behavior has the potential to effect every Bigfoot researcher. What I'm talking about is these growing number of people who call themselves "Bigfoot Researchers" and in some cases "Habituators", and they post picture after picture of tree stumps, shadows and leaves.

They make foolish claims like "There are 20 Bigfoot in this picture, a whole clan of them." When in reality there is nothing more than shadows and cases of  pareidolia. Some even make the claims of having thousands of photos of Bigfoot, but it is a very rare occasion that they post anything that is remotely interesting and that could be a real Bigfoot. Just stumps, shadows and leaves. I even seen someone post a picture of the side of a brick building and it had a area circled or zoomed in "to show the Bigfoot."

For the most part, these type of people seem to be serious about their claims. They will even argue with you about it. If you don't see the 27 Bigfoot in the picture, they will make statements like, "You have to train your eyes to see them." I have also seen some of them get really nasty and hateful about their pictures, this sometimes results in them calling people names and using vulgar language. 
They seem to think they are really helping advance the field of Bigfoot research but in reality they are causing damage and making the very idea of Bigfoot look foolish. It makes legitimate Bigfoot research get an unfair shake and paints a picture that we are all "crazy".

Why do they do it? It seems some of these people could be just over zealous and that they are wanting to see a Bigfoot so bad they become somewhat blind from reality. Some of these folks could be posting stumpsquatches and making outrageous claims just for the attention and the "fun" of it. For the most part I think most of them are serious about their pictures and claims. With this type of behavior and considering the subject of Bigfoot, one should also consider that it all could be being done on purpose just to muddy the waters and misinform people.

In the end, these type of people are hurting the community. They really don't know much about Bigfoot research, or logic, or shadows ...ect. They probably couldn't find a burrito at Taco Bell, little alone find a Bigfoot. They are in fact "Fishing for Bigfoot" in every photo they take.  

Here is the kicker, some of these stump hunters have a growing following. No matter how off the wall some of their claims may be, they seem to garner some good support numbers. I just don't understand it. Are people really that easily fooled and led astray? Have they no common sense or logic?

At times, and I know others who feel this way, it is very frustrating to see people posting stump photos and getting supported for it. Many good researchers have and continue to bust their hump, spend their own money and hike many miles but yet seem to get very little support. Then you get some clown that takes pictures while walking through the city park and all at once he is the world's greatest researcher and a Bigfoot expert. If we ever hope to advance Bigfoot research and have it taken more seriously, then folks who post up stumps and shadows need to be pushed out of the way and no support given to them. To me they cause more damage to the Bigfoot community than people who actually pull hoaxes in costumes. You can debunk and expose most of the people who pull hoaxes in suits because they will slip up somewhere. But most of these people "Fishing for Bigfoot" in every photo, have a different mind set and believe that their photo of that stump or shadow is REALLY a Bigfoot. If you are convinced in your mind that Blue is Red, it will be very hard to change that idea and get you to see it differently.

I guess, I just don't get it, but like I have said in the past, the Bigfoot community is full of all kinds. It's become sort of a melting pot for every idea imaginable when it comes to the subject of Bigfoot.

It does seems that the Bigfoot community overall is growing. I think exposure to the idea of Bigfoot through the numerous TV shows, Blogs and Youtube is the reason we get new people added to the community. So, I guess the best we can do is try and steer current members and new ones in the right direction and alert them to "Stump Hunters" and those who intentionally mislead people. The recent work by Randy Filipovic and his blog, Bigfoot Anarchy, is a great resource that helps expose some of these con artist and charlatans.

My advice for people interested in Bigfoot is for them to find good honest researchers and support them and to avoid the people that continue to post photos of stumps and shadows. Do some online research about various Bigfoot researchers and groups and ask other people in the community about them. After all, you don't want to support, financially or other wise, someone who is basically lying, misleading and deceiving others.   


Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.

Thanks
~Tom~


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.





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Friday, March 27, 2015

Baby Bigfoot Discovered in Patterson Film?

Baby Bigfoot?
There seems to be a rather amazing discovery of a baby Bigfoot in the famous Patterson-Gimlin film.
It has caused a pretty good stir. So I decided to look into it more. As most of you know the Patterson film, which most just call Patty, his been analyzed and debated for over 40 years.

Could this have been there in our faces all this time but finally someone with a good eye caught it?

 Check out this short video I made.




Good eyes by whoever spotted this but sadly it is just a bad spot in the film.

Thanks
~Tom




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My First Bigfoot Encounter

A young me and my coon dog Sam. He was a good dog.

My First Bigfoot Encounter

Well, I've been putting this off for years but I finally decided to share my very first encounter with a Bigfoot. I have never told this publicly or in any great detail but here it is now. The story in the video is 100 percent true. What I have done is just set my camera up and told what happen to me and my dad one night while out coon hunting.

I know this will open me up to a lot of criticism not necessarily because of the event but because of my speech. Some people act as if they have never heard a person from Kentucky talk before or something.  So for those who will make hateful comments, I'll go ahead and concede that yes I talk funny and Yes I look like an ogre ...so no need to tell me, I've heard it all before. 

Well, in any event ...here is the video and I hope you enjoy it.




Thanks
~Tom~



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Researchers, Trolls, and Armchairs

Just who is looking for Bigfoot?


Researchers, Trolls, and Armchairs
Who Makes The Biggest Contributions To Bigfoot Research?
By Dorraine Fisher

I was recently involved in a friendly debate about the term “armchair researchers.”  Just what do we mean if we use the term?  It seems there’s more than one definition.   And it begs the question of who actually makes a contribution to real bigfoot research and who doesn’t.  Who should get the credit for the advancement of the subject and who should not?

First, in order to do bigfoot research, you don’t have to be a scientist.  Some knowledge of science is helpful, but certainly not mandatory. But we always want to acknowledge all our scientists in the field who have chosen to tackle such a controversial subject and also help give more legitimacy to the subject with their hard work. And they’ve chosen to do that work in a scientific climate that is less than enthusiastic.  You are greatly appreciated for what you do here.

But we owe a huge debt to all the non-scientists who have spent countless painstaking hours combing the woods, cataloging findings, searching for evidence, building trust, and learning everything they can in ground zero, often with very limited resources and funding.  It’s a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack sometimes, but they do it.  And a lot of our greatest knowledge has come from findings from researchers who aren’t scientists.
 
But are these the only ones who make a contribution to bigfoot research?  I think not.
Let’s keep in mind the hundreds of researchers who would love to comb the woods and do that kind of research but are unable for some reason. Health reasons may be a factor, or they may not be able to travel to the rural areas for some reason, or maybe they simply are interested, but don’t live in an area or country where bigfoot is thought to exist.

These people, from their desks and chairs at home, study their subject diligently. They  watch the field research of others, they watch documentaries, they join in discussions , and they also may examine the evidence and offer intelligent theories and ideas of their own.  And they offer support and encouragement to those in the field who sometimes may feel that a lot of what they do is in vain.  They ask questions, they learn, and they do what they can. Are they any less significant?  No. That is a contribution. Their work and support means something.

Out in the field, it’s sometimes easy to stop seeing the forest for the trees.  And sometimes outside opinions coming from a different perspective are helpful in bending public perception and opening up minds.  Not always, but sometimes.

And let’s also not forget those people who write blogs and articles on the subject. I’ve been called an armchair researcher because I’m a writer on the subject.  What about all those people who write books, create documentaries, and do regular radio shows on the subject? Are they armchair researchers too?

No they aren’t. They make a huge contribution. They give a voice to all those people who may not have had one otherwise. They help convey all the sightings stories, evidence, and theories that all add up to the big picture of the existence of bigfoot; stories that need to be heard and wouldn’t be heard without being given a forum to do so.

And then there are the skeptics. Yes, they make a contribution too. Most true skeptics are very knowledgeable on the subject and always aim for sound logic and reasoning in the subject of bigfoot. They keep researchers sharp. They ask the pertinent questions and they keep the rest of us on our toes trying to answer them.  Even though there are disagreements, the other side of the argument is always important too.

So then… just exactly who are these “armchair researchers?”

The term “armchair researcher” has become a somewhat sarcastic term for those in the community often referred to as “trolls.”  And most researchers agree these are the individuals in the community who make absolutely no contribution to the research, but spend a great deal of time interrogating and criticizing those that do.

But nobody has worked harder to define the terms than Ohio researcher and crypto artist Dan Baker,  a self-described “disabled field researcher.” Dan is a field researcher with disabilities that sometimes prevent him from doing everything he’d like to do in the field. But he also strongly acknowledges the contribution of those researchers who are completely disabled and do all their good work from their homes.

But here is how he defined the terms:

1) Disabled researcher - Any person who does not have the physical capability to go out into the field and conduct research, but spends a great deal of time reading and studying journals and books, and researching online; a person who constructively uses their knowledge to further educate others.

2) Armchair researcher / Troll - Any person who has the physical capability to go into the field.  However, they choose to sit behind a computer and ridicule both disabled researchers and healthy field researchers alike; the demanding people who have no facts to back up their claims but demand facts from others.

    So, what do you think? Do you agree with Dan’s assessment?

******DF


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


Special thanks to Dan Baker and the members of A.P.E. (American Primate Exploration) for their friendly input.




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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Interview With Bigfoot Researcher Jay Haas

Jay checking out some tree breaks

Well, we finally made it to our 20th episode/post in our "Interviews" series. In this short interview we talk with Jay Haas, a researcher from Iowa.

Jay shares his research in the Bigfoot Network of the Midwest group found on facebook.

Here is our interview.

TM: How long have you been researching/studying Bigfoot?
JH: actively since 2001


TM: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started?
JH: I had encounters from childhood.

TM: During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a Bigfoot?(details please)
JH: At 16 yrs old, a friend an I got a vocalization warning at very close range. I will never forget it.

TM: It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack Bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?
JH: I don't worry about others.They have a right to there opinion. My friend was a non believer at the kitchen table.Then he had an encounter with me. He can no longer deny. Some can't accept without some kind of encounter, that fine with me.

TM: Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?
JH: Yes.

TM: What is your favorite time of year to research/study Bigfoot, When do you have your most success?
JH: I like different seasons.Winter for tree structures, I seem to be most success during summer. I love to go out at night with no wind.

TM: Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?
JH: Albert Ostman Story of him being kidnapped by Sasquatch.

TM: What would you be doing if you wasn't researching/studying Bigfoot?
JH: I would be missing out on a very precious opportunity.

Thanks for taking part in the interview, keep us posted on your Bigfoot research.

- End of Interview -

Actual Bigfoot field research can sometimes be very challenging with difficult terrain, insects, snakes and a host of other possible pitfalls. We have to have "Boots on the ground" to make headway. As a researcher myself I can appreciate people like Jay and the others I have interviewed, for actually facing these obstacles of field research.

We who do this often times face a lot of ridicule for our interest in Bigfoot. It is also a somewhat costly endeavor and time consuming. It takes some determination and drive to continue researching. My hope is that by doing these short interviews, researchers get some recognition for their hard work and efforts. I hope you will take the time to read some of our past interviews with these researchers.

Have a blessed day.


Thanks
~Tom~  



This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Unknown Cave Creature Part 4 - Update!!!

Bones Found!!
Over the last several days, I have been back in contact with Leslie from Tennessee. There has been  a few new discoveries concerning the cave. While the mystery of the cave creature is far from over, it is good to have more information about the cave.

I know Leslie is very busy and I appreciate her efforts to keep me informed, so I can keep everyone else informed.

With this new information, I have put together a short video.

Here is the video 



I hope to have more updates in the future. For anyone who is not aware of this story please see the following links
1st post about Cave   
2nd post about cave and translation of document
3rd post about cave including some history

Thanks
~Tom~



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Bigfoot Research in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest in the United Kingdom
As you may know the possibility of  Bigfoot being in the United Kingdom has gained a lot more attention over the last year. The UK does have some large forest area and there are a great number of reported sightings of Bigfoot. It is well worthy of research.

Today, I want to share with you a recent submitted research report from British Bigfoot Researchers Adam and Paul Bird. This post will include a video and their description of what was heard. Adam and Paul, along with a few others, have been doing some fantastic work and are really helping bring attention to the British Bigfoot phenomenon.

- Start Report -

Name: Adam and Paul Bird
Email Address: britishbigfootresearch@yahoo.co.uk
State: UK
County: Nottinghamshire
Date of Sighting: March 1, 2015
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Nearest Town: Nottingham
Length of Sighting: no sighting, audio only
How many Witnesses: Two
Any Photos/Videos: Yes -



Describe sighting in detail:

Hi Thomas. These are video highlights of mine and Paul Bird's day visit to Sherwood Forest, where we conducted a British Bigfoot investigation on March 1st 2015. We captured a few strange vocalizations during our time there. They sounded like high-pitched screeches, almost like a Hyena's laugh.
We are not claiming they come from a Woodwose, just that they are unexplained. We can't think of any known animal that this could be.
We welcome your opinion Thomas. Thanks.
If anyone would like to share their sightings of the UK Bigfoot, please feel free to Email us at britishbigfootresearch@yahoo.co.uk

- End Report -
 
First, let me say thanks to Adam and Paul for sharing their research with me and everyone. Now, as for the odd sounds recorded in the video. It is really hard to say for sure just what it is, but it could be a bird. I'm not for sure what all kinds of birds are in the UK but I know some birds make weird sounds. In any case it is an interesting catch and I for one appreciate the efforts of Adam and Paul.

Over the last few months I have worked with Adam and Paul Bird and Debbie Hatswell on sharing and documenting Bigfoot sightings and research in the United Kingdom. I applaud their efforts at shining a light on a Bigfoot mystery that expands the globe.  I wish the continued success and look forward to sharing their research efforts.

Thanks
~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.





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