Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Who’s Afraid To Go Camping Now?

Who's watching your Tent?

By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.


Who’s Afraid To Go Camping Now?
By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher


            Should you be afraid of Bigfoot in the woods?
Maybe you’ve seen or heard something out there that changed your world view forever. Or maybe you’ve just seen all the evidence and you’ve decided it makes more sense to believe. But should you be afraid to go back out there?
            When the cast of Finding Bigfoot was asked about their extreme animal phobias, Cliff Barackman said, “I’d have to say the entire class of arachnids, whether it be spiders, scorpions, or ticks.” 
      Not exactly what we’d expect from the guy who’s been shown out in the thick of Sasquatch country in the dark of night with little more than a sleeping bag and a flashlight, lying on the ground waiting for the big hairy ones to give him a nudge.  But we can all relate to his fear nonetheless.  No one wants spiders in their sleeping bag.
            Matt Moneymaker confessed his well-warranted fear of mountain lions, while Bobo expressed a fear of polar bears. Ranae Holland didn’t take part in the interview but we’re pretty sure she’s not afraid of anything.
            Not one of these famous bigfoot trackers expressed any fear whatsoever of the apes in the woods of North America. Even though many who’ve encountered the elusive “wood ape” in the flesh confess they’re very leery of returning to the same spot ever again.
            And it’s not even necessary to see the creatures to be affected. Grunts and growls and having rocks thrown at you from a seemingly invisible creature in the woods can have a lasting impact on the human psyche. Our fear is built into our brains for a reason. There are some things out there we SHOULD be afraid of. 
            But it’s possible that our fears of sasquatches may not be necessary at all. It’s very possible that our elusive “friends” in the woods only use scare tactics to do just that: scare us half to death, and then make sure we think twice before coming back to that spot. And maybe they’ve learned over thousands of years of evolution that we humans scare pretty easily.
            There have been very few reports in North America in modern times of a sasquatch attacking, killing, kidnapping, or otherwise assaulting any human. Even though there have been multiple accounts of property destruction, livestock assault and murder, and an occasional cabin invasion that might serve to scare the bejesus out of us, there seems to be little to no actual physical contact between them and us.
            And you might think that’s only because they’re a rare animal.  But I’m more inclined to think it’s because they’re a very shy animal that has survived all this time by avoiding us. Attacking a human would surely bring attention to them and the area in which they live. And it’s quite possible they’ve learned to only do that when their home or young are threatened.
            So should you be afraid to go camping? The evidence says no. But as always when we place
ourselves in the home of other wildlife we should always be wary and respectful of their territory. And
 if something grunts and throws big rocks at your tent in the middle of the night, I’d move to different
spot. ********

[TCC - Dorraine Fisher is a freelance writer and nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines and we are glad to have her on our Team.]
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10 comments:

  1. The only bipedal wood ape I am afraid of are idiots with 4wd and an easyrider rifle rack who do not know how to safely hunt, like "Freezer Boy" Dyer.

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    1. Thanks for the comment.... Freezer boy...best bigfoot tracker in the world...lol

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  2. Nice article guys. I haven't been back in a few weeks, hope you are well!

    I have experienced what you described in the Hotzone ~ usually in the presence of others; alone I haven't quite been as lucky. Now some of my experiences and the stories I have heard, like some of those in Missing 411 (http://www.nabigfootsearch.com/missing_411.html) makes me think twice...

    I use to travel to these locations by myself and unarmed, even after my sightings. As I gained knowledge I became a little more cautious?

    --
    Alex ^¿^

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    1. Thanks for the comment.... I still go out with no real weapon..just a very small pocket knife.
      I'm in the early stages of a possible camping trip...so maybe we can find something of interest.

      Thanks

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  3. Interesting blog but you need to do more research. Read "Missing 411" by David Paulides of North America Bigfoot Search. He doesn't lay blame on anything or anyone for what is taking people in the wild, I suggest you read it, thoroughly..Your mind will be opened.

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  4. Great article! I also recommend the book mentioned above. There is so much we don't know yet. I also believe the flight instinct may be the best one to listen to. There could be other dangers in the wildness that only a few know of,,and even less accept as a possibility. Instinct is with us for a reason. If I get that weird danger vibe,,as in overpowering urge to get out of the vicinity ASAP,,I tend to agree. Always better safe than sorry,,or a statistic.

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  5. Well written, interesting and sounds like like some good advice. I have been visitied at least 5 times while sleeping in my tent and the only aggressive behavior was a low growl, almost reflexively, hardly as loud as a snore, at the end of 3 consecutive exhalations.

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  6. My multi-night encounter involved soft whistling while sleeping in a screened in porch in a "partially closed" state park bordering vast wilderness. According to native american posts, this is predatory behavior by trying to lure the prey (me) out of a secure place and into the tree line. I'm done with camping.

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  7. The big fella is as individual and unique as we are. Some are shy and will avoid us. Others will be aggressive and intimidating. And yet others, given the opportunity, will become violent. Behavior is learned. To think otherwise is folly. Also, there are a number of respected researchers who believe there to be more than one species out there.Be careful!

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    1. I agree Tommy - They do have different personalities.

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