It seem as if the idea of baiting or as others may call it gifting, for Bigfoot has become more popular. The idea is centered around leaving food of some sort out in hopes that a Bigfoot will be attracted to it. But this baiting can also employ other non food items such as stuff animals or other objects. I would assume that gifting has happened in the past but is more widely used today among researchers.
For this post I wanted to focus more on the food aspect of gifting. I'm sure Bigfoot would eat just about anything but like most of us, Bigfoot probably has favorite foods.
When I'm running experiments with food I normally leave out apples. It seems that apples are one of the more popular foods left out for Bigfoot. I left out a pile of apples in front of a game camera and it seems that apples are popular among many forest creatures. One of the most notable captures I filmed with the game cam, was some crows coming in and taking the apples. During this experiment, I did not care what took the apples, I wanted to see how many different animals would come to the apple pile. There was a bunch of different animals, including deer, squirrel, and coyotes. I wonder, if crows or other birds take bait items and some assume it was take by Bigfoot. We must carefully consider missing gift items. Some don't use cameras when gifting, which may increase success but may also increase the chance of misinterpretation of missing items.
Here is a still frame from the game cam video of the crow taking a slice of apple.
Over the years I have used a lot of different foods in experiments. Peanut butter seems to be popular but one must remember that bears really like it as well. Peanut butter is very popular among Bigfoot researchers. I have also used bananas a few times. I would place the bananas high up in trees. I have heard of some researchers using dog food, potato chips, eggs, potted meat, hot dogs, tuna and just about any other food you can name.
Of course results have varied with researchers who use food as a baiting item but mostly the efforts have not produced much in the way of Bigfoot photos or evidence. The lack of success using food could be due to the fact that Bigfoot gets the idea that the item is not normally found in the area and avoids it. Sometimes when something seems odd or out of the normal, animals will be much more cautious or avoid it all together.
Any in case, I think the efforts of leaving food to gather possible Bigfoot evidence has potential. Even if we don't use any cameras to see what takes the food, we still have the ability to look for tracks or other sighs that food was taken by Bigfoot. Of course, most researchers don't randomly leave food out in the forest. We leave it in areas where there has been Bigfoot activity or evidence that the creature is in the area. In some cases, the researcher may have been researching a particular area for several years and has established that indeed Bigfoot is visiting the area. This would seem to offer the most potential.
What do you think would be a good food item to leave out for Bigfoot? If you are a researcher, then comment below what foods you use. Are you for or against gifting food for Bigfoot?
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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