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Hiking At Camp Blanton

We spent the better part of a day hiking at Camp Blanton. We show you the famous Knobby Rock, and the labyrinth known as The Maze. By the end of the day we had logged almost 9 miles of trekking through this 100 year old forest.

Here is some info about Blanton Forest and Camp Blanton.
Blanton Forest is located on Pine Mountain in Harlan County and is the largest old growth forest known in Kentucky.

Blanton Forest is named in honor of former owners Grover and Oxie Blanton. The Blantons purchased the land in 1928 and passed it on to their daughters with the understanding that it would never be logged.

Here is our video of our hike.

I recently posted a video of two black bears fighting it out in the woods. But that was not all I caught on my game camera that was pretty interesting. While game cameras seem to have a very hard time capturing Bigfoot, they do from time to time capture some unique moments of known wildlife.

Game cameras can provide us a look at wildlife behavior that we rarely, if ever, get to see. Theses cameras also let us know what type of animals are visiting our area. So, while we may not catch a bigfoot very often, they are still a useful and fun tool to use during research.

This next video I want to share with everyone is of a very large and curious rat, sometimes these are call mountain rats by locals. In the video you will see this big fella climbing on a tree next to the game camera. The rat later jumps to the tree the game cam is on and his curious nature gets the best of him as he starts smacking the lock that is on the game cam. This particular game cam, a Browning, not only records video but also sound. While you can't see the rat playing with the lock, you sure can hear it.

Check out the video

I recently went out and picked up my game camera. It has been out for around 2 months. There were several interesting captures on the camera. Some of which I am still looking over.

There was this series of videos of 2 black bears fighting. I found it rather interesting and it is something you don't see everyday, so I wanted to share the videos.

Check it out.

Why Most Chupacabra Sightings Are Fake?

By Dorraine Fisher

Of all the cryptids believed to exist on the planet, you might be surprised by which one I find to be the least likely to exist. At least by the definition of this cryptid that people think they’ve seen. And this is the fabled chupacabra or goat sucker believed to be responsible for brutal, bloody livestock attacks and mutilations. But I’ll tell you why I feel this way.

In many cases of supposed sightings, witnesses see or photograph a creature that is hairless, gray or black, and doesn’t look to them like any known animal. But disease and deformity can cause any creature to appear different than it normally would.

I thought I would just share another day of exploring the woods of Kentucky with everyone. In this video I'm hunting ginseng and looking for bigfoot evidence.

I do manage to find a few things that are interesting and I talk some about bigfoot, the bigfoot community, films and social media.

I hope you enjoy the video and some out our beautiful mountains.
Here is the video:

Here is a short video of our game cam captures from about the middle of September until about the middle of October. During this time two game cams were attacked by a black bear. The camera captures most of this but due to some cheap SD cards many of the video files were corrupt and would not play.  If I remember correctly there were 100 videos in all but only about 19 of them would actually play. I did try some software that is supposed to fix them but it failed on all but one video.

While there are not any bigfoot in these images, it still gives us a glimpse at some wonderful wildlife in our research area.

Check out the video.

I finally got a chance to do another Almost Live show. In this episode I go out to retrieval my game cams and look for some ginseng. The reason for the long delay was due to the fact I hurt my already sore leg and had to take almost 2 weeks off. So, it felt good to get back out there and test out the leg.
Once I got to the second and third game cams, I was surprised at what I saw.

Check out this episode

Okay, I'm back with another raw, uncut episode of Almost Live. This second episode is full of some very interesting things.This episode is much longer and much better, I think.
Any time I go out looking for ginseng, I also keep an eye out for any bigfoot related findings...and today I was not disappointed.

Check out this episode:


While some animals are very well known, sometimes the color of the creature throws the animal into the rare category. We all know that coyotes come in a wide range of colors, but a solid black coyote is very rare. Some coyotes are dark in color, and even have some black hair. But a solid black coyote is considered almost as rare an an albino.

So, I was surprised when a local woman sent me a video from here in my county of what appears to be a black coyote.

Here is the video with some enhancements

I recently returned to my bigfoot research area to collect some games cameras I placed out about one month ago. This area has, in years gone by, been an active area not only for bigfoot but numerous other animals. But in the last year or so the activity has seemed to have died down. Now, with fall quickly approaching, I wanted to try out some game cameras in the area to see if any activity had returned to the area.

What follows is a video of my return trip to retrieve the previously set cameras and then another video of what all was captured on the game cameras. I try very hard to be honest and transparent with my bigfoot research, even though, parts of it may seem very boring to many.

I did have a very memorable close encounter with a doe and a fawn on my trip to collect my cameras. For me it was nothing short of amazing and something that truly does not happen everyday. I think you will find my doe encounter and what I have to say about it, interesting in how it pertains to bigfoot.

Here is the video collecting the game cameras.


After returning home, I downloaded all the videos and pictures off the game cameras. I think there are some interesting captures. The black bear is a nice captures and it appears many animals are returning to the area. I can only hope that the bigfoot also return.

Here is the video of the game camera captures.



Hopefully, in the coming months, I can get out more and find us some more interesting things.


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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Well, I guess this post might seem out of sorts to some people, but over the past few days I've been thinking about my days growing up. This subject matter of my thinking back to my youth, might be of some interest to some people. Over the years, this same subject matter, has crept into my mind at various times. So, I thought I would share it with the readers today.

I can remember growing up and about this time of year, we would start seeing the June bugs. June bugs are a type of beetle or scarab, they are also sometimes called June beetle instead of June bugs. Here in my part of the world, we have the green June bugs. The green June bugs are found in the Southeaster part of the United States. I can remember, as a young boy, that the yard would be swarming with what looked like hundreds of June bugs. As kids we would catch the June bugs and tie a string on one of their back legs and fly the bug around. It was a fun thing to do back then, as there really wasn't video games or cell phones or a lot for kids to do, so we played outside. Flying the bugs around didn't seem to hurt them any and later, most of the time, we got bored and turned the June bug loose. I don't know when it happen or why it happened but one day I noticed we no longer had June bugs filling up our yards.  Oh, sometimes you might see one or two but nothing like when I was growing up. So, I often wonder what happened to them, why they no longer come in our part of the world. Is it just here, in my area, that the June bugs no longer visit or are other places also seeing little or no June bugs?

So, with me wondering whatever happened to the June Bugs, It got me to thinking about other creatures that I no longer see. Creatures that once seemed so abundant when I was growing up, but now have all but disappeared.

The Monarch Butterfly is one that we use to see all the time growing up, but now you almost never see them, at least not around here. Did the migration path change, and the beautiful butterfly now does not come our way? Are they all dead? This got me to looking into this mystery. I found that there has indeed been a big population drop in Monarch butterflies and it is predicted by some that the species will go extinct in the next 20 years. I think that is terrible news and someone should be working on re-population. I miss seeing them and I will be looking for them while out in the mountains.

Another, I wonder whatever happened to creature, is the Bobwhite. I can remember sitting on my mamaw's porch and listening to the Bobwhites make their very recognizable whistle. Along about dust, about the time us kids would stop playing, we'd be sitting on the porch and seems like you would hear the whistle every evening. But it has been years since I have heard a bobwhite. I know the little ground dwelling quail, is very vulnerable to predators but we use to have a good population of them. I wonder what ever happened to them around here. It was enjoyable listening to that famous whistle, I would like to hear it now, on the evenings I sit on the porch.

This next little fellow may not but very popular, but they serve a good purpose. Bats. I can remember playing in the yard at dust and there would be bats flying about and swooping down. There was not real large numbers, maybe 15-20 of them but compared to what we see now, it seems like a lot. I have not seen a small swarm of bats in the yard in many years. They do eat a lot of bugs, maybe that is why there seems to be so many bugs now, because there are less bats.  I can also remember fishing at one of our local strip mining ponds as a teenager and the bats would be swarming around. There would be so many of them that they (the bats) would fly into our fishing lines.

 I know, there could be many factors to why I no longer see some of these creatures. But I still miss them.

Thinking back and missing things are a part of life, I guess. But growing up and seeing these creatures, I never even thought the day would come when I would miss them or wonder what happened to them. It's funny, as you get older, you seem to appreciate things you gave very little thought about while growing up.



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~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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An Interview With Cryptid and Wildlife Artist Alex Evans
By Dorraine Fisher


Here’s another of our favorites in our artists series. Cryptid and wildlife artist Alex Evans talks about her work and how it’s evolved. And she has a special message for bigfoot witnesses. Alex’s work seems to capture the true spirit of her subjects and bring them to life in a unique way. We hope she keeps doing it for a long time to come.

Dorraine: When did you first become interested in pursuing art?
Alex: There was no moment when I 'decided'. I have always drawn as a young child and sold my art from my yard as a teen. It just advanced over the years to encompass new forms of art, expression and learning.
 
Dorraine: Have you always lived in Illinois? And what influence has that had on your art, if any?
Alex: I was born and raised in Illinois but moved to Indiana, where I live now. Being relatively close to the Art Institute of Chicago growing up, it had a profound influence on my love of art of all kinds. Even the Chicago art scene and its neighborhood art fairs allowed me to experience all the ways local arts could be. As a teen, I'd take the train with my sister, who also was an artist, to the Art Institute on free day to spend the day taking in all the world class art. We'd go to a little place and use our saved money to get a bite to eat later and discuss art and ideas. It was a time of great inspiration for me.
 
Dorraine: What made you pursue sasquatch art?
Alex: Although I have always had a fascination with Sasquatch, I never thought of drawing one in the past. Things changed after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in '08. After that, I decided to make a list of things I would like to do within my means and capabilities of it actually happening, lol. At the top of my list was to see a sasquatch. Now that I knew they were not only in the Pacific Northwest, I felt it was a good possibility but I had to learn more about local sightings etc. I joined the wonderful Oregon Bigfoot, run by Autumn Williams, and began a new chapter. It wasn't long before someone suggested I draw what an eyewitness saw and I began working with the witness to get what they saw down on paper. I have done quite a few drawings from then on.
 
Dorraine: Have you had a bigfoot encounter of your own?
Alex: I have never had a sighting of my own. I have had unusual things like sounds happen and two separate wood knocks in remote areas of Indiana, however. 
 
Dorraine: How do you attempt to depict the face of a creature considered by many to be mythical? Where does your prototype come from?
Alex: Since I have studied both human and animal anatomy and specialized in wildlife art in particular, this is where my basis of what such a creature may look like structurally. Of course I rely on the eyewitness to give me the main basis but I do have to put that onto a known armature of sorts, that is, a living being, known in some way to us, such as an early hominid, modern man and known animals. I feel it needs to be based on structures that are known and function in a real world. IF, say, it had wings and used those wings, it would need to be drawn in a way where form follows function, to be able to use those wings.
 
Dorraine: What keeps you inspired to do crypto-art?
Alex: I think it's that unknown aspect ~ the mystery of it all. Using my minds' eye to create something only described is challenging also. We all need challenges.
 
Dorraine: Tell us about your work with wolves.
Alex: Being a wildlife artist has led me to love many animals throughout my life. I have always loved Africa. I love the vast expanse where animals do what animals do best. It is the cradle of life for us humans too. Canids are of particular interest. I became a dog trainer in Search and Rescue for many years, working with K9 partners in searching both wilderness and disaster sites. Wolves are an extension of my love of dogs and my love of the natural places. Being at the top of the food chain, wolves sit in a unique position in the ecosystem where they are a necessary and integral part of everything in that environment. I participate in education about wolves and hopefully show how wonderful and important they are to all of us.
 
Dorraine: Do you have any other favorite subjects?
Alex: I am interested in the natural world of plants also. Birds too have played an enormous part in my life, having raised many types of birds and studied them up close. My father was a bird watcher and I learned much at an early age. I also help people with training and their dogs' behavior problems, as well as continuing to draw dog portraits. I like many subjects and never know when I will be inspired to learn something new in life.
 
Dorraine: Over the years, have you developed any theories or philosophies about Sasquatches?
Alex: While I keep learning from those who have had encounters and read others' theories, I mostly put it all on the table and ponder it. I think if I had a good sighting I might be able to better theorize on things, I don't know. While I am science-minded, I've learned that science only works if you don't conclude before the evidence is put forth and all things are explored.
 
Dorraine: Is there somewhere people can see a gallery of your work? Do you have a website or blog?
Alex: I do not have a website or blog at this time. I do have much of my work on my Facebook albums however.
 
Dorraine: What is your favorite medium for your art?
Alex: Whatever one I am currently doing, I guess! Right now I am sculpting animals and soon, cryptids. So right now I'm excited about 3D work again. I love drawing in pencil too, as it's very close to 'nothing', just graphite and paper and yet, can portray so much. Then there is clay, carving in foam and oil painting on canvas, where each has its unique properties. I doubt I will ever have a favorite because, like animals, each is cool in its own way and there is always a new medium to explore and learn from!
 
Dorraine: What else do you like to do outside of art?
Alex: I love music and reading interesting things. I tend to read 'how to' books/articles as well as factual books/articles on wildlife/all animals, the environment, mysteries and art techniques. I also enjoy learning more about dog behavior and how to work with dogs better. I also like hiking and enjoy days observing the natural world. I also like learning about survival in the outdoors, animal tracks and sign and plants. 
 
Dorraine: What do you do for a living? And does that have any correlation with or influence on the way you pursue your art?
Alex: Until recently I was a plant tech. I took care of tropical plants basically. I know a lot about the care and propagation of tropicals. I used to be an art restorer in Illinois and learned so much about that trade and did sculpting for that job. The influence it had on my sculpting was paramount, as it had me be very detailed in my observations. I am not working at this time because of a muscle pain condition I acquired two years ago. It keeps me from doing much of what I used to do (like extensive hiking) but I'm hopeful that it eases in time and that I will again be able to fulfill more of what motivates me.
 
Dorraine: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us.
Alex: I'd like to end by saying that all the folks that I've drawn sightings for have a story unlike any other. It is not up to me, as an artist, to make conclusions, but to put down to the best I am able, what they remember at a point in time for them. A lot of people ask me if I believe they exist or believe what people tell me. And to that I have to say that clearly something is there......what that is, is up for debate (and will be for some time I think). As far as believing people's stories, I have to say that most have had something extraordinary happen which changed their view of life. Their life was not the same. This is not something I take lightly because it shows a willingness to talk about something that is often dismissed or even ridiculed, yet it impacted them in a way I can only imagine.
Drawing for people and giving them a picture has helped many in a deep way. If I can help a person come to grips with their experience and further help with investigating the phenomena then we are all in a better place. We all play a part if we work together to find and fit these puzzle pieces together.



**********DF


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, 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!



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Over the years and even recently, I have heard people talk about the population of bigfoot. Some think that bigfoot population is dwindling down and some even think they are about to go extinct. So, all that got me to thinking about the many factors that can cause extinction. Lets look at a few that may or may not effect bigfoot and see if we can make some assessments.

Changes in Habitat - Destruction of wildlife habitat can result in a species going extinct. Things like deforestation, development of highways, dam building, urban development and other factors can cause havoc to wildlife. Destruction of habitat can lead to starvation of a species, make them a target for predators, or possibly cause them to die of disease. A species experiencing destruction of habitat must adapt to the changes or move to a different location. This is only some of the possible things that could happen. But would this apply to or effect bigfoot to the point of extinction? In my opinion, I would say probably not. As most of us know, bigfoot is extremely intelligent and would probably just move into a better area. The food source might be a bigger factor in the case destruction of habitat when it comes to bigfoot. But with the intelligence level of bigfoot, I would assume bigfoot would manage to find something. Another point to consider in destruction of habitat, to me, would be the rate of destruction. Of course a very fast, rapid destruction would probably be more devastating to all wildlife. In my are, in days gone by, strip mining and logging disturbed wildlife but the effects seemed to be only a temporary. If bigfoot had to move to another area due to habitat issues, could this be a factor in more sightings? I think it would.

Hunting -  While legal hunting can play a factor, it's the over hunting, poaching and commercial hunting that causes the most problems. Commercial hunting is hunting done for fur/pelts, tusks, horn and other parts. A good example is the hunting of Rhinoceros. Rhino's are/were hunted for their horn. The western black rhino was declared extinct back in 2013. It was due to poaching and a lack of conservation. Now, when it comes to bigfoot, we currently don't have a major problem with people hunting and killing them. Oh yes, some people hunt them and hope to kill one but nothing has come of it so far. There are numerous reports over the years of people shooting bigfoot, but in almost all cases it was a random chance encounter. So I think we can conclude that hunting of bigfoot is not a problem in the bigfoot going extinction theory.

Predators - Natural predators normally kill off the weak, wounded or sick prey, but it can play a part in the extinction of wildlife if a population is already low. But far worse is the human predator factor. Humans tend to take stronger and larger animals, which can really hit wildlife hard and make a species weaker. But neither of these would seem to pertain to our buddy bigfoot. As far as we know, bigfoot really don't have any natural predators. I would assume, new born or very young bigfoot could be prey for mountain lions or something but I would also assume they are well guarded.

Pollution and Disease - Pollution can have negative effects on habitat and animals. This would include plants and trees which could be a food source, among other things. But water pollution would have a bigger devastating effect in most cases. A damaged local water supply could lead to many factors which could result in a die off.  Insecticides and pesticides can be dangerous as well. But this type of problem is rarely seen in mountainous areas so the effects would be very rare and limited and probably not great enough to wipe out a whole species. Disease can be something very unpredictable. It may come from stagnated or polluted water. It could be introduced by a lower prey species. But generally cases of disease doesn't wipe out an entire species. So these factors probably would not play a major role in the dwindling or dying off of bigfoot.


Now, there are also other factors that can lead to extinction, but most are so rare and devastating nothing could be done anyways. For example, rapid climate change or abrupt climate change. Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse was a minor extinction event that occurred around 305 million years ago in the Carboniferous period. It altered the vast coal forests that covered the equatorial region of Euramerica (Europe and America). This event may have fragmented the forests into isolated 'islands', which in turn caused dwarfism and, shortly after, extinction of many plant and animal species. Another possibility is a major meteorological event. Plus I'm sure you can think of other things that can cause or lead to extinction but would it really effect bigfoot in a major way? Probably not.

So, after reviewing this information and thinking about the idea/theory that bigfoot is going extinct, I have concluded that most likely this is not true. And if they are going extinct, then it must be due to some outside factor that we don't know, understand or have thought of. I know this may not be a popular opinion that I have about it bigfoot not going extinct. But if you look at the sighting data, there seems to be a general overall uptick in sightings. You would think, for a dwindling population on the verge of going extinct, sightings would be way down. But that doesn't seem to be the case at all. Having more bigfoot sightings would seem to suggest there is a more robust population.

Of course, we don't know much about bigfoot. We don't know what or if they have a breeding cycle, how long pregnancy last, how long they live and many other things that could play a factor. I would assume, and I really don't know, that bigfoot have similar breeding cycles and pregnancies to humans. In Bonobo apes, the gestation period is about 240 days for pregnancy and that is comparable to humans at 280 days.

So, what might cause some people to think that bigfoot is going extinct?  While I can't really answer that for sure, I can offer a guess. Maybe a person does have less sighting in their area than in days gone by. This could lead them to believe bigfoot is dying off, but it really could only mean that the bigfoot have moved to another location. This would seem to account for the raise in sightings in other locations. I know in my area of Kentucky, there seems to be an increase in sightings. It could be due to a few factors. For one, the lack of logging and coal mining in my area many have led to an increase. Maybe, the increased destruction of habitat in other locations drove bigfoot  into our area.

My final assessment, opinion, would be that bigfoot is not about to die off or go extinct. That bigfoot has been here a long time and it will continue to be here for a long time.  That it is very hard to put a number amount on bigfoot. We really don't have any way to determine just how many bigfoot are out there.  We could make a guess, but it would be just that, a guess.  



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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Here in Kentucky and even many other southern states, we get told that there is no cougars in this area. But yet, we keep seeing them and sometimes even black panthers. But according to wildlife officials we do not have any cougars in the area and we are misidentifying other animals. It reminds me of a few years ago, when these same wildlife officials told us we didn't have any black bears in this area but of course we have a growing number of them.

Well, I got the following report of a cougar sighting in the state of Georgia and wanted to share it.

- Start Report -

Name: Ken ******

Email Address: On file

State: Georgia

County:

Date of Sighting: October 99

Time of Day: 7 PM

Nearest Town: Wrightsville

Length of Sighting: 20 seconds

How many Witnesses: 1

Any Photos/Videos: no

Describe sighting in detail:
Sitting in a tree stand deer hunting a pine grove, when at dusk a cougar walks right under my stand. It was on the trail I have to take back to the truck.  I live in the west and know a cougar when I see one.  Not a black panther but a tan cougar. 


- End Report -

I wonder why wildlife officials tell us that there is no cougars in an area, when in fact there is. Is it because they don't really know? or is it because they just don't want the general public to know they are there? To me, if the officials know they are there and are lying to people, it would be more dangerous to hikers and campers.  I think it would be better to let people know the possibly dangerous cat was in the area, so the hikers and campers could take precautions in case they ran into one. If an accident happened and the wildlife officials had lied about cougars being in an area, would that make the libel in some way?

Thanks to Ken for sending in his report.

Be safe everyone.



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~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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The fur-bearing trout (or furry trout) is a fictional creature purportedly found in North America and Iceland. According to tales, the trout has created a thick coat of fur to maintain its body heat. Tales of furry fish date to the 17th-century and later the "shaggy trout" of Iceland. The earliest known American publication dates from a 1929 Montana Wildlife magazine article by J.H. Hicken. A taxidermy furry trout produced by Ross C. Jobe is a specimen at the Royal Museum of Scotland; it is a trout with white rabbit fur "ingeniously" attached.

There are no real examples of any fur-bearing trout species, but two examples of hair-like growths on fish are known. The "cotton mold", Saprolegnia, can infect fish, which can result in the appearance of fish covered in the white "fur". A real fish, Mirapinna esau, also known as the "Hairy Fish", has hair-like outgrowths and wings.


Fur-bearing trout are fictional creatures that are purportedly found in Arkansas, northern North America, and Iceland. The basic claim (or tall tale) is that the waters of lakes and rivers in the area are so cold that they evolved a thick coat of fur to maintain their body heat. Another theory says that it is due to four jugs - or two bottles - of hair tonic being spilled into the Arkansas River.
The origins vary, but one of the earlier claims date to a 17th-century Scottish immigrant's letter to his relatives referring to "furried animals and fish" being plentiful in the New World. It was followed by a request to procure a specimen of these "furried fish" and one was sent back home. A publication in 1900 recounts the Icelandic Lodsilungur, another haired trout, as being a common folklore. The earliest known American publication dates from a 1929 Montana Wildlife magazine article by J.H. Hicken.


 
cotton mold
The "cotton mold" Saprolegnia will sometimes infect fish, causing tufts of fur-like growth to appear on the body. A heavy infection will result in the death of the fish, and as the fungus continues to grow afterwards, dead fish that are largely covered in the white "fur" can occasionally be found washed ashore. A real fish, Mirapinna esau known as the "Hairy Fish", has hair-like outgrowths and wings. It was discovered in the Azores in 1956.

According to Icelandic legend, the Lodsilungur is a furry trout that is the creation of demons and giants. The Lodsilungur are described as inedible fish that overwhelm rivers and are a form of punishment for human wickedness. In 1900, The Scottish Review featured an account of the Lodsilungur as a poisonous "Shaggy trout" of northern Iceland. In 1854, a shaggy trout was "cast on shore at Svina-vatn" and featured in an 1855 illustration in Nordri, a newspaper. It was described as having a reddish hair on its lower jaw and neck, sides and fins, but the writer of the Nordri article did not specifically identify it by name. Sjón, a popular Icelandic writer, became obsessed with the folk tale when he was nine. Sjón recounted that if a man were to eat the furry trout he would become pregnant and that his scrotum would have to be cut open to deliver the baby. Sjón noted that the story "might explain why I was later propelled towards surrealism.

An account of a furry trout appeared in 1929 in Montana Wildlife magazine and was first noted by J.H. Hicken. Hicken's account states that when the fish is caught "the change of temperature from this water to atmosphere is so great that the fish explodes upon being taken from the water, and fur and skin come off in one perfect piece, making it available for commercial purposes, and leaving the body of the fish for refrigerator purposes or eating, as desired."


Another fur-bearing trout story originated with Wilbur Foshay, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Foshay promoted the story so convincingly that it was picked up by the Salida Record newspaper. According to its Foshay, the trout grew fur due to the cold temperatures of the Arkansas River and shed the fur as the water temperatures warmed in the summer. In November 1938, a story in the Puebloan Cheiftan recounted the hairy trout history and stated that "old-timers living along the Arkansas River near Salida have told tales for many years of the fur-bearing trout indigenous to the waters of the Arkansas near there." In 2014, Mysteries at the Museum visited the Salida Museum and is expected to be part of a segment in late 2014.

A tall tale was recounted by S.E. Schlosser, it states that hairy trout were the result of two bottles or four jugs of spilled hair tonic. To catch hairy trout, fisherman would act as barbers and lure fish from the waters with the offer of a free trim or shave. An intentionally fantastical story in Maine and claimed hairy trout were under catch and release policy that was enforced by wardens' carrying Brannock Devices. If a fish was caught, the warden would measure it against the fisher's foot. If the fish's length matched the fisher's foot size, the fish could be eaten and the outards made into furry slippers.

The Canadian Fur-bearing trout is another example of the furry trout hoax. According to the story, a trout with white fur was caught in Lake Superior off Gros Cap in Algoma, Ontario, Canada and its taxidermist was Ross C. Jobe. The purchaser of the fish learned of the hoax after presenting it to the Royal Museum of Scotland. The white fur of a rabbit was described as being "ingeniously" attached to the fish. A fictional description of the Canadian "Hairy" Trout was published by Takeshi Yamada.

- Source: wikipedia -

How would you like to catch some hairy trout? Maybe we can fire this back up and start making some cash leading fishing expeditions to catch hairy trout.

Really the whole story is pretty funny and at the same time maybe a little sad that some people back then fell for it. But as most of you know, the more outlandish the claim, the more apt some people are to believe it. If you just think back about some of the past Bigfoot hoaxes and some of the things that was told about the dead Bigfoot that Rick Dyer had ....some of it was off the charts unbelievable but yet some believed it.

The fur bearing trout hoax, has to be one of the all time best and funnest hoaxes ever. It makes me wonder about some of the things people may believe today, will it be proven a hoax 10 years down the road? Of course, we know more about things nowadays than we did back in the furry trout days. So I assume we will know even more about things in the days ahead.   

Again, just shake your head and move on. 

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Thylacine - The Tasmanian Tiger

HISTORY
The Tasmanian Tiger, otherwise known as the Thylacine (a conjugation of its scientific name) was an inhabitant of Australia and Tasmania up to about 12,000 years ago. Once dingoes appeared on the Australian mainland the thylacine population disappeared, with the only surviving population being left on the island of Tasmania. When farmers moved to Tasmania in the early 1800s, the thylacines were seen as pests that were good for nothing other than killing the livestock of the farmers. A systematic slaughter of the thylacines was set in place, with bounties being rewarded for the scalps. By the early 1900s thylacines were rare creatures, and the last bounty was paid in 1909. The last reported killing of a "tiger" was 1930. The thylacines were given protected status in 1933, but it was too late... the last thylacine found was captured and sent to the Hobart Domain Zoo just two months after they became a protected species. This last thylacine died on September 7, 1936. The people of Australia and Tasmania mourned the loss of their Tasmanian Tiger. Tasmania put the thylacine on its official Coat of Arms. This thylacine was later named "Benjamin".

DESCRIPTION
The thylacine closely resembles a dog, but it is actually a carnivorous marsupial, belonging to the same family as the kangaroo and Tasmanian devil. The male thylacine would reach 6 feet in length from head to tail, at about 45 lbs. It sported distinctive stripes that began in mid-back and continued down to the tail. Females were smaller. The bunched and extended rear was reminiscent of hyenas. The tail was long, thin, inflexible and did not wag. Its fur was coarse and sandy-brown. They had pouches in which they carried their young. The opening on their pouches faced towards the rear of the animal, rather than towards the head (as with Kangaroos). Thylacines often hunted in pairs, but they did not have great speed, the best they could do was a fast clumsy "ambling", and they seemed to catch up to prey mainly by exhausting it from constant chase. They fed on various animals up to the size of kangaroos. They had powerful elongated jaws with a huge gape that could crush the skulls of their victims. When hunted by people using dogs, the thylacines would show no fear when cornered and would often kill the first dog to go in. The thylacines normally did not make any sound, but while hunting they were heard to sometimes make a quick barking "yip-yip". No known recording exists. Thylacines were primarily nocturnal animals. Little is known about their social habits. From shot and captured specimens it seems that a typical thylacine litter was 3 or 4 "pups". The thylacines that were captured and put into captivity often died quickly, but some survived up to 13 years. They did not make for great attractions at the zoos, caged thylacines were morose and did not respond to affection from their human caretakers.


THE SIGHTINGS BEGIN
Soon after Benjamin's death, reports of thylacine sightings came in from the mountains of northwestern Tasmania. Australia's Animals and Birds Protection Board sent an investigative team into the area but all they came back with were some interesting reports from the inhabitants of the area. Interest was high and another expedition that was sent in 1938 found the first evidence of living thylacines - footprints that were positively identified as belonging to thylacines. After this expedition, World War II intervened and the next expedition did not take place until 1945. This privately funded expedition found thylacine footprints and collected more sighting reports.

SHEEP KILLINGS
In 1957 zoologist Eric R. Guiler, chairman of the Animals and Birds Protection Board, went to Broadmarsh to investigate the killing of some sheep by an unknown predator. Tracks were found that were identified as thylacine prints. But no thylacine was found. Several more expeditions followed between 1957 and 1966, but these produced only more footprints and more reports of sightings from the local residents.

HIDDEN CAMERAS
In 1968 a Tiger Center was established, to which people could report their thylacine sightings. Expeditions continued to beat the brush in the wildlands of Tasmania searching for thylacines. In the 1970s a project was set up by the World Wildlife Fund that set up several automatic-camera units at locations where sightings were concentrated. Bait was used and infrared beams were used to trigger the cameras. The project ended in failure in 1980, no thylacines were captured on film. In his official report, project leader Steven J. Smith of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) stated his view that thylacines are extinct. Zoologist Eric Guiler later set up his own hidden camera operation, but this attempt to capture a living thylacine on film also failed. But the number of reported sightings shot up between 1970 and 1980, a total of 104. This gave investigators new hope in finding a remnant population of thylacines still surviving in the more remote areas of Tasmania. Reports of living thylacines also began to come in from southwestern Western Australia, which was very strange because thylacines were eliminated from mainland Australia thousands of years ago after the introduction of dingoes, which made quick work of the slower moving thylacines.

LIVING THYLACINE IDENTIFIED BY PARK RANGER
On a rainy night in March of 1982 a NPWS park ranger was sleeping in the back seat of his car. Something woke him up and he turned on his spotlight, and turned it onto an animal that was about 20 feet away. He said it was a thylacine, "an adult male in excellent condition, with 12 black stripes on a sandy coat." The animal ran off, and because of the rain, no footprints were left.

The NPWS kept the report from the public until January 1984, in order to keep people from going to the area and disturbing the possible habitat of the last living thylacines. This sighting did not prove the existence of living thylacines to the government's satisfaction though, and no official statement was made to that effect. There was also the question of was to do about the extensive mining and timber operations in the area. If living thylacines were found, would the government have to shut down those commercial enterprises? The question of protection of thylacines versus business interests was a thorny one that the government would have to be very careful about. Real proof of living thylacines was necessary - a live or dead thylacine body would have to be produced.

A THYLACINE SHOT IN 1981?
Following the rash of thylacine sightings in Western Australia, the state's Agricultural Protection Board sent Kevin Cameron, a tracker of aboriginal descent, to investigate. Soon Cameron reported that he himself sighted and identified a living thylacine in Western Australia. But this was not proof enough. Then in 1985 Cameron produced pictures that he claimed were taken of a living thylacine, along with casts of thylacine footprints. The pictures were presented to zoologist Athol M. Douglas at the Western Australian Museum in Perth. They showed an dog like animal burrowing at the base of the tree. The head was hidden from view, but its striped back and stiff tail strongly implied that it was a thylacine. Suspicions began to arise though. Cameron would not say where he took the pictures, and he vacillated on giving permission to have the pictures reproduced for publication, eventually agreeing. Cameron accompanied Douglas to a photographic laboratory while he made enlargements. Douglas found,

"When I saw the negatives, I realized Cameron's account with regard to the photographs was inaccurate. The film had been cut, frames were missing, and the photos were taken from different angles - making it impossible for the series to have been taken in 20 or 30 seconds, as Cameron had stated. Furthermore, in one negative, there was the shadow of another person pointing what could be an over-under 12 gauge shotgun. Cameron had told me he had been alone. It would have been practically impossible for an animal as alert as a thylacine to remain stationary for so long while human activity was going on in its vicinity. In addition, it is significant that the animal's head does not appear in any of the photographs." The story and pictures were released in the New Scientist magazine, and its readers were soon criticizing the authenticity of the photographs. They pointed out that the animal seemed to stay dead still from photograph to photograph. And they realized by the differing lengths of the shadows that the pictures were taken over at least an hour. It would seem that the pictures were a hoax, and the specimen was a stuffed thylacine. But the first picture, the one that showed the shadow of a person holding a gun aimed at the thylacine, was omitted from the New Scientist story. Douglas feels that,

"The full frame of this negative is the one which shows the shadow of the man with a rigid gun-like object pointing in the direction of the thylacine at the base of the tree. This shadow was deliberately excluded in the photos published in New Scientist. If I am correct in this supposition, the thylacine was alive when the first photo was taken, but had been dead [and frozen in rigor mortis] for several hours by the time the second photograph was taken." Douglas hoped that the carcass would surface, but that is doubtful since shooting a thylacine is punishable by a $5000 fine. Cameron was not helpful in shedding any further light on it. So the "Cameron" episode remains clouded in mystery. Either it was a hoax using a stuffed thylacine, or a living thylacine was shot, for reasons unknown, and pictures were taken of it. The fact that the head is not in any of the photographs may be because the animal was shot in the head. If they were using a stuffed thylacine, then why hide the head?

THYLACINE CARCASS FOUND IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
In 1966 an expedition from the Western Australia Museum found a thylacine carcass in a cave near Mundrabilla Station. Carbon dating showed the carcass to be 4,500 years old, but that method of dating may be invalid since the body had been soaking in groundwater which permeated the whole body. Zoologist Athol Douglas reported that along with the thylacine carcass was also found a dingo carcass, and that the dingo carcass was much more deteriorated than the thylacine carcass. Douglas gave his opinion that the dingo carcass was not older than 20 years, and that the thylacine carcass was not older than a year. But since the carbon dating argues against a recent death of this thylacine, official proof of surviving thylacines has still not been claimed.

THE SIGHTINGS SPREAD
Cryptozoological investigator Rex Gilroy has collected various reports of thylacine sightings from "over a wide area of the rugged eastern Australian mountain ranges, from far north Queensland through New South Wales to eastern Victoria." Casts of footprints found in those areas have been verified as thylacine prints. Gilroy even claims to have seen a thylacine himself. Diving at night with a friend along a highway towards the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, something dashed out of the scrub along the highway and ran in front of them. It then stopped and stared back at the headlights for a few seconds before running off into the scrub, towards Grose Valley. It was "almost the size of a full-grown Alsatian dog, with fawn-colored fur and a row of blackish stripes...I have no doubt that it was a thylacine; its appearance matched that of stuffed specimens preserved in Government museums."

Another Park Ranger reported seeing a thylacine in 1990. Ranger Peter Simon was in the Namadgi-Kosciusco National Park along the New South Wales-Victoria border when he saw what he identified as a thylacine in broad daylight at a range of 100 feet. After Peter Simon published an article on his sighting and the thylacine mystery in The Age magazine, he received many cards and letters from Victoria residents who also claimed to have seen Thylacines. Peter Simon said that the reports were so consistent that they, " left me in no doubt that each had seen something unusual [and] ... broadly consistent with the appearance of a thylacine."

SUPERNATURAL APPEARANCES?
In 1982 a Western Australian farming couple claimed to have lost livestock to thylacine predation, and say that they always gets a "prickly feeling" at the back of his neck when the thylacines were nearby. That "prickly feeling" is sensation that is widely reported when people experience encounters with strange out of place creatures or entities.

Australian writer Tony Healy reported that on the day before Ranger Peter Simon was to have his encounter with a thylacine, his hunting dogs refused to leave a truck that they were being transported in after they heard strange harsh panting sounds in the brush nearby.

At a Benedictine monastery named New Hoacia, the secretary to the Addot, Tony James, walked into a room early in the morning and saw a thylacine, "We both froze, and he looked at me, in quite a fearless way, and I sense that he was just simply filled with curiosity at the sighting." The animal fled. Tony feels that perhaps the animal was feeding off the table scraps that were usually left out for the magpies every morning. Another member of the monastery also reported seeing an animal that fit the description of a thylacine while driving from the monastery.

On April 7, 1974, at 3:30 a.m. Joan Gilbert was driving in the outskirts of Bournemouth, England, when a strange animal ran across her headlights. It was a, "strange striped creature, half cat and half dog. It was the most peculiar animal I have ever seen. It had stripes, a long thin tail, and seemed to be all gray, though it might have had some yellow in it. Its ears were set back like a member of the cat family, and it was as big as a medium-sized dog. It was thin, and it definitely was not a fox." She identified it as a thylacine when she found a picture of it in a reference book.

- Selected Sources: Clark, Jerome, Unexplained! Animal X (Discovery Channel) - Please note I DO NOT know the original source for this post. No copyright infringement intended. Will be happy to credit original source.


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~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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Here in my area of Kentucky, we have a growing black bear population. This has led to an increase of sightings and run ins with bears. For many years now I have never carried a fire arm while out in the mountains but that recently changed for me.

Over the last month, I have been out 4-6 times a week looking for ginseng. I enjoy the outdoors and I like digging the sought after root and maybe I can make a few bucks at the end of the season. Well, about a week ago I was coming out of a place where I have been hunting ginseng and I passed another ATV going into the hollow. It is a guy I know and I later found out he had been hunting ginseng in this area as well. I later found out that while he was in there a bear charged him that same day. He was able to back up and fire off his pistol a few times to scare off the bear. He did report it and the Fish and Wildlife people came and set out a large trap for the bear but they never caught it.

On the day the bear charged the man, I had encounter what I thought was a bear but I never could see it. I'm still hunting ginseng in the very area but now I have decided to pack my pistol with me. I have no intentions of shooting a bear unless it is absolutely necessary but firing off a few shots in the air or in the ground might stop a possible attack.

With that said, I thought it might be a good idea to post about what to do to avoid a bear attack and what to do if a bear charges you.
Here we go, with some tips. Remember, each person should weight their situation and use their own judgements as to the appropriate actions to take. 

    * Hike or hunt in a group if possible. If you go alone, like me, don't be so stealthy. Make some noise or do some singing. I personally have started to sing softly to myself but yet loud enough to give a bear a warning that someone is coming. This will give the bear time to move on.

    * If you see the bear at a good distance, back up slowly and/or find an alternative route.

    * If a black bear charges you, stand your ground and make some noise. Waving your arms is normally a good thing to do. Do not run! A bear can run around 30 mph, you can't out run it. If the bear thinks you mean business, it may lose interest and move on.      

    * Carry Pepper spray. If a black bear charges you, pepper spray will normally make it change it's mind and move on. If you carry a firearm you can shoot it in the air or ground and the loud bang might get the bear to move on.

    * If none of this works and the bear actually attacks you, then fight back. Use anything you can find, sticks, rocks or your own hands. Hit the bear on the snout and near the eyes. The bear may decide it is not worth it and give up. If you still can't discourage the bear and it gets you down, ball up and clasp your interlocked fingers over the back of your neck and pull your elbows in next to your face. If you have a backpack on it will help absorb some of the blows. Hopefully, the bear will give up and move on. If, the bear gives up and moves on, lay there for 20 minutes or more before getting up, as sometimes bears are slow to move on and will keep watching you.     


Most bear attacks are defensive attacks, meaning the bear feels threatened by you, or is protecting cubs, or protecting a kill site or maybe you just startled it. In these cases you can normally back away slowly and talk softly to let it know you are not a threat. Once the bear sees you are not a threat, it will move on. A predatory attack is even more serious, although much more rare for black bears. In this type of attack a bear is stalking you and has intention of using you for food. Playing dead is not a good idea and you must fight for your life.

The main thing is to be alert and keep an eye out for black bears. Avoid them if at all possible. Let others know where you will be hiking or hunting at and your expected return time. A black bear standing on it's back legs, only stands about 5 foot tall or less. But don't let that fool you, black bears can be very dangerous.

Enjoy the woods and be safe!

Thanks
~Tom~


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I just thought I would share a short video of our recent ATV ride. This video and pictures are from my little corner of the world here in Southeastern Kentucky. The video also features some Bigfoot sighting information from this area. I also give a few updates on some of our current projects. I'm luck to have all this beautiful forest land around my home, it's no wonder Bigfoot likes it around here.

Here is the video (Make sure to watch in HD)


Thanks for visiting the website and watching the video. More to come!

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~Tom~


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I know this may not be a very exciting post but knowing what animals are in an area can help us decide if the area is capable of supporting a Bigfoot. I know this area I call "Area 1" has plenty of fresh water and an ample food supply.

So I thought I would share a short video of some of the animals I captured on this last set up of game camera.

Here is the short video.



The 2 does came through almost every day and the crow really seemed to like my apples or he was just being a camera hog. I have several videos of the crow getting apples and several of the squirrel zipping about.

I hope you enjoyed that little video. I still have a few clips I need to look at, maybe I'll find something bigger in them.


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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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Yo, You taken a picture of me? (Photo credit: Dorraine Fisher)


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!



Looking For Bigfoot?
Watch What’s Going On With The Deer
By Dorraine Fisher


   As I was leaving one of my local wildlife sanctuaries one evening as the sun was going down, I nearly jumped out of my truck seat when a whitetail doe zipped across the road in front of me. I just almost hit her, but missed her, by I believe, only inches, and I watched her fly over a fence into the rows of cornstalks. Even though I could no longer see her, I could see the cornstalks rustling further and further away as she kept running across the field away from me.

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, but this got me thinking again. What causes deer to bolt in such away? I mean in a way in which they look crazed and scared to death and don’t care what else is in their path.

And then I remembered something my grandfather had told me.  When he had once spoke about hunting predators years ago that would attack his farm animals. “If you want to find them, just follow what they eat,” he said.   Which brings me to what all this has to do with bigfoot.
Researchers and other experts believe that deer are sasquatches main food source.  Many incidents have been documented. And it seems that wherever bigoot sightings have taken place, those areas are generally teeming with deer.

Now, all this may sound really obvious, like we should all know this already, but no one talks about it all that much. Grandpa, an avid hunter, tracker, and woodsman had a very valid point.  Any hiker knows that if you run across an abundant area of a dangerous animal’s food source, you’re likely to run into that animal.

So, if there are weird things going on with the deer, are we likely to find Bigfoot there? Of course, not always, but it seems there might be a better chance.

Our team leader, Thomas Marcum, was investigating several bigfoot sightings in his area last year when a deer scrambled into his back yard, wild-eyed, exhausted and bleeding from the mouth.  Of course we try to find another explanation for this kind of behavior in deer, but what if it’s what we want to think it is. Sure, it could be a cougar or bear flushing them out, but if there have been sightings in the area the deer are acting strange, we have to wonder.

In my encounter last year, two very young deer, still spotted, nearly knocked me down a canyon running from something they considered scarier than me. Both of their noses touched my hand before they both ran in opposite directions, and not the direction they came.  And there was no mother in sight. The little ones looked scared out of their minds and wasted no time getting away. And I heard several crashing sounds that morning that sounded like heavy wood on wood that sent the deer scrambling in circles. Things that make you go "Hmmm."

Deer with a broken neck?
Deer with what appears to be a broken neck (Photo Credit: Google Search)
But it’s not just what the deer are doing, but how we find them sometimes.  There are numerous reports of deer carcasses having been found with broken necks, believed to be the sasquatch’s method of killing them.  And there have also been reports of carcasses lodged high in trees. High enough in straight trees that they couldn’t have been put up there by big cats, and high enough and remote enough they were unlikely to have been placed up there by humans.


What put this deer way up this tree
Deer way up a tree (Photo credit: huntdrop.com)


Are there other explanations for all this phenomena? Of course. But each case needs to be taken on its own merit and the wildlife conditions in the area have to be weighed. It’s important to understand the wildlife in your research area and each animal’s normal behavior. What  really causes such odd behavior in deer? What causes deer carcasses to be found in strange places in strange configurations? Are we ignoring this point more than we should?

And in the case of researching bigfoot, the deer may tell a lot more of the story than we’re realizing.

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