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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How far does Bigfoot travel?

I know that may seem like a stupid question but for many years now the fish and wildlife people have been using tracking collars on various wildlife to determine how far certain animals travel. Of course, there could be many factors as to the distance any animal would travel. Factors such as viable food sources, seasons, other animal populations in the area and the sex of the animal. Most studies have come to the conclusion that male animals tend to travel much greater distances than females of the same species.

For example, lets look at black bears as they are often compared to Bigfoot in terms of areas that can support possible Bigfoot. Normally, the train of thought is that if an area can support an animal as large as a bear, it could possibly support something as large as a Bigfoot. With that said, an area with ample food sources for black bear can typically still have male black bears roaming anywhere from 8 to 60 square miles. Female black bears in the same area would roam about 2 to 15 square miles. In some cases of poor habit areas, black bears have been known to roam up to 100 square miles. The key for black bears, or all animals, is tied to habitat.

But what about Bigfoot? While we of course can not come up with a rock solid conclusion, we can get some general information that might help us. In my state of Kentucky and the more southern states, the winters are normally not extreme enough to warrant migration. Some theories state that Bigfoot migrate,before winter hits, into warmer areas. This could be true but it might only apply to areas that have hard winters.

Most of us are working under the premise that Bigfoot builds shelters and/or lives in some type of cave. In other words, they have a home. So, if they normally have a home then one can assume they have a good habitat area. Which means they might not need to roam great distances. Could this help explain why Bigfoot sighting are sometimes clustered close together? How about the claims of Bigfoot habituators? They say they have years and years of seeing and sometimes interacting with the same group of Bigfoot. If they are seeing them on a regular basis and in the same area, then they must not be roaming too far away.

Now, this brings me to a couple areas here locally that have Bigfoot in them. They seem to be in these area very often. Does that possibly mean that their "home" is fairly close by?  At times, they seem to be not coming to the area, but on the other hand I have found evidence of them being there at various times all through the year. One area in particular seems to have them in it very often. It is rare to make 3 or 4 trips in this area over a couple months period and not find some type of evidence. It boils down to being in there at the right time.

So, if an area has reoccurring Bigfoot activity could that mean they have a "home" near by? If the answer is yes, which I think it could be, then finding the "home" would be the next step. That next step of course could be dangerous. It could also be very hard to find. There are theories that Bigfoot disguise entrance ways to their "homes" in a way to make them blend in. Such as covering them with dead tree limbs or fallen trees.

I guess the mystery is getting to me. I mean, if I see a black bear in the same general area for months or years, then it is safe to assume that the bear is living in a den somewhere close by. So, I think this can probably apply to most Bigfoot in areas where activity keeps occurring. It seems a little far fetched to think a Bigfoot is traveling 100 miles every few days to visit an area. But it makes more sense to think a Bigfoot is staying near by, I'm speaking of course of areas that have repeat sightings and activity.

There are many factors that could cause Bigfoot to travel out of their normal area. Maybe it is breeding or to find a mate that causes them to go greater distances. Maybe the habitat had an off year and the food supply is not sufficient and they have to move on. Or maybe it is man's fault, as we continue to develop land and cut away forest land. In our area, which is very mountainous, we have coal mines and strip mines that seems to temporarily drive out wildlife, but it tends to move back in over time.

If we can get some better track castings, ones with more dermal ridges, we might be able to match castings to a particular Bigfoot. This could give us a better idea of travel areas. If, for example, I was able to get a good clear track casting and someone 10 miles away got one and we were able to match and confirm it to be made by the same creature. Then we would have an idea of distance traveled. 
If, we can get a little more data about the distance a Bigfoot travels then we might be able to narrow down our search area and in the end get better results.

I would be interested in hearing what some of you researchers have to say about Bigfoot and how far they travel.


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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