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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 Bigfoot: Sticks and Trees

I guess it is an old topic and one that has been debated for a long time, but some just seem too eager to dismiss stick formations and tree breaks. They normally want to conclude that it was done by the weather, wind or some other natural occurring phenomenon, without ever hearing the back story. While I do totally understand the skepticism concerning stick formations and tree breaks, we do not need to be in a big rush to conclude all are caused by something natural.

Of course, weather can cause some weird tree bends and breaks, specifically heavy snow. Heavy snow is not as apt to happen in my part of the world ...but it does happen sometime. We probably have all seen how strong wind can really mess up trees. But in the end, a main factor concerning tree formations or breaks should be the back story, if it has one.

For example, in the above picture there is a "X" formation. While some may dismiss this as natural, let me tell you some more about it. This is in an area of bigfoot activity. There were 3 sightings in about a 2 weeks period. I researched the area and found many tracks. I was right there were this "X" is many time (at least 3) and there was no "X". Then one day I go in and find this "X". It was not blew over trees as the branches had no roots. It appears the trees were broken and placed there. Over time, more limbs were added to the "X" structure. I even found a large foot track very close by.  In my several years of research in this very area, I found several tree breaks with very large foot tracks right next to them. So, in this instant, the back story and research history is very important to the "X" structure in determining if it was something natural or not.

Over the years, I have noticed that most of the people who want to totally dismiss all tree breaks and formations, are people who have very little out in the woods research experience. They will say things like "Did you see the bigfoot break the tree branch?" Well, of course I didn't but I also didn't see the bigfoot make the foot track either. I didn't see the bird poop on my car, but I have a good idea how the crap got there.

I can tell you right now, any bigfoot researcher who has very much experience at all, will tell you "yes" bigfoot does stuff with stick and tree limbs. I don't see why it is so hard for people to believe. We as human, when we are out in the woods, whether it be hunting or hiking, we often break a tree limb as a sign or a marker. Why is it hard to believe that bigfoot would do this as well?

Using sticks as a tool is pretty common among primates. Both bonobos and chimpanzees have been observed making "sponges" out of leaves and moss that suck up water and using these for grooming. Bonobos sometimes use leaves as cover for rain, or they use branches in social displays. Sumatran orangutans will take a live branch, remove twigs and leaves and sometimes the bark, before fraying or flattening the tip for use on ant or bees. Gorillas will sometimes use a stick to gauge water depth and for balance. Chimpanzees will use a stick to knock food out of trees. So it it far fetched to think that bigfoot would use sticks and tree limbs? I don't think it is.

With that said, of course some natural tree breaks are misinterpreted as being done by bigfoot. Some people are a little over zealous or just lack real research experience in an area with real bigfoot. I've been doing this a long time and even worked as a logger and a wildland firefighter, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of what might or might not be out of the norm in my part of the woods, when it comes to trees. I'm for sure no expert, but I do know what I have personally found. I'm not very articulate and I'm not a very good writer but as the old saying goes " I know what I know". 

Here is something I find in my area. I have been in many areas where there was really nothing out of the ordinary when it came to trees and sticks. Then in other areas there seems to be a lot of "weird" tree and stick things going on. The kicker is that in the areas with the "weird" stuff, there is reported bigfoot sightings. That does not necessarily mean they are connected but I just find it odd.

So, in the end I urge people to not so readily dismiss pictures of tree breaks and stick formations. See, if you can get more information about it. Check out the people presenting it, are they credible? are they an experienced bigfoot researcher? Even if they are are not Bigfooters and just happened to run across something weird in the woods, try to research the area for past sightings data. Then other times, there is just not much information about a picture of a stick formation. That makes it hard to form an opinion.

Any bigfoot researcher who tells you all tree breaks and formations are all natural, sure don't know much about bigfoot or the woods. You should probably avoid that person.
Any bigfoot researcher who tells you all tree breaks and formations are done by bigfoot, sure don't know much about the woods or bigfoot. You should probably avoid that person.

Take each case/picture on it's on merits. But rest assured that bigfoot does indeed do various things with sticks and trees. Some things are found over and over in areas with bigfoot sightings and activity. It is found by various researchers in various places, the same things over and over.

I guess the bigger question is what do some of these formations mean? That is something I don't think anyone has a clear answer on ...yet.

You might not have got a lot out of this post, but it is a little frustrating for people to totally dismiss potential real evidence like stick formations without even considering them. It makes us have to rehash the same things over and over because some yahoo made a youtube video telling people all stick formations are natural or just fake. Real bigfoot researchers know better.

In any case, have a good evening.

(some information from wikipedia)


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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