Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bigfoot: The Question of Migration



Bigfoot: The Question of Migration
By Dorraine Fisher


Many bigfoot researchers claim there is a season in which bigfoot activity occurs in their research areas and other times of the year when they find little to no evidence of activity at all. But these claims seem to be inconsistent. And the inconsistency often seems to depend on where the researcher’s area is located. So, do bigfoot migrate or not? Those researchers known to the community as habituators, or those who claim bigfoot lives near or around their homes continuously, will tell you they definitely don’t migrate. They observe activity all year long on their properties and sometimes make the claim they interact with them personally with no large time lapses in between encounters.  So the answer to this question may be a resounding yes...and no, depending on the researcher you ask.

Different researchers in different parts of North America may always have varying opinions on the subject. But most agree that, like most other animals that have a tendency to migrate annually, bigfoot may possibly migrate for the same reasons such as weather conditions, mating opportunities, and food source availability.  The Crypto Crew founder, Thomas Marcum, had this to say on the subject: 

“In most areas, there is little migration due to weather. I think they may follow the food source. In very cold places, there might be some movement, but if may not be weather-related. It could be more for food sources or mating/finding a mate.”

We have a tendency to pigeon-hole each species’ behavior as consistent across the board. We believe each species has the same behavior anywhere we find them. But this isn’t really true.  Some species like whitetail deer migrate to a certain degree in wilderness areas while other whitetails such as those in the rural non-wilderness areas of eastern North America and other rural areas will stay in the same small tract of land for their entire life spans and never migrate as long as there’s enough food to sustain them.  Since deer and elk and other grazing animals are believed to be a favorite food source for bigfoot, this may explain at least some of the beliefs that they might possibly migrate in some areas. They’re following the food source.

But there are other reasons animals migrate. Often they migrate in order to get to areas, sometimes safer or warmer, in order to give birth to their young. But since it hasn’t been determined that Bigfoot have a mating season like other species, this too may also vary from region to region depending on living conditions. Since bigfoot are believed to be a type of human, they may have no mating season at all and may mate and procreate any time of year. But they’ve adapted some amazing capabilities, and evolved in unique ways largely due to living for possibly thousands of years alongside humans and staying out of the sight of humans. And that may be the key. Have we humans determined whether or not they migrate?

Doing research in my own area of rural Illinois gave me a certain perspective on this possibility.  Where I live in central Illinois has no measure of wilderness, but curiously has lots of bigfoot activity. And this puzzled me for years since the only place a bigfoot would have to hide here are inside small patches of woods or strips of forests alongside crop fields or even suburban areas where there is a population of deer and dependable water supplies. The humans have sadly taken over everything else here.  And these areas that remain are almost too small to call habitats for a creature that could be possibly scale upwards of 400-800 lbs and up to 10 feet tall. For years, I didn’t think it was possible for them to exist here at all until the evidence changed my mind.

But activity here seems most noticeable in summer, seems to pique in early the fall, and end or slow way down in winter. And the only thing logical I can gleen from this is that it’s about having enough cover to do all of the things in question like hide, eat, and mate.  At least in my area, they do seem to migrate in a manner of speaking. And the reason may be this: these small patches forest on the outskirts of everything are very small. Sometimes no more than a few acres wide. In my research areas in winter, I can see all the way across them into the expanses on the other sides. But in spring, this gets a little harder as the foliage starts to appear.  But I never really see evidence of new bigfoot activity until true summer when the forest foliage is its thickest. At this time, I find new stick structures, broken trees, and footprints. And again as the leaves fall in autumn, this activity seems to slow. And when the trees are bare and the landscape is stark, there’s no longer any evidence of activity. So, I theorize there’s no place left for them to hide in those areas at that time of year, so they have to move. But in a place such as this where there are limited areas suitable for hiding in winter, I have no idea where they might go. They may travel very far to find deep enough woods to stay hidden. 

But in wilderness areas, this kind of existence would not be necessary. And even in non-wilderness areas where the isolated patches of forest are larger and more secluded, migration would also not be necessary unless they had to move for different reasons such as finding a mate.  But from my estimation, it does appear that humans may determine whether these creatures migrate or not. But you might have a different perspective. Tell us your thoughts on migration.

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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 Bigfoot Research Journal




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1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you. I have said for years that with the increase in deer populations is a correlation to the increase of Bigfoot sightings. As long as the food source is plentiful, and Bigfoot feels safe in their particular area there is no reason for them to leave their home. Great article!!

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