When I was a kid, I was terrified of Bigfoot. What was so horrible, was that thanks to the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, I knew that Bigfoot actually existed, and therefore he could get someone at any time. My mother would tell me, that there weren’t any Bigfoot around where we lived, which at the time, I thought was the truth. However, when I was in my thirties, I began to learn that there were Bigfoot in the swamps where I lived and spent much of my time.
In approximately 2001, I found the internet website The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO for short. You could click on this website, click on the tab for Sightings by Region, click on each state, and see the number of reported Bigfoot sightings for each county in that state. I clicked on Volusia County, Florida, and there were Bigfoot sightings from where I had spent much of my time as a kid.
The BFRO website was created in approximately 1995. People were invited to submit their Bigfoot sighting to the BFRO. Once a report was submitted, a BFRO staff volunteer would contact the person who submitted the report, and ask follow-up questions in order to make the determination whether the report was a joke, a hoax, or was probably legitimate. Once a report was determined to be credible, it was included in the public database, and organized under the county and state in which the sighting occurred.
The BFRO staff volunteers tended to be assigned to the state where they lived, and they usually were biologists or retired wildlife management professionals, who would sometimes travel to meet with the report submitter in person at the location of their Bigfoot sighting. As the BFRO website gained credibility, retired Fish & Game officers, Park Rangers, Bureau of Land Management personnel, Military personnel, and Law Enforcement officers began to submit sighting reports from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Thousands of ordinary people, and some wildlife experts, began to submit their sighting reports, from every state in the U.S. except for Hawaii.
States like Florida, California, Washington, and Oregon had hundreds of Bigfoot sighting reports. Many other states had nearly one hundred Bigfoot sighting reports. Beginning in 2001, I would spend hours at a time, reading Bigfoot sighting reports each week, and I did this for months and years. Individual sighting reports from the BFRO still stand out in my mind, but mostly I was gleaning considerable general knowledge of what was going on as follows:
In many areas, Bigfoot attempt to do their travelling at night in order to avoid being seen by people. It appears that Bigfoot have better night vision than people, which gives them more of an advantage at night. Bigfoot make an effort to not be seen by people, to not be caught out in the open away from any concealment during the day, and to avoid people.
Bigfoot eat fruit, vegetables, grain, fish, insects, small game, large game, and dogs. Bigfoot will sometimes attempt to eat food that has been left out by people, food that was meant for livestock, and livestock being raised by people.
Bigfoot most often live in family units with adult males and adult females, juvenile Bigfoot, and baby Bigfoot. Bigfoot communicate with each other in close proximity through a language that sounds like grunts and chatter. They communicate over longer distances through calls that are an imitation of other animals, and through wood knocks.
In some National Parks and National Forests, Park Rangers will neither confirm nor deny the existence of any Bigfoot in their Park, but they will listen to your Bigfoot sighting. In some cases, they will reply “You didn’t try to shoot it, did you?” or “I think I know which one you are talking about.” The Park Rangers are interested in what their Bigfoot are up to.
Bigfoot are wary of people and mistrustful of people, but they are curious. They are attracted to, will follow, and like to watch children playing. They are attracted by women, when women are menstruating. Bigfoot will sometimes look in people’s windows to see what they are doing.
Up until very recently, I obtained about 90% of my knowledge about Bigfoot from the BFRO website. I only looked elsewhere to be able to answer the common question that other people ask, “If Bigfoot is real, why hasn’t one been shot or captured by now?” Approximately ten years ago, I found a website titled “Lawnflowers, Jerky, and Bigfoot”, that was a collection of approximately 100 old newspaper articles from around the United States going back to the early 1800s. Each of these 100 old newspaper articles contained a Bigfoot report, often where the Bigfoot was captured alive or dead, and the Bigfoot was examined by all of the prominent and respected local citizens and officials at that time. This website appeared to have been created by a biologist researcher at a University, but this website was taken down in approximately 2015.
The other question that I had looked up in the past was, “Has a Bigfoot ever killed anyone?”. In the past, the only report that I was ever able to find about a Bigfoot killing someone, was just one report about two trappers back in the late 1800s who were harassed by a Bigfoot. One of the trappers left to go collect his traps, and when he returned, he found that the other trapper was dead after having been flung around like a rag doll. This story was written about by President Theodore Roosevelt in his 1890 book titled “The Wilderness Hunter”.
What the BFRO reported was, that in all the thousands of reports that they had received where an individual had an encounter with a Bigfoot, even the reports of rock throwing and chasing by the Bigfoot, no one had been harmed by a Bigfoot. When I used to go look for Bigfoot in the forests where they had been seen in Arizona, or recently here in North Dakota, I had mostly believed that Bigfoot were not violent towards humans. It turns out that this is not true.
I will give The Bigfoot Field Research Organization credit for being by far the biggest contributing factor to bringing openness and acceptance to Bigfoot sighting reporting. One result of the professionalism and legitimacy of the BFRO site, has been the willingness of retired Fish & Game, Park Rangers, BLM personnel, Military personnel, and Law Enforcement to submit their sighting reports. However, this new openness has reached the point, to where these aforementioned retired officials, are now reporting the numerous cases where Bigfoot killed people.
Approximately two months ago, this was the first time that I read a report, which is becoming more and more talked about, where a group of Bigfoot murdered multiple families of people in rural western North Carolina in the early 1990s. After reading this report, and doing more reading on this subject, this is not nearly the first time, or the last time, that individual Bigfoot and groups of Bigfoot, murdered multiple people. In my opinion, the following story appears to be what opened the flood gate on people beginning to report Bigfoot killing humans:
In a town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, in a rural area, all the members of several families had been killed by some thing or things that were much bigger and stronger than humans. The victims’ bodies had been pulled apart and flung around like they were rag dolls. There was damage done to buildings and automobiles.
Due to the nature of the damage done to the victims’ bodies, buildings, and automobiles, and other evidence left behind following this killing spree and rampage, it appeared that local Law Enforcement quickly came to the conclusion that this was done by a group of Bigfoot. In my reading reports from other cases, the FBI is called in cases like these where there are multiple homicides under suspicious circumstances. In the other cases that I read, the FBI has a procedure where they have in the past called for U.S. Military Special Forces to hunt down rogue or murderous Bigfoot. That is what was done in this case in North Carolina.
A U.S. Military Special Forces team was briefed prior to arrival in North Carolina and were shown photographs that were taken of the human casualties and the property damage. Upon arrival, they were taken to the crimes scenes. From there, they followed the tracks and the trail left behind, into the forest. The tracks indicated that there were approximately seven Bigfoot involved in the massacre. Over the next three days, they hunted down and killed seven Bigfoot. Afterward, they were instructed to not disclose or discuss what had occurred.
I am not relying on just the above story to draw the conclusion that an individual Bigfoot or group of Bigfoot sometimes kill people. There is a report of this having happened at a park campground in Bishop, California in the 1970s, where a family of people had been ripped apart and tossed around by Bigfoot. There is a more recent report of a family having been ripped apart and tossed around by a Bigfoot at a campground park area called Land Between The Lakes in Kentucky. The Bishop, California killings and the Land Between The Lakes killings have been verified to researchers by Law Enforcement officers who were at these crime scenes.
Recently, I found out about a Bigfoot researcher named Tim Baker from Arkansas who gives in-person presentations to groups, and gives radio interviews on all of the Bigfoot research and findings that he has collected, who goes into Bigfoot behavior which has previously not been talked about and been covered up.
With the new information that I learned recently, and with Tim Baker’s presentation of previously undisclosed details about Bigfoot, this has helped me fill in more pieces of this puzzle, to where it makes more sense. I had wondered why the U.S. Fish & Game and the U.S. Park Service wouldn’t be more open about the presence of Bigfoot in wildlife areas. At times, I thought that it would be safer for people and for Bigfoot, if people were given some basic facts and do’s and don’ts concerning Bigfoot. Other times, I thought that denying the existence of Bigfoot by Fish & Game and the Park Service might reduce the desire of people to hunt, stalk, and bother Bigfoot. Now, I see that Fish & Game and the Park Service have a much more difficult situation to manage, and deniability is an element that gives them more flexibility.
In a wildlife area, Fish & Game and the Park Service keep track and pay attention to the population of prairie dogs, squirrels, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, beaver, deer, sheep, antelope, wild horses, elk, buffalo, wolves, bear, and mountain lions. I can recall many times, when wildlife managers deny, deny, deny, the presence of wolves, bears, and mountain lions, presumably to not cause alarm in people. But also the longer they deny the existence of a potentially dangerous animal, the longer they have to not have to do anything about it, and the more that Fish & Game and the Park Service can claim that they were not aware of any dangerous animal should a person be attacked or killed.