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 Post subject: Bigfoot – Odd Reality or Hoax?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:39 pm 
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News Journal North Central Ohio’s Foremost Newspaper
10 – D News Journal, Mansfield, O., Sunday, Nov 16, 1975
Bigfoot – Odd Reality or Hoax?
By Joe Frazier
The Dalles, Ore. (AP) – Three bear hunters had that indescribable back-of-the-neck feeling they were being followed or watched the evening of Oct 1 as they trudged back to their camp on Pinegrass Ridge near Yakima, Wash. They built a fire, and later in the evening started hearing noises.
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Tom Gerstmar, 17, aimed his flashlight across a small pond and caught the reflection of two yellow-green eyes. A few minutes later they pointed the light in the same area and saw the eyes again – this time housed in a huge, furry man-like body. They fired several shots to scare it off, they later told sheriff’s deputies, but the creature growled and screamed at them. That was enough. They piled into their jeep and headed for civilization, leaving their tent and other equipment where it lay.
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Ninety miles to the south, in the Columbia River town of The Dalles, Peter Byrne logged another report of a sighting of the legendary Bigfoot, or Sasquatch as the Indians called it. Skepticism still flourishes, but more and more reports of Bigfoot sightings are dribbling in from the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. As they do, some scientists are stating for the record their belief that the vast wilderness in the region might indeed be home for a handful of subhuman holdovers from another age. Byrne, 50, an Irish-born former big game hunter in Nepal, has never seen a Bigfoot. But he has worked full time for more than four years – sometimes supported by foundation grants – to determine whether Bigfoot is real, a hoax, or dark nights playing on the imaginations and fears of people in lonely, desolate place.
(Scientists fear the species would be Hunted to Extinction very quickly if its existence were verified and its movement patterns known.)
The number of reports has grown in recent years along with the rising use of the Northwest wilderness for recreation. Byrne says there have been three reported sightings this year that he considers good and several more he and others are checking into.
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The resulting rise in interest appears to have loosened the tongues of some people who had kept quiet about what they had seen in fear of being ridiculed. Byrne says there have been several reports this year from those who said they saw Bigfoot in the past, in some cases many years ago. More than 350 sightings of the creature have been reported since the first white explorers visited the Pacific Northwest in the early 1800s. In July of this year a group of six persons reported watching a grey, ape-like creature on a ridge south of The Dalles for several minutes before it ambled out of sight. The description matched that of seven other men who reported one closer to The Dalles in 1971. Other reports have come this year from British Columbia and northern California. Scores of other reports have come in over the decades, and they vary only slightly.
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They describe an ape-like creature between six and eight feet tall that runs upright when he knows he has been spotted. Colors vary from grey to reddish brown to dark brown or black. Plaster casts of footprints and several seconds of film shot in northern California in 1967 provide most of the physical evidence known to date. The film, 28 feet of 16 mm color, was shot by the late Roger Patterson in Del Norte County, Calif. It was taken near the dry bed of a stream with the unfortunate name of Bluff Creek. Patterson and a companion, Bob Gimlin, were on horseback looking for a Bigfoot when they saw one, they said, squatting by the water course. The horses panicked, but Patterson regained control in time to aim the camera and press the trigger until the remaining film was gone. It’s jerky in places and many of the frames are blurred, but many scientists who have studied it closely say it appears to confirm the existence of an ape-like creature in the Northwest. Dmetri Donskoy, chief of biomechanics at USSR Central Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow, said his study of the film indicates the movements to be natural, unmanlike and “without any sign of the artfulness that one would see in an imitation.” By recording reports of sightings, Byrne has pieced together what he believes to be a range and a movement pattern based apparently on food but not climate or season. Sightings tend to come from just east of the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific, and from northern California to a point just south of Alaska, he said. This is an area that include 125,000 square miles of some of the most isolated country in North America. Byrne is reluctant to say more. He and others fear the species would be hunted to extinction very quickly if its existence were verified and its movement patterns known.
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Estimates of the number of Bigfoot creatures it would take to continue the species vary from 200 to 1,000. Byrne says his goal is to get control of a Bigfoot long enough to study and photograph it and to determine, if possible, whether communication is possible. He spent years leading big game hunts in Nepal and became interested in the Bigfoot story because of it similarities with the legend of the abominable snowman of the Himalayas. He opened his information center here with a grant from the Boston-based Academy of Applied Sciences.
(Peter Byrne holds a plaster cast of what may be a Bigfoot footprint, at his information center at The Dalles, Ore. The Dalles is central to most sightings of the Pacific Northwest’s legendary creature. Reports of the ape-like Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, are again coming in from the area’s rugged wilds and Byrne has spent over four years full time keeping track of them (AP Photos))


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 Post subject: Re: Bigfoot – Odd Reality or Hoax?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:35 am 
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so was this "hoax" handed down by generations of Native Americans that greeted white settlers as they arrived and settled built homes, and around the US? Because Indians or Native Americans had told stories of Sasquatch or Bigfoot that were handed down over decades before

white man came and or settled in the US or it's territories. "hoaxes" as WE think of them, did not exist then. hoaxes as we know them by began when some logger played a prank on his fellow workers after rumors of these creatures trickled into society in the 1950's on , by making large wooden foot prints and walking around the jobsite....first hoax I know of.


though reports and sightings, eyewitness testimony & accounts continued to this day in every State in the United States except Hawaii & and similar creatures have been reported in several other Countries....by individuals with all kinds of profession/ employment.

safe to say that not every patch of fur in the woods, tree structure, crunch on the ground, or wild noise is Bigfoot....Not every grainy blobby photo or video is of these creatures either but some very credible persons, and rather convincing evidence is not 'just a hoax' either.


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