Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ten Parameters of Bigfoot

THE Bigfoot sightings list on this Blog has now logged more than 121 incidents in the State of Utah.
That's surely a fraction of what's out there.
Too many people still don't like to talk about their experiences, for fear of ridicule.

After more than 33 years of interest in Bigfoot and another 43 years in journalism, here are my top 10 ideas/theories on Bigfoot -- likely parameters of the creature, if you will.

1. The vast majority of the world's media is still too skeptical on the subject of Bigfoot.
 But skeptical is good in journalism and so what I'm really saying here is "bias skeptical" -- that means the media is totally CLOSED-MINDED to any idea that something unknown can be walking around out there.
Yes, proof is needed, but the fact is too many people keep seeing something out there for it to be a joke, a hoax, or delusions by those who see it.
Since the media won't take Bigfoot seriously for even a second, what hopes do they have of truly investigating the phenomenon? 

2. No one is likely to ever find real PROOF of Bigfoot.
After my 33 years on the subject, I'm convinced that Bigfoot is simply supernatural.
He can leave prints and traces, but can seemingly vanish at will. He can fool or avoid clear images on even the highest tech of cameras.
Also, you don't find him, he finds you.
Supernatural is the only concept of Bigfoot that makes any sense.
(I just don't buy the UFO connection, because Bigfoots are so smelly that the odor concept defies the concept of an advanced, alien race.)
Bigfoot hunters can keep treating the beast like a regular animal, but they will continue to find no solid evidence either.

3. Bigfoot doesn't like crowds, subdivisions or large population centers, at least in Utah.
Pretty much all of the sightings happen at the edge of mountain ranges, or in the mountains.
Salt Lake County has the fewest Bigfoot reports of all in Utah, likely because it has the highest density of population -- something Bigfoot seems to avoid.

4. Bigfoot is essentially evil, a demon of sorts.
No one I have ever talked to that has professed to have seen Bigfoot has in any way claimed the sighting inspired them. The vast majority were scared more than ever in their lives ... they fled the scene, or would not return there, ever, or not for years later. Bigfoot in all ways seems the opposite of an angel, a counterpart, an opposite end of the spectrum.
I earnestly sought Bigfoot in a deep, bushy canyon some years ago, after several kids had claimed they saw him there. As I got further away from civilization and into an increasingly denser, darker area, I strongly felt I was pursuing something evil and that I should abandon my quest there. I did.
One Utah woman I met who saw Bigfoot twice, said if you believe in God, it is not a stretch to also believe in demons and that's what she felt Bigfoot was.
Seemingly, the more wicked and permissive the earth's people become, the more Bigfoot sightings they are.
(Notwithstanding, Bigfoot is NOT Cain from the Book of Genesis, as can be proven with any Bible.)

5. Bigfoot doesn't physically harm people.
I'm found no Utah reports of Bigfoot actually physically hurting a person. Bigfoot have apparently thrown rocks in the direction of people to deter them, though.
And, there are some 19th Century Utah reports of dogs, animals being killed by Bigfoot, but that's all.
Notwithstanding, Bigfoot usually mentally mauls those who see him. He fosters fear and uncertainty.

6. For unknown reasons, Bigfoot prefers the North Ogden/Ogden Valley/Monte Cristo area.
While this area is less populated, there is seemingly more to the equation. Bigfoot seems to prefer strolling through this area, more than anywhere in Utah -- except the High Uintas.
In the last few years, Bigfoot has also displayed a preference for East Layton too.

7. Bigfoot prefers the night.
The creature has been spotted -- on occasion during the daytime -- but most sightings happen at night.

8. Bigfoot can't be harmed/shot.
In keeping with the creature's supernatural aspect, one man tried to shoot Bigfoot and his gun would not fire. Soon after, the same rifle and bullet did fire OK. That's just a single example, but anything that can avoid so many cameras, hunters, etc., is clearly beyond the powers of earth.

9. People who have seen Bigfoot once, have a greater chance to see him again.
From the Utah man who saw Bigfoot 9 times, to several others in Utah, the idea of multiple sightings by the same person looks like a trend.

10. People likely smell or feel Bigfoot's presence, before they see him.
The only exceptions to this trend seem to be motorists, who just quickly see the creature cross the road, or standing along the highway.
Otherwise, most people feel strange or uneasy in the outdoors, or smell that worst ever odor before a sighting of the beast.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bigfoot Guest 'Stars' in 2 Different TV Shows

"Bigfoot" has been on TV over the years, with "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Harry and the Hendersons," being among the most prominent.
But he even appeared in a 1970s episode of the animated "Super Friends" show and in the 21st Century in a slew of searching for Sasquatch type of shows.
In the spring of 2013, he "appeared" again in two separate TV shows -- "Psych" and "Castle."
In both of the latest TV shows, Bigfoot, the creature, never really appeared. There was a man in a costume in both shows -- and I mean that literally.
However, both shows had a lot of fun with the Sasquatch concept.

A Belated Tribute to Darrell Duane "Bigfoot" Smith

Darrell Duane Smith, 67, of Sandy, Utah passed away on March 23, 2012 of Lou Gehrig's disease.
I knew Darrell and we had talked of writing a Bigfoot book together at one time ...
He possessed an avid interest in Bigfoot and had spent a lot of time in the outdoors pursuing that endeavor.
Although many would not go to the lengths Darrell did, he created his own elaborate Bigfoot costume. 
Most Bigfoot enthusiasts felt that downgraded their legitimate quest for the elusive creature, but he had plenty of fun with his Bigfoot suit.
Below is a collection of some photographs of the costume he created, which shows how he believed the beast looks.
He investigated many Bigfoot sightings on his own, spanning more than 15 years.
Happy eternal hunting Darrell!

                                   "Bigfoot" costume and Darrell Smith

Monday, April 15, 2013

Video of Possible Bigfoot Strolling on Hillside Above Layton, Utah ...

Like ALL Bigfoot videos/photographs, yes this is inconclusive, but the filmer (not myself) claimed he went to the area right after and there were ZERO tracks in the snow.
That's not possible? Perhaps Bigfoot is an impossibility, but people keep seeing something unknown ...
(I used to have a sharper, VHS version of this video, but the Utah BFRO failed to return it to me ... that version highlighted more non-human motions in the moving figure.)

To see this video, from the year 2000 -- go on YouTube to:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

$1 Million Reward for Anyone Who Can Safely Capture a Bigfoot

Although this promotion is aimed primarily at the Pacific Northwest, Olympia Beer is offering a $1 million reward for anyone who can ensure the safe capture of a live Bigfoot.
There's at least one billboard in Utah, on I-15 in southern Davis County, that highlights this quest in Utah too.
The beer company's Website states, “Olympia Beer and Bigfoot have been leaving footprints together in the Pacific Northwest since 1896. We have been sharing the same backyard for over a century and we believe it’s time to do what has never been done, and that is to offer a one million dollar reward to anyone who can ensure the safe capture of Bigfoot. When we say safe capture that means Bigfoot has to be alive and breathing folks, with no wounds. That’s right you can’t use any act of violence, no guns/knives/boxing gloves/nets/etc, only sugar or sweets to lure him in." 
You can register for the quest and find the complete rules at:
Olympia Beer is partnering with The Falcon Project for this contest,

The Falcon Project has been identified as “the most penetrative search for Bigfoot ever conducted in the United States.” 
They will conduct an aerial search for Sasquatch employing an unmanned airship with high definition thermal imaging camera equipment.
There have been similar rewards offered in Utah for UFO evidence over the years, though no one has ever found one to collect the reward there either.

The Utah Man Who Saw Bigfoot 9 Different Times!

                               Ron Mower

YOU'VE heard of animal magnetism? How about Bigfoot magnetism? 
Ron Mower, a construction worker, seems to attract Bigfoot.  He claims to have seen the legendary ape-like creature nine times in Utah between 1968 and 1990.
 "At times, I think I've been singled out," said Mower, who later told some of experiences at the 1997 International Sasquatch Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. 
"Maybe I'm blessed to be able to have this happen. . . . People think you're crazy, but there's been a lot of activity." 
 Mower's closest encounter with one of the creatures, he said, was some 30 feet away and witnessed by his entire family of six on a remote highway. 
The encounter occurred on a winter evening in 1990 when the Mowers suddenly stopped their truck at the top of Fairview Canyon, north of Orangeville, to avoid hitting something in the middle of the road.  That "something" turned out to be a Bigfoot. The creature stood there  - 30 to 40 feet away - for five minutes, clearly in the vehicle's headlights, Mower said.  
Mower is not alone. Thousands of people across North America and other parts of the world have reported seeing tall, hairy bipeds roaming about the hinterland this century.  In numerous cultures, stories have been handed down through the ages about a mysterious being known variously as Bigfoot or Sasquatch in North America, and as Yeti or the Abominable Snowman in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Bigfoot tracks were reported in the western United States as long ago as 1810 by David Thompson, a surveyor and trader who spotted giant footprints near the Columbia River Gorge.   But nearly 150 years passed before the legend became prominent in American culture. The creature generated headlines in 1967 when Roger Patterson took what is still the most well-known film footage of an apparent Bigfoot, a one-minute segment taken in northern California. 
 More than 100 Utah and southern Idaho sightings have been documented since the 1930s, according to Bigfoot researcher Ryan Layton of Layton. But Layton admits the rest of the research community may not be aware of the creature's apparent presence here.
Utah is becoming more and more known as one of the states that has a bulk of the sightings, Layton said. 
Mower definitely believes there's a supernatural aspect to Bigfoot, and that this mysterious being is more than some gorilla-like animal running loose in the wilderness.
 He also believes Bigfoot to be very intelligent. "He, she or it are very perceptive," he said. "They know our intentions."
Layton said the number of sightings Mower has reported is incredible, but feels Mower is more than just lucky. Layton believes Mower has been singled out by the creatures for some unknown reason. He also says he suspects the creatures may be telepathic. 
 All of Mower's sightings, he says, have taken place in two basic areas - the High Uintas (south of Kings Peak) and the Manti-LaSal Mountains (about 25 miles from his Orangeville home).
Layton hopes to venture with Mower and professional photographer Larry Jones into those areas later this year. Layton admits they may see or find nothing but hopes Mower's presence will coax Bigfoot out of hiding. "Other folks down here have seen things too, but they don't want to talk about it," Mower said.  
He said a former game warden in the Orangeville area saw plenty of Bigfoot evidence during his long career but didn't talk about it much for fear of ridicule.  Mower is calm, conservative and factual when he talks about his Bigfoot experiences.
Mower also recounted his adventures to a dozen people gathered at a "Bigfoot party" in Liberty, Weber County. during 1997. 

While all nine experiences have been startling for him, some were more frightening than others. He believes some Sasquatches radiate evil. Others just appear curious. 

Mower said his companions have been more frightened by Bigfoot. Some of his relatives have trembled during their joint sightings. His dog cowers and hides, while his horses stand there and shake, he said.   If you see a Bigfoot with red eyes, Mower advises, it's best to stay away. 

Those are the ones he believes may have less-than-peaceful intentions.  Mower has been armed with a rifle during most of his Bigfoot experiences, but he said he's never considered using it. 

The creatures haven't directly threatened him, he says.  Mower is an avid hunter and fisherman, hobbies that have contributed to his many encounters. Still, he says, he doesn't find Bigfoot. They seem to find him when he's least expecting it.
"They choose the time for when you can see them," he said. "I've never really hunted for one."
Mower is not sure but suspects there may be some kind of barrier that prevents the creatures from being seen. "It's a veil. When it opens, you'll see. Out of the blue he'll be there and just as quickly he'll be gone." 
 He said he's watched Bigfoot cover steep ground gracefully, like big game animals, and usually the creature vanishes into the cover of the forest.
As luck would have it, Mower has never had a camera with him during his nine Bigfoot sightings, although he now carries one with him more often. "Maybe with a camera I'd never see him," he offered.   
Mower describes Bigfoot as very tall, 7-foot-plus and more slender than most artists' conceptions. They're black in color, sometimes with a hint of red. They have a very human-like face, although it is thick with hair, Mower said.  
Most of the creatures Mower has seen have looked back at him with what he calls a "What-do-you-want?" stare. And while they've watched his every move, Mower said they otherwise don't seem all that concerned with his presence. "You parallel each other," Mower explained. "When I'm with them I want to learn more, not run or hide. . . . For that bit of time, you're content with what you've got."   

He said he's hunted bear, cougar and other big game, but there's nothing like a Bigfoot - nor the overwhelming body odor that accompanies them. 

Despite the fear associated with the sightings, Mower said the experiences always make him want to seek after the creature. It's a mixture of fright and curiosity.  "I'm not afraid to go into the woods," he said.  

Mower hasn't seen a Sasquatch for seven years now. He attributes the lapse to various circumstances. His wife, Diane, died in January, and Mower spent less time in the mountains during her long battle with cancer.  

Mower, however, believes the creature has been nearby on several occasions and at least once came close to his home. In those instances, Mower's dog behaved the same way he did when the two encountered Bigfoot in the mountains.  

Mower lives in an Orangeville neighborhood near the foothills of the Manti-LaSal Mountains. Has Bigfoot followed him home? Mower thinks so, but isn't sure how.  

What's Mower's best advice for getting your own glimpse of Bigfoot? He recommends being very observant and listening to your feelings in the woods.  "I believe some people may see Bigfoot and not recognize him," Mower said. "They shrug it off." 

--Distilled from a June 7, 1997 article in the Deseret News by Lynn Arave, with a contribution by  Zack Van Eyck.

NOTE: Mower was age 40 in 1997. He has since moved out of Utah and was last believed living in Montana.