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Sound Familiar?

Does any of this ring a bell with you?

Rocks thrown

Rocks on roof

Sound of walking or running across roof

Pebbles, pine cones, nuts tossed near people

Large rocks thrown into water near you

Terrible stench, an eye-watering, rotten, skunky smell

Wall pounded on

Red glowing eyes seen at night

Eye shine at night, high up

Taps on window pane, tapping

Scratching sound on outside walls, windows, or screens

Trees shaking, waving, without windy weather

Healthy trees pushed over, branches broken in good weather

Animal shadows moving quickly across curtains or window shades

Howls, screaming, calls, whoops, perhaps loud enough to vibrate your body

Sudden, intense feeling of being watched

Knocking sounds on wood, rocks clacking together

Dead animals found in odd places, arranged oddly

Scratches on vehicles

Doors ripped off hinges

Trailers or large equipment tipped over

Dogs and pets disappear or are found mutilated

Fake-sounding bird or animal calls

Way-too-loud animal sounds

Odd arrangements of sticks and branches, stacks, teepees, fences, bare trunks stacked up

Trees broken off at four foot or higher level

Tree trunks or branches twisted and splintered

Barefoot footprints of unusual size

Prints made by big bare feet

U-shaped dents in soil

Unidentifiable animal tracks, resembling cow or horse tracks, but not right for cow or horse

Smears on windows, walls, or vehicles

Outdoor sheds broken into, freezers opened and pilfered

Animal feed disappears too quickly

Missing articles found later in obvious spot

All of a fruit or vegetable crop goes missing overnight

Animals going crazy, running around

Animals jumpy or injured in the morning, scratches, handprints on hide

Dogs barking, dogs hiding, whimpering

Face in the window

Someone is growled at

Someone hears heavy, loud breathing

Child tells of seeing a monkey or ape or a bear walking

Hunter’s kill disappears without a trace–no drag marks, no blood trail, no tracks

Domestic or wild animals found with necks or backs twisted and guts removed, some innards gone, some laid aside

Door knobs rattled, door knocked on in the middle of the night

Sound of talking in  woods or outside at night when no one is there

Yes?  You might have sasquatches in the neighborhood.

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Suspicions–Death by Tree?

This death is very suspicious in my opinion.  I did some Googling.http://www.thv11.com/news/local/ark-man-found-dead-with-foot-stuck-in-tree/225027420

and in case that link dies,

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the death of an Izard County man.
The body of 27-year-old Weldon G. Speirs II of Horseshoe Bend  was discovered by a family member Sunday morning in a wooded area near Wild Fern Ln, near the border between Baxter County and Izard County off State Highway 5 South.
The victim was suspended upside down in a large cedar tree.  It appeared the victim’s foot had become lodged and tightly stuck in a crevice in the tree, and he had been unable to free himself.
The family of the victim had reported him missing on Friday, May 27 to the Izard County Sheriff’s Office and to Baxter County Sheriff’s Office on May 28.  The victim had been visiting a friend on Wild Fern Ln, and his vehicle was still parked there.  It is not known why he had gone into the woods.
The body of the victim was removed by the Baxter County Coroner’s Office.  The decedent is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  All immediate indications are that the death was accidental.  The investigation will remain open awaiting the results from the autopsy.

The gentleman worked as a first mate on a tugboat.  He was  a young man, fit looking, rather tall,  but he gets his foot stuck in a tree?  Really?

It was a large cedar tree.  Aren’t those trees rather brushy?

He was visiting a friend.  His car was found parked near the friend’s home.  It is not known why he went into the woods.  What time of day did he leave the friend’s home?   Sober? Armed?  Did he own a drone?

It makes sense to put a body in a cedar tree if it’s a brushy specimen because the dense foliage would hide it very well.

There are a lot of bigfoot reports from this area.  I am wondering if this is one of those cases in which sasquatch prey is found up a tree or telephone pole, like in the video of the Big Thicket area camp  that Bob Garrett discovered.

This area is lovely but rugged, a  terrain of hills, creeks, and rivers with big patches of dense forest of mixed deciduous and evergreen trees.  Many springs and caverns dot this part of Arkansas.

Tip of the hat to Gumshoguy on Sasquatch Chronicles forum.

 

Risky experiences

After reading many reports on the BFRO site and others, I have to conclude that most bigfoot seem uninterested in hurting humans.   Running away, hiding, and nonchalance are the most common reactions, based on my information.  But that is no guarantee of your safety.

Tree-shaking and felling and roaring are clear intimidation gestures.  Here is a personal favorite:  http://www.bfro.net/gdb/show_report.asp?id=45818 Charges may be bluff charges in the same vein.  These send a message of threat but are not harmful, per se.

There are also many reports in which a sasquatch chases a human–a Google search for BFRO report chased evoked + 9000 hits.   Of course, some of those reports are related to sasquatches chasing deer.

We usually agree that if a sasquatch wanted to catch you, they could, and so the degree of risk is unclear.  Thus, such reports are not as convincing or useful as they could be.

Some people have been “paced” by bigfoot–that is to say, followed at a very small distance, parallel to the person and at the same speed.  This may be an escorting-you-out-of-our-territory kind of move, or it may be for intimidation.  Pacing is not a chase, because they care caught up to you already, but pacing is all the more frightening for that.  Again, this does not actually hurt people.

They will throw things,  but usually they are aiming to alert you to their presence.

Destruction of property in the human’s absence is not uncommon, but puts nobody in actual danger.

Reports in which a human appears to be in great danger of being harmed or are harmed are rare.   Here are a few I found.

http://www.bigfootencounters.com/stories/inyo_county.htm

http://www.bigfootencounters.com/sbs/myrtle.htm

 

 

The Area in Which I Live–East Central California

cali map ringed Geographybig tree

I live in Fresno County, which is bigger than Connecticut.    http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/CountyPage.aspx?id=19947  I will skip the western part, to which I do not range, so my zone of exploration includes parts of the Central Valley of California and the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada range.

The Central Valley is very hot and dry in summer, mild and damp in winter.  It’s agricultural, multicultural, and poverty-stricken.

Agriculture here and all coastal California cities depend on snowmelt from the Sierra mountains and a canal system for their water.  There are 206 canal systems in Fresno County.  I can locate no map of all the canals–I guess it’s too complicated.

While one might think that the mountains are where the action is here in Central California, I find the foothills and lower reaches of the rivers harbor more deer for carnivores and more food of other kinds and make for easier travel.

The Sierra tops out over 14,000 feet above sea level.  So do the Rocky Mountains, but there is a big difference.  See the chart below.

sierras are tallHow big and bad is it?  I lived in Colorado for a spell. The mountain highways and many roads are open most of the winter, except before they are plowed after a big snow.  When I moved to California, I was surprised to find that the central Sierra has only one actual highway, I 80, that crosses it completely and it is usually not open all winter.   There are a few smaller roads that cross  here and there, mostly in the northern part, but they are closed winters.  I guess we are lucky we don’t have to use a mule train in summertime.

The mountain terrain is extremely barren, rugged, and unforgiving.   The rivers start up high on distant snow capped peaks but quickly enter deep valleys between massive, precipitous granite slopes.  You will never feel so small.   You will understand why the pioneers did not attempt them.  Except a few, like the Donners.

In summer, the three nearby national parks–Yosemite, Sequoia, and King’s Canyon, draw tourists.  Too many tourists.  If I go up into the Sierra when tourists are around, I go on a weekday and I go to less popular areas.    In winter, snow limits travel to the high country.  So fall and spring are the best windows for adventure at altitude.

This summer it was so dry in the mountains that I unsurprisingly found little action up high.  Around rivers, lakes, and canals, or whatever water there was to be had were more likely spots.  Usually there are more flowing canals, creeks, and smaller ponds, but they were sure dried up this year.

Ecology  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecology_of_the_Sierra_NevadaMIGHTY OAK

Trees

We have big trees here.   Many kinds grow over 150 feet tall.

Valley oak–largest kind of oak.   Has long acorns.

Sugar pine–the largest kind of pine tree in the world.  Grows up to 250 feet tall.TALL TREEs SEQUOIA PARK

Sequoia redwood–monsters up to 240 feet tall and the trunk 40 feet in diameter.

Gray pine–has foot-long needles.

Animals

There are mule deer, bobcats, skunk, mountain lions, zillions of ground squirrels, assorted other rodents, kit foxes, black bear, eagles, many waterfowl and wading birds, woodpeckers, and ravens, as well as the usual kinds of animals.

The deer population has declined seriously in recent years due to predation of fawns.  Goodness knows there are plenty of acorns to eat.  Eastern Fresno County has a cougar population in excess of 4o, it is estimated. From time to time, one is seen in Fresno city limits.

 

Another stick structure

IMG_1747This was about 5o feet off highway 180 and a few miles from Sequoia National Park/National Monument Big Stump entrance.  I saw no evidence to suggest who or what made it.  I know some survivalists make these kinds of structures, but it seems like a person would be unlikely to make one this messy and so near the highway.  Just an offering.

Some kind of structure.structure at 180

A Stick Structure

Interwoven curly sticks
Interwoven curly sticks

Today, my squatching partner and I went up into the Sierra Nevada.  We didn’t see anything much except a nifty structure.  It is on top of and in front of a large boulder and may have served as a hunting blind, but more likely as a lookout post because of the location.  It is on a slope above a paved road and overlooks a helicopter landing pad.

The angle of some of the photos makes the ends of the vertical sticks look sawn instead of broken or twisted, but they were broken, not sawn off.  The ends were just a little bit smoothed as though dragged across the ground a little way, like if you tried to sharpen a Popsicle stick by rubbing it on a sidewalk–that sort of raggedy look.  But they were clearly not manmade cuts.  The whole structure looks weathered, and it may be a few years old

We also saw what might have been a branch break and a few 16-inch footprints.

The structure is a little hard to interpret from the photos.  It was like the framework for a screen, I’d say.

The structure.
The structure.
Interwoven curly sticks
Interwoven curly sticks

stick ends

 

From a different angle
From a different angle

And one from a few years back:

I cannot really tell what, if any, function this might have.
I cannot really tell what, if any, function this might have.

Hey, Look Up!

They live in trees a lot of the time.  Little ones in any kinda tree, big ones and all sizes in big, tall trees.  It would be dumb to hang around on the ground when you could be up a big tree with a nice breeze and be safer, see intruders sooner, spot game animals more easily, and be away from dirt, floods, most bugs, and prowling predators, including those pesky little naked people.

Leaves shield your presence, smell nice, are delicious, and make enough white noise to cover up the sound of your clan’s snores and farts.  Better yet, the naked people don’t even look up in a tree if they are roaming around.  IMG_0721

Drawbacks:

Lightning — so don’t go for the very tallest tree around

Falling out — make little baskets and walls to contain those more likely to fall

Being blown out — construct mid-tree wind shelters for those windy days.  A big gust is good for trying to take pictures of them up there, because at that moment they are more interested in holding on than in hiding.

Bigfoot up high weave screens from leafy branches, which is one reason why they are hard to spot.

They also lash branches together and otherwise manipulate the growth of trees to form shelters and shapes.  I have seen a large cottonwood that had a big weblike spiral.  Amazing.  No pictures, sorry.

I also notice that up in trees you often find what I call a window.  There is an opening in the leaf cover.  I think it’s to look out from but mainly to vent the wind through so the tree doesn’t blow over from the force of the wind on the foliage.  The leaves act a bit like a sail, but you don’t want your tree sailing away.

Perches for lookouts or sentries are another feature.  Next to a trunk or sturdy branch look for a small platform with a short rail perhaps, and supporting structures.

Look for trees with bark worn off in spots where they might be climbing up into it.

In snowy weather, look for twigs and debris on the ground beneath an evergreen.

A branch pulled down to the ground serves as cover for those down there, but a larger one sloping up to the big, sturdy climbable branches is a clue as well.

Way up in an old eucalyptus
Way up in an old eucalyptus
Part of the top of the eucalyptus in question
Part of the top of the eucalyptus in question
Bottom of old eucalyptus trunks
Bottom of old eucalyptus trunks