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    God, my family, my country, gardening, geology, prospecting, photography, prowling in the great outdoors, tracking & Sasquatch.

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  • Have you ever had an encounter with a sasquatch-like creature?
  1. Scientists; gotta love'em. Monkey's didn't "accidentally make stone tools", they broke rocks. And this one: "The scientists said they aren't sure why the monkeys perform this behavior, but they did see the capuchins licking the rocks after breaking them. It's possible, the scientists wrote in Nature, that the capuchins are eating lichens or trace minerals from the rocks." I figure they can rule out the possibility the monkeys were breaking open the rocks to get to the lichens. Maybe the rocks were rounded, and the monkey just wanted to may sure there wasn't a nut inside.
  2. Someone's train jumped the track down at "Now it seems that flakes per se may not represent what we thought they did. Capuchins pound rocks together to crack them open and lick the powdered quartz, probably to access dietary minerals. The process sends flakes flying in every direction. But the monkeys don’t use the flakes as tools; they just leave them lying about."
  3. Quote Shadowborn in part: "But then there was this fresh sweet smell that I smelt in this certain area .The fragrance was an odd smell that I have never smelt before and it was around the end of October or beginning part of November." Dad-blame-it SB, what was the source of that smell??? Of all the weird things things I've encountered at night when I knew BF were around, the source of this smell is an absolute mystery to me! It has bugged me for years. It sounds so outlandish that I seldom mention it. It seems that a very few of the researchers I've talked to and/or worked with have not even heard of this smell. I really should not even call it a "smell" because it is the most pleasant aroma I've ever encountered in the outdoors. (And that's saying something after having working in the Amazon Basin for ten years.) What you said about the time frame of encountering the sweet smell matches the times I have encountered them; always in early November during periods of prolonged droughts with no blooming plants of any kind for miles. The first time I detected the scent I was alone in a dried up swamp just a little after dark.The three resident male BF were calling and converging on the edge of the nearby river to begin their nightly hunting/foraging round. The male that bedded on a high point overlooking the swamp was about to pass within about 100 yards of me to meet the others. He stopped walking for about ten minutes, but then continued on toward the others. It was about another ten minutes before I detected the sweet aroma, and heard very slow and careful bipedal footsteps following the same general path as the vocalizing male. The walking sounds stopped at about the same spot at which the male stopped. Within minutes that absolutely fresh and fragrant aroma enveloped the area and remained for about 30 minutes. I never heard any sound of movement in the dried swamp bed again that night. By then the males had gathered, and had gone up-river and their vocalizations ceased. Thanks for mentioned the smell SB.
  4. Most of the dedicated field researchers/investigators that I know, and who I've worked with in the SE, have, like myself "been advanced upon by aggressive BF" many times. Levels of reactive aggressiveness vary depending on the BF's perceived threat to himself, his family, or the intrusion by us into food or water sources vital to them. "Bluff charges" are often the result of humans displaying an audible or visual action that is insulting or demeaning to BF.
  5. hiflier: You are right, the sighting of the young male one would have been 25 years after the "fight". Man, I screwed that post up good. I saw the young one only six years after I submitted the witness report to the TX group.
  6. That happened about 16 years ago. Within just a very few hundred feet of the location I had a teenage BF male deliberately allow me to see him one afternoon during the very hot summer of 2010. (Repayment for doing he and the others favors for several years.) The family group still occupies that mountain, and forages over an area of about 20 square miles.
  7. Sixty years ago deer were so scarce in the Arkansas portion of the Ouachita Mountains the 20 or so members of our deer camp were lucky to even see one all week. The original wild turkeys were nearly extinct. Bear also. Bigfoot were very, very seldom mentioned, much less seen or heard. Feral hogs had been killed out by the local residents. Now, thanks to restocking programs, deer, bear and turkey are numerous. Feral hogs have literally invaded the area, and done sickening damage to the ground nesting game birds' and nightjar's populations. When the game returned, Bigfoot did also. It is not at all unusual to listen at various places at about "dark thirty" and hear the males calling from different locations. It was at about this time that a few red wolves returned, and the coyotes, roadrunners and armadillos moved in from Texas. It was very rare to see those species in central Arkansas up until the early 50's. Some of the male Bigfoot may have moved away from the Ouachitas to find a mate, but if they did, they must have brought her back to live in Mom and Dad's "basement".
  8. WSA: In David's "Missing 411-Eastern," book some of the very disturbing and sad accounts of young children being kidnapped and carried off into inaccessible locations had their clothing removed at some time during their ordeal. I don't think it was ever stated or implied that the removal of the clothing was related to sexual assault. After reading the book, I began to wonder if BF - if BF was the actual abductor - kidnapped the children with the thought of caring for them as we care for young birds and/or small animals we find abandoned in the wild. If so, Bigfoot may have thought the clothing would have been unnecessary and a detriment to their survival since the animals lived the “good life” without them.
  9. That "stump" photo shows four very interesting things that would be very difficult to fake. Enlarge it, adjust the light and contrast and see if you notice what I mean. (You might not want to post an opinion about one of them.)
  10. You've convinced me. I suppose his mules are so familiar with the smell of Bigfoot it wouldn't bother them to back their butts up to one. Carry on.
  11. Then I was wrong; the BF will be a goner! So now I would sure like to see a video of you trying to back that mule up close enough up to a dead Bigfoot to get some chains tied around its feet and hooked to the single tree. Bet that clip would set a record on YouTube.
  12. They are "just stories" to those who have not seen or understand how they live and survive. As many of us have opined before, any would be bushwhacker that sees one of the things going about their business peacefully will never pull the trigger. (I'll admit though, I would like to see the video of you dragging a six or eight hundred pound Bigfoot out of the "brush feet first".)
  13. I really don't know the answer to that question as asked. I can say that they do often bed under limestone/sandstone overhangs along creeks and rivers. Generally the floors below the overhangs are flattened and smoothed by old floods and previous water levels. When used as bedding areas by BF, they usually make a "mattress" of straw, leaves or, in one case I know of, cornstalks. Those cornstalks were pulled up in large bundles when the corn was in the "roasting ear" stage by two different BF on one trip to a cornfield, and carried over a mile to to the bedding area. The corn was eaten under the overhang, the cobs broken off the husks and apparently thrown into the large creek, and the stalks and husks used as the mattress. (As most field investigators have concluded, BF are "neatness freaks". In this case, all the soil was gone from the roots of the stalks - maybe just from their transport through the bottom land's thickets - and the stalks aligned so that the roots were against the back sidewall of the overhang.) Several other documented cases of BF using those overhangs for bedding spots in AL, northern Arkansas, and West Virginia. I would think that to a BF, overhang ledges with a very good view of the stream and its valley, plus the security of not being seen from above, would be much more appealing than bedding in a cave. In the previous post I mentioned "a huge limestone mine" in north AR. That limestone was mined in layers using heavy equipment and explosives. It was mined in a "checker board" pattern, leaving square support columns and straight line "roads" in between the piers in two directions. Each layer mined was, as best I remember, about 20' thick. When the crew were well into the second layer, and after the large, heavily laden truck had been using one of the inside roads a long time, the rear wheels under one side of a truck broke through the limestone floor into a large cave. Mining shut down, the load from the truck, and then the truck itself was removed, and the deep cave could be seen with lights. The geologist in charge contacted a state university, and an experienced team of "spelunkers" went down to map the cave. The cave was so long, with so many forks and drop-off they didn't find but one end of it. In the far reaches of the cave they did discover the remains of a Native American male and his hunting tools, all near the skeletal remains of a raccoon. Maybe BF just isn't cut out to be a spelunker. I've been in several caves in several states, but you can bet your boots I never went past more than one fork. All I was looking for was BF sign. I suppose everyone has seen and read this report.
  14. Although this thread is specifically about caves and the probability that Bigfoot might use them as bedding sites, folks are overlooking the fact that Bigfoot is known to use man-made subterranean cavities for that purpose. There are hundreds - if not thousands - of shaft coal mines in many Southeaster states that provided excellent bedding locations for Bigfoot. In Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma local residents have seen Bigfoot entering or leaving these shafts during early mornings and at twilight. Bigfoot tracks have been found inside a few of the old mine shafts. These shafts are ventilated by vertical openings to the surface, making then ideal for bedding during both the hot summer months and cold weather. Such abandoned shafts are fairly common in Kentucky, West Virginia, northern Alabama, and parts of Tennessee. During investigations in Morgan County, AL residents reported that a particular coal mine shaft was in fact the bedroom for a large - and grumpy - Bigfoot. Late one afternoon, I walked the old and washed out road down toward the mine adit (almost horizontal opening.). One BF allowed me to pass by him unseen and unheard. When I got within about two hundred of the adit, another BF bellowed near the mine and began breaking small tree or large limbs, when I turn to leave, the one behind me made a loud growling sound. As I walked up the old road toward that one, it ran a hundred feet or so into thick brush and let me pass without incident. (This was within a mile or so of the location in which the largest BF I've every wrote about was seen by two witnesses at different times.) There are several limestone shaft mines in North Arkansas that are huge, with multiple adits and now abandoned. These mines are located in areas that generate numerous Bigfoot sighting reports. During WWII there were numerous quartz crystal shaft mines in the Ouachita Mountains that produced the quartz needed by the military for the frequency control oscillators in radios. A lot of the mines were worked by hand. One lady that worked her own mine told me of seeing BF a number of times while walking the two miles or so to and from the mine at daybreak and near full darkness. She said at times one or more of the BF would squat near the mine while she was inside just to watch and listen. She said they were not a problem unless she left he lunch sack outside. Then one of them would get a free lunch. Off the subject a little, but she also told me of her strange encounter while going to the mine one morning. She vowed that she met a strange, red haired animal walking on four legs on the trail. Both stopped and looked at each other several minute. She said that the animal reminded her of huge Irish Setter dog, although with more of a sturdy build, with a very unusual shaped head and with powerful looking jaws. After a few minutes, the animal began walking slowly toward her, but showing no signs of aggression. She began talking calmly to the animal, and slowly removed her lunch bag which was hanging from a strap over one shoulder. Still talking calmly, she removed the food and placed it on the ground on one side of the trail, and walked to the woods along the other side of the trail. She continued walking slowly toward the mine. The animal ignored her and walked to the food pile and began eating. Later that day, and hour or so before dark, she was frightened to see the same animal at the mine entrance. It moved to one side of the open and she heard it moving around until nearly dark. With no light, she said she slept in the mine that night with her heavy pick hammer and a sharp pointed pry bar close by. This was in Montgomery County, Arkansas where I spent a lot of time. One older man claimed to have seen a similar animal along the Ouachita River about the same time. Neither he, her nor I have any idea what kind of animal they saw. Sorry about the long, off the topic post.