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    My family comes first then my hobbies, one of which is Bigfoot. I enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and I spend way to much time at the range.

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  1. If you want to see what they cost just pull the GSA scedule. Even though it is not retail you will get an idea of cost. Cooled units are generally much more than 100K. I generally only use the ship based units, SeaFLIR II/III. those start just for the base unit $235K, with no cables, nothing, that's the unit in the box. You don't run down to radio shack and get cables either, those, about $10K give or take. The unit in the FLIR Renegade vehicle is a cooled unit, HSC, not sure which version of HSC but my guess you are talking between 100-200K depending on payload. More payload, more cost. So you may get an idea why so no bigfoters are running around with cooled IR units. Now if you hit the powerball lottery, man go for it, FLIR will set you up with a kick butt system for about $500K.
  2. I think people are assuming that the general researcher has access to the high end FLIR units. There is a WORLD of difference between the handhelds that the general public has acces to, either due to government restriction or cost, and the aeriel or vehicle mounted units. The vast majority of handhelds are not thermal cooled, or gyro-stabilized. The thermal cooled units are vastly more sensitive in comparision to the handheld units. Even on the state level, the units being used may not be the high end units. If you take a look at the SeaFLIR II unit, that starts at about $300K and goes up. Some states may have that level of devices, some may not. Not until we get to the federal level, can we start to assume they have this grade of unit. It's all about the optics and the internal sensors. Even with the high end units, your not going to penetrate the dense canopy of thw PNW, very often. You see the animals that are in the clearcuts but not the ones 100 yards inside the treeline. As for using statistics to calculate populations, that's all well and good, but the researcher has a pretty good idea of the target species home range, and general population desities to begine with. A Blacktail deer's home range is much smaller than a cougars. We know next to nothing about BF and thier home range, so assumtions based using other animals are at is best a SWAG. If you do spot one BF in a clear cut there is no data to support how many may be in the treeline.
  3. Bobbyo, I know what my answer would be. He could be handing out lollypops and I'm still not walking up to him.
  4. I follow you now Kearnsey. They might very well see us that way. As for the Missing 411 books , i have read them both, though I like the West coast version better because it's local and i remember some of the missing reports when they happened. I will pay a bit more attention to my daughter in the bush now after reading them. Not that I was ever inattentive but now I'll be a more cautious. So as to not get off topic, i had a few posts on the 411 books in the media section so i won't go into them here.
  5. Well I wasn't going quite that far Kearnsey. I wouldn't go as far to say all interaction are dangerous to BF, but we as a species can be dangerous as prey items.
  6. I agree that they would be the top of the food chain. They may take a target of opportunity if the situation presents itself. I don't think we, (humans) would be on their normal predation list. Humans present a danger to them, we generally travel on groups, even if we are spread out. A fair number are armed and willing to defend themselves. And when one of us goes missing, a lot more show up in the area. For the BF's it would be safer to observe and avoid direct confrontation. The lone hiker, deep in the bush might be a target, but i think elk and deer are more readily available and present less of a direct threat than we humans do.
  7. Branco, how do we know that some don't kill for fun? That's a pretty bold statement, to apply to ALL BF's. Not all humans kill for fun. Does it happen, you bet. I believe other animals may also kill for fun. We just don't know. We also have no real idea how many people may have been killed by a BF. Unless there is a witness to the act, the victim just disappears. As with anything I encounter in the wild, I don't assume it's benign, be it a bear, cougar, or Joe Blow. That is just me. People have been saved by common dogs and they have also been killed by the same.
  8. There are a number of reports from Ft. Lewis, WA about regular army and Rangers having encounters. If they are, I'm sure 1st group has had them as well. Bobbie Shorts page has a number of encounters listed and a couple other pages have them as well.
  9. That does look like teeth with the upper lip pulled back. That might be snapped just before it was leaning in to slobber on the camera thus also causing the image to blur. Either set, the original or this set could be correct, it's up to interpretation.
  10. Pretty sure this has been covered in a couple other threads.
  11. I agree, no matter what General says or does will be satisfactory to some people. At this point people can choose to believe nor not believe. Only two people where there when it happened, those are the only two that know what went down. And in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter what the rest of us think. A sample was sent to Dr Ketchum, it may or may not turn out to be something. I do appreciate General relaying the story and answering questions here. I also appreciate Derek adding to it as he has done. Do I still have questions, sure I do. If i really was dieing to get the answers I would take Derek's advice and contact General directly. I couldn't care less about how he got to the site in 3' of snow. Maybe it wasn't 3' but 2' so what, it doesn't matter to me. I am happy to wait for what ever result are returned when they are returned. That is because the results don't effect my day to day life one bit and I'm not going to say a man is lying about something, especially when I can't look him in the eye while hearing the story.
  12. Not sure where you live but most FS roads are not gated in my neck of the woods. One travels at their own risk on these road. I have even seen a few mainline FS roads plowed, though not often. I can only make it so far up in the winter before i have to stop, guys in lifted jeeps make it much farther. I've been in jeeps in 2' of snow and doing just fine. You don't go fast but you can still go. Now private timber land is a different story, those are gated most of the time winter or summer.
  13. BFS, that is interesting. I would have assumed you wouldn't see much from the train, given the speed at which they travel. But I guess going up hill they are slow enough to see pretty well. It would be pretty cool if you could get them to mark a topo for you some time. I had a couple older friends who had worked the woods from Alaska down through Washington in the 60 and 70's. They had stories and would occasionally share them with me but that wasn't until after I had my encounter in an area they knew well that they did so. I asked what was the weirdest thing they had seen in the bush and they knew exactly what i was hinting at.
  14. NDA's are commen everyday things. I'm sure most people know they are used in a number of industries and not just for scientific publications. I am under probably 2 dozen NDA's for different projects I am working on, and no, none have to do with the topic at hand or any other bigfoot related things. I wouldn't violate them because someone asks me too and I wouldn't expect Derek or anyone else under a NDA to break thiers either. As far as Justin taking a polygraph, he can't really win. If he passes then there will still be those who could say, "well the tests are subjective, which they are, and the examiner didn't do a good job. You could get the same response if he "failed" So in the end it won't prove anything. There is a reason they are generally not admissible in a court of law. And yes I know they are used for certain security clearances and other government agencys. Did Justin shoot two bigfoot? I don't "know" because I wasn't there. I tend to think he probably did, soley based on what I have read and heard. As far as inconsistancies in statements, most of the time you will get changes, especially as time goes on. If two witnesses have the same statement and it doesn't change it may reflect a rehearsed story. I have no idea what day the bear season opened when this occurred, but I get to elk camp a number of days before the opening and do some last minute scouting and I carry my rifle loaded, not for elk but bear and cougar. Would I use a 25-06, no, is it the "best" caliber to take bear, probably not. However, Karamojo Bell killed over 1500 elephants, 300 of which were killed with a 6.5 and the remaining majority with a 7mm. So Justin's weapon choice doesn't really mean anything. Ofcourse, this is just my opinion.
  15. Kentucky, beats me were the bodies are, probably somewhere near where they fell, if you actually think they have been shot. I am curious why you think I think there have been numeration previous BF's shot? My original post had nothing to do with previous shootings. I'm happy to know your relatives would never walk away from a "million" dollar BF body. Not sure how that pertains to the situation at hand and how the General reacted. What one person does is often different from what the next person in the identical situation would do. For example, do you know any deer hunters who have a head mount? Now, do you know any who don't? All I am getting at is not everyone reacts or does the same thing. There could be any number of reason they (previous supposed shooters) didn't bring a body in. Are you asking would I bring a body in if I shot on? Probably, but I can't and won't speak for anyone else or what they would do?