Our long time member Tirademan (R.I.P. Scott McClean) compiled this extensive archive of Sasquatch related newspaper articles and donated it to the BFF before his passing. The earliest articles in this collection are from 1818 in Florida, 1877 (Australia), 1884 (Canada) and 1764 (Europe).
I have the Guardline Line of sensors. They are a IR motion sensor that transmits a signal to a receiver up to 1/2 mile away. The sensor is about size of one very thick cigarette pack. My unit can have up to 4 different sensors. I mounted one at the end of the driveway pointed at the house on a large tree. You cannot see it from the street but when you pass it the alarm goes off. The second one is also mounted on a tree and shows motion in front of my house and shop. Something as small as a rat or bird will set it off with the sensitivity level I have set. It is adjustable. Each plays a different sound from the receiver in the house. The most distant one has a dog barking. The inner one plays "Coming around the Mountain" Even in the middle of the night I know what zone is triggered. Each of them are on the backside of trees pointed at the house. UPS drivers etc pass them and never know they are there. They always wonder why I am waiting for them in front of the house. The sensors run over a year on two AA batteries.
I have mentioned my interest in sasquatch to all of my friends and family. Two friends (out of ~30) don't believe and don't talk about it. One other friend laughed when I brought it up but I calmly walked him through why, the experiences I have had, and the general areas things have occurred. He knows those general areas and now is always asking me if I've seen or heard anything. My family all are interested and buy me BF teeshirts, mugs, air fresheners, and other items. My sister treated me to a visit to a sasquatch museum in northwest Georgia when I visited her two years ago.
I've never felt any ridicule and have found that people are almost always interested once I explain what I, and other people they know, have seen or heard. I'll walk them through a specific incident, such as a wood knock incident I had. I'll describe what happened and what I did to eliminate all possible explanations. Then I ask them what I missed an welcome an open dialogue with them.
I find that inviting their input and engaging them in the discussion really helps to stimulate their curiosity and open their minds to the subject.
I have multiple close friends that have also had encounters so around them there’s no ridicule. I talk about it at work sometimes and while some raise eyebrows or make jokes no one really cares about my interest. I had one co worker bring in some hair in a baggie he thought could be BF. It was very interesting hair that to this day I’m not sure of the source.